Of course I’m a natural blonde, lol!

Yes, I only wish! But at least for a few weeks now, I might look like one! Thats right, the time was fine, the money was there, so I got my hair colored again today, long after it needed doing, but hey, fitting it in before now was complex! I must be the only person who wishes her hair would go grey, so that the cover up wasnt quite so critical! Ah well, cant have everything lol!

No, unlike Jean Harlow, I’m not a natural blonde. Just the opposite in fact, my natural hair color is quite dark, unfortunately, and sadly, still is at 58! I know, most would be proud of that, but me…Now, if only permanent hair coloring really was permanent, I could save a fortune. Let me add that Jean wasnt a natural platinum blonde, that was colored too. But she was a golden blonde, naturally, that just wasnt enough to stand out from the crowd though!

My only letdown today, I wasnt put under the hair drier at any point, and ‘brainwashed’. I know, not really, but at least when I’m under there, I can dream, but…never had that chance today! She has actually got one dryer that seriously looks like a brainwashing machine, but I’ve never been under it yet, so have no idea. It might be one of those things that looks better from the outside, as a concept, than actually sat under it, who knows?

But fine, I’m going to enjoy those few glorious weeks, where I look like a natural blonde as much as I can! Next trick, remove most of my hair, apart from that on top of my head, sometime soon! Yes, a nice (ha ha) waxing session all over! Most will be fine, but getting under my arms done, eek!

OK, the video moment. I must have noticed blondes by then, as I was 13 when she first became a star, but if I could blame anyone for being the first person to make me think I wanted to be blonde too, then Sally Carr, of Middle Of The Road would be a major culprit! Yes, Agnetha, from Abba added to the cause, but it was actually not until about 40 years after Sally that I first went blonde. I know, I love it now!

Firstly, as she was back in the early seventies. Yes, I know the outfits are dreadful (audience, and group), but it was the 70’s, and they were the trend then. Oh, I love her boots here too.

This is a more recent live version, and is genuinely live, for once, with them. Still got it, clearly!

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An old pair of new glasses

Ha, that fooled you, not giving away the video in the title! 😛

Yes, today I had my sight test, and after all the clever stuff, I went and selected 2 pairs of frames. Yes, with Specsavers, when you spend more than £69, you get two sets of frames, and lenses for the price of one. So yes, I got my very 30’s style cats eye’s glasses, in a blue frame, really lovely for a vintage loving lady like me. I also got a pair with silver/white frames, not quite as round, but very much in with the time, and look, all the same.

Absolutely thrilled, will get them in just over a week.

The thing I really noticed is how much the eye test has changed over nearly 50 years. Back when I first needed them, it was a lit screen at the optician, and you simply read down the list as far as you could. Nowadays there are multiple ways of doing things, and the letters can easily be changed, just so you dont know what they are. Of course, nowadays they have devices that look at the back of your eyes, test the pressure in your eyes, and several other things too.

And to be honest, today, including eye test, I paid less for 2 pairs of glasses, the eye test, and anti glare on both pairs than I was 10 years or so ago, for 1 pair! Just under £170 ($260) in fact.

Oh, and I finally got my hair done, but not at the usual place. My regular lady had to go to the doctor, so I went elsewhere, just around the corner in fact. Judging by reaction from everyone, including me, I will be sticking to going there! You want a look, oh fine. Thanks to Nicole this afternoon for taking this for me, not a strict selfie, but close enough. The curls have died down a bit since Thursday, but you can get the idea at least

Me with curls

There will be even more shortly, after the perm make up top up, I’m absolutely sure. Seriously, its getting to the point where I really do only need the Jean Harlow neural download, and she really could live again!

The video, a song from the year I first started wearing glasses, 1968, though this is a live ’69 version.

Hairdressing methods, past and present

When you think about it, arent modern hairdressing methods wonderful? Safe colouring methods, relatively at least, clever curling tongs and the like, that given expert hands (and I put my hair in expert hands), makes it all look very simple, and safe. No, I have no desire to colour my own hair, I prefer to let someone who knows what they’re doing, do all that clever stuff.

But, back in the good old days, things werent always as simple, take a look at some of these delights!

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2013/05/sleek-vintage-salon-hair-dryers_5.html

Some of those hair dryers, yes, fine, they really arent (apart from styling) that different from what we use today, but seriously, have you seen that interesting machine that was used to curl hair in the 20’s and 30’s! As is pointed out, one of those isnt actually a brain sucking machine, but it sure looks like one!

Oh, alright, fine. Yes, they look awful, but would I give it a try, if I got the chance, of course I would. Hopefully it wouldnt brainwash me, but…a price worth paying, hmm?

Thankfully Jean Harlow only went in for Marcel Waves, which was still more of an art to do than modern curling tongs, but less drastic than that! A picture, to show you what I mean

jean harlow hair waves

The snag for Jean was, even if modern colouring methods still rely on bleach, the stuff we use now is a lot safer than the stuff they used back then. Also, she had the hazard of having her hair coloured virtually every week (to keep the platinum blonde colour), whereas mine is only done about every 2 months or so. Therefore, reputedly, near the end, she had the problem that her hair was beginning to fall out, over use of bleach, wrecking her tresses. Of course, we never got to know what the outcome would have been, given her tragically short life.

So, however much of a 30’s girl I might like to be, I might be grateful that we use more modern, and seemingly safer ways of colouring, and curling our hair now.

The video, a tribute to one of those brainwashing machines, sorry, 20’s curling machines

Just the way it is, I guess?

Its always the way, isnt it, if you order 3 items, and 2 arrive promptly, its the one you really need to arrive thats the one not to turn up? Yes, I ordered a couple of things for myself, plus a birthday present for someone else, and no prizes for guessing which one I’m still waiting on.

OK, fine, as long as it arrives before Monday, all will be fine. Hey, if it arrives Monday, I’ll live with it. But…

Oh, and thats not the only amusant that way at the moment either.

Today, I got my hair highlighted, cut (barely, remember I’m growing it out to Harlow lengths), and curled 30’s style. Nothing extraordinary there you might think, other than that the next time it gets done, it will be 2 days before my holiday. Normal tactic would be to have had it done next week, but as I’m out on Monday evening (said person’s birthday meal), I lined it up early. But yes, its getting closer, 9 weeks Saturday, in fact.

After that, I headed across the road, with the idea of camouflaging a couple of lost gel nails, with nail polish, so that I had a full set on Monday, as the plan was to them a week tomorrow. So there I am, looking for Abbi, no sign of her. But Linda’s there, waiting for me, but she’s meant to be busy all day.

Apparently a mass switching of appointments, and a cancellation meant she was free, which was handy, as Abbi wasnt there, back problems! So anyway, after making a start on preparing them (and one other slightly damaged one), I asked when her next appointment now was. Two hours later, so it seemed. So, we switched things around, nails got changed completely, a full set.

So, all these things, just the way it is, I guess?

Which leads me to the video…

Moving forward a decade

No, dont panic, time travel isnt happening just yet. Just my hairstyles, thats all. And yes, I have to say that the fringes in the 30’s are a lot more friendly for a middle aged lady like me, than the ones in the 20’s were. The one thing I have to do now, is get my hair longer, but thats hardly a hardship, lets face it. In fact, it will be good, because more hair will mean more curls, and waves, so that has to be good?

Yes, in the end, it wasnt coloured, just extensively highlighted. Why, because my roots are dark, and my hair isnt in perfect condition, which is related to both my age (I suspect), and the fact I’ve had it done a few times before, so…but for now at least, you’d never know! And yes, it has some curls to it, gentle waves of blondeness. Oh, and with some good advice, the curling/wave wand has now been ordered from Amazon, should be here at some point next week.

So yes, out with the 20’s, in with the 30’s, and my attempt at the Harlow look at least. OK, so because of a slight tremor in my hands (life long, related to polio), I wont be applying multiple layers of mascara to my eyelashes, but apart from that, I’ll take it on. Actually had my eyelashes tinted yesterday, to help on that front, but that will be it, unless someone kindly does it for me.

Due back in 5 weeks, just before my holday, so if anyone has a magic hair growing formula I can use in the interim, let me know lol!

Other than that, I lost a few hairs today. But that was planned too, waxing…as a guinea pig for someone. Dont get me wrong, it would have been done before my holiday, but someone had done their training, needed someone to practice on, and I volunteered. She was fine, too. So my head might have some curls, but my arms have no hairs!

The video, well, its a touch of the 20’s, as decades pass by. The recording though is new, by a group called Postmodern Jukebox, who I know little about, but love their sounds!

The next step of enhancing the Harlow look

Its fair to say that there are a number of things that Jean Harlow is said to have done, that I wont be following up on. For one, she’s supposed not to have ever worried about wearing a bra, but its fair to say her assets were a bit smaller than mine! Hardly surprising, she was 5′ 1″ and weighed about 110 lbs, so her boobs were hardly likely to be massive, lets face it. Had to be a good reason she was called ‘Baby’ lol. Me, I’m 5’11” and about 160!

Another strange thing to a modern woman like me, she never wore panties/knickers! Supposedly she liked to allow her ‘bits’ to breathe, though others have suggested it might also have been so that a man, and his cock could always get easy access, she certainly was no angel, from what I’ve read! Rumours abound of a couple of abortions, but as the certainty of facts on that is shadowy, lets not go into it. I have no plans to have sex, and am too old to get pregnant anyway, even if I wanted to, which I dont! Oh, and seemingly, she drunk a lot more than me too, though thats not hard!

Also, having seen childhood pictures of her, seemingly she was blonde, but not the bright, platinum blonde that she was famed for. That was supposedly created using bleach, a route I have no desire to go down. Of course, her hair eventually (supposedly) paid the price for that, as she was supposedly getting it done most weeks, though of course the kidney failure she was suffering would also have led to hair loss too.

Now, what I am prepared to do to enhance the look. As I mentioned recently, I’ve had my eyebrows arched a bit more, a la Harlow, though mine are still natural (what’s left of them), and not just a pencil line! I’m not sure anyone has even noticed, but anyway…

Oh, and the hair. Yes, I am getting it coloured blonde, though probably not as bright as Jean’s used to be. Though even if I did, modern colouring methods are far safer than the ones used back then! But no, I’m thinking a softer blonde, though my hairdresser might think otherwise. Yes, its being done next Thursday, and definitely 30’s style, something my fringe will be grateful for at least! Which hopefully means a few curls, so yes, I need to look for a curling tong, wave brush or the like, very soon! Oh, and I have to get used to longer hair, seen nothing less than shoulder length from that decade!

I will try, though no promises are made, to get a photo done, post hair styling for you. Hopefully it will only be the colour picture that makes you believe it wasnt taken in the 1930’s, but I wont hold my breath on that.

The video, another famous blonde

Oh, and a couple more things. I am now on Twitter, for those of you so inclined to follow me there. Tag (I think thats the term?) is @Harleanlook , and no prizes for working out where that comes from.

Lastly for tonight, the reason I signed up at Twitter, is an almost certainly vain attempt to become the senior (over 45) face of Coco, with the people I had the photo shoot with last summer, those wonderful folk at Cocoture. So if you want to boost me a little, go to https://www.facebook.com/Finestportraits?sk=app_451684954848385&brandloc=DISABLE&app_data=dlt-1 and vote for the Jean Harlow lookalike blonde, or me, at least. I’m the one in red, and the Harlow comment is also a giveaway. I dont expect to win, but a decent show would be nice

Colours Of My Life

Seriously, I dont think Meryl Streep has got anything to worry about, as far as selling movies go, but already I’ve sold 3, and had interest from 2 others. Not bad for a 55 year old who is never going to win any awards, I guess? At this rate, I’ll make more from my movie, than from my stories, ah well… Not that I mind, seriously I dont. That of course might be it, and no, I dont expect to get stopped in the street, and asked for my autograph, but…wow!

The other issue today, and the one that relates to the title of this blog, happened this morning, care of that ‘wonderful’ place known as Facebook. Yes, its like marmite, I suspect, you either love it, or hate it. I’d like to think I fall into the ‘I tolerate it’ brigade, but do seem to spend far too much time there, on non publicity issues, the only reason I opened the second account, for Merry Brooks. Never mind…

One of those group things there, is called Colorizing Hollywood. Yes, most of my readers here will see that spelling as fine, but we Brits…get to live with it, I guess. It seems to be a clever guy, turning old black and white photos of movie stars of the past into colour ones. This morning, one of those posted up was Louise Brooks. And yes, it was a nice job he did on her too. But…one of my work friends, in her comment, posted up my name, nothing more! My only reply, I wish!

Lets see, currently I have the wrong colour hair, no helmet fringe, and fail to look as beautiful as Brooksie. Apart from that, all very flattering, but…Might have been a Specsavers moment, but someone suggested I look like Jean Harlow, in those photo shoot pictures, again I wish! I could see a slight resemblance, I guess, but seriously…yes, very flattered!

All of which leads to the last thing I need to do this week, get my hair cut, and highlighted/ coloured. Now, before this morning, no contest, blonde again! Now I’m wondering if I should go back to a (slightly) more natural look, and go dark again, and really try for the Brooks look? No, I cant do the fringe, but arent there fringe extensions nowadays, that I could cheat with? And if so, do they just do a basic fringe, or can you get one to do the helmet look? If I was a betting person (and apart from the Grand National, I’m not), I’d still say blonde, but…there is also the factor of one person who has threatened to ‘kill me’ if I change from blonde, so…?

Choices, choices, isnt it fun?

The video, an absolute blast from the past, from a group I loved as a child, though this is from the 1993 reunion tour…in colour!