When I got the all clear for a full head of colour I was ecstatic. I have been dying to return to my pink tresses for some time. But, with a difference. Last time I went fuchsia because I had to settle for hair lightened with foils due to my sensitive scalp. While it looked cool and the fuchsia blended well with my few dark blonde wisps it wasn’t quite what I wanted. I wanted full on va-va-voom! Pow! Pink! A full head. Like a cartoon character! Finally I could go for it. My scalp was clear enough for the full pink party!
Though I am usually a rule breaker, I do stick to some rules. The all-important ones like: no anchovies on pizza, don’t talk in the movie theatre, never wear white after labour day (should really be before in NZ, no?) and of course, never, ever DIY your blonde hair colour. I learnt this the hard way when I was 13. I wanted to look like Gwen Stefani, so I went to supermarket and bought two boxes of ‘lightest blonde’. I did not end up looking like Gwen Stefani. When I went to school the next day my friends all stared at me until one of them finally said “It’s the same colour as gingernuts!”
So needless to say, I was heading to the salon to get my hair pre-lightened to a super pale blonde. Hair visits are never cheap. And I mean you don’t really want it to be do you? You wanna pay good money for a good job. But what if you could find a salon that had a training facility for their hairdressing apprentices? A place who watched super closely while the trainee did your hair and did so for a ridiculously good rate? Enter: Blue Cactus hair salon in Wellington!
The only pickle about the training days at Blue Cactus is that they are only on a Monday during the day. This is tricky when you have two kiddies to find homes for for the day and drop them off all before 8.30am. I’m sure there are people who do it every day but when you’re not used to it, it is exhausting! By time I’d got to the salon I was every bit ready to sit and be pampered!
A few hours later, after the bleach and pink toner, I emerged looking every bit like Jem of Jem and the Holograms fame!
I love it.