Last Saturday, I woke up absolutely convinced I had to dye my hair. I phoned my dear Sergio at Mario’s Hair Company and said: “Sergio, I want to dye my hair brown, please can I come in now before I change my mind.” Thankfully this style expert has been wanting me to go a bit darker for months now and quickly agreed to squeeze me in. ( I must just apologize to other clients cause I made him a little- a lot late )
A few hours later I was brunette and not just a bit darker, I mean dark. Excited to go show off my new look to my husband who was busy racing the virtual 24 hour La Mans Race and was at this stage 8 hours in at Century City, my little angel Chiara ( a natural brunette ) helped me dress my new do and off I went.
As I arrived at Century City ( and take this in which ever way you want ) I immediately noticed that I was not being noticed. Where as when I am blonde, people’s heads literally turn when I walk down the corridor. But moving along and still focusing on finding my husband and feeling chuffed that I had just committed to this change I eventually found him racing away. When he eventually finished his stint, he embraced me with a million compliments and assured me that he liked my new look.
Then the following week I started noticing some changes and obstacles my new hair do has created. It started with less looks in public areas; I now wait longer in traffic for people to let me in. Wearing black just doesn’t seem to work so well anymore and figuring out which make up suits me best has proven difficult. I also had to get a face tan because I started looking slightly drained and scary. On the plus side however, people now leave me alone (I don’t get the wrong kind of attention from strangers) and I feel ever so slightly more connected to myself. My eyes and features seem to pop a little more and this look makes me feel a little more mature.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy being brunette and I don’t think I will go back to being blonde just yet. But I can honestly say my experience of being a brunette has been interesting. I do believe a lot of it has to do with your natural features and colouring and I am not saying one is better than the other at all. I find that by having been both and experiencing both worlds so to speak has allowed me some insight into myself and the world’s perception -and how that perception can or cannot impact you. I have made the decision that I am ok with getting less attention (after all I am married now – I’m not looking for unwanted gazes). I am ok with the fact that the world seems a little bit more unfriendly- I am willing to do it for myself. But what I would really like is for people to let me in in traffic- that I do miss.
I did some research on the difference between being blonde and brunette and what women said their experiences have been, having been both. Some of the findinsg are facts and others just heresy but here they are, take away what you want from it if any at all but don’t take it too seriously. I am not looking to start a fight or a brunette riot!
- Blondes take longer to get dressed
- Natural blondes have more hair than brunettes
- Blondes body hair is lighter and makes them seem cleaner
- Brunettes have darker body hair and can come across manly
- Brunettes are considered smarter
- Blondes on average make more money than brunettes
- Blondes get married to “better men” – as their selection is larger to choose from
- Blondes are more admired
- Blonde’s gene poll is considered better
- Blondes can hide grey easier than brunettes
- Brunettes say they feel sexier once they have bleached their hair
- Brunettes on average have healthier hair