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Friday, June 6, 2008

I'm thinking of going platinum

And no, I don't mean with a record. First of all, I'd have to make a record, and second, it'd have to be good enough that a lot of people would think it was worth paying money for and not just downloading for free. There are a few problems with that:

(a) Let's face it, I'm just not that good
(b) I've really only written about 2.5 original songs
(c) I'm actually a fan of free records, and if I did make one, I'd offer a free download

So anyway, no, I'm actually talking about my hair when I say I'm thinking of going platinum.

As you might know if you've known me in the flesh for longer than three years, I'm naturally a blonde. Not bimbo blonde, but more of a sandy blonde with a slightly reddish hue. It's a pretty nice shade that I was always happy with, but one day I randomly said to myself, "Self, let's cut off most of our hair and dye it dark brown!" And then I answered, "That's a fine idea, self."

And it was indeed a fine idea. I have very pale skin tone, and I think the dark brown sets off a nice contrast with my skin. It makes my eyes stand out. I'm not gonna lie, it makes me feel like a rockstar. So I've been dying my hair various shades of dark brown ever since. Sometimes it's nearly black, other times there's a reddish hue, and once it was slightly purple. All in all, I've had fun. But now I'm feeling the urge for another dramatic change. And platinum is about as dramatic as you can get after having dark brown hair for 3 years.

There's one problem, though. Apparently lifting your hair color (making it lighter) is a different process from tinting your hair color (making it darker), and while tinting it can actually make your hair feel and look shinier and healthier, lifting it can be very damaging, and the farther you have to go color-wise, the harsher the process is on your hair. This is true even if the darkness of your hair is artificial.

My dear friend Whit-face also tells me that reddish tones are the most difficult to lift out, and it just so happens that my current shade of dark brown is rather reddish.

So before making any rash decisions, I intend to consult a very experienced color technician (if you can recommend one, please feel free to do so). It may be that I have to go medium blonde before going platinum, with a period of rest in between. Or maybe they'll tell me that unless I want all my hair to fall out or turn orange (tempting, but no), then I'd best leave it alone until my natural roots grow out. Hopefully I won't have to wait that long.

In any case, I think it will be a fun change. The only problem is that in order to avoid the platinum blonde completely washing out my face due to my starkly white skin tone, I will have to learn some more skilled make-up techniques than I currently possess. I was a pretty decent artist once, and so you'd think that applying make-up would be as easy for me as painting a picture. But in reality, it's a very foreign thing that I just sort of stumble my way through. I think that in addition to lacking the mother gene, I also lack the girly gene that makes you understand how to do make-up.

I found a great video on youtube in which a very skilled make-up artist shows you how to do perfect smokey eyes, so I'm trying to learn, but it's still all very foreign.

Any make-up tips from my readers will be greatly appreciated.



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8 comments:

Loralee Choate said...

I had a "Sliding Doors" phase and it was HELL. I should have gone to a very experienced colorist right away. GAH.

I think it could be very cute but go with an awesome colorist.

Sov said...

I'm curious to see what you do here. According to your chronology, I came into the picture just shortly after you made the dramatic decision to darken your hair, and thus I've never known you otherwise. It's been a variety of different lengths since I've known you, but other than your driver's license picture, I've never seen you with anything other than dark hair. I'm having trouble picturing it. I bet it changes lots of things about you when you do it.

Of course, there was a time when I couldn't picture you without glasses and a long coat, but I got past that quickly. I'm excited to see what happens when you become blonde.

:)

Sarah said...

Lunatic Fringe in Sugarhouse has an excellent color specialist. I don't recall what her name is, but I believe there's only one of her so just call them and ask. I also remember not wanting to karate chop her in the neck, like the stylist I had before her. So there's always that.

Melliferous Pants said...

I'm with Sarah, professional colorist all the way! I had bright, Ronald McDonald hair in the fall...it was great fun but I'm glad I went with help when I decided to go more natural.

As far as makeup goes, I strongly suggest this book by Kevyn Aucoin.

http://tinyurl.com/3s3uw4

The Over-Thinker said...

I really think you need to post more photos (as in a total > 1 thumbnail) of you on your site! Especially of the blonde-days.

Professional colorist all the way. I totally could've separated all of those words with periods...just FYI. Apparently I must like you b/c I've severely curtailed that habit in recent days :)

I tried to go from chocolate brown to a light, sandy blonde by myself and I ended up with atrocious orange hair. No amount of dramatic make-up can save a face from the detrimental orange-ness.

I'm guessing you'll have to go the route of getting it stripped down to a dark blonde and then bring it to a well-conditioned/healthy place before you can go further. This might only take a few months. I'd bet you could be platinum by fall.

I'd check out this site:
http://www.salonweb.com

Search: Professional Color and then click #1. That will give you a bit of guidance.

P.S. Post Pictures please :)

The Over-Thinker said...

I really think you need to post more photos (as in a total > 1 thumbnail) of you on your site! Especially of the blonde-days.

Professional colorist all the way. I totally could've separated all of those words with periods...just FYI. Apparently I must like you b/c I've severely curtailed that habit in recent days :)

I tried to go from chocolate brown to a light, sandy blonde by myself and I ended up with atrocious orange hair. No amount of dramatic make-up can save a face from the detrimental orange-ness.

I'm guessing you'll have to go the route of getting it stripped down to a dark blonde and then bring it to a well-conditioned/healthy place before you can go further. This might only take a few months. I'd bet you could be platinum by fall.

I'd check out this site:
http://www.salonweb.com

Search: Professional Color and then click #1. That will give you a bit of guidance.

P.S. Post Pictures please :)

Melliferous Pants said...

I'm with Sarah, professional colorist all the way! I had bright, Ronald McDonald hair in the fall...it was great fun but I'm glad I went with help when I decided to go more natural.

As far as makeup goes, I strongly suggest this book by Kevyn Aucoin.

http://tinyurl.com/3s3uw4

Sov said...

I'm curious to see what you do here. According to your chronology, I came into the picture just shortly after you made the dramatic decision to darken your hair, and thus I've never known you otherwise. It's been a variety of different lengths since I've known you, but other than your driver's license picture, I've never seen you with anything other than dark hair. I'm having trouble picturing it. I bet it changes lots of things about you when you do it.

Of course, there was a time when I couldn't picture you without glasses and a long coat, but I got past that quickly. I'm excited to see what happens when you become blonde.

:)

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