I am the long-suffering owner of baby-fine, wispy hair. It’s entirely uninspiring – poker straight but dries kinky, can’t hold a wave or curl and falls flat at the first sign of inclement weather. I’ve tried everything to get it to do something, anything, but other than having it all cut off into a pixie crop, nothing worked.
I’m also cursed with a fickle personality and boredom can and will strike at any moment. So after a few years with the pixie crop and a few months growing it out, I decided I needed a change. And in my infinite wisdom, I chose this photo as my inspiration.
Now, I’m not really Alexa’s biggest fan but you can’t deny it – the girl got good hair. It’s also thick, lustrous and styled by an army of pros. So easily achievable, then! As another of my traits is stubbornness I went resolutely to the hairdressers, print-out in hand, and asked for an Alexa (cut and colour).
And I love it! Paul and Emma at Rebel PinUp in Leeds were amazing – as I’m naturally blonde, I had a ‘reverse dip dye’ where a dark chocolate brown was applied to the roots and left to take. After half an hour, colourist Paul worked some bleach through the ends to mix with my natural (ish… I did have dye on before but it was very faded) colour to create the dip dye/ombre effect. Then stylist Emma gave me a centre parted choppy bob with sweepy fringe bits (technical term) on each side.
I’m so happy with the end result. I’ve never seen the ombré technique on short hair before but I love the mix of colours, and the rough cut ensures it’s not too blocky. It’s also great if, like me, you’re very pale but love the drama of dark hair. I can’t pull off an all-over dark colour because it washes me out, so the lighter ends lift the whole thing and stop that ‘risen from the dead’ look.
In honour of my shiny new hair, I dressed up my jeans-and-jumper outfit with my favourite shoes and some cute jewels. After taking these photos I realised it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m wearing pink and hearts which is terribly cliché, but never mind.
So what do you think of the hair – like it?