Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
Author, The Undocumented Americans
When did you first begin coloring your hair?
I’m 31 now, however I began dyeing my hair my freshman 12 months of faculty. My dad and mom are South American immigrants and evangelical, and although the objective on the time was J. Lo’s highlights from the Jenny from the Block music video, I instructed my dad I had been impressed by Rachel Ray.
Do you suppose you’ll ever cease?
I’ve a ton of thick hair that by no means falls out. I perceive that bleach is damaging however I like the feel it offers—my hair naturally is so straight that I appear like an excellent woman, and I’m not a very good woman. If anyone concern-trolls me about this, I’ll bleach my eyelashes with 40 quantity.
What is your hair colour proper now?
When you see me with darkish brown hair, like I’ve proper now, that is me making an attempt to cease and embrace nature. I need to appear like the form of woman who makes her personal nut milks and marmalade. To me, that woman simply lets her hair be and piles it on high of her head.
Which hair colour have you ever appreciated probably the most? And the least?
My favourite hair colour was pink achieved on my own, on high of a blonde I had achieved professionally. I believe pink appears probably the most pure on me. It fades fantastically and appears totally different each single day, so I all the time see any person new however acquainted after I look within the mirror.
I have not hated any of them. You can serve a glance with any colour when you’ve got charisma.
What’s the shortest period of time you’ve ever had your hair be a sure colour?
I used to be about to pitch a present in LA, and I had pink hair on the time. For a short second I believed, what if I need to appear like what they suppose a Latina appears like? I dyed my hair with darkish brown field dye, however due to the colour wheel my hair turned inexperienced. I went to see my pal and stated, “My hair is green” and he stated “It’s not green,” however everybody on the studio agreed it was. That evening, I dyed it black.
Did your fashion change while you had totally different hair colours?
The make-up I put on to speak my nut milk vibe is 2 dabs of the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter to paint appropriate, some Saie highlighter, and the Westman Atelier Lip Suede blotted on my lips. No mascara. I believe I’ve higher liberty with colour when my hair is blonde or darkish. I’m extra more likely to put on my hair longer when it’s a pure colour—when it is one thing like purple or inexperienced, I put on my hair in a bob.
Did folks deal with you in another way when your hair was totally different colours?
Art in your physique looks as if it is meant to be remarked upon, so folks really feel entitled to. I grew up sporting gold nameplate rings and bracelets, and my dad and I fought rather a lot about which means they need to face. He used to inform me to put on the letters dealing with outdoors, however why ought to others be capable of learn them and never me? The tattoos I’ve that include textual content additionally face me, as a result of I don’t give a shit if folks on the L practice can learn them. Both of these issues imply rather a lot to me, by way of claiming possession of my physique and residing for myself. So if I’ve discovered something it is that generally you might be freaky for your self and to not be another person’s freak present.