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How my relationship with my red hair changed through lockdown

How my relationship with my red hair changed through lockdown

Since watching Disney’s Brave, I’ve wanted Princess Merida’s red hair. Long, flowing, wild, you know? And after dipping my toe in the Curly Girl Method and moving over to sulfate-free hair products, I’m proud to say that my ginger curls are now fully established and much more defined than the wavy, frizzy mess I had before.

So when lockdown kicked in back in March 2020, I saw my opportunity: make the most of no haircuts and finally coax my ginger mane into long red curls fitting of a Disney princess.

But, the reality? Months of lockdown passed, and overall it’s been six months since my last haircut. I’ve now come to the realisation that having extra long red hair isn’t all riding-on-a-horse-with-my-red-hair-flowing-in-the-wind. I’m constantly finding little ginger tumbleweeds around the house, it gets trapped in my armpits when I sleep, and I get through an unholy amount of conditioner.

It’s not just about the length of my red hair though. My curls just aren’t being styled properly right now; my layers are all over the shop, and I’m not even sure where my parting is anymore. It’s a mess.

Maybe having long red hair isn’t the dream I’d imagined. Maybe I’ll get a huge chop now that salons have reopened. Or maybe I just need someone to guide my ginger curls in the right direction.

The lesson here? Never under-appreciate your stylists, dear redheads. They are our hair saviours.

By Emma


Emma Kelly is the Editor & Founder of Ginger Parrot. She dresses herself in mismatched multi-seasonal clothing and has a talent for sniffing out the next opportunity for coffee. She believes that any new band with a female musician is the next big thing and that whoever is currently dating Ryan Gosling is the luckiest lady on earth. Her biggest obsession is shopping online for castles, (probably) fueled by childish fantasies of finding her prince and settling down for a life of luxury, bathing in a pool of gin and bitter lemon. Other than that, though, she’ll be incessantly researching the latest gingerful news to deliver to Gingerkind.