I’m a delicate flower. I’ve got allergies to lots of chemicals, so I’ve never dyed my hair. Tired of lock-downs and not seeing friends, I wanted to do something new. My bright idea was to colour my hair purple.
Do I look good in purple? No! I NEVER wear purple. And did I do a good job? Are you kidding? I did a better job spraying water on my kitchen floor than I did my hair and I’m still trying to get the colour out of my white counter. Still, if you look really hard you can see a little purple. You may laugh. I did.
Someone who loves me enough to tell the truth (and shall remain nameless) emailed: ‘Yes! I see it! But people may just think it is the “blue hair” of old ladies who try to brighten their grey and leave the stuff on too long!’
I loved the following poem, ‘Warning’, long before I became old. You may too. Since this is National Poetry Month, this is a good time to revisit it. Enjoy!
‘Warning’ by Jenny Joseph (1932-2018)
When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn to spit.
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beer-mats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.
Note: Thanks Andrew for helping me find a gentle and safe dye to use.
I love that poem, too. Happy National Poetry Month. To misquote Forrest Gump, “Purple is as purple does.” Be the purple.
Yup! That poem has always made me happy. Enjoy the holidays Judy, and thanks for reading. XOX
I can see some hint of purple, which is nice and not too much like it can be sometimes. I, too have allergies/sensitivities to many chemicals so I can relate. The poem is great, and I agree; just have fun!
Yes, I had no bad reaction to this gentle purple dye. Plus I certainly DID have fun trying to make my hair purple. What a hoot!
Hi. Are you going to try it again?
Ah, I think you know me. Of course, I will try again. Just can’t resist!
Haha, you answered my question already! 👆
Let’s see. What can your question have been? Would I try again? Is that right? Well, you know me and I can’t resist a challenge. Neither can my kitchen floor. Ha, ha.
I also mess with my hair when I’m searching for something creative to do. I won’t colour it any more. although I have been blonde and red. It is white and would probably go green, but I have just curled it up as it was wild and scappy looking. Our family call me “The wild witch of Wookey” when it gets too long! I fear purple can be aging, as can blue. Try strawberry blonde!
Blonde??? Are you kidding? My hair was/is as black as a witches hat! True, I look horrid in Purple, it gives me blue circles under my eyes, but what the heck. I hardly see anyone these days while we’re locked down. Nonetheless, I’m having fun. That matters a lot, right?
I think we all wish we could keep the hair colour we had when we were younger but now is the time to experiment. Good luck.
Not me. My hair was pitch black and straight and I thought it was boring. I wanted a white streak. All we had was peroxide, and it turned my streak rust red, then to a greenish tinge. It was awful. I had to wait until my fifties to get that white streak. It was glorious. Ha, ha. Thanks for reading. Thanks for commenting.
Haha…this blog is soo fun…
I’ll soon be 20 this june and i want to try some new hairstyle on me but I always keep delaying ..
Reading your blog has given me some courage..
Will go to saloon soon before my courage dies again. LOL😂
Good for you. The great thing about hair is it grows back. So if you don’t like the result, it won’t last for long. Have fun.
Go for it.Let me know how it goes.
I love this! Thank you for brightening my day, and reminding me to keep on enjoying life, and ignoring my age!
Glad you liked it Val: I’ve loved this poem for years. Stay well…..
Thank you for the poem. Life is short, so I’m off to wear slippers in the rain in a terrible shirt. Interested to see what other fun projects you’ll undertake during lockdown. Take care!
Yes, I guess I often manage to make a mess of things, but I do have fun. All is well. You take care too. Cheers.
And Youthness will never go if we won’t let it to go, and it’s always fun to try new thing 😀
Yup, and now my new thing is learning to type with one finger. Chuckle. (Forgive delay. Just emailed you to explain.)
😀 yes, definitely that’s new thing,