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When Hair Fantasies Come True: 4 MR Team Members Get Their Dream Styles
10.25.18

I know this is not my first time writing about Lil Kim, or Lil Kim in the “Crush On You” video, specifically (very important content!), but bear with me. It’s Dreams Month over here at Man Repeller, and Lil Kim in her Crayola-colored wigs matched to her outfits in the dreamscape of a hip hop video that is “Crush On You” is some of the greatest hair inspiration there is — for me, anyway. What does hair have to do with dreams, you ask? Two words: Dream. Hairstyles.

That’s right.

For some context: I was about four the first time someone told me that I had “Diana Ross hair.” Today I understand that as a compliment, but at the time, I hated my big, unruly curls. I wanted straight hair. I wanted smooth hair. I wanted hair that took up less space. This is not unique to me — I bet many of us experience grass-is-greener syndrome when it comes to personal appearance. Thankfully I have grown to love the hair that grows naturally out of my head… but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to mix it up sometimes. I figured at least some of my colleagues might want to mix it up, too. And no month better than Dreams Month to make our hair dreams hair realities, which is what I attempted to do, per my below documentation.

Scroll down to see the transformations four MR team members went through in order to achieve their dream hairstyles, from the super simple (think: styling) to the drastic (bleach and tone). It’s not exaaaaactly the Frenchie from Grease dream sequence, but not too far off, either.

Emma, Blue Lace-Front Wig and Install by Troy Stylez 

How did you choose your dream hairstyle?
This was an easy choice for me — I’ve ALWAYS wanted to wear a wig. This desire has only gotten stronger with the prevalence of bomb-ass lace fronts in popular culture. I’ve also alllllways wanted to have wildly-colored hair, but as someone who was blonde for years, I’m really trying to stay away from the damage that color can cause — which is just another reason that I’m so into wigs. See? Easy choice.

How did you feel while the styling was being done?
Troy (of Doll Maker Studio) took his time with the install and made me feel really special. I truly imagined that I was Cardi, so I thought about Kulture, what design to get on my nails next time they get done, and who I would feature on my next hit. I was SO HYPE I literally could not stop squealing!

What’s it been like actually rocking your dream style in the world?
UHHHHH-MAZING. I’m getting a lot of compliments of the safe variety, and they all make me feel really good. A boo told me she was “FULLY GAGGED” which is a huge win in my book, and I had a lovely chat with a woman working in Sweet Green who let me sample MULTIPLE ITEMS while I ordered my salad. I’m pretty sure it was all thanks to the hair.

Would you go through a hair change like this again?
You know the bagel bites theme song? “Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at suppertime…?” I want to remake that song but sub “wigs” in for “pizza.” Put another way: ABSOLUTELY. I am a wig bitch now.

Elizabeth, Mad Men-esque Styling by Maura Burns at Blackstones

How did you choose your dream hairstyle?
Mine was definitely affected by my recent re-watch of Mad Men. I was in love with Betty’s and Megan’s hairstyles the first time I watched the series — so dramatic and perfect and feminine. I fell in love all over again watching the show the second time around.

How did you feel while the styling was being done?
Shocked at how long it takes! But I was so excited. Slightly lightheaded from the gallons of hairspray used.

What’s it been like actually rocking your dream style in the world?
My three favorite people on earth — my boyfriend, my mother and my father — all loved it and were so excited by it. I was excited but I was even more hyped by their reactions: “You’re Betty!” and “How did she transform you to the 60s?” I also conveniently wore checkered pants and a ribbed turtleneck that day so I was wearing the part as well as holding down the hairstyle.

Would you go through a hair change like this again?
Oh my goodness, YES. I want it like this permanently!

Imani, Blonde Straight-Backs by Troy Stylez

How did you choose your dream hairstyle?
I’ve been interested in going blonde for a few years now, but never indulged myself because I’m confident that my hair is not healthy enough to successfully undergo such an intense transition. That said, straight-backs with blonde hair fed-in seemed to be the perfect compromise: I could get my blonde hair fill without it resulting in any permanent damage.

How did you feel while the styling was being done?
I ended up getting my hair braided at the office by Troy Stylez, who made a house call for both myself and Emma. The whole thing made me feel pretty boss — you know, like when a CEO gets a masseuse to come to their corner office for an appointment. Maybe that only happens in movies, but you get the idea.

What’s it been like actually rocking your dream style in the world?
I really enjoyed the final product, so I didn’t care much about what anyone else thought. My co-workers and friends have been showering me with compliments, which I consider to be the cherry on top of this whole experience.

Would you go through a hair change like this again?
Definitely. I’d like to try larger straight-backs in the future and maybe play with some different colors.

Louisiana, Bleach and Tone by Joseph Mullen and Cut by Justin Gesler from Blackstones

How did you choose your dream hairstyle?
I’ve been inspired ever since Emily Weiss went platinum.

How did you feel while the styling was being done?
I felt nervous in the days leading up to it only because I’ve never done anything drastic to my hair and have only dyed it twice ever. The day of I had already hyped myself up for it and realized that it’s just hair so I didn’t think twice while it was happening. The only part I did feel was when the bleach burned my scalp but BEAUTY IS PAIN. I ended up with more of an ashy blonde, which isn’t technically my dream hair, but it’s still a huge change for me.

What’s it been like actually rocking your dream style in the world?
It’s been alright! I’ve been having the same amount of fun. It’s nice to not have to wash my hair every day but, in exchange, anytime I do wash it, my hair now requires a lot more time and effort (olaplex, purple shampoo, longer drying time…).

Some days I am not conscious of my hair color and only remember that I’m blonde when I look in the mirror, and other days I am super conscious that my hair is not in its natural state. I’m still trying to adjust! It’s been a challenge for me because I’ve had brown hair for all my life and my entire wardrobe complements that.

Would you go through a hair change like this again?
I think I’d like to actually go platinum. Maybe. I can’t decide! I do think that once is enough and I’ll eventually go back (and stay) a brunette once I’ve had enough.

Special thanks to Blackstones and Troy Stylez for helping make this story possible.

Photos by Louisiana Mei Gelpi.

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