As I wrote in my last post a few months ago, I finally did something I’d wanted to do for a while and dyed my hair blue. I love the color, but it does have an impact on the look of my hats. As I wrote last time, some simply become more startling from the extra contrast. Others, however, look better or worse, depending on the color.
This brown hat looks better with the blue hair. When I wear brown hats, such as this one or the brown tweed pillbox, the hat color blends in with my hair color so that you don’t really see the hat well. But with the blue, the brown hat pops in a new way.
In addition, as you will see later, a small black hat can also benefit from the greater contrast.
The hats that become problematic are the colorful ones. For example, this blue hat looks a bit greyish next to the bright blue hair. In fact, all my blue hats are blueish grays, so none of them looks that great with the bright dyed hair.
The picture doesn’t quite reflect the situation, but this green feathered hat looks more olive when contrasted with the blue.
And the blue hair with a red hat is pretty startling. The only way to pull it all together is with the perfect outfit! This combo wouldn’t work as well without the red and blue shirt (see more of the shirt in The Orange Ribbon and Cello Straw Beret )
The blue dye is what is known as semi-permanent—meaning it washes out over time. So my hair fades to turquoise before I get it dyed cobalt again. Here are a couple of pictures where the bright blue has faded to a more subtle color.
In the first one, my turquoise hair matches my turquoise dress. (The same hat and dress are in the original Madame X hat post.) I also feel the turquoise hair highlights the black hat better than my natural color does.
And finally, here is another red hat picture, in which my hair has faded to just hints of light blue. In this case, I felt no need for an outfit that pulled together the blue and red. The subtle blue doesn't overwhelm or fight with the red.
Will I have blue hair forever? I doubt it. But I'm enjoying all the permutations, and their effects on hats!
Ann Hillesland writes fiction and nonfiction and collects hats. In this blog she vows to wear (not just model, but wear out of the house) every one of her hats, blogging about their histories and their meanings for her.