Literary Inspirations: LM Montgomery on hair colour

"You'd find it easier to be bad than good if you had red hair," said Anne reproachfully. "People who haven't red hair don't know what trouble is."
- LM Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Okay, I'm outing us. Both PianoMan and I are closet gingas! Closeted, I hear you question... surely you are or you aren't? To look at us both in dull light, I'm clearly a brunette and PM a rather handsome ash blonde. Photos tend to tell the same story. We keep our red hair under a metaphoric hat (and sometimes real hats too).
Having dyed my hair and had blonde highlights for many years, I finally reverted to my natural hair colour at the beginning of last year as I couldn't afford the upkeep with a student income. What's struck me as the filler dye has grown out is how naturally chestnut I am. My brown has a definite red and coppery tinge to it, to the point where it's actually looked a deep red, similar to Sophia Bush below (unfortunately where the similarity ends)

When the light hits PM's hair right, you can see his copper highlights as well. However his dead giveaway is facial hair! That's right, when my man is sporting Sawyer-like stubble it is bright ginger! Total giveaway - beard, moustache and sideburns all red-orange. We also both have the nice pale skin that natural red heads tend to have. No summer-long sunbaking for us! We need to build up our sun exposure gradually otherwise we do the white-pink-white-pink tango all summer long.
This doesn't bode well for any future children we might have - they are most likely going to be little gingers and we can only cross fingers and hope that they don't get into trouble! Or teach them to become closet gingas like their parents LOL


  1. hehe this made me laugh when you said you guys were in the closet. I dye my hair a deep dark red - more work friendly than my purplely brown and I love it. I was just thinking the other day how nice it would be to have auburn hair actually. I bet you would have lovely ginger children. My friend has ginger corkscrew curls, she was the cutest baby ever!
    Did you ever watch Catherine Tait - the ginger support group? if you haven't maybe you should see if you can find it on youtube you may find it amusing if you can have a giggle at yourself :)

  2. I'm a big fan of gingers. I trace this back to an early crush on Wheeler from Captain Planet. ;)

    We're totally still going to go thrifting when you're here! And I'm happy just hanging out with you guys for the dinner, to be honest, unless there are any more people you would particularly like to invite? Is harder to talk, relax etc in a bigger group.

    A xx

  3. We can no longer be friends I'm afraid =P I kid.

    A guy I dated about 4 years ago was blonde, he had highlights as well. He never grew his beard because it grew so fast, the one time I asked him to grow it out, and he didn't shave... my GOD! It was red, not orange, RED. That real dark auburn/red colour. I thought it was hilarious! He didn't grow his beard again... not while we were together anyway.

    Red heads are firey!! Now you have an excuse to let loose every so often xxx

  4. love that dress! check out my interview with rachel antonoff! xo