The Magical Hair Color Tour

Man, I love Hair Thursdays, but can we jump back to the hair color poll? From the looks of my highly scientific survey, approximately two-thirds of you color your hair. That seems like a realistic number to me.

(It’s much more realistic than 78%, mind you.)

(Yes, there is a huge difference between 62% and 78%.)

(You know what? Leave me alone.)

However, after reading your comments, it has come to my attention that I may have misled you into thinking my hair has experienced nothing but pure chaste in the past 32 years. This could not be more untrue, as you will soon bear witness. After spending a good portion of my afternoon perusing through my old yellow box of photos, I give you this:

Whoorl’s Magical Hair Color Tour

It all started here, with a few subtle caramel highlights. Natural looking, yes?


I’m bored. Let’s take it up a notch and add a little more here and there.

Still brown, though. Kind of.

Time to touch up those roots! Oh, I have a great idea! While touching up, let’s just have my stylist run even MORE highlights through what’s left of my virgin hair. Brilliant!

Officially NOT a brunette.

We give thanks for this cornucopia of color. Just not on Whoorl’s head.

Okay, the blond has to stop. Let’s take it to a nice shade of reddish brownish something. I know! Dark butternut squash meets a kumquat! Tantalizing!

This color could have been the reason for the massive beer consumption.

Let’s go back to brunette. Except not just any brunette, an reddish brunette! Oh hell, throw some auburn in while you’re at it!

Do you hear something? Why, I think it’s the sound of my hair weeping! It’s being beaten into submission by my crimson lipstick!

The best color yet!

Kidding. That’s a wig.

You know, I’m sick of all this crap. I’m a serious person, with serious needs and serious thoughts. Seriously. Let’s take it all the way to the end of the spectrum.

Look, it’s shiny! Yet goth! Shoth!

As you can see from this riveting photo essay, I have been quite a hair color slut. (Just like 62% of you!) Let’s hug it out.

  • Karly

    September 22, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    I like the cornucopia one…very pretty!

  • Aurelia

    September 22, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Long time reader, first time commenter. I want the hairstyle in the fourth picture with the color of the last picture. That is my dream hair. I’m not sure what to call it. Shothavy? Wavyshoth? Whatever it is, I want it.

  • cocodrie

    September 22, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    Bwah! What a trip down memory lane those were. I had forgotten the days of blonde Whoorl. Good times, good times.

  • Sueb0b

    September 22, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    I missed the survey, but you can add me as a yes. I was sworn not to until a stylist sort of insisted and then it was off to the races.

    Now I do it myself since I am an all-one-color gal. The other day I was at the store and a woman had her cart in the way of the hair color and she said “Oh, let me move that.” I said, “Oh, no problem. It is going to take me a while to remember what my hair color is.”

  • Jill - GlossyVeneer

    September 22, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    It doesn’t matter what color it is, I just want my hair to look beautiful, shiny and smooth like yours always does! Much jealousy!

  • Amber

    September 22, 2007 at 7:54 pm

    Whoorl, you are ridiculously gorgeous. Even with a myriad of hair colors (and btw, I love the blonde!)

    And yes, I also want the hairstyle in pic 4. Very pretty!

  • bethany

    September 22, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    OUTTED!!!! No, seriously, I like most of them..especially the first caramelly one. You and your damn shiny hair….

  • SAJ

    September 22, 2007 at 9:52 pm

    I like the Shoth one too. SHOTH!

    The shoth was actually a mistake made by my hairstylist. She left the color on too long, resulting in a dark dark dark. It looked horrid on me. Hey, but thanks!

  • aimee/greeblemonkey

    September 22, 2007 at 10:18 pm

    You kill me how you look good in every freaking one! I have figured out – through painful trial and error – that there is one color range for me. Brown.

  • Alissa

    September 22, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    It’s so not fair. You look fantastic with every colour. Do you never take a bad picture or look bad in anything (not that you would post bad pics)?

  • Schnozz

    September 23, 2007 at 12:41 am

    The blond, tannish you (well, at least it looks that way in the picture) is such a lesson in why maybe it’s not such a wonderful idea to do what every huge pop singer does, no matter how hot they look when they’re dancing with a snake.

    You still look great, of course (God, of COURSE) but soooo much less distinct. It’s amazing how a few tonal changes can turn you from Beautiful Unique Snowflake Girl to EveryPrettyGirl, USA (population: three billion). And it’s not that you don’t look great either way. It’s more as if our brains just see tan and blond and can’t process other features, so busy are we triumphantly lining you up with our Hollywood/news anchorwoman template and celebrating our processing skills.

    Anyway, congratulations on arriving at the lowest-maintenance color of all. Which also happens to be the nicest. Which is precisely why you sort of suck, FYI.

    I adore your comments. Seriously, I am going to create a book that solely contains your perfect wisdom.

    And THAT, in combination with your roller girl persona and unique curling iron technique, is precisely why you sort of suck.

    p.s. – I’ve been prancing around the house singing, “Beautiful Unique Snowflake Girl, Snowflake Giiiiirrrrrrrrrl” all morning.

  • OMSH

    September 23, 2007 at 3:12 am

    Okay, please don’t go GOTH again … harsh!

    I KNOW! My stylist left the color on too long. It was HORRIBLE.

  • Angella

    September 23, 2007 at 5:42 am

    While I agree with everyone that you really do look hot in any colour (Because you do!), your current style/colour is the best of all :)

  • lini

    September 23, 2007 at 6:27 am

    I am getting old, I had forgotten most of those colors!

    Mom, I think it’s more like you mentally blocked them out.

  • Karen

    September 23, 2007 at 6:57 am

    You look great no matter what colour. I especially like the pinky-wiggy doo. This from a Chinese girl who’s worn her hair purple, blue-black, blonde, orange and red (though not all these hues at once). So what do I know ?

  • adriana

    September 23, 2007 at 9:45 am

    It is funny how you can almost date all of this from what… the mid 1990s to a few years ago. I don’t even know you, but I think that I know fashion and hair enough to create a little mock timeline.

    Most all of my friends (late 20s/early 30s) have gone back to their natural color with the realization that we will soon have to color like mad to keep up with the grey if we choose to go that route. Might as well enjoy the low maintenance while it lasts.

    You should to a post with women who are going grey. It is always cool to see what they do or don’t do with their hair. Some women rock the silver.

  • Andrea

    September 23, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    As everyone else has already said, you do look great with almost all those colors (not so sure about the shoth) but you truly look best now with your natural color.

    I’ve over colored my hair for years and now that it is going gray and I have to color it I would give anything to just go back to my natural medium brown. I now have to leave a little highlighting in to help blend those pesky gray hairs, otherwise I’d be coloring it all the time.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  • nabbalicious

    September 23, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Puh — only you could pull off every hair color in the rainbow! I should find all my various colors and post them. It’s just a mess.

  • 180/360

    September 23, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    I keep considering doing a hair retrospective, but I just don’t have the balls to do it. Probably because along with the ever-changing hair color, I’ve got some pretty naff style changes to go along with them. At least yours are all fairly tame!

  • Miguelina (Reluctant Housewife)

    September 23, 2007 at 3:20 pm

    Hmm. I know I was just a Hair Thursday participant and I was all like “my hair is virginal! I’m natural all the way!”

    But I also was a victim of the gorgeous/natural chocolate highlights that eventually turned blonde. Which made me look like a Golden Retriever. But were much better than the Sun-In incident of 1987.

    You? You look hawt, even as a blonde.

    I’m starting to hate you, is what I’m trying to say.

  • LVGurl

    September 23, 2007 at 5:35 pm


    I love any and all photo retrospectives. This one? Most excellent.

    I dabbled in some highlighting recently… I love it for about two weeks, then my hair grows. Dark brown hair + one half head of highlights + fast growing hair = annoying upkeep.

    I’m going to dye the locks back to dark brown in a couple weeks. I just like how my hair feels without highlight damage in it. Call me picky ;)

  • Amanda Brown

    September 23, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for the guided tour. I love how rich and dark your colour of today is…don’t change!
    PS: I am getting my hair cut and coloured on Tuesday so I’m too late for a Hair Thursday poll, but do you think I should hack off a bunch of length and go for a Posh Spice-meets-Jenny McCarthy-Inverted Bob With Nice Sculpted Layers? Or just ask my stylist to take an inch off the ends? I NEED SOME EMERGENCY WHOOLENCY HAIRVICE! Email me, if you have a second.

  • Jennie

    September 23, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    But still so pretty!

  • Sadie

    September 24, 2007 at 5:49 am

    so what you’re telling us is, your hair is born-again virgin. sweet, and you didn’t even have to get that creepy hymen-reattachment surgery! If you hadn’t posted the photos retrospective, I never would have known.

  • maya

    September 24, 2007 at 9:04 am

    I too can cop to having most of those colors (or combinations thereof)including sloth with deep red lowlights. Have yet to find a STYLE however that is fashionable and/or not “long/er”. Just not a short-hair gal i guess. What I’m saying is Whoorl, sign me up for the whoorl hair boot camp. I’m sending pictures of my current hair as it looks nothing like the shot in the Hair gallery.

  • am'ti b

    September 24, 2007 at 9:12 am

    i will never forget the blonde-it was shocking! as a fellow brunette i must say i was envious of your daring “hair” nature.

  • Flibberty

    September 24, 2007 at 11:01 am

    I think I might be the only person in the world who has NEVER colored her hair. I’ll be 30 in a month and I still have the same color hair I did when I was 2 years old (ridiculously blond). Maybe it’s time . . . has anyone else NEVER colored their hair? I mean, never a highlight, never a lowlight, never any kind of light . . .

  • Danielle

    September 24, 2007 at 11:04 am

    I answered yes, but I wanted to explain my response. I don’t color my hair a different color than its natural hue, I color to correct the abundance of premature greys I have floating around in there. (Hello, I’m only 30!)

  • schmutzie

    September 24, 2007 at 11:21 am

    I actually had hair that wig colour for awhile. It made my mother cry, and my grandmother, a rather conservative Mennonite old lady, said that she didn’t know her own grandchild. Ah, the memories.

  • Neil

    September 24, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Is it wrong to think the red wig is sort of hot?

  • Leah

    September 24, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    Oh my lord. I had NO IDEA.

    This further proves that you’re one of those people who look good in anything. Ever thought of going the way of the blue fauxhawk? ;)

  • Becky

    September 24, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    You just can’t look bad, can you? I am so jealous!

    Do you have any suggestions for those of us with virginal dark hair who just might be sprouting a gray or two here and there? I really don’t want to start coloring my hair, but those damn grays are so obvious in a dark head of hair.

  • gorillabuns

    September 25, 2007 at 11:39 am

    hey, don’t be hatin’ on the crimson lipstick!