Coming across these two lovely ladies in Thessaloniki the other day got me thinking about the enigmatic allure of pink hair. Plus, something deep inside me wondered if these two wandering muses are a glimpse into our future. Are these two, in fact, Helen and me in forty years?
Pink hair is nothing new. In fact, it’s one of those trends that never really seems to go away. From Marilyn Monroe to, more recently, Helen Mirren, pink hair seems to make an appearance every year. Is it because pink is the ultimate in gender-specific wear? So much so that we need to wear pink on our heads, lest we forget we are girls? And does its constant presence mean that pink hair is not just a trend? If so, then do we dare call it classic?
Quilted Chanel bag.
Classic or not, pink hair was on the runways for spring 2013 at Peter Som, Oscar de la Renta and Anna Sui.
And then there’s the lovely Charlotte Free on the cover of this month’s Flare Magazine, pink hair a-blazing.
I don’t know. Pink hair leaves me bewildered and full of uncertainty. What I do know is that when I donned a pink wig for carnivale a few years back, it did wonders for my complexion. Perhaps that’s part of the appeal. Who needs Crème de la Mer when you have pink hair? And, as Steven Tyler so poignantly sang back in 1997, “You could be my flamingo/ ‘Cause pink, it’s a new kind of lingo/Pink, like a deco umbrella”. Are you as confused as I am?
If you’re thinking about jumping onto the pink hair bandwagon and want to know how, I can’t help you. Talk to your hairdresser. In the meantime, you can always get a temporary fix here.