Wednesday, January 13, 2010

burnt orange

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images; 1. sylvia from streethearts, 2. kinga rajzak in POP magazine, 3.rianne ten haken at proenza schouler SS10

Back in August, I was standing in a long long line at the cashpoint in Spitalfields, London when a woman ahead of me caught my eye. This fact alone isn't unusual for East London, but this woman in particular had the most incredible hair; a sort of burnt orange colour, very plainly dyed, long and simply parted at the centre. I was instantly in love and proceeded to watch with anticipation as the line grew shorter debating whether or not to ask for a photograph (I didn't know quite how I was going to explain her hair to my own hairdresser with my 'I want to look exactly like her!' style request.) Alas, the queue eventually shrunk and I watched her walk past me as she replaced her card into her wallet without saying anything. These three photographs however are (if my memory, six months later is to be trusted) an pretty accurate representation of said woman's barnet. And now I must enter a new debate, a debate that I am fully aware is intensely boring to any second parties as whether or not to take the plunge and book that hair appointment. Armed with a packet of hair dye last night, I went for a Butterscotch ginger shade, but unsurprisingly not much came of that bar a slightly redder shade to my hair which is lovely albeit barely noticeable.

22 comments:

Simone said...

Definitly do it!
My friend was contemplating it for months and we eventually managed to get her to the hairdressers, and it was well worth putting up with her hemming and hawing for the outcome.
She went for a slightly darker version though, still drastic however seen as she was a blonde.
Do it!

Jeni said...

I used to be a redhead but needed a change so am now a dark blonde... How does your new hair look?!

Haha a few times I've wanted to speak to a complete stranger to ask them where they bought their coat or something, but I've always been too scared of looking like a freak.

When going red I think you should go to a professional, when i was a reddy brown it was a different shade every 6 weeks!

PISTOLWHIPPED said...

DO IT! WILL LOOK FAB IM SURE! XX

kathryn-louisa said...

Definitely go for it! I'm sure it'll look amazing and if you really don't like it, it's only hair - it'll grow back!!

x

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All Women Stalker said...

Oh exciting! Show us your hair! :)

sarah said...

do it! do it for all of us who are too wimpy to do it. we need to live vicariously through you.
s.

Levinson Axelrod said...

There's something about red hair that I'm instantly attracted to! I love the look, I love the boldness and the attention.

Claire said...

DO IT! And unlike the comments above I'd say that doing it yourself - if you're brave, isn't entirely avoidable. I went from mousey brown to dark.. to cutting it all off, to red. I still start when someone refers to me as a 'redhead,' but I can categorically say that I feel so much more vibrant - especially in the grim season we're in :) It does require a lot of maintenance though... I retouch once a month.

CHARLOTTE said...

Absolutely a beautiful haircolor!

lavelle said...

that is the exact shade that i want! i had it done at the hairdressers a year and a half ago and it was very similar but grew out. I've only been able to get a dark red / dark copper shade on my own at home. I think bleach is required! xx

Amy said...

I love the color, it's quite Grace Coddington, non?

I've always have the same issue though - my hair is naturally dark, and most colors just don't show up when I try to color my hair. Garnier has a few great shades that are especially for lightening dark hair (I think they're called Nutri-Browns?). I doubt they have this shocking red color, but it's a good start. :)

xx Amy
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layers&swathes said...

So glad I'm a natural red head!

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Chip said...

red red red

I want to bleach my hair then color it with koolaid like, weekly

Ria Leigh Rabut said...

Do it!!! That color is spot on, you'll look like a siren.
XOXO
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her said...

I know the predicament all too well. I have been in an ongoing internal battle whether or not to dye my hair a very light shade of ashy brown to blonde. (I think it should be stated that I am Asian as well.)

I lose sleep over this.

I like your hair as it is now.



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zoe said...

do it! my favourite hair colour ever was when it had been dark red then I got it highlighted and it kind of went ginger orange...a mistake but I loved it!

Isabel said...

This is an amazing colour! I'd love to see you with a crazy adventurous hair colour like this. :)

LacyLady said...

My sis has had this colour for about 5 years and has coloured it herself using a 'Live' colour every time. It's still great condition but I want her to change it so I can have a go!

CoocooforCoco said...

That color is really beautiful, I'm quite inspired by it myself. My friend has this color naturally growing out of her head and I am so jealous. I think you should go for it. I've been dyeing my hair red for six years and I've never regretted it...except once, but that's another story for another time

Raez said...

ah! this is indeed the most amazing colour ever:) i've always been a ginger admirer, and this burnt orange is perfect.

definitely go for it, i'd love to see it!

xx raez

littlegator said...

In order to get that shade you will have to bleach it first and then put an bright red/orange shade on it.
Although since you want a more burnt red orange you wont need to bleach it multiple times to a practically white shade you can instead just bleach it once to a goldish shade and then dye over that with red.
Which is fantastic since it'll damage your hair less and cost less.

Anonymous said...

I think it is gorgeous!
Did you do it in the end?