• Cover: September 29, 2014
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Wigging Out

It sounds silly, but we all wonder: Would changing my hair change my life?

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  • There are so many lovely ways to describe blonds and reds, and so few to describe browns. Blond is corn silk, platinum, honey, wheat, butter, gold. Red is copper, strawberry, russet, ginger, titian. Brunette? Eh. In his 1912 novel, The Financier, Theodore Dreiser described a character as having hair "the color of a dried English walnut"—and he meant it as a compliment. Thanks to my uncommonly geometric face, I'll never quite permit myself to change the style or length of my hair—but color is potentially fair game (and a potential disaster).

    Enter Zoe Wiepert, a top colorist at Bumble and bumble. She's done runway color for Marc Jacobs, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Thakoon; she's dyed faux pieces for Sarah Jessica Parker (did you really think she went full-on brunette for those hair-color ads?). A Tinker Bell blond with saucer eyes, Wiepert is part mad scientist and part artist—and wholly a wig obsessive. She's the kind of girl who stores wigs in her kitchen pantry and could easily take a side gig putting together disguises for the CIA, if she weren't already fully booked. Along with fellow Bumble and bumble stylist Carrie Hill, Zoe offered to create three custom, pyramid-flattering wigs so that I could experiment with color in the real world.

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Wigging Out
It sounds silly, but we all wonder: Would changing my hair change my life?
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