I recently began reading your blogs and they've been so very helpful.
However, I had a question about natural hair color and working with it.
I have naturally medium brown hair and I'm unsure how to work it with a everyday goth look. I'm unwilling to dye or bleach my hair so it makes a lot of my everday things look "normal".
I'd like to hear any help or tips, and I'd love to hear your opinions.
Thank You Very Much,
You absolutely do not need to dye your hair any kind of color to be a Goth. Yes, many Goths do color their hair to some degree but it's certainly not all of us.
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There are colored clip-in extensions which you can add to your hair. These either come in thin strands of color for you to arrange over your scalp or one wide band of hair that you clip in under your normal hair and then blend into it. These are fantastic because you can buy several and switch them up fairly regularly.
You can use hair chalks (which have come miles and miles from the ones I used as a kid in the late 90's-- see It's Black Friday try some on her hair here.) These give a "dye" to your hair without any permanent effects, although they can sometimes be slightly messy.
Lastly, you can also wear wigs. Now, some people seem to shy away from wigs on a regular basis. I get that, but there are so many people who wear fabulous wigs on a daily basis so you could at least consider it! One of my favorite Youtubers I mentioned a while back is Drew Disaster who wears beautiful wigs pretty regularly so check out her videos if you want to see what it might look like for you!
But you don't have to try to alter the color of your natural hair if you really don't want to! You can also just Goth up the rest of your look and not bother with hair color at all.
When I got your e-mail I thought immediately of someone I admire on Tumblr, the lovely Anna Hako who has brown hair and some of the most beautiful Gothic outfits I've ever seen. She's also a milliner and you can see her work on her Tumblr here.
One thing you can do is look into hair styles that make your hair visually interesting without the need for dye. Braids, buns, curls, teasing, whatever fits best with your look! Grav3yard Girl on Youtube has this beautiful late-Victorian inspired braided hair bun tutorial which I think would compliment any kind of romantic-gothic style very well. You could also go Trad-Goth and tease it up a la Drac Makens. If that's too elaborate, my go-to prettied-up hairstyle is to take the hair on my temples and pull it back in an elastic and then braid it. It's simple but it also keeps it out of my face and looks pretty nice.
If you find your hair too flat to do that kind of thing to, you might consider asking for layers when you go in for your next hair cut! Or you could do something more dramatic like an undercut if you wanted to.
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Hats, alice bands, bows, and clips can all add a lot of Gothic flair to a look and they're available from a lot of different places on Etsy and elsewhere. If you prefer a simpler approach, find some pretty Gothic ribbon (there are some gorgeous Halloween ribbons still out there for this, but black lace will also work) and either bow it or braid it into your hair.
Hair clips are also a great thing to DIY because they're generally small and don't require a lot of expensive materials (although this will vary, of course, depending on how elaborate you want to get.) Here's a fantastic tutorial for a bat hair bow by Hello Batty on Youtube that I've been wanting to try lately.
Readers, do you prefer your natural hair color? If so, how do you goth-up your look?