Walking around the streets of Dalston I’m surrounded by beautiful grey hair and mostly on young girls. This ever growing trend was started by uber hip hair salon Bleach, who initially set up in the back of cult nail salon Wah on a remote part of the Kingsland road. The savvy girls behind the both Wah and Bleach helped put Dalston on the map and the once almost derelict row of shops where they started out, is now home to one of the best new restaurants in London, Rotorino.
The girls behind Bleach – twins Sam and Lou Teesdale (Lou is now Harry Styles stylist) – pioneered dip dye and pastel hair and are masters at colour, particularly strange greyed colour. Their method of stripping out all of the hairs natural colour with bleach and then adding grey and pastel tints is (in my opinion) stunning.
Seeing all these grey haired beauties on my daily bike rides past Bleach has inspired me to try make a commitment to going grey naturally despite the pain involved. Having dyed and highlighted my hair for the last few years, I’ve decided that enough is enough and there are only so many hours you can waste sitting in a hairdressers chair.
I am of course aware that I won’t look like the gorgeous young girls with waist length graphite hair, as they are 20 something and I’m 50 something, but if I can achieve even a tiny bit of the sophistication the women below have, I will be super happy.
So the first and most painful part of the process is under way and I’m not going to lie, isn’t pretty. I have horrible growing out highlights and strange grey wirey pube-like fly away hairs springing out of the top of my head. But I intend to persevere and document my journey here on the blog. I’m hoping it’s only a matter of time before it’s long and lush and beautifully all over grey. Or alternatively I may make a visit to Bleach – watch this space.