Basic Isn't Boring: Why I've Embraced Natural-Looking Hair

14/08/2014 16:38 | Updated 22 May 2015

For the past god knows how long I've had a dip-dyed hairdo in one colour or another. I've been bleach blonde, purple, blue, pink and green (by accident) and while it was all very fun and yada yada yada, I was fed up the odd glances on the bus. I was over being the "kooky" one. Trust me, being the Zooey Deschanel character gets old.

Plus, as we all know, something is only cool when you're the only one who does it. When the whole world and his wife (read: Kesha) starts rocking a blue barnet, you know it's time to put down the vegetable dye.

After looking at my green'ish hair in the cold light of the bathroom mirror I decided it was time to go au naturel.

My tresses had taken a massive battering and I was in desperate need of a bona fide hair consultation. Colour experts at Percy & Reed told me I'd have to have a bleach rinse and a full head of blonde highlights in order to get rid of the green residue left behind by my most recent venture in rainbow hair. Like a woman possessed, I told them to go ahead - do what they must. I was desperate for it to go. Why?

1. The runway said so

One look at the Spring/Summer 2014 catwalk - be it London, Paris or New York - resolved any conflict in my mind over my cray-cray coloured hair. Chloe and JW Anderson both taught me now is the best time to try a more natural look. Whether it's throwing out your heavy black eyeliner or opting for a less outlandish do, SS14 is about working with what yo mamma gave you.

2. Buying clothes had become a nightmare

Unless you've actually had purple/pink/blue hair you won't realise what a struggle it is trying to find anything that doesn't clash horrendously with your barnet.

3. Basic doesn't mean boring

Don't ask why, but I've been harbouring a borderline obsessive love for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen since I was a child. These two managed to rock one colour all over and look totally chic. Note to potential crazy colour hair dyers: chic isn't something easily achieved when your locks resemble a children's colouring book.

After a fair few hours in stylist Lucy's chair, I emerged fresh, totally blonde and grinning from ear-to-ear safe in the knowledge I would never be compared to Kesha again. Phew! SS14, I think I love you.

A full head of highlights at Percy & Reed starts at £130. See the website for more info.


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