The Truth About Bronde
When I first saw Rosie Londoner advertising a new hair dye called ‘Bronde’ I couldn’t believe my ears.
According to Urban Dictionary bronde is ‘someone who has hair that isn’t quite brown and isn’t quite blonde’ which I can very much identify with given that people regularly question me on which side of the colour spectrum I fall on.
Truth is I hadn’t given it much thought, and I don’t really care. As a child I had very light blonde hair which darkened until I started attacking it with bleach. Then, aged 16, the dye-job went wrong and I managed to turn it spectacularly yellow. To make matters worse it was Easter Weekend so, not only could I not get an emergency appointment for several days, I also looked like a giant daffodil. As soon as I could I went for a chocolatey brown which always seemed to lighten to a ginger that in no way suited my skin and eventually I gave up and settled for my universe-given locks. Despite always wanting to I could never ombre, because there wasn’t enough of a distinction from blonde to make adding the dye at the ends worth it. And now the trend has turned to my natural colour, a colour I despaired of for so long.
Did it take the bronde trend for me to appreciate my hair? In all honesty no, I had already accepted and began to like the natural colour that I now realise is the one that best suits my skin, regardless of what the magazines say is the colour to have.
I remember a number of years ago thick eyebrows were in and I rejoiced, having long hated the caterpillars gracing my face. Yet soon enough thin eyebrows were the thing to have, although thankfully I never went too crazy with the tweezers.
So I guess what I’m saying is trends come and go, but it doesn’t matter whether you fit them or not. If you want to chase them then that’s great, but remember not everything suits everyone. Often we look and feel our best when we come to love what nature has given us, rather than chasing the fashions that change before you can say “baylayage”.