Purple Reign

“WHAT happened here?” asked my colorist with candid alarm when I sat in her chair at my LA beauty salon. I explained that, to save money, I’d dyed my own hair from a store-bought kit. My colorist, Kim, who grew up in France. As she initiated triage on my tresses, we laughed about the unnatural hue I’d subjected my hair to: a purply red that you pretty much only see on elderly French women. Not just any old ladies: the kind who still wear leather pants, don’t skimp on war paint, tan too much on the Cote D’Azur, and consider themselves foxy as all get-out. (And more power to them).

What to call this particularly French color? Rocker Rouge? Passion Pourpre? Leave a comment here if you have an apt name. (Obviously the woman in the photo is neither old nor French, but, admit it–you have seen this hair color on a woman huffing a smoke at a cafe. Non?

UPDATE: After receiving some fun suggestions on our Facebook page, I declare PRUNE JUICE to the the best name. Think about it.

4 Responses to “Purple Reign” »»

  1. Comment by Chipkins | 06/20/13 at 3:20 am

    Actually love this color hair.

  2. Comment by Anne Brent | 06/20/13 at 11:37 pm

    Obviously this is annoyed aubergine.

  3. Comment by Gloria | 01/05/14 at 4:57 am

    I actually think this colour is beautiful! What did you use?

  4. Comment by Mathilde | 02/16/14 at 1:23 pm

    Oh my god, so much stereotypes about French people.
    I’m french, i love this hair-color, and i’m not an old lady.

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