Though the titular conflation of blonde and brown makes the erstwhile literature student in me shudder (I had a lecturer who went to pains to imprint in us a disdain for melting words together in this way), it nonetheless precisely describes what is going on with my hair colour at the moment. After an afternoon spent in Despina of Neville Hair & Beauty’s eminently capable hands, bronde is where I’m at.
Why the change? Sheer boredom. I’ve been a brunette with a subtle dip-dye for at least two years and that, coupled with a fringe, has been my look. Yawn. Also, it’s coming up to summer, which invariably makes me feel a little wilder and more experimental of spirit (I know – a hair dye isn’t the height of wildness, but I’m still undecided on tattoos and have all the piercings I want for now…).
Things about being lighter of hair:
– I don’t just look different, I feel different. Anyone who’s in any doubt about the effect appearance has on the mind, change your hair colour. When you see a different head of hair looking back at you in the mirror, it kinda sets you free to construct a new version of yourself to match your new hair. Bronde me is more carefree, it seems.
– I need more bronzer. I thought being lighter of hair would have the opposite effect as when I was once platinum – think Gwen Stefani – my comparatively colourful face needed a mere swipe of bronzer to glow. The middle ground of bronde seems different somehow and I’ve been accordingly bringing my face to life with Burberry’s Earthy Blush 07 and Daniel Sandler’s Angel Watercolour Blush.
– Actually, make that more make-up in general. Again, my eyes may now look darker, but they nonetheless need a little extra mascara and liner to make them look perky. In the above photo I’m wearing a lick of Delilah Gel Line in Plum and lashings of Dior Diorshow mascara.
– My curtains don’t match the valance. Appalling metaphor – my apologies. I speak of brows and hair and the great debate: to match or not to match. My belief? Not to match. Nicola Clarke (who knows a thing or two about blondes as she’s responsible for Moss, Blanchett and Winslet’s flaxen hair) once told me she’ll only dye brows if requested to by a client: the contrast lends the face structure and modernises the look.