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Fashion Fridays: Fulfilling a Longtime Wish



I am going to lose my hair when I start chemotherapy.  It’s a fact.  I love my hair.  I really do.  It’s a rich dark brown, shiny and soft.  I do have a lot of grays coming in and I get very frizzy in the humidity but overall, I think my hair is great.  While losing it is just something I need to do in order to get better, I’m a little sad.

When I was 18 years old I had a short pixie cut (think Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted).  I was walking through Soho near NYU (this is when Soho still had artists and was a little grungy) and I saw this woman in paint stained overalls with a haircut just like mine except her bangs were dyed a periwinkle blue.  I was hooked.  I wanted it so bad!!!!!  I went home and told my mother about it and said that I was going to do it.  Her reply was, “Sure, you can dye your hair blue.  Just don’t come home again.”  I was afraid she meant it.  So I never got it done.

Then I went to college for theatre and I needed to be a blank canvas, so I didn’t do it then.  Then I was pursuing acting so I couldn’t do it then.  Then I became a professional and it didn’t even cross my mind.  But once in a while I’d see someone walking down the street with a beautiful bright color and I’d feel a twinge of regret.  

So, when I found out that I was going to lose my hair in a few short months the first thing I thought was, “I have to dye my hair!!!!!”  So I contacted a good friend of mine who is also a hair stylist at the fabulous Parlor Salon and asked if she could help me out.  Here’s what we did.  

Bleach #1

Bleach #1

First we dyed my hair to take out the grays and then began bleaching highlights around my head.

IMG_5077This is how I looked after bleach #1

Bleach #2

Bleach #2

Then we went back in to bleach it some more since it came out kind of golden copper the first time (that actually looked kind of nice but I wasn’t stopping there).


And a little more.

IMG_5081Until it came out like this.

IMG_5082Then we added the color. And waited. And here is the result.






See that streak on the left?

IMG_5089 IMG_5094It’s really hard to tell right now but it’s purple!!!!!  We didn’t think it would color my whole head the way it did but the color took all over.  But if you look in the sunlight, you can see all of the deep purple highlights.  After a few shampoos, this will really show up well.   I am so excited that I did this.  It’s been a long time coming.  Even my mom likes it!!!  

Now I’m starting to think about what I’ll do when I begin my chemo.  I’m thinking of shaving it bit by bit, giving myself a Miley look.  Then shave it all.  I can do punk rock, right?


9 thoughts on “Fashion Fridays: Fulfilling a Longtime Wish

  1. It looks great!

  2. This is awesome – you look rockin’

  3. You’re beautiful and your hair looks so cool. I gotta say, you’re going to be gorgeous when you’re bald. Those big, beautiful eyes of yours aren’t going to have to compete with your pretty hair.

    • I think it’s going to take a while for me to feel pretty when bald. I hope I’m still confident. It might take a while. But thank you for the compliment. I’ll read it again when I’m going through the hair loss.

  4. Looks so good! I love purple hair! Rock on!

    • I’ve always dreamed of blue but we couldn’t get my hair light enough and it would have been green. I’m so happy I did it!

  5. You look beautiful! Love the cut too

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