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What I Heart Right Now: Pastel Hair

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Pastel hair is an odd thing to want or like. Whether it be a full head of hair or only on the tips, I would never dye my hair such a hue. I hated my hair color when I was a little one (click here to see pictures of a mini-me) but I now consider my red hair precious and too unique to tamper with.

Historically speaking, women have dyed their hair for ages. The Egyptians used berries, the bark of trees, nuts, herbs, and leaves to dye their hair and the Roman used henna to change the shade of their tresses. But all shade changes were of “normal” colors – red, blonde, black. Few and sporadic news articles indicate that pastel hair was “it” in the early 1900s but none that were of noteworthy importance. And who remembers Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, or Marlene Dietrich with pink hair? The trend seems to be a new phenomenon. Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne, and Dennis Rodman a la 1990s were early pioneers of the trend and as of late, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Nikki Minah and the lovely blogger Katy at Scathingly Brilliant are the sporters of the trend. Also, designers such as Zac Posen, Giles, Richard Chai, and Prabal Gurung are beautifying their models with tresses dyed funky colors. But this trend isn’t for the uber celebritous crowd, my old friend from high school, Becky Hardin (I was always secretly jealous of her perfectly coiffed locks), dyes strips of her hair funky colors in the perfect real-world manner (click here to see). Is the trend just plain weird or high fashion? My verdict is not decided. Regardless, the trend is something to admire, like 5 inch Louboutin’s or harem pants. It’s cool, I give credit to it, and I even like it, but I would never do it.

It’s a short and sweet What I Heart Now but I did include some eye candy. Click on the image above for a slideshow of women and men with pink hair.

Oh, and all pictures in the image above are compliments of the amazing blog, KRISATOMIC (check her out. I know you’ll love her).


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    I guessed before clicking what colour hair you had as a child. I had (still have) the same. If you’ve never seen it then you might enjoy the song “Prejudice” by Tim Minchin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVN_0qvuhhw.

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      I have not seen it but will check it out. Thanks lady!

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    I would totally wear colored hair, but I prefer brights. The only thing stopping me is that I’m trying to get a professional job.

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      Yes, I don’t think the professional like would like pink, purple, or blue hair 🙂

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    I love your hair color as a girl. I like pastels…the hair isn’t for me, and I prefer it on the younger set, but I always consider people who dye their hair unconventional colors pretty brave.

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      brave and fabulous, in my opinion

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    Pastel hair is a love of mine! 🙂

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    I think I would be too scared to dye my hair ANY colour, let alone a pastel colour! Haha. I did see a tutorial to use actual pastels on the tips of wet hair and it stays in for a couple of washes. I MAY try that one day, just to see what it’s like! It definitely suits some people!

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      I think pastel tips wouldn’t look I over the top. Let me know if you muster up the courage to make the change!

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    I got it in my head that I wanted to dye my hair lavender but when talking to my hairstylist she said it’s difficult to get that pastel color so I just went to regular bright purple instead. It was fun but a lot of maintenance. Next time I’ll do tips or pieces rather than all over color. I don’t have a “real” job so I can get away with it. 😉 I still love that lavender look, though.

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      Bright purple, huh? You have mad guts!

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    I read through your blog and I must say you come off a bit snobby (and I am being polite here).. Its fine to be proud of accomplishments but you sound incredibly self-centred. Your entire “I am” sounds like bragging and in every post it sounds like you think you are better than others.

    Your hair is too unique to be tampered with? You were born in the most unlikely place for your fair skin? You were a genius in science and at the same time super artistic getting 100pct? I mean couldn’t you tell it differently and be a little humble? Get over yourself.

    A great advice if you want to have more readers (and friends) is get some humility and get over yourself – you are not that special to look at

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I’m sorry you feel that way.

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