Living Colorfully: How Pink Hair Changed My Life Within 24 Hours

I’ve had pink hair for about 26 hours now and I cannot imagine life before it.

If that statement sounds dramatic to you, imagine how it feels for me. I’ve wanted pink hair for about 2 years. I have Pinterest boards dedicated to it, albums saved on my iPhone with images of pink-haired babes, quotes on vision boards about the power of being ballsy with fashion, yet it still took me 2 long years to arrive at the decision that I could dye my head pink. It took a full-blown obsession and hours upon hours of self-coaching to work up the nerve to actually make my candy-colored dream a reality.

If it sounds out of character for me to be scared to do something, you are probably way overestimating the size of my balls. I am pretty confident, fairly fearless, but I still freak out at times when making a life-altering decision. And strangely enough, the fear sets in even more when it comes to my appearance. Especially when it comes to my hair. Put me on live television? Done. Release a book into the wild with no publisher behind it? Easy peasy. But change my hair? Panic at the fucking disco.

Surely you feel me on this. As women, our hair is our identity. It’s the message we send to the world. It’s our security, our safe place, and our comfort zone. If you’ve ever given your stylist the death glare when she/he tried to convince you to cut off even 1/4 inch of your precious mop, you know what I’m talking about.

The beginning of my “hair dares” began around 2014. I decided it was time to hack off my waist-length locks and start rocking a long bob (also known as a lob). Did it, loved it and definitely did not regret it. Then came the platinum move. I wanted platinum hair even longer than I wanted pink, yet images of giant chunks of white hair falling out in the shampoo bowl danced through my head and I was convinced I’d go bald. And worse, if I eluded the damage, I imagined myself looking like George Washington with fluffy, white roots. Despite the paranoia, I went platinum a few months ago, and was beyond happy with the result. So when the time came to pull the trigger on pink, I had enough confidence under my belt to know that I could do this, and I would survive. Better – I could do it and feel like a brand new woman. And that is exactly what happened yesterday.

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I started with training wheels a few weeks back. I had to scratch the itch, so my stylist, Tarin Sukkarieh from Bohemian Rose salon in Brooklyn gave me a few pastel pink peekaboo highlights. The goal was to test the color and see how I felt about having a funkier color in my hair. Spoiler alert: I was obsessed.

So yesterday, during my root touch-up, we decided to have at it and go all the way. Go pink or go home, right? We left out a few strands of platinum to create a layered, dimensional look, but 97% of my head was doused with pink dye by around 2 PM on a Sunday afternoon. I was excited. I was weirded out. I was relieved. I was paranoid. I was ecstatic.

By 4:30 PM I emerged from the salon with my sparkling new pink hair. I instantly felt like some kind of Harajuku princess slash video game character slash bad ass bitch. There is something about pink hair that puts on the ritz like nothing else. You feel funky, feminine, glamorous, creative, and bold. To me, pink hair says, “I am one wildly passionate motherfucker.” I love it and I truly cannot imagine ever having “normal” hair again.

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While I did prepare for my own personal reaction to my new hair, I did not exactly prepare for all the other things that come along with it. Let me put it this way: life will never be the same again. Below is my list of all the ways my world has changed since going pink and all the things you might want to consider if you’re thinking of doing it, too.

  1. Every outfit looks totally different. And that’s a good thing. Seriously, who knew all black could look even better? That is usually my go-to, but with pink hair, we’re operating on another level. If you love wearing all black, get pink hair. Like now. It also makes choosing an outfit a little bit more time-consuming. A simple leopard sweater may have been fine as a blonde, but you can quickly look like a crazy old lady now. This is not a bad thing in my book, but it definitely depends on how bold you want to be. I’m finding my pink hair pumps up even my most basic outfits, and I’m loving it.
  2. People will talk to you, a lot. This was my first discovery. People will strike up conversations with you everywhere. If they know you, your hair will be the topic of conversation. My favorite reaction, “it’s temporary, right?” I don’t know, is your receding hairline temporary? #Rude. On the other hand, you will receive TONS of compliments. People will love it and applaud your courage for choosing such a daring color. People you don’t think you know, will notice too. I went to the supermarket and the deli guy told me he loved it, and then proceeded to ask me 27 questions about how, why, and when it happened. Just give me my turkey, Felicia! Also, people will smile at you. A lot. And it’s really nice.
  3. You will feel like the bomb. Talk about a confidence boost! Nobody messes with someone with pink hair. You’ll feel unfuckwithable to the max. Your new and improved fiery personality just sort of comes with the territory. Embrace it!
  4. You’ll feel super creative. There’s something so artsy and edgy about a fun hair color. I spent the day in my apartment writing and working on a new vision board. The candles were lit and the words and ideas were flowing. Pink hair definitely inspires me to channel my inner artist.
  5. You will wonder what the hell took you so long. Like most things in life, we tell ourselves every scary story we can imagine instead of telling ourselves the good ones. At the end of the day, it’s hair! I can dye it back to blonde, or choose any other color of the rainbow (actually, don’t give me any ideas). Life will still go on. If you’re thinking about going pink – or making any bold style move – just go for it!

A huge thank you to Tarin and all the amazing staff at Bohemian Rose. This little pink-haired princess is one happy (and colorful) camper!

 

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  • Desiree
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    I loved reading this and i’ve been feeling the same way about red hair. Like red red! Love seeing pictures and everyone with it and am like “yes I need to do that”. But then the thoughts of if it will look good or what people will say goes running through my head and I haven’t done it yet. I never thought you’d be hesitant at color or anything.

    • caraalwill
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      DO IT!! 🙂 xo

      • Jessica
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        Cara! Oh my gosh I love your hair! I just finished listening to girlcode on audio and LOVED IT! So I googled you of course and came across a pic of you with pic hair…clicked go to page and here I am. I did a magenta underneath my platinum locks for a few months but it faded so quick it was frustrating. Probably a long shot but would your stylist be willing to share the brand and color of the dye she used? I would appreciate it SO much! Thank you! You ROCK!

  • Kara O'Brien
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    I absolutely fucking love it! I can only imagine how this changes you – just putting on a red lipstick makes a world of difference so changing your hair to a colour as fabulous as pink. I applaud you, and you rock the hell out of it girl 💗

    • caraalwill
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      Thank you so much!! 🙂 xoxo

  • NiciaBrighteyes
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    I completely understand!!!!
    My life felt completely out of my hands so I went with purple hair…
    All those out of control thoughts and insecurities went out the window.
    I felt like a purple haired badass so that’s what I became.
    Love this post and your hair

    • caraalwill
      Reply

      YES! It totally transforms us, huh? Or maybe it just brings out exactly what was inside all along!? Much love, my pastel hair colored friend! xo

  • Jessica
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    I have been a red head all my life, like auburn red. Its always been my identity. But lately I have been feeling like I want to dye it black…like Jet Black. But it scares me to death!!! Love you post girls!! You seruoisly FUCKING ROCK from your hair to your attitude. You are my hero!!

    • caraalwill
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      DO IT!! 🙂 xoxoxxo

  • Kayley
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    Okay, this looks amazing! You are rocking that pink hair and you look super fierce! I’ve always wanted to go pink. Like you, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to it and I obsess about pictures of girls with pink hair. The only problem is that I have naturally dark brown hair and black eyebrows. I’ve tried bleaching my hair before, but it turns orange (and NOT a cute orange). I also can’t afford to go to the salon right now, so I suppose I’ll have to wait, but your post is making me chomp at the bit!

    poppyandpapaya.com

    • caraalwill
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      Hope you get to do it soon!! Its so much fun! XO

  • Demi
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    I done this to my hair last week and I completely agree with you on everything 😁 My confidence has went boom! Everyone is complimenting me and I definetly feel creative 🌷

    Pink hair rules, yours is gorgeous xoxo

    • caraalwill
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      Thank you!!

  • Claire
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    I have been gifted Girl Code here in the UK & now have a Girl Crush Cara! Love your pink do & can’t wait to purchase more of your work xxx

    • caraalwill
      Reply

      Thank you, Claire! I hope you love it! xo

  • Jessica
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    Cara! Oh my gosh I love your hair! I just finished listening to girlcode on audio and LOVED IT! So I googled you of course and came across a pic of you with pic hair…clicked go to page and here I am. I did a magenta underneath my platinum locks for a few months but it faded so quick it was frustrating. Probably a long shot but would your stylist be willing to share the brand and color of the dye she used? I would appreciate it SO much! Thank you! You ROCK!

    • Jessica
      Reply

      PINK not pic hair lol

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