Becoming a red-headed stranger.
November 15, 2011 11:31 AM Subscribe
I want to be a redhead. If you've been something else previously (especially a mousy brunette), is this a good idea? What works? What doesn't? What will people SAY????
posted by tully_monster to clothing, beauty, & fashion (49 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Last time I got my hair cut (about a month ago) I looked in the mirror after I'd been blown out and realized with horror just how colorless it had become. My hair was once reddish brown; as a small child, I was a strawberry blond, but now at a little over 40 it was kind of dirty straw-colored and half gray. Yuck.
I've been contemplating getting my hair colored for a few years now, but all the beauty magazines advise women of a certain age (of which I'm on the outer fringes, to be sure, but it is inescapable) to go lighter. My younger sister, who went gray prematurely, has been a kind of a light caramel-brown since she was about thirty, and while she looks good, I don't want to be her clone--besides, she got all the melanin in the family and it suits her better than it probably would me (I am very, very pale-skinned with freckles and green eyes.) In any case, I just don't see myself as a blonde.
Anyways, it hit me yesterday: why not go red? I looked at pictures of redheaded woman in Google Images and settled on a copper like Julianne Moore's--I haven't her bone structure, but I definitely have her coloring, and she carries it off pretty well at age 50. I'm about sixty-percent Irish. This should work, right?
I made an appointment for a consultation with a highly-recommended stylist in town for tomorrow afternoon. Here goes nothing. I've warned my husband and prepared him. (It helps that he likes Julianne Moore.) But other people might be shocked.
So what I want to know is: is this a bad idea? I'm a female professional in a tech field that's mostly male. Will I be stereotyped--seen as difficult and tempramental, or capricious or flakey because I made such a drastic change to my appearance? Or worse? (Yeah, I've heard all the jokes.) How do people react to someone who has gone red after being kind of nondescript for a while? And is there any advice you would give me about what to expect?
Sorry if this sounds like a frivolous question, but for me it would be an enormous life change. (Melodramatic much?) And it's my hair--eeep! I want to trust this stylist, but I've heard plenty of horror stories in general about botched color jobs (none involving him, though). I thought I would put the question to a group of intelligent, reasonable people. Maybe I'm just looking for reassurance. Thank you in advance for humoring me.