Is it wrong to say that Kurt Cobain is my current hair idol? Purposefully stringy and grungy strands were all over the FW11 runways at shows like Vena Cava and Nicholas K, and the recent celeb-favorite ombré trend is reminiscent of the grown-out roots he was wearing almost 20 years ago. My latest hair fantasy is a cross between Scarlett Johansson’s long, tousled bob at the 2011 Oscars and this:
Then there’s the notorious Kool-Aid dye job. Of course the colorfully-inclined had been using this trick since before Seattle had a sound, but when Kurt emerged with his fuchsia locks the story became pop culture legend and the singular reference point for all powdered beverage beauty DIY-ers to follow.
This would be a good time to mention that Gregor geeks out a bit over Nirvana. When I was looking for pictures for this post he could tell me the exact performance to find, complete with dates and a few anecdotes for good measure. (However, when I asked who broke the Kool-Aid story, he shrugged, “It’s just one of those things we’ve always known.”)
No surprise, then, that he’s strongly encouraging me to take a coloring cue from Mr. Cobain.
I have always dreamed of pink hair (although it’s more of a candyfloss pastel in my mind), and what was once a look reserved for crusty punks and grunge groupies has since become increasingly mainstream. It’s been cited as inspiration by fashionistas and runway stylists. Last year Refinery29 even posted step-by-step instructions
If I had a way to reconcile the decidedly unprofessional style with my day job I’d be breaking out the Kool-Aid packets tonight. Until I work that out, I’ve started playing with some spray-in pink highlights on the weekends.
Admittedly, the color above is completely photoshopped in. I did have a heavy dose of highlights, but the pale pastel shade was so subtle it barely shows in pictures (as you’ll see below).
The pictures do show off a few new toys Gregor and I picked up in what’s turned into a month-long tax refund shopping spree. In addition to the clothing, we got some cheap lighting, a tripod and a remote for our photo sessions. (Disclaimer: This was a quick, casual first attempt at setting it all up, so be gentle.)
How incredible – and appropriate – is this tee?! Plus it’s super soft and perfectly worn in, like that one thrift store shirt Gregor’s lived in for the past 15 years. He and I are already staking claims. I got to wear it first, but he insists on keeping it in his closet.
To offset the deconstructed top, I paired it with some fanciful, femme separates like my new scalloped edge lace shorts, a glitzy sequins blazer and towering platform heels. The result is just like Kool-Aid pink tresses – a bit sweet with a lot of attitude.
I’ll leave you with one last bit of inspiration: