About the beauty with the brains…
Meet Lauren Frieze, a tribal bellydancing scientist with rainbow hair! Based in Sydney Australia, the land of Oz, Lauren started dyeing her hair at just 10 years old. With a passion for all things colourful she has experience in modelling and loves a range of fashions from gypsy, Moroccan to Harajuku and vintage styles. Frieze is also engaged to be married next year, and it looks to be a multicoloured celebration!
Today Lauren gives us look into her vibrant world, and share’s her hair colouring tips…
Here is our Q & A with Lauren Frieze:
How did you hair colour journey start?
My hair journey started when I first starting doing streaks with a kit for my mum when I was 10. With the left overs I attempted (poorly!) to bleach my fringe haha! My first colour was a Fudge Blue dye when I was 14. A friend and I dyed over my naturally mousey brown/gold blonde hair. Turns out it was also my first colour lesson and how blue and brown/blonde = green! I really started to pick things up in uni when I did a bit of research online and found Anya Goy! Not only was she from Sydney and had great hair ideas/resources on her blog, she also had an e-book, which I found really helpful. For a DIY hair enthusiast, it answered all my questions about how not to ruin my hair with over-bleaching, how the colour wheel actually works and great blending/applications techniques.
How would you describe your look/style?
– Hair colour: well anything that tickles my fancy at the time. Sometimes it’s an outfit, sometimes a fantasy (cough! Mermaid and unicorns!), sometimes inspiration from the people around me or online.
– Hair style: I like to think I am somewhat good at creating pin-up and art-deco hair styles. But they will never be exactly the same as the original. I mix a bit of my gypsy boho style in with outrageous Harajuku hair or slightly more sleek vintage styles. But, at the end of the day my backcombing comb is my best friend, pin curl clips come a close second.
– Clothing: Anything Gypsy, boho, tribal or Indian I love! As well as cute little girly vintage –style dresses and Japanese inspired multiple layer tutus. Lately, especially in winter I have been loving wearing my mermaid leggings with a long skirt, tucked in short at the front and left to flow long at the back.
At the end of the day, I wear what looks good on me and makes me happy as opposed to what fashion says. I’ve noticed the latest fashion always looks good on one particular figure, not all. So inspire yourself!
Do you have a favourite brand of hair dye? If so which one and why?
When I was at uni, I was trying to find affordable dyes, and after much research online I found ‘Directions’ to be a great option. It has so many colours to choose from was always reliable. My favourite colours would have to be, Turquoise, Fluorescent Yellow and Cerise. I’m slowly starting to branch out and find new brands to experiment with.
What has been the most funny/weirdest reaction to your hair?
A very very VERY unnaturally bleached blonde sales assistant told me she would never dye her hair blue like mine, because ‘it would ruin my hair’. I didn’t know what to say as I stared at her frazzled locks.
But on the positive, there are always lots of kids tugging their parents sleeves and exclaiming I have rainbow coloured hair as I walk by. It does make me smile a lot!
Have your bright hair colour’s changed your life in anyway?
Having brightly coloured hair has dramatically increased my confidence. That being said, I still blush a lot which I loath! But after freshly dyeing my hair or pretty-ing it up, it inspires me every time to be creative and different to everyone else.
Tell us about your work as a hospital scientist, what have been the reactions to your hair colours?
Studying biotechnology, I never thought having dyed hair was going to be an issue. And lucky for me it hasn’t been! I even think my hair colour may have had a bit to do with me getting my job. Some people assume if you have crazy hair, you must smoke and drink, have tattoos and be completely rebellious and rude (very stereotypical). I’m quite the opposite actually! There are many jobs out there where you can still have coloured hair, a scientist position like mine is one of those.
Another great thing is, once people start to know who you really are (a quirky lab monkey like myself!) they actually start talking to you about your hair too! Everyone loves multi-coloured hair! Hearing other people’s ideas is a great source of inspiration.
“I even think my hair colour may have had a bit to do with me getting my job.”
But to other people looking to keep their unnatural hair colour, I say what anyone would say when going for an interview, get interview practise via recruitment agencies, be polite, be punctual, know your stuff and be happy and enthused about what the job is about. They will want you, not your hair!
How did you get into doing tribal bellydancing? What was it that took your interest/inspired you to start?
I started cabaret belly dance (the most recognised style) when I was 12. I stopped for a while until I moved to Sydney and started Tribal Bellydance, at first I was a little apprehensive thinking it wasn’t the same thing. But how I was wrong! I skipped home that night so happy to have found such a style dripping in slinkiness and rooted deeply in old-world tribal styles. Tribal bellydance is very much about the community sisterhood and about your sensual self. Learning about tribes from around the world and how they practiced dance for rituals and celebrations for many years inspires our costumes, moves and ourselves.
How are your wedding plans going? Can you give us some sneak peek details?
Joshua and I’s wedding plans are going great! Less than a year to go now until we get married up near the Blue Mountains. We have been planning a wedding theme around an explorer who travels around the world during the 1920s – 1940s (a lot of travelling!). He visits exotic countries such a Morocco, India and Turkey and brings back beautiful treasures from his travels. We want to keep costs low, so we are incorporating a lot of things we already own! (I own waay too many lanterns as it is!) We are also sourcing delicious, affordable food from friends and restaurants we love. There will definitely be a spit roast pig!
Lastly, do you have any tips/advice for those who are considering doing rainbow hair colours for the first time?
Do your research, read a book (such as Anya Goy’s Any Colour or the Rainbow), read online articles from Bee Unique and Hair Crazy. That being said, learning and making mistakes is part of the process! Use towels you (or your mother) doesn’t mind staining. But pick what you want most of all and go for it! Even if it is yellow and pink, backcombed to high heaven, styled into a unicorn’s horn, YEAH!! … actually that just gave me an idea, I have to go now…
Lauren will be joining the RainbowHairColour.com writers team for this blog.
So watch this space for future articles from Frieze!
Want to learn how to create rainbow hair?
Discover Anya’s eBook guide: ‘Any Colour Of The Rainbow – The Ultimate Guide to Alternative Hair Colour‘. This guide covers everything from safe bleaching with ammonia free bleach to creating stunning multi colours with foil. Find out all the best products, how to do pastel colours, how to maintain vibrant colour, create ombre colour and so much more…