I'm a born redhead. I mean, literally I am, it is not a figure of speech. My Mom tells me that I was born with red (and, apparently, long!) hair. I'm not really surprised - my father and everyone in his family have copper hair, and there are a few redheads on mama's side too. But my baby red hair turned into blond, then into medium brown - though it always had a copperish tone visible under straight sunlight.
I colored my hair red when I was 20 for the first time. I cut it short and colored it red, and it seemed, on the one hand, pretty revolutionary, and yet, on the other hand, like it was my natural color. I wore it until I finally got bored with it, but I distinctively remember the thought that that's exactly what I would like do when I turn 30... Over the years between 20 and 36, I tried different hair styles, from long hair to bob and pixie and all variations in between. I was blond, dark haired, red, had highlights, and came back to my natural color for long periods at a time. One day, I'm pretty sure I'll want to see my hair naturally gray - it's way too early now, I only have a few gray hair at this point, but some day I know I will. For now, I'm sticking with red because it feels like it is who I am. I always feel like coming back to myself when I visit Erica and refresh the washed out color. And from time to time, I also pick a new shade, as well as a new shape - it's amazing how many variations you can do on pixie.
Jumpsuits are another thing I'm coming back to over and over again. I wore them in the mid-80s as a young teenager, then in the 90s as a young woman, and now I have a half of dozen of them in different styles and colors, splurging every time I see the one I think I will love for years (those years when they won't be as trendy as they are now, and therefore will be much harder if not impossible to find at retail shops). This one is by ASOS Curve, I love the washed khaki color and utility style. I accessorized it with my crazy shoes and a well-loved pair of Russian hand painted enamel (finift) earrings - and, of course, with my freshly cut and colored red hair.
Hair does make a statement, doesn't it? Of all "accessories" we can have, I believe it is the essential one. To me, it tells so much more about a person than the clothes she or he wears. There are just too many variables on clothes we wear daily. And sometimes, we don't wear any clothes at all. Hair is pretty much always there - and even when it's not, by choice, it also tells a story.
Though I love copper red (which is probably closest to natural looking for me, which I like) - from time to time, I go red red - very bold. And short short - double bold. I never really plan it, I just go with my guts while I'm in Erica's chair. We discuss it for a minute or so, and then - chop chop; she is ever so encouraging of my love of changes. Intuitively, it seems to me that changing my hairstyle helps to reset something within me, on a deeper level, sort of like an outer expression of the upcoming or already happening inner changes.
You can see all the pixie cuts I had since I started this blog under the tag fresh haircut.
Jumpsuit - ASOS Curve
Shoes - Jeffrey Campbell
Linen purse - hand-made, boutique find (years ago)
Earrings - Russian finift via Ebay (years ago)
Haircut by Erica
Photos by Justin