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LIVING IN AEGINA

What is it REALLY like to live in Aegina?

 

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    LIVING                                                                    NOVEMBER 2011  

IN THE PINK 

I once read or heard that if red-heads dye their hair it turns pink and since I have never taken an interest in such things, I forgot about it!

Until the age of 35, my hair was deep titian red and as a child, I had to suffer freckles too, infact in England I felt quite a freak. There, having ginger hair is considered really un-cool and nowadays, I have heard that there is even a web-site dedicated to the hatred of red-heads.

Not bothered by being hated for my haircolour, I have had a hankering for red hair since summer time. Perhaps in tandem with the economic recession or perhaps  due to haphazard hormone levels, either way, I have been longing to have golden, red hair again, the bright, golden ginger of orange marmalade and of my past. The Greeks have always loved the colour of my hair that has paled  to strawberry blonde and if I am honest, I should write white but  I prefer the comfort of denial, so lets stick with ‘strawberry blonde’

. Wind on to October when I bought two sachets of wash-in hair colour, one light blonde, the other a deep golden ‘chestnut red’ for dark blondes.

Last Saturday I split open the chestnut red shampoo and lathered it into my scalp I waited 5 minutes, streams of red  henna  dripping down my neck. I then rinsed it out as instructed and waited for it to dry. Interesting……now I look like a blood orange; the top of my head dark pink like its flesh and the rest a deep shade of orange. ‘Kokkino-mallas’ (red heads) are very fahionable in Greece at the moment, made trendy by a couple of daytime female journalists who have dyed their dark hair red.

 Mr L thinks that I look beautiful and I wish he really knew but our children are blatantly honest. Child number  two exclaimed’Oh, you’ve got pink hair, you look like a clown’ Child number 3 groaned ‘ Oh you’ve put it on wrongly, its all different colours’. As far as she is concerned though, everything I do is wrong and I am a liability who needs constant observation.

That night, two lovely Greek friends whom we dined with said ‘great colour, a little strong but it suits you’ “Ah Kokkino malla!” exclaimed the restaurant owner. Two other Greek friends, both very creative and broad minded who happened to be in the restaurant, stared and said nothing and when I left the restaurant, I heard lots of laughter but this could just be down to my paranoic sensitivity

Meanwhile, I have learn something, that if red-heads (past and present) dye their hair, it turns pink!

 


Alison Lorentzos                                                               copyright 2011



 

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