Last Sunday at brunch an Asian woman with platinum blonde hair walked past me and stopped me dead in my tracks. I quickly turned to my left and my right to see if anyone else had been struck by her idiosyncrasy. Luckily, two of my friends had just the same reaction I did (I guess that’s why we’re friends) “Oh my god, did you see her?”
Unfortunately that was the first and last time I saw her, she lives as a fragment of a memory in my mind, and this blog post is my attempt to get her out of my head and onto a screen so I can see, and possibly, show my hairdresser.
It all started last year when I briefly wanted lilac hair, which morphed into wanting silver hair, and now this iteration of platinum blonde/pink/lilac/silver/white. You may be wondering what Asians with blonde hair and pastel hair colors have in common, but to me it’s obvious: they’re not found in nature. I know the pressure of trying to meet Western beauty standards is a loaded topic, believe me, I work for a company whose entire mission is to combat its harmful effects, but let me just clarify that I’m not talking about natural, golden, human blonde. I’m referring to white/lavender hair that no human is born with. I’m infatuated by the alien beauty that gives this look its edge. Kind of like when Tyra bleaches the girls’ eyebrows in the makeover episode of Top Model. It looks weird at first and most people hate it, but some find beauty in its oddity – and wouldn’t you agree that is precisely the definition of edgy?
BUT, and it’s a big but, the thing about platinum blondes is that they’re kind of like tattoos… 90% of the time they don’t look good. That may sound harsh, but it’s true. It’s such a big risk (though not quite as big as a forever-tattoo). My hair will definitely get damaged, my black roots will inevitably grow in faster than I anticipated, and it is very difficult to achieve the silvery platinum color that I’m going for. In my head I see the Asian woman from brunch, but realistically I can expect brassy, yellow hair with black roots and split ends. Plus, I’m only half Asian and have an olive complexion, so it might not have the desired alien effect I’m going for.
Here are the women I’ve been Instastalking while I make my final decision (of these six women, Eugenie of Feral Creature is the closest to the purpleish silver color I’m going for).
Have you ever gone blonde? If so, how damaged was your hair? And ultimately, was it worth it?