Ocean Violet

Seeing Red

red hair

I’ve cheated on my hair colorist, AJ Lordet twice in the last seven years. In both (rare) instances, my decision was made out of sheer desperation and I immediately regretted the decision. Never was I unhappy with her ability, it was simply because I’m an impatient bugger and the minute my blonde locks turn dark, I scramble showing my skirt to anyone with a mediocre yelp review and hair-dye. Thing is – I “pull red,” meaning if the colorist isn’t careful, the natural undertones in my hair will glisten a coppery hue. AJ, the hair color queen that she is, somehow manages to never allow me to teeter into the red-zone. It’s always golden locks when I leave her seat.

The most recent cheating incident happened this past December while I was visiting Florida on vacation. I just couldn’t wait a week, now could I?  Upon my return, I went to see AJ, head hung low in guilt, kicking dirt and admitting my mistake.  AJ patiently took me through the process of fixing the botched color job, but I knew it would take a few rounds to get me back to my normal blonde sun-kissed self.

The inevitable red hues shined through mocking my mistake for weeks. But here’s the twist: the tint of auburn (“when red-headed people are above a certain social grade their hair is auburn.” – Mark Twain) grew on me.  It felt warm, rich and well — different.

It may be that I’ve had redheads (Redheads, do you find this offensive, being called a “redhead?” Would you call someone with black hair a blackhead?)  on my radar, but I’ve noticed  an uptick in the color fascination.  Beginning with former Moda Operandi Creative Director and classic redhead Taylor Tomasi Hill recently revealing the name of her colorist, a secret that the fashion set has been buzzing about ever since. Molly Simms even went for a transformation from flaxen to strawberry at the hands of Ocean Violet favorite, Aura Friedman.  Even my dollface’ed friend Alison went red and finally someone answered the prayers of all redheads and made hair-ties to compliment their locks.

After consulting with AJ she warned going red is tricky and takes serious commitment. “Red dye takes the most amount of maintenance of all the colors.  If you’re switching to red, the process takes an incredibly long time for your hair to “take to the red.” So let’s say you’re a blonde, it typically takes more than one process to hold the red in the hair. On the flip side if you’re trying to get rid of the red in your hair, red dye is the hardest to remove.  Many people have an “in between” look before it’s out or covered. Not to mention, red dyes often need at home color shampoo to maintain it’s richness.”

With only 1% of the population being true redheads,  I wouldn’t mind being a part of the exclusive club. But for now, I’ll continue to pin hues of red tresses until I’m ready to take a walk on the wild side.  Here are a few of my favorite hues:

Jessica Chastain in Vogue as Gustav Klimt’s 1918 Frauenbildnis (Portrait of Ria Munk III)

Jessica Chastain in Vogue as Gustav Klimt’s 1918 Frauenbildnis (Portrait of Ria Munk III)

Taylor Tomasi Hill crimson perfection

Taylor Tomasi Hill crimson perfection

one more can't hurt.

one more can’t hurt.

Ulyana Sergeenko4a4

The Queen of LadyLike: Ulyana Sergeenko’s recent collection was chock full of prim redheads.

Not ready? Then wig ut! Miss Violet's Wig Shop

Not ready? Then wig out at Miss Violet’s Wig Shop

still not ready? Add a little peek-a-boo streak to tip toe into it.

still not ready? Add a little peek-a-boo streak like Jeanne to tip toe into it.

the numero uno queen, my personal favorite. Side note: if you're in the UK or plan to visit, please swing by the magnificent first home of Queen Elizabeth: Hatfield House. She had a scented garden with lavender, mint, roses. Truly heavenly.

the numero uno queen, my personal favorite. Side note: if you’re in the UK or plan to visit, please swing by the magnificent first home of Queen Elizabeth: Hatfield House. She had a scented garden with lavender, mint, roses. Truly heavenly.

Thinking of going red? Or have you before? Tell me, I could use a little courage.