2016 was the year for regaining a sense of self, and with this in mind I tried to make my hair a gorgeous green, documenting my attempts through Instagram, using several different dyes and different colour combinations. Mostly it was various stages of not-quite-right with this being the best I achieved (it would doubtless have been better with bleaching):
Morning! Here's my #greenhair with #crazycolour in #pinegreen 🌲 after one week and two washes. It's a lovely dark colour and still definitely green even though my shower, my bedding, and my PJs are now teal. This colour rubs off terribly, although it does seem to wash out with a little oxy bleach. A friend used the bright purple Crazy Colours dye on her blonde hair recently. It's now a rather fetching royal blue. It's nice, but perhaps not what she signed up for. Also, I'm taking this picture outside for the light, and look at the gorgeous flowers a neighbour gave me 💐 💜 Thanks Lorna! They have to live outside because of K's hayfever, but they're perfect on the outside table. 💜 #howgreenmyhair
That was done with Crazy Colours dye, which went everywhere, and I didn't use again.
The best dye I found was Directions (a mixture of Alpine and Apple Greens):
One of my photos showing my cool new Callan #glasses from GlassesShop.com (check out the link in the bio) completely unmessed about with so you can see #howgreenmyhair. It's not fading at all! I do like the green but I'm ready to move on now! 😂 #greenhair #Directions (2:1 mix of Alpine and Apple Green)
But even that was only at it's best when augmented with a bit of filtering (hello Nashville, you were my best friend, and you too, Snapchat Pretty).
I was a little bit worried about my green hair looking like some kind of mid-life crisis, although actually, I think that trying to look normal for a while there had been more of a crisis, it's not me at all!
Anyway, the green was getting annoying, it was taking over my thoughts, it was what I looked at when I passed a mirror! And green has to die down sometime, right? As Autumn arrived I thought it might be fun to go red (I guess I'm pretty leafy when it comes to colours). Obviously going straight to red from green results in a muddy mess, so I went brown first.
I loved it! I could see me again in the mirror (I wrote a poem about it: Mirror Games), and started playing with makeup and clothes again. I started to feel pretty again which is always lovely.
But I still chose to go redder, although not the rubine red I'd thought of, but a reddish, brown instead.
It's a colour I can play with, something I can augment with crowns like the one above (which I won from the marvellous Crown and Glory, and which everyone needs in their lives), or with roving dreads which I made ages ago with roving given to me from my lovely mother in law, but hadn't managed to wear until recently. Even my father in law thought they looked great :-)
So where will my hair be going in 2016? I've got some black-red hair dye waiting to go in the bathroom, and I'm loving playing with makeup, so I think I'll be staying reddish for a while. Nothing last forever though eh? I'm loving crimping at the moment, and embracing a bit of Christmassy sparkle, but no doubt things will change when the seasons do.
What about you? How has your style changed in 2016?