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Strange Hair

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I saw a funny glittering hair in the mirror and I pulled it off. It was golden red. That was pretty surreal to see. I don't think I can count myself a fiery redhead though =)

I've come across all kinds of natural but strange colours in my hair. I've had white hair since I was 9, but I've seen brown-red, beige-brown and checkered (ones that alter dark-white-dark-white from root to tip).

There are also two very faint natural streaks at my temples... and I don't colour my hair. I haven't since 1997 anyway. I had slightly lighter brown highlights put in and that was the biggest waste of $60 I had ever spent. I paid $60 for something that just plain made no difference.

But hair colouring might become a way of life for me in the not too distant future. I take after my Dad's family with regards to hair (colour, dental floss-like thickness, huge number of follicles per square centimetre of scalp). My 姑媽 (Father's elder sister) said Dad was born with a piece of white hair. 姑媽 was salt-n-pepper at 35-40 (which is not that far off for me) and was dying her entire head by then.

And I hear (from Mother-in-Law) that it's harder to hide grey with straight hair. *sigh* I really don't want to perm my hair... =P

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incognita
Feb. 6th, 2004 06:15 am (UTC)
Gus's hair is black, but if you look closely at his goatee you'll find 6 or 7 red hairs... and even a few brown ones. It's always tripped me out. Just recently I've started seeing a few white ones sprouting on his scalp. He insists they're silver ;) :) Whatever makes him happy I guess :)
bride
Feb. 6th, 2004 10:52 am (UTC)
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Hehehe, yup, they're SILVER. =)
rcantilles
Feb. 6th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
my hair sounds similar to yours
My hair has been all kinds of bizarre since I started college. As a kid it was straight jet black, with 10-15 white hairs in it starting when I was 10. (and since then, the white has been multiplying) After torturing it a fair bit (bleached a chunk, dyed some of it purple, then red, then black a few times) I finally just left it alone starting 4 or 5 years ago. It hasn't returned to its normal black color since. I have several shades of brown depending on the season, and changing stress levels have resulted in "checkered" hairs as well.

At this point, when I tie my hair half up, I'm all kinds of salt and pepper. By the time I'm 35, I'm pretty sure I'll be completely salt and pepper; I recall that my mother was dying her hair black by then.

I don't know if I want to dye it. My experiences with dying hair haven't been pleasant; it's a bit harsh on my scalp, and has ruined my roots to the point that my hair needs uber-conditioning to not be frizzy. So I might just leave my hair salt n peppa when it gets that way.
bride
Feb. 6th, 2004 10:54 am (UTC)
Re: my hair sounds similar to yours
Yeah, I'm thinking I'll leave it salt'n'peppa and see what happens... we'll see when I break down and start colouring it. =)
ducks
Feb. 6th, 2004 07:32 am (UTC)
Wow red! I don't have red, but I do get the checkered ones. :)
bride
Feb. 6th, 2004 10:55 am (UTC)
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Re: checkered ones

That must be an Asian thing or something =)
aliasa
Feb. 6th, 2004 09:36 am (UTC)
I've had white hair since I was 14 -- inherited it from my mom but got the thickness of it from my dad. My friends used to love pulling it -- I know, I know, pull one out, it'll double. My sister lucked out, she only has 1 white hair. Lol.

Your hair sounds like mine -- do hairstylists complain about how much they have to cut and blowdry? Worse yet, get someone who is cutting your hair and suffers from arthritis ;p

From what I seen, hair colouring for straight hair has gotten better the last few years ... but it's a pain to update the roots on a monthly basis.
;p
bride
Feb. 6th, 2004 11:05 am (UTC)
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I know, I know, pull one out, it'll double.

I've heard 3 for every one you pull. But I still think it's a better deal to pull them though. If you don't pull them, you'll end up with 4 (the original, plus the three that would have come out anyway). Then 16, then 64, then 256, then 1024, then 4096... If I pull, I'll always have ZERO... or close to it =)

do hairstylists complain about how much they have to cut and blowdry?

No. But only because I get my hair cut every 5 years. =D I've given up trying to do anything with it. I have a J.K. Rowling cut that I just let air dry and I don't do anything with it in the mornings either. I've broken combs when I was younger though. =P

hair colouring for straight hair has gotten better the last few years

That's good to know... any particular brands I should keep in mind? =} My Dad uses Clairol's #48 Sable Brown and won't get anything else (he hates the Clairol for Men).
razorw
Feb. 6th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC)
So when do we get to see some pics? ;o) --Ray
bride
Feb. 6th, 2004 10:49 am (UTC)
=P Oh, oops, I tossed it before I realized that I should have taken a picture of it...
razorw
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh too bad.. =P
razorw
Feb. 6th, 2004 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Oh too bad.. =P
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