I have been tossing too and fro in my head the idea of going blonde lately. I have never really been any other colour than (natural) brunette, and have always advocated the sophistication and general classiness of brunettes over blondes. However, hubby recently suggested trying it before 'time runs out to be able to pull it off' - and he does have a point ! So, I have compiled a list of pro's and con's to going blonde, and thrown in a few glamerous ideals for both sides of the story........what are your thoughts on the whole blonde vs brunette debate?
Advantages to going blonde:
It would be fun to try the whole 'Hitchcock Blonde look' at least once in my life! (I am certianly no platnum blonde bombshell!!)......
Would prefer to try the blonde look while my face still has a bit of youth in it....
Blondes do seem to get noticed more....
Blonde seems to lend a face a bit more youth....
If I dont like it I can always dye it back again (although it will loose some condition, I know).....
Seems silly to dye my hair when there arnt too many greys in it yet....
Have just learnt to love the look I have been born with (ie. Dita Von Tease look pale skin and dark hair). Not everyone in Australia needs to have that sun kissed, bleached look !
Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance !
I have very pale skin - will it look stuipd?
Health concerns with chemical bleaches?........
They are my arguments......now for the inspiration........
To Blonde .........
The incomparable Marilyn
Breathtaking Mamie Van Doren
Ever charming Doris Day
Jane Fonda in one of my fav. movies - Cat Ballou
Perfect Hitchcock Blonde Grace Kelly
Ever lovely Lana Turner
Enchanting Zsa Zsa Gabor
Deadly blonde bombshell Diana Dors
Unmistakeable blonde Bridget Bardot
And not to Blonde........
The amazing Dita Von Tease
Exquisit Gene Tierney
A young and beautiful Elizabeth Taylor
Darling French actress Capucine
Beautiful perfection - Vivien Leigh
Modern Classic Beauty - Catherine Zeta Jones
Beautiful and oh so tragic Judy Tyler (died in a car crash after completing the film Jailhouse Rock with Elvis)
Magical Cyd Charisse - dancer extrodinair (and exquisitly beautiful as well!)
And the now imortally beautiful Jean Simmons.
History of hair dye:
"In the Dark Ages, red hair first appeared as the result of a genetic mistake. For many years, people with natural red hair were subjected to suspicions of witchcraft. However, in the 16th Century, Queen Elizabeth I's natural vibrant red hair made red hair more acceptable, and soon hair was being reddened with items such as henna, which dated back to the ancient Egyptians. During the Baroque period, when elaborate powdered wigs were popular, the colors ran the gamut of pastels, from pinks and yellow, to even blue. Blond hair continued to be desirable, with potassium lye or caustic soda being use to bleach the hair. Victorian women used large hats with an open top to expose their treated hair to the strong sun. At the same time, gray hair was popular, bringing back hair powder to heighten the affect. For a time, silver nitrate was used to darken hair until overuse resulted in a purple color. It was this purple result that would eventually lead to the creation of the first synthetic hair dye.
In the 1800s, chemists discovered para-phenylenediamine (PPD) and its use in the creation of synthetic dye. At the same time, it was found that hydrogen peroxide was a gentler and safer chemical for hair bleaching. These two discoveries paved the way for Eugene Schueller, who created the first commercial chemical hair dye, which he christened "Aureole." That product would go on to be known as "L'Oreal." The double-process for dying hair blond soon followed, and in 1932 hair dye was further refined by Lawrence Gelb who created hair dye that actually penetrated the shaft of the hair. His company would be called "Clairol." Later, in 1950, he would introduce the first one-step hair dye product that actually lightened hair without bleach. This ushered in the modern era of hair dye, including the ability for hair to be dyed at home. "
Well.......should I or shouldnt I? What do you think?