Red Haired Wonders

My favorite red hair quote, by Sylvia Plath.
My favorite red hair quote, by Sylvia Plath.

I remember the day very clearly when I found out that my parents were going to get a divorce. I was twelve. We were at my grandparent’s house. My grandfather took me aside and and gave me the news. Although I cant remember exactly what he said, I do remember him hugging me, and this unbearable grief that crawled into my heart and rested there like a heavy black lump of grief. I remember the big fat tears as they slid down my face. Till this day, when I remember it, I am not 100% sure that all of those tears were mine. I actually think that some of them were my grandfather’s tears (which fell on to my face as he hugged me).

That was back in 1987. We had VCRs back then. My grandfather used to record movies and stuff for my sisters and I to watch to keep us busy and entertained while we were visiting. That day, it was the complete first series of Anne of Green Gables. Despite the deeply solemn atmosphere of the day, I became completely enraptured by the lovely Anne Shirley. In fact, I think I fell just a little bit in love with her. I dare say, she was my first girl crush.

There was something about Anne that resonated with me in a way that bordered on magical. She was smart, she was beautiful, she had heartache and poetry in her soul. She was my kind of girl. In many ways, she was me, just better. Although Anne is a completely fictional character, she was real to me. She had the power to distract me from the pain of my parents’ divorce — even if it was only for a few hours. I will always be grateful to her for holding my hand during the most difficult hours of my early years.

Anyway, that was the day that I decided that I wanted to have red hair, just like Anne did. Although Anne doesn’t like her fiery locks whatsoever (she grew into it later though), I thought they were stunning. And you know what? Apparently Mad Man’s bombshell Christina Hendricks, a very popular model called Karen Elson, also took to Anne as their source of inspiration when it came to hair color.

Now let me be frank here, my hair isn’t actually red. Its more of a dark brown with a reddish tone. You can only really appreciate my hair’s color if the sun is out, or when I am under certain types of light. I am naturally a very dark brunette, and without bleaching my hair, I could never actually be a true redhead. But I adore the red hue which I have developed after many years of applying Feria’s “Cherry Crush” (R57). It makes me feel pretty.

Today I shall share with you some of my favorite pictures of red haired wonders. I hope you enjoy them.

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as a stunning redhead
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as a stunning redhead
"The Accolade" by Edmund Blair Leighton.  Red haired women with long luxuriant hair were a common theme in Pre-Raphealite art.
“The Accolade” by Edmund Blair Leighton. Red haired women with long luxuriant hair were a common theme in Pre-Raphealite art.
Lily Cole, one of my favorite beauties.
Lily Cole, one of my favorite beauties.
A beautiful mermaid who looks remarkably like how my mother looked many years ago (minus the tail), by John William Waterhouse.
A beautiful mermaid who looks remarkably like how my mother looked many years ago (minus the tail), by John William Waterhouse.
The one and only Anne Shirley, the one who started it all for me.
The one and only Anne Shirley, the one who started it all for me.

10 Comments

  1. As one redhead to another fabulous one, I was 17. About to head off to uni. My parents sat me down together to tell me. I was just stunned. Kind of numb. They loved each other. But Dad had discovered he was gay, although 31 yeats later he now self describes as bi-sexual (this despite the fact he has not been with another woman since Mum…..) That numbness is what I remember from D-day. The only two times I’ve felt it like that. Utter disbelief, with the full and immediate knowledge that life as I knew it would never be the same.

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  2. Did you see I just pinned a redhead on my Pinterest board? I want that hair! I have always desperately wanted red hair, but my hair is so dry, as soon as even a strand of it is bleached, it turns to straw. Just a few days ago I was at the salon and more than half the stylists had red hair. I may try to go red, just for the heck of it. Just to try it once in my life. Right now I color my grey roots, but he doesn’t pull the color through, so the ends are lighter with a slight auburn hue. Not enough to make a statement. For once in my life, I want to make a statement. Maybe not quite the statement Paula makes with her gorgeous gorgeous hair, but a statement for me.

    So sorry to hear about the deep sadness brought about by the news of the divorce all those years ago. I was six years old and I was thoroughly thrilled about my father moving out for good. No more hiding in the closet with my hands over my ears during one of my father’s many tirades against my 5′ tall, 98lb. mother. That is such a sweet story about your Grandpa and taping movies for you and your sisters. ❤

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  3. 1. I love Sylvia Plath. She has been my greatest influence as a writer. She did eat men, especially Ted Hughes.
    2. Love this line: **She was smart, she was beautiful, she had heartache and poetry in her soul. She was my kind of girl. In many ways, she was me, just better.**
    3. I love your passion. I feel I understand you.
    4. Lets see a photo of your red hair, darling.
    xx luv from MN.

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