Friday, 29 November 2013

Moving to the Dark Side


The madness has started!  Christmas shopping … Christmas decorations … Christmas music blaring from every store.  In the midst of it all, I had a fit of madness myself and decided it was time to change my look.  It will probably come as a tremendous shock to you all … but I’m not actually a natural blonde (Uh huh!  I had you fooled, didn’t I?).  So off I went … to head back to my roots!

And yes, apparently, this is the colour of my roots … and despite the shock when I looked in the mirror, photographs from a decade ago are testament to the fact that once upon a time, I was actually this dark.  So, what do you think?  Feel free to be honest – as we all know, I’m very thick skinned (ha!  Geddit?!)  The fringe is being grown out, so it’s currently a work in progress.  Excuse the grainy picture … it was the best I could do with my iphone today.
 


But here is the interesting fact and one I may have mentioned before – when I have my hair coloured, all scalp psoriasis disappears for a few days.  In fact for the past five days, I haven’t had an issue with psoriasis on my scalp; not a single flake in evidence.  Clearly I have produced a genius, because when I mentioned this, The Child commented ‘it’s a pity you can’t get clear colour … then you could put it in your hair every week and you’d never have a problem again’.  Well Eureka!  Any budding entrepreneurs out there with a flair for cosmetic production?  How’s that for an idea?  You’re welcome!  All I ask in return is a lifetime supply please.

I know I’ve also mentioned that a number of my blogging friends have demonstrated their own entrepreneurial flair and are currently selling a variety of scarves, jewellery and clothing on their blogs (see here). The scarf that I’m wearing in the above picture is from School Gate Style and she has a dazzling array in a variety of colour combinations which will truly test your shopping willpower.  Great for Christmas presents if you’re stuck.

And so I’m off.  That great Irish institution, The Late Late Toy Show is being broadcast tonight.  The living room is awash with excited girls, chocolate and sweets … Flaky will be grimly clutching her wine glass (bottle) throughout. 

I will be back later in the week.  There are the plaid trousers that I’ve yet to show you … not to mention my new high heeled ankle boots.  I was successful … not in Clarks unfortunately (Oi, Clarks, when will you extend your online service to Ireland??) but in TK Maxx.  Stay tuned …

Enjoy your weekend

 

29 comments:

  1. love the look. really really suits ya.. good girl! as for the vino/late late combo, clink clink..I'm with ya all the way

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    1. *raises her glass* Cheers! Only way to get through it!!

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  2. Helen, I absolutely love it. You've still kept a warm tone which is great for your skin colour xx

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    1. Thank you. I'm still getting used to it to be honest ... get a shock whenever I pass a mirror!

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  3. I LOVE it darker, I think it takes years off you as well x

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  4. From the photo - it doesn't look that dark. Kind of got some caramel tones in it too which is nice and soft.

    And more plaid trousers? You've embraced this trend. I daren't. I only wear plaid on my pj bots.

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    1. In reality it seems much darker - I guess I just need to get used to it. And yeah ... I'm really liking the tartan trend!

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  5. The colour is amazing.....makes your hair look so shiny and in such great condition! Gorgeous! x

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  6. You see I like it here - I think you all dream sequence sexy! :-)!!!!
    That scarf is GORGEOUS.

    When I got married, I had a 'clear colour' put on my hair, it was to add shine etc - you should ask your hairdresser ..

    Fiona

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    1. Really? OK, I must investigate that. Thank you. You were right incidentally, the colour did fade a bit in the first few days - not quite as dark now. Phew!

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  7. You look lovely Helen and great that your scalp improved also! Hope you made it through the toy show although I think Tubs excellled himself singing and dancing this year! Not sure we would have seen Gay or Pat doing that:)
    ~Anne

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    1. Wasn't he great? I have to say I really enjoyed it this year .. although the endless supply of wine and reading the Twitter comments on the sly helped a lot!!

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  8. Dark for Winter. Blonde for summer. Perfect!

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    1. Could well be blonde again next summer !!

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  9. I love your hair Helen. Really suits you. How interesting that the psoriasis clears up after colouring it. And I'd very happily post anything to you from here. It's such a shame that so many places still don't deliver to Ireland xxx

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    1. Thanks Liz, that's very kind. I'm amazed that Clarks don't deliver here - seems mad, considering their shops are on every high street and in every shopping centre!

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  10. It's winter, the hair looks fine. I've darkened mine up, 2 brown 1 blonde instead of the other way around. Looking forward to the reveals! x

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    1. I normally darken a bit in winter .. have never gone this far before! But if nothing else, the reactions are interesting (I've decided that "ooh, it's VERY dark" translates to "oh no, I don't like it at all!") And hell! It's only hair. I can change it again :)

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  11. You look AMAZING, you should keep it like that, it looks so healthy and full. Do you think that it is an acid/alkaline thing. Have you tried barley grass, it is touted as the world's best cure-all, it is meant to help to balance acidity. It cleared up my eldest's acne and another friend took it every day and got pregnant at 43 after trying for 6 years, so who knows, it is worth a go?!

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    1. Now barley grass is one thing that I have never tried - in fact, I'm not sure it's ever been recommended (and believe me, I'll try anything!) Thank you for the tip; I'll definitely look into it . Thanks also for your kind comments on the darker look :)

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  12. Love your new colour Helen just a warm tone, just gorgeous.
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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  13. Love love love the new hair colour Helen, I really thought u wouldn't suit it dark but it's amazing!! X

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  14. I love your hair, it really suits you! Your scarf suits your dark hair too:)

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  15. I love it Helen! It looks so warm but fresh & it makes you look younger too! Ax

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  16. Love this photo and the scarf is so pretty on you! What 'er above said - totally. Onward with the colour!

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