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[June, 1989] Blonde Ambition


Dear Journal,

Yesterday I went shopping and got these cool bangles and earings, plus Sun In. It turns your hair lighter with the sun.

Art by DoA

Art by DoA

How I loved being a child of the 1980s. The music, the movies, the fashion, and of course, the hair.

The only thing I didn’t love was how young I was at the time, and therefore how limited I was in my hair experimentation. It took ages just to convince Mom to let me use hairspray, though once I got the green light I used enough Aqua Net to make my bangs virtually bulletproof. Crimping was also okay, but I had yet to convince her to allow me to get a perm. (My hair was pin-straight as a kid and I was desperate for it to be curly. Today, my hair has a natural wave to it and and I blow dry and flatiron it straight. Why are human beings so contrary???)

Bleaching or dying my hair was out of the question, but luckily Sun-In was allowed. Plain old lemon juice was never effective at lightening my hair in the summertime, but this stuff did the trick. Whenever we’d go to the beach, Mom would allow me to spray a moderate amount of this seemingly-magical concoction into my hair, and after a day of roasting outside, my naturally dirty blonde hair would have more golden highlights.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that every time Mom was distracted I’d sneak in a few extra sprays. I figured the blonder the better. I don’t know how it worked, but Sun-In did harness the sun’s power to lighten hair, at the cost of giving it a straw-like consistency, especially when sprayed in great quantities (what was the point of using only a little bit and getting a subtle effect?). Between the Sun-In, the crimping iron, and the hairspray, it was a wonder that I didn’t have a mane like Tina Turner or the Cowardly Lion, and that I didn’t fry  all the hair on my preteen head.

In retrospect, I think Mom was pretty cool to allow me to torture my hair within the boundaries she had set. While I was still eager for more extreme chemical transformation to my tresses, for the time being I was happier being a little bit blonder.

  1. October 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    Lemon juice never worked for me either. Thanks for nothing, Seventeen Magazine.

    • damiella
      October 12, 2009 at 6:27 pm

      So many lies those magazines filled our heads with. Like toothpaste as a topical zit cream. Or boys liking us solely for our personalities…

  2. Liz
    October 12, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I spent over a year trying for blue and blonde streaks, with the unattractive results of green and orange ones. Finally, I figured out you have to wait in between bleaching and dying your hair, not do both on the same day!

    • damiella
      October 14, 2009 at 3:20 pm

      I never had problems bleaching and dying on the same day, I just learned that bleaching is something best left to the pros. Whenever I did it myself I ended up with tiger stripes.

  1. December 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm

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