Yes, I know, I'm rubbish at self portraits.
I'm deadly serious.
For around three and a half years after my arrival in Milan my hair was blonde by Italian standards. Yes, for some of the time I did dye it, so I do admit that I brought on some of the problem myself. I've been a redhead for nearly 6 months, and the difference it's made to the amount of unwanted attention I've been getting is incredible. Nearly every single time I left the house there'd be someone commenting at my appearance, as much as it baffled me. And nearly every comment involved the word bionda, blonde.
Now that I'm no longer bionda the comments have stopped. Random men no longer say anything to me in the street, and I can walk around everywhere in peace.
I can't believe it was that simple.