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W is for white. When Cartoon Dandy came across Kristen McMenamy on the cover of Love magazine, he became obsessed with her icy white hair colour. So, after endless hours of foil and bleach, his hair ended up having the desired shade of nordic blond. Keep in mind that no matter how much you love the colour, the procedure can be harsh for the hair, so go for it only if you have strong thick hair. Having your natural colour to start with (and not some crazy red for example) could also be very helpful. Make sure you have a trim afterwards (in this case I gave Cartoon a totally new haircut) and also be prepared for a lot of homework a.k.a. conditioning and using a shampoo that reduces unwanted yellow tones. It is definitely not an easy job being an icy white blonde but this colour really is irresistible and a classic that never really goes out of fashion (when combined with the right haircut) . Plus it’s one of the major colour trends of 2011. Let’s take a look at some iconic white blond(e)s.

Supermodel Kristen McMenamy, photographed here by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot , is hugely responsible for making long white hair super hot this year.

Actress Tilda Swinton sported this hair recently (couldn’t find photo credit for this picture).

Lady Gaga in her 2010 Alejandro video, directed by Steven Klein.

(super)model Agyness Dean photographed by Steven Meisel, November 2006.

Actor Jonny Lee Miller as Sick Boy in Trainspotting (1996), directed by Danny Boyle.

supermodel Nadja Auermann  became huge after dying her hair white in 1994. Photograph by Helmut Newton.

Courtney Love photographed by Juergen Teller, 1994.

Wendy James, lead singer of Transvision Vamp, in the “I want your love” video (1988).

porn superstar Ilona Staller in the eighties (couldn’t find photo credit for this picture).

Madonna in 1987, photographed by Herb Ritts.

Anne Carlisle in the super cult classic, Liquid Sky (1982), directed by Slava Tsukerman.

Marilyn Monroe in the fifties (couldn’t find photo credit for this picture).

Jayne Mansfield, a big rival of Marilyn, also in the fifties (couldn’t find photo credit for this picture).

And the most famous white wig wearers, drag Queen Rupaul (1993) and Andy Warhol in the seventies (couldn’t find photo credit for these pictures).

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It was about time I came back from vacations, happy and inspired and ready to work and blog and do all the fabulous winter things. It is only fitting that my first post would be about Rea, a natural (dark) blonde that decided to go really dark brown. Heroine! You should know that although someone might call dark brown hair  black hair, a trained eye can spot the difference from miles away. And the big truth is that there are so few complexions and styles of people that would let me suggest pitch black hair. I’ve also been developing a big love for deep side parted straight hair this month. It might become serious throughout the season…

I cut Helen’s hair yesterday. This short haircut with the longer fringe can transform into a vamp hairstyle in ten minutes. The combination of the finger waves with the short unruly hair at the back is what makes it so fresh. A lot of girls are afraid to pull off a vintage looking hairstyle thinking it will make them look older, serious, from another era or that the hair will look too done. The thing is that you don’t have to exactly copy hair from vintage pictures, rather adjust elements of those styles to your current modern haircut.

I cut Meti’s hair again and this time, although it’s pretty similar to the previous cut I gave her, we left the hair at the back of the neck a little longer. The inspiration behind the change wasn’t the mullet of the 1980’s at all. It was supermodel Stella Tennant (but we left the top a bit heavier and it has a more vintage effect). Marina Stat did the make-up  once more.

Supermodel Stella Tennant (couldn’t find photo credit for these pictures)

When Katerina K first told me she was getting married, I was so happy for her and Tasos and decided right then and there that my wedding present would be her hairstyle. We tested one hairstyle only and nailed it right away, which is a thing that happens only if you know the bride-to-be really well (+ seeing a picture of the outfit always helps). So, we headed off for a (fantastic) weekend at Lavrio. Katerina wore a corset and a tutu skirt by Theia and her make-up was done by my dear friend Aphrodite. We went for loose waves because we wanted the hair to have a 50s feel that would work amazingly with the pin-up/navy feel of the outfit. The bride and groom exited the town hall so fast (and my shutter speed was so slow) that I captured only a tiny glimpse of the groom’s shirt, belt and trousers. But still you can tell how good they look together. Congratulations!