By JEN CHEN
A long time ago, I read an article in Glamour that said that anyone – anyone! – could get away with dying their hair blonde. According to the article, it was just a matter of matching the right shade to your skin tone. I was intrigued by the Asian model featured in the magazine; her hair was dyed a wheat-blonde color, and she looked fantastic. I kind of wanted to try something like that, but because I’m lazy when it comes to hair upkeep – I could barely maintain my caramel-colored highlights, back when I had ‘em – I never ventured down the blonde path.
Now, it’s not so unusual to see people of all ethnicities with blonde hair. Like Jollene Kuo, a 23-year-old who works at Matsu’s in Westport. I think she looks striking and beautiful with her pixieish blonde locks.
“My hair has been short and blonde for about nine years now,” she said, as she hurriedly got ready for the lunch crowd. She said she went through a dramatic transition period in 8th grade, which inspired her to chop off her long, jet-black hair and go blonde. “I loved it and stuck with it,” she added. Maintaining the color is a pain, though; it takes about four hours at the salon to double process it (it’s bleached twice, she said).
I asked if she’s gotten any comments about the color. “Sometimes. I get more comments about my piercings,” she said. Both her ears were decorated with diamond-looking studs, as well as large silver hoops. She has 10 piercings in her right ear and 11 in her left. “I’m lopsided,” she said.
Jollene grew up in California and New Jersey, and she just moved to KC via Columbia. She’s a journalist, and says that when she’s reporting, her style is more professional-looking (“the suit thing,” she said). Outside of work, her style is more eclectic. “For the most part, I’m pretty girly,” she said. “I really do have rocker girl days and more business-y days … my own personal style is more hearts and bows kinds of things.”