To Dye Or Not To Dye

I’m in the middle of an experiment.

I’ve been coloring my hair for over twenty years.  Where it once was every eight weeks, then six, down to four…now it’s three, and it’s driving me, not to mention my wallet, crazy.

I’m a slave to my Persian hair colorist who slaps it on my hair any way but gently as I sit under a hot light baking like a ham.

He then, Sable Brown Number 3 dripping down the sides of my face, knocks my already addled head around in a sink that may as well have been imported from Pompeii.

We mustn’t forget the matter of my ears.  I tell him, Chagall, please, don’t get dye in my ears…they’re in enough trouble as it is.  I shove in 3-ply earplugs along with two fingers, but he still manages to squirt them with black, sudsy water.


I wear my hair short, the reason I’ve never gotten highlights since they’d be cut off every three weeks.  I’ve been told, at my age, I should lighten up…in more ways than one…since a lighter shade of color would brighten my, middle-aged, sallow face.

Thanks for sharing, and now shut the fuck up.

I’m a creature of habit.  With the exception of things I can’t change like crows feet, unforeseen wattles and a surprise panty line, I do my best to keep things the same.

I’m a brunette, and like my Italian grandmother at 86 on her deathbed said,”Can you call the beauty parlor…see if Loraine can come give me a little touch-up?”

But then had an epiphany.

My hair isn’t all that gray…it’s more dry, the texture of hay when I need color, from years of using dye.

What if I keep cutting off that part till I have a fresh head of hair.  Maybe it will actually look and feel okay.

For me to be going on my 8th week without a dye job is no less than a miracle.

Of course there are hats and headbands to help me along the way…but all in all, if you ignore the fact my head is a tad flat, I’m more or less pulling it off.

Chagall, who you can imagine isn’t too happy about this losing money and all, actually went so far as to say, he’s thinking of buying a new sink…one that doesn’t threaten to decapitate you.

I’m still determined to see this through, and who knows, maybe I’ll never have to dye again…well…just once more, in my bed without a Lorraine aiming a squeeze bottle at my head like an overpriced grenade.

images-95 Sometimes its just plain hard to be a woman.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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38 Responses to To Dye Or Not To Dye

  1. micklively says:

    Women make it hard to be a woman! You dye your hair so you will appear younger than you really are, yet you freely admit to your real age in your blog. Where is the logic in that?

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  2. Why Dracula got rid of mirrors permanently! Well, on second thought, maybe you better not go quite that far. :O)

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  3. I remember when my mom told Clairol to take a hike. She was lucky and her hair grew in that really good salt n peppa color. I bet yours would too with the same Italian heritage. Although Camille will most likely kidnap you and force you to have spa treatments until you come to your senses.


  4. Ally Bean says:

    I’m in the process of a highlighting sabbatical which has gone on for 8 weeks now. I’m curious to see exactly what color my formerly medium blonde hair truly is. The plan is let it all grow out while trimming the ends– then see what’s really going on there. So far, I look okay, but feel insecure about it.


  5. skinnyuz2b says:

    Who knows, it might open a whole new series of modeling jobs. I think you’ll look great no matter what.
    I’d love to stop coloring and save a ton of money and time. but my hair is almost completely white on the crown of my head and temples, and dark blonde on my bangs and the perimeter. Not a good look!


  6. Elle Knowles says:

    I’m at the same crossroads Susannah. To color or not to color…that is the question. Like you, I’m seriously thinking of not. If we only did not have to be in contact with the public while figuring out whether we will pass muster! ~Elle

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  7. I hear ya! My over processed hair was dull and dry. I didn’t stop coloring but only do the roots….myself. I don’t pull the color through and I’m incredibly careful. What has happened is that my hair is now healthy and shiny and bit too oily but I’m keeping it like that. Since I’m a dark blonde color, grey just doesn’t work in my hair. You on the other hand might have a great mix of color or maybe even a strategically placed streak. After 8 weeks you should have a good idea of whether you like it. You are so beautiful I can’t believe it really makes a difference!


  8. Patricia says:

    I had pretty dark auburn hair then it started to gray and I colored it for years. Then I let it go au natural again. Now it is multi colored; light and dark gray, white and a bit of dark brown. It’s fine. I am too lazy and cheap to color it so it will be what it is an unruly head of mostly gray curls. It goes nicely with my fine lines and wrinkles.


  9. Wow, he’s thinking of buying a new sink? He must really want you back. 🙂 I say wait until he starts a program where your fifth visit’s free. I used to have people in Korea ask me if I dyed my beard, which I thought was hilarious, especially because of all the grey that’s starting to peek out. It’s mostly still dark, for a while at least.

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