I suppose with punk hair, colour was one aspect but the cut was another integral part. Whereas your cut is more elegant, in the style of a classic 20s bob. How did you land on this style? I’ve only gradually ended up with this slightly Vidal, slightly classic bob, probably because it’s very easy to keep. I’ve had my hair longer, I’ve had it in little knots, I had a very good period of wearing a sort of ‘bunny ears’ hairdo. I think I’ve ended up with this because at the moment, my work is so busy, and so frantic, that I tend to be… I don’t want to say ‘lazy’, but it’s gradually just got shorter and shorter. I don’t recollect ever having ‘bad hair days’ as people refer to them, probably because I keep to the same style!
In terms of people’s reactions to your hair, do you notice a difference now compared to when you first started colouring it in the 70s? When I first started dyeing my hair, and I was quite a big name in New York, I actually went to a hair company and said, ‘would you be interested in maybe producing hair dyes, or a product in my name?’ And the woman said, ‘I hope you’ll forgive me for saying this, but a person with dyed hair has other implications…’ So anyway, it never got done. Coloured hair is not at all unusual now… I’m going to feel quite ordinary soon!
Brightly coloured hair may be commonplace in the UK – but it’s not necessarily the same in other countries and cultures. Have you ever been to a place where people have been really shocked by your bright hair? Actually, I’ve found that a lot of the time, my hair opens a lot more doors than it closes. The most interesting place I’ve found this is India. Pink is the navy blue of India! I’ve been into the wilds of the countryside, and little old ladies who might be making pots, or cooking in their courtyards, have come over and they always want to touch my hair. It’s quite amazing! So I’ve been let into all sorts of places that people wouldn’t usually be let in, because they’re intrigued.