mysteriousaliways: (Lauren Bacall eyes)
[personal profile] mysteriousaliways
Today I haz mostly been ... a model.

On Saturday I got a phone call from my hairdresser asking if I'd be willing to get my hair coloured for free as part of the salon's training day. Since I hadn't had my highlights done in ages (due to lack of funds and the fact that my usual cut & colour comes to around £60) and my roots were about four inches long, my answer can be summed up as "Hell yeah!"

So this morning I turned up at the salon. After some discussion, J set to work on my hair with around five different shades of blonde/light brown, and around two hours later my hair looked gorgeous.

And then they really got started.

After trying out some complicated plaiting, they decided on a style to fit the mood they were looking for. At one point I had three hairdressers clustered round me doing stuff to my hair. I spent about an hour doing an impression of Cousin It with my hair hanging in front of my face while they did some stuff that sounded like they were playing cat's cradle with my hair, followed my a period as a unicorn with half my hair in a big knot over my forehead to keep it out of the way. It ended up with a woven criss-cross net of hair over the crown, with long spiral curls to one side and the hair in front backcombed to within an inch of its life and sculpted into an asymmetric shape, with what seemed like an entire large can of hairspray and more hairpins that you can shake a stick at.

Then it was downstairs to be made up, over to the photographer's studio in the next street, much debate about whether I should keep on my leather jacket, then much posing, pouting and exuding. The pics he showed me looked surprisingly good, although whether the salon will actually use them in publicity is another matter, considering that all the other models were around thirty years younger than me *g*.

It was rather fun, although the whole process took six hours. Six hours!! My hair has never had that much primping, even for my wedding :) It was rather fun, although it would be hellish to be a celebrity/model/actress and have to go through that all the time - my bum muscles had gone to sleep about half way through.

Sadly by the time I trekked back to the car through the rain my look had gone from 'dramatic' to 'drag queen hauled through a hedge backwards'. What works in the studio doesn't really translate as an everyday look, LOL, so rather than wander round the supermarket I headed home.

Back to the plain old ponytail tomorrow. Apparently I'll be getting a copy of the photos at some point, which should be interesting. It's amazing what professional photography can make you look like :)

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013 06:48 (UTC)
fififolle: (Banlieue13 - onlymewithyou)
From: [personal profile] fififolle
Hee! That's wonderful! You have the hair they dream of getting their hands on :D

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013 09:08 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
All the other models were about 20 and had short hair - apparently they don't often get hair past shoulder length to play with.
I might get the rest of the hairspray out of it by the weekend *g*

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013 19:15 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rain-sleet-snow.livejournal.com
Ooh, wow. You have awesome hair, I'm not surprised they asked you! They'd be well advised to use your pictures - show they make everyone look good, not just that tiny, rarified portion of the population that is skinny 20 year olds with faces composed entirely of angles who always seem to be hairdressers' models.

Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2013 19:33 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
Good point - most hairdressers I've been to seem to have a clientele that includes numerous little old ladies getting perms or shampoo and set, but all the pics on the walls are of said skinny 20-year-olds.

The style I ended up with was a tad frizzy for my tastes (and I could barely see out from under it) but it was a load of fun. I did feel a bit conspicuous out in public afterwards though!

Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013 12:24 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] still-refrain.livejournal.com
It's good to be pampered. Hope you're felling more your normal self now xxx

Date: Monday, 23 September 2013 09:59 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
It was rather fun, although my hair didn't quite know what hit it!

Hope you had a good break over the school hols, give me a nudge if you're online and want to chat :)

Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013 19:35 (UTC)
ext_27141: (Intellectual)
From: [identity profile] telperion-15.livejournal.com
It sounds like tons of fun! Might we be getting a glimpse of some of these pictures when you get them? ;)

Date: Monday, 23 September 2013 10:01 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
No piccies have emerged as yet, but when I get something you'll see them. Probably heavily-friends-locked if they're dire!!

PHOTOS!

Date: Saturday, 21 September 2013 08:25 (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
...or it didn't happen!

Bet you look completely fab, hon.

M xxx

Re: PHOTOS!

Date: Monday, 23 September 2013 10:02 (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysteriousaliwz.livejournal.com
Haven't had any yet from the hairdressers (and the selfies after walking back in the rain don't look very flattering!) but if and when they arrive you'll get to see them :D

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