Today I had a bit of a freak out. I think everything just backed up on me a bit. I'm reminded of how I'd feel sometimes in the high drama college years. Back in those days I had a way of dealing with the high stress moments and let off steam: I'd do something to my hair.
Sometimes it involved scissors, but usually it was hair dye. My hair has been every color found in nature and a few God never intended. For a while I gravitated to the reds, mostly a natural-ish auburn that actually really worked with my skin tone. And then there was that one experiment with henna that left me with Ronald McDonald red hair. It also left my head smelling like over cooked spinach for at least a week. When I needed a funky little pick me up it was a stripe of Manic Panic. A vibrant lime green and an electric blue were two favorites.
As I got older and into the working world, radical hair colors weren't something I could get away with anymore. So instead of the color I started playing with the cut. I was always either growing it out or whacking it off. Usually it looked like hell.
With my new, curly hair I'm reluctant to take scissors to it. I'm afraid I'll end up looking like a graying Little Orphan Annie. There for a while I was getting it professionally highlighted, and although it looked good, like I had a real, grown-up hair style (and about damn time according to my mother), it didn't give me the same stress relief that the old "buy a box of hair color and strap on the latex gloves" did. Plus, it's insanely expensive, and I just can't afford it anymore. But a bottle of Manic Panic should be less than $10, I can apply it myself without help, and there is a Hot Topic conveniently down the street where I can buy some.
So here's my question. If you saw a 300 lbs, mid-thirties woman with a streak of purple or green or blue mixed in with the gray and the half-grown-out highlights, what would you think? "You go girl" or "give it up already"? I'm in a weird, in between stage of my life right now. I'm not in the corporate world anymore, so I don't have a boss to please. My personal style floats somewhere between modern hippie and slob. I aspire to an earth mother vibe, but I'm not sure I achieve it. I'd really like to throw a stripe in, but I just don't know if I can pull it off anymore.
What do you think- radical color, yes or no?