It's official. All this getting up early in the morning and doing things on a schedule is not my cup of tea. End of bulletin.
Now on to fun and informal bits.
It so happened that I did not dye my hair since March. It was not planned really, I just happened to miss one hair appointment in mid May because our car needed an urgent car doctor's visit, and Erica is always super busy, so my next appointment was only at the end of June! So I went without a haircut or dye for extra 5 or 6 weeks. By the end of that period, the color washed out quite a bit, and my roots showed up. Oh hello there! I forgot the way you look!
I color my hair, on and off again, since my teens. But I also had long periods when I let my hair rest and grow back its natural color, light brown (русый in Russian - we've got a special word for it, as well as we've got a special word for red hair, рыжий), which can have either gray or yellow/red undertones.
My natural hair color (and my eyes as well) actually looks quite different depending on the light, as you can see on these photos. The photos were taken in 2007, one day in July and one day in August. The hair looks either grayish or copperish depending on the light - that's its natural virtue and the tricks of light, nothing else.
I haven't decided yet whether I will continue to dye my hair, and if yes, what color I choose, but for now, at least through the Summer, I let my hair take a break and revitalize, and while it's doing it, I remind myself the way I look with short-ish hair when I don't dye it.
Of course, I will look differently now compared to 8 years ago - I've changed, I'm well aware of it. My hair is also changed. I got a little bit of gray on my temples and eyebrows - not much though, so it isn't as dramatic for me to go back to my natural hair now, as it would be if my whole head was white underneath the red dye. But a change is a change, and I sense it coming.
Photography by Justin Donie, 2007