by ZOE FOSTER
For those of us who mess with our hair colour, and have been for many, many years, try for a moment to think about the hair you had before all that Sun In and Napro Live and Clairol snuck onto your strands.
Let’s say when you were, oooh, 12? (I began colouring in Year 7, when I was 11. Which sounds preposterous but is A) Pretty normal actually B) Not at all surprising if you are familiar with the small town of Bundanoon, where, as a fidgety teen, a few hours colouring your hair with your bezzie on a Sunday is the most fun you’ll have all month.)
By about age 12 your hair has outgrown its baby colour, and become The Colour You Were Meant To Have. And when I write that, I mean in terms of:
– Your skin tone
– Your eyebrow colour
– Your eye colour
In other words, you are witnessing the specific genetic puzzle you were given, which all fits together and complement each other perfectly. It’s your genuinely “natural” look, and I tend to believe your DNA knows what its doing.
Should you choose to revisit this ‘natural’ condition, years on, by letting your natural hair colour come back, I am almost certain you’ll discover:
– your eyebrows will need less tinting/filling in, (although I still recommend them to be two shades darker than the hair colour; something our genes don’t seem to understand)
– your skin tone is just right. Use of fake tan seems a little less imperative, and for some reason, (maybe the fact so many of us played in sun as rugrats?) annoying freckles that arrive despite extreme UV border patrol don’t seem to bother you as much
– less eye makeup is needed, because your eye colour, when placed against your natural hair colour, should sing. (A simple palette of taupes and chocolates being the most flattering and enhancing makeup is utilised.)
Of course, a lot of us couldn’t give two burps about looking natural, or returning to a hair colour that is spectacularly dull compared to the exciting blonde highlights or mahogany hair we’re currently sporting. We’d rather exploit the full artillery of salon and supermarket hair magic available to us, and enjoy many different looks, as opposed to the one we were given.