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Until recently this blog was ready only by family members, some friends and a few quiet anonymous lurkers. (I know you’re out there, lurkers. I know your IP addresses…)
But there’s always been one page that has received constant daily traffic from people I have no connection to whatsoever. It’s the post where I obsess about hair, including Scarlett Johansson’s hair in Match Point and Gwyneth Paltrow’s hair in Emma. The top search query that leads people to my blog is “Scarlett Johansson hair.” And I will probably get even more of it now that I put those three words in quotes. Shoot.
I do not obsess much about this type of girly stuff. I like looking at cute clothes and pretty dresses but I am not a window shopper. For some reason I find hair far more interesting than clothes and shoes. Which is hilarious if you know how hair-challenged I am. Let’s see every picture ever taken of my hair.
2003: Hair pulled back in a weird bun-ish thing.
2006: Here you can see an overhead view. But I can’t tell you what Elycia finds so funny.
2009: You get the picture.
This can all be explained in a few simple points.
- I have a ton of hair. Seriously. Every time I get my hair cut the stylist comments on it.
- It is not straight, nor wavy. It is curly, but not curly enough to just be curly on its own.
- I suck at doing my hair.
- I am lazy.
To be fair to me, no stylist has a clue what to do with it besides blowing it out. And I hate blowing it out. Unless it is very short, blowing it out takes ages. And when it’s very short I can’t do a go-to ponytail, which is the only way I can survive most days.
I don’t really have a solution length-wise. The bun-ish do requires long hair, and it gives you a headache, so I don’t expect to go back to it regularly. These days I’m about shoulder-length, which works for a ponytail and a tiny version of the messed-up bun-ish thing.
Lately, though, I haven’t blown it out hardly at all. Not because the length is unmanageable, but because the color is, frankly, uninspiring. I used to be blonde blonde blonde.
(I also used to be cute. What happened, huh?)
It got darker as I got older. I coped for a while by getting it highlighted but that was short-lived. Finally, last January I took the plunge and went to a nice reddish shade, a bit darker than strawberry-blonde.
I loved it. But then the next go-round it came out a bit too orange. And finally, with a move looming, I decided it wasn’t financially sound to keep paying to go in and get my hair re-done every few weeks. So I had it dyed back to my root color, which is now a blah brown.
I want to go back to red. But there’s no way I can find the time or money to get myself to a salon. Which leaves me with the terrifying option of doing it myself.
I have never dyed my own hair. And red is notoriously difficult to get right and to maintain. Should I bother? Should I try henna? Should I actually do a little research on my own? Of course I should, but the internet is not so trustworthy and my readers are lovely so I thought I’d turn to you.
Do I stick with my mousy blah brown and just play it safe? Is dyeing my own hair an insane idea since I am already hair-challenged?