|Gorgeous Fanny Ardant with her masses of chestnut curls.|
Hairstyles are an extension of our personalities. Our coiffures are so important that when a celebrity or a woman in politics changes her “do” the press thinks it’s important enough to write articles about her new look.
It’s strange in a way, but like our clothes and to some extent our makeup our hair speaks for us. It may say: “I spend a great deal of time and money keeping this up;” or “I’ve decided to go grey;” or “This cut and color is pretty much ‘wash and go’ and I love it;” or “I’ve had this cut forever and it is absolutely me (!).”
A woman’s hair may also say: “I don’t really care,” a sentiment which tends to be part of her complete, yet silent, presentation to others. You know what I’m saying, but before you start telling me that it doesn’t matter how we present ourselves to others (or to our own mirrors), that I’m being superficial and judgemental please remember I’m not commenting on the kindness, intelligence or character of another woman. I’m simply stating the obvious: we are judged — fairly or not — by the way we present ourselves to the world. Think potential employer, future promotion, first meeting. . .
|Halle Berry. I did read that she has let her hair grow. You see what I mean? Women get press coverage when they change hairstyles.|
|Dame Judi Dench.|
Most of my life my hair has been flirting with my shoulders — slightly above, longer, and just touching. I prefer slightly above which also gives me ponytail and chignon options. Unfortunately, my base color is something blah, no real white or anything interesting. Some blondes are lucky and have that gorgeous mix of white and blonde. I do not. Michelle, my colourist, told me to forget working with my dirty sand sort of color and just use it as a base for lots of balayage. That’s what we do.
|Diane von Furstenberg.|
|Martha Stewart. Heaven knows that after watching her in action while I was working on a project in which she was involved, I hate to include her here, but she has had this haircut and color for a very long time and it definitely suits her.|
I thought it would be fun today to look at women whose hairstyles are so much a part of them that we wouldn’t understand if they did something radical. Some have tweaked the length and color ever so slightly, but the basics haven’t changed.