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Dept. of Beauty is Only Scalp Deep

Poll #1658984 Red is the color of my true love's hair. Maybe

Should kaffyr abandon red and go grey?

Good Lord, no! You'll frighten the horses!
About time! You're 55, woman - red is for the young.
It depends. How much salt, how much pepper, and which do you like better?
I object to this poll on aesthetic and/or religious grounds


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Dec. 20th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Er...um...what's the second poll about? ~iz confuzed~

I say stick with the bottle!

I spent my first 14 or so years as a natural golden blonde, and then by age 17 had become a strawberry blonde (also natural), and by 19 my hair was a gorgeous dark auburn - at which point I started dyeing it in summer so it wouldn't lighten...and then in my mid-twenties, after growing my first mohican (and having to dye my hair when I then re-grew a full head of it, because the hair around my ears had come back post-chemo as white), it was a case of Bring On the Rainbow. Everything from pure white to screaming blue. And finally, in my fifties, I discovered black. ZOMG! No-one recognised me! All I had to do was touch up the roots twice monthly (hairdressers? - what are those?). And so it stayed until six months ago when I realised that a patch at the front was going white with Old AgeTM. 'Hmm,' I thought, 'why not keep it that way, just there?' So now I look like Rogue and it's frakking awesome :-)
Dec. 20th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Heh. The second poll refers to, and takes its inspiration from, a wonderful exercise in absurdity which another f'list member adds to many of her polls. I get a kick out of it which is out of all proportion, and may have something to do with the fact that I think it's a perhaps advertent meta commentary on polls themselves. Or, you know, just because. It's fun to check boxes! (The names are those of the cats, with my pet pet names as their aliases. First Born and Best Beloved are just that.)

I love the story of your hair, although the white hair post-chemo was eye opening (more the chemo than the hair, I think.) My own hair started as curly white-blonde, per the ancient pictures, then went straight and medium to dark brown when I hit kindergarten. There it stayed until I was 27 or so, when I started henna'ing it. Shortly before I got pregnant with FB, I took the plunge and went with Highly Unnatural Red. It's stayed there for 27 or so years; I do it myself at this point.

The thought of going grey comes because my hair has been more and more white-grey, with a little pepper in it, for the past 10-15 years. Best Beloved looked at it the other day and said, "You know, you should grow it out. It would look lovely." I pointed out that he's had white hair since the age of 30, so his attitude might be suspect ... still, it started me thinking about it. And if I don't like it, I can always go red again.

ETA: Hmmmm. I had trouble with coding the second poll, and now I've discovered that lj won't give me access to it. I really hate my html fail. /grumble

ETAA: Which means, I think, that I may have to edit it out of the post. Were you able to access it?

ETAAA Yeah. I edited it out. More html study.

Edited at 2010-12-21 12:41 am (UTC)
Dec. 22nd, 2010 04:56 am (UTC)
~waves in passing~ Was greatly amused by the wealth of edit and re-edit comment notices :-)

As has been noted elsewhere in comments, your hair is yours to dye or dye not. But since you asked for opinions: IMO grey hair hardly ever looks good on anyone, any sex, any age, but especially it looks bad on women. Not so much on dark-skinned women (e.g. Nichelle Nichols, always a stunning beauty anyway, wears her grey gorgeously, and Morgan Freeman's grey looks, yes, distinguished). Pure white hair OTOH is GORGEOUS...but still, not everyone can wear it well.

On a completely different topic, I'm becoming tempted to invite you to a...um...well...party. A very private party. After the holidays. Hmm. Tempted. Hmm.
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:47 pm (UTC)
On a completely different topic, I'm becoming tempted to invite you to a...um...well...party. A very private party. After the holidays. Hmm. Tempted. Hmm.

... and 12 days later, I re-read this, and find myself wondering of what you speak. If you happen to get a comment notification, I'm curious.
Jan. 2nd, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, there you are! Let's see...technically we're still on hols, since today is Monday here and it's a bank holiday (since New Year's Day fell on Saturday). I'll be back...
Jan. 3rd, 2011 02:24 am (UTC)
Right. Off you go, then...
Dec. 22nd, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
p.s. Not that Morgan Freeman is a woman. Sorry, spaced out and forgot to change that sentence :D
Jan. 2nd, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
Heh. But Morgan Freeman is eminently trustworthy, and that counts for something, eh?
Dec. 20th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
1) Why does anybody else get a vote? The people who live there get votes, weighted in accordance with your whim. the end
How about right side red, left side "natural"?

2) huh?
(Yes, cleared up by the comment above, but that was what I thought when I read it.)
Dec. 20th, 2010 11:55 pm (UTC)
1) Because I'm indulging a whim.
2) Yeah. HTML fail and/or mystery.
2a) It didn't need a reason. Its wheels fell off, and besides, the wench is dead.
Dec. 21st, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
BB Gets 10 votes for every one of ours/. what's his choice?
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
Who said votes were weighted? The vote that gets an actual weight is mine. And that one's overweight. *snrt*
Dec. 21st, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
When I saw you a few weeks back, I spoke up for the grey. It would be an interesting experiment and you can always return to the red. After leaving, I realized I should have made my comment conditional. If you find yourself searching for a job, dye! Dye! Dye! The color is your choice, though you've always made a fabulous redhead. If you're job hunting, or even if you're just worried about being put out to pasture by your current employer, I'd suggest avoiding the grey. Sad, but true. There's age discrimination out there. Lots of it.
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
Oh, aye; if I'm out on the job market, it will be back to I Can't Believe It's Real Red. Age discrimination; it's not just for breakfast anymore. Sigh.
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:17 am (UTC)
This is your hair and your business -- wear your hair the way you want!
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:23 am (UTC)
Ah but that's the point, my dear - I shall indeed, but I get a kick out of putting up a poll and getting people's ideas. Then I shall go my own way.

So the next time you see a poll chez kaffyr, be as outrageous as you want in your answer. That's the fun of the game. Heh.
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:19 am (UTC)
As a natural strawberry blonde whose hair has faded to brown-dark blonde-with grey highlights, I say go with the ginger! :) But that's just me. I plan on the bf helping me dye tonight!
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Being a ginger has been enormous fun for me, particularly since there are a boatload of people out there who can look at my inch-long roots (because I go a long time between touch-ups)and say, "You're a natural red head, aren't you?"

I'm not kidding. Reason 1,307,115 that humans aren't Masters of the Universe yet.
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
I've been salt and pepper since my early thirties, and I like it. It's healthier for my scalp and I think it suits me. I like to think I look distinguished. *snorts*
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Actually, distinguished sounds pretty good. Doing without the dye is undoubtedly healthier for my scalp, but part of me thinks that I should make dying my hair my last material vice, since my doctor tells me I need to cut down on caffeine because of circulation problems.

icon used because it's the only one I've got where someone has ... sort of grey hair. Sort of.
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
Well, since I've long had a (not so) secret desire to be a redhead, but have never gathered up the courage to do anything to change the color of my hair, I say red! Since I won't, you should.

Or something. I'm sure that makes sense, right? ;-)
Dec. 21st, 2010 02:40 am (UTC)
Yes, yes it does, my dear. Heh.

(And you still have time. As I said further up, I didn't turn red until I was about 27. That's still a little more than half my life ago, so I've spent more time as a redhead than not ... ooops, digression ... so, you have loads of time. It doesn't take too much courage, just a sense of adventure, and I know you have that in spades!)
Dec. 21st, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
While I do think there comes an age when dying one's hair tends to look odd on most people, 55 is generally not that age. If you're still feeling the red, keep it. Alternatively, you can experiment with gray and go back if you don't like it.
Dec. 21st, 2010 06:37 am (UTC)
I'm going to remember those classic words "it grows back" and apply it to the dying (!) process.

Also, the classic words, "it washes off."
Dec. 21st, 2010 10:27 am (UTC)
I'm cheerfully going grey, so might be biased...
Dec. 21st, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
Heh - I just might be joining your club!
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