what’s your hair colour?…

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29/11/2010 by Sarah Ritchie

Go on…I mean your REAL hair colour!

I was walking behind a girl of no more than 25 years old. Pretty girl too. Guess what colour her hair was? Grey! OK, not like a natural aged grey, but the result of the recent obsession with a blonde so white that it appears grey. Call me “out of touch”, but I don’t get it.

As I look about my packed train, it would be reasonable to surmise that the majority of women have coloured their hair. What’s more interesting is that:

  1. you can usually tell the real colours from the artificial; and
  2. the natural colours look like they belong on the wearer (funny that!).

When we lived in Israel our next door neighbour was one of the country’s top hairdressers (where most hairdressers, by the way, are men!). One day I visited our neighbour in his salon to ask what options were available to cover the grey that I had just discovered in my hair.

He spoke to his colourist in Hebrew (which I didn’t understand). I saw the colourist look at me, converse in a disgusted sort of tone, and then walk away! I was informed that the colourist said it was a “crime” to colour my hair and that he refused to do it. Classic! I am glad I received that in-no-way-subtle comment, as it made me look at hair colour in a new way.

When, in history, did society convince people to dye their hair? Why (assuming premature greying is not the motivation) do we feel this immense pressure to part with an obscene amount of money, every few weeks, to paint the beautiful colour hair that God has given to us? And if you just responded that your natural hair is NOT a beautiful colour, then I would say your response was a result of the type of thinking that slavery to society and trends produces…which we are all (including me) captives of, but which is (in my opinion) really sad.

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One thought on “what’s your hair colour?…

  1. Sarah Ritchie says:

    Stuff.co.nz (online new site) ran a story, today, titled “It turns out it pays to be grey” (http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/beauty/4416839/It-turns-out-it-pays-to-be-grey). Interesting timing! The article covers things like the cost of dying one’s hair, health implications of the hair dyes, the time spent in a hair salon, etc, etc, etc. It also mentions how celebrities are embracing the grey-culture. Hmmm…maybe the tide is turning?!

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