Friday, October 31, 2008

RED RIDING HOOD

After sitting on the fence for a very long time, I’ve taken the plunge. Head first, straight into L’Oreal’s Majirel hair colour, shades Mahogony and Dark Brown.

After being henna-headed for decades (to hide the grey), I needed the festive push of Diwali to dive into the bewildering and number-crunching (shades 5.6 and 3.2 in ratios of 20:80, or some such complicated equation) world of hair-colours.

If henna was DIY (Do it Yourself), then hair colour, at least for me, is very definitely GID@P (Get it done at Parlour).

And so I did. My fairy godmother, Kadambari (god bless her), who has been gently nudging me to take the plunge for a very long time, held my head and hand and led me gently into the colour-whirlpool. From where I emerged, all red-tinged hair, a local lady with a global head.

The mirror reflected a disappointingly brown head (though without a hint of grey). It was only when the light falls on it that the red shines, dazzling the eye.

I stepped out of the salon, peering at every passing mirror/glass and preening at my image. Imagine my horror when I peeped into the front-pane of a parked autorickshaw, with the sun in my eyes, hoping to see my own partial reflection and instead gazing into the quizzical eyes of a just-woken-up-from-sleep autorickshawallah (driver), who leered at me, thinking probably that I was soliciting him for unnameable services.

Like Red Riding Hood, I fled.

6 comments:

sukku said...

Nice post and I like the part when you were "gazing into the quizzical eyes of a just-woken-up-from-sleep autorickshawallah (driver), who leered at me, thinking probably that I was soliciting him for unnameable services".

Actually when we do something different...we look for reassurance before only then we become aware of what we did....imagine if you had bought a red car....after that every other car you see is red...

ugich konitari said...

Sucharita, Wow ! I didnt know you could mix the shades. I have tried darkest brown and sometimes it works. At other times, the grey defiantly sticks out here and there... But tell me, did you have the thing done with streaks of red ?

Koel said...

wow u must be looking great with the hair colour.....now it is high time u post some pics......

The Scatterbrain said...

I think the time has come to ask for a picture! My curiosity has been kindled beyond beyond!

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Hi Sukku,

How apt you are re the reassurance bit.

Hi UK,

Mixing and matching is Kadambari's dept, I was just the willing guinea pig. And no streaks yet, this was something called global colour, which has managed to camouflage my grey and henna, both.

Hi Koel and Scatterbrain,

Teach me how and I'll oblige. i don't have a digicam, actually.

Jaquanda Rae said...

LOL. A very funny post. I'm so pleased that you still peep on my blog, even though I've been so MIA.

I bought a Nokia too in the Summer. I'm also very pleased with mine. And yes, it came with various booklets, of which I've barely skimmed one or two. I certainly did take pics with the camera though, especially when I went to see the Statue of Liberty on Staten Island. I uploaded them on Facebook.