March 1, 2011

Sartorial Interlude: In Which I Chase "My Little Pony" Ambitions

So. After several months of agonizing over the "should I"/"shouldn't I" of dying my hair shiny, vibrant, intergalactic colors, I finally returned to my (nearly 10 years ago) roots of having truly prismatic hair. In my heyday (and by that, I mean my early teen years*), I was known for sporting brightly colored hair, and to the behest of Jeremy Scott, Prabal Gurung, Mandy Coon, and approximately a zillion other taste-makers, I've succumbed to the powers of bleach, with a mixture of ombré panels and lush, royal blues and purples.





After much deliberation, and names like Sequinette, Sparklina, and Shimmer thrown on the table, it was decided, as per Jenn's recommendation, that my "My Little Pony" name would be Paillette (in her words, a "Special Edition Parisian Pony"), an homage to those shiny little plastic discs that I love so much. My S.O. insists my tresses are more "beta fish" than magical pony, but whatever, I love it. I even feel like I'm channeling a little Lisa Frank... I'm just waiting for the right moment for a unicorn or golden retriever puppy or tiger to pop out of the Trapper Keeper that is my hair.

*P.S. I wish I had pictures of the many, many colors my hair has been: hot pink, violet, turquoise, fire-engine red, even dip-dyed hair long before it was socially acceptable, especially at my Jewish High School. I guess, for a middle/high-school student, it was my trademark, landing me a "What would happen if Nicolette didn't dye her hair?" superlative in my 10th grade yearbook.

P.P.S. Today is March 1st. You may remember that I proclaimed February to be "No Shopping Month." No? Yes? Anyways, I succeeded.

Photos by Austin Manning
Dye Job by Marissa at Pimps & Pin-Ups | 101 Stanton Street | New York, NY

52 comments:

  1. oo0oh I love! A friend of mine wanted me to dye her hair in these same colors. I wasn't sure if I could do it myself though!

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  2. JEALOUS!! You look gorgeous, as usual.

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  3. it looks soooo good!

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  4. WOW! Your hair is so beautifull, looks healthy and shiny, love your new colours! Congrats for the non shopping month! :D

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  5. diggin the tresses! can't wait to see it in person! XOXOXO

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  6. Pretty - and well done on the no shopping! x

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  7. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IN A FEW HOURS. WORK GIRL, WORK.

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  8. aaah it looks awesome!!

    i was the same way in high school! it was totally against the rules but i always showed up with neon hair & our principal loved me & let me get away with it. i am also still known as "pinky" to several of my friends parents, due to my proclivity for pink locks. lol.

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  9. LAVEEEEEEEEEEE it. Your hair manages to look extremely healthy throughout everything, I'm jealous! LOL. And congrats on the shopping ban!

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  10. love your hair! and congrats on making it through Feb w/out shopping :)

    xo!
    www.societysmisfit.com

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  11. THIS IS EPIC I LOVE IT OMG WANT WANT WANT

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  12. Nicolette, LOVE your hair girl!!!

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  13. oh I remember the days when my hair was yellow and blue and pink, so I completely understand the feeling. Well I love this, the dark bright colors look fabulous with your dark brown hair, I really really love it. colored hair can sometimes look so cheap on people. So the Vogue was a kind of inspiration. Love your little Pony name by the way, it brings back so many memories. Woohoo shopping is back again I see!!!! for me it was 2 months of no shopping (more or less), so I can go completely loose in NYC!!!

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  14. Wow, so gorgeous. How did you get the colors to not mix together?! Really, really lovely.

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  15. I love it! I wish I could dye my hair cool intergalactic colors!

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  16. ahhhh so jealous! looks awesome. my parents forbade me from dying my hair any ~cRaZY colors, and when i was finally old enough to do so without their permission, i found myself stuck with jobs that forbade me to do so too. ah, life.

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  17. OMG, that is amazing!!!!!! So brave! :D good thing you did it, cause it looks great! love the colors :D

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  18. when I went away to college I tried to bleach my hair and it came out this really ugly orange and that was about as daring as I got, but have been lots of natural shades. But I think something inside me wants to do this too, I wish I was braver like your!! it looks amazing.

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  19. luurrve it!

    i agree it's beta fishy but they're pretty too!

    i love dark hair for this ability to have these subtle and yet vibrant hair statements.

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  20. how fun! just love color against black hair, it just pops! Love it

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  21. YAY!!!!! As I am also current member of the "My Little Pony Hair Club" (even though at the moment it's more of a dirty washer grayish lavender) I TOTALLY HIGH FIVE YOU ACROSS THE INTERNET. If "Sparkle Sparkle Sequin Face" isn't taken, it's my new name.

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  22. LOVE IT!!! no wonder you had so many foils in your hair! did you have to bleach first to make the bright colors appear??

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  23. Where did you get this done????? I'm unbelievably jealous of how amazing this turned out!

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  24. Yay!!! Thanks everyone for the positive reactions and lovely comments.
    To answer some of the questions: Yes, I did have to bleach it. The entire coloring process took about 4 hours. First, bleach, then rinse, then dry, then color, then rinse, then dry. Bleach and colors were set in foils.. This helped the colors not run. Additionally, once the color was applied and set, the foils were removed and rinsed one by one.

    There's NO way I could get these colors in my hair without bleaching it... My hair is naturally a dark brown with reddish tones, so there really wasn't any way to avoid bleaching it to achieve these colors.

    I went to Pimps & Pin-Ups which is located on the Lower East Side. The address is above in the post. The colorist's name is Marissa.

    xoxo!!
    Nicolette

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  25. It looks fantastic!
    Wish I could color my curls the same way, but I'm petrified it'll all fall out.

    Love your posts muchly,
    stay gorgeous!

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  26. It looks gorgeous, I love it! If it could be guaranteed that it'd look as good as yours, I'd get my hair dyed in a nanosecond.

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  27. I LOOOOVE your hair! Wow...I remember when I was around 16, 17 years old I dyed my hair, pink, purple, blue...and red! After that I've been just sticking with my brown natural hair. But I love yours and btw I also love "My little Pony" still have my little collection from back in the days...

    :)

    xx

    S*

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  28. I totally love it!
    xxx

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  29. wow, what can i say. stunning!!!

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  30. God, I want to dye my hair like this so badly. I'm just not brave enough. Do you have pictures of your whole head?

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  31. The hair colour is frigging awesome! And I can imagine i'll be very happy every day just looking at it!

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  32. woa awesome hair!

    xx
    mandy mitchell

    http://www.shopnativela.com

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  33. I love how this turned out! The colors look so good together and I love how they sort of beak out from your real color.

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  34. lookin' HOT nicki!!!

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  35. love love loooove that hair, those colours.....great style, fantastic attitude! keep rockin´!

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  36. Love the mix, you now have powerful hair!

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  37. lookin' HOT nicki!!!

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  38. God, I want to dye my hair like this so badly. I'm just not brave enough. Do you have pictures of your whole head?

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  39. YAY!!!!! As I am also current member of the "My Little Pony Hair Club" (even though at the moment it's more of a dirty washer grayish lavender) I TOTALLY HIGH FIVE YOU ACROSS THE INTERNET. If "Sparkle Sparkle Sequin Face" isn't taken, it's my new name.

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  40. Nicolette, LOVE your hair girl!!!

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  41. WOW! Your hair is so beautifull, looks healthy and shiny, love your new colours! Congrats for the non shopping month! :D

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