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Woman found hanged in Sedgley was obsessed with her blonde hair
Updated 2:29pm Tuesday 28th January 2014 in Local
A WOMAN found dead in Sedgley woodland killed herself after obsessing that her blonde hair looked yellow or ginger.
Frankie Warren drove from her home in Thornbury, south Gloucestershire, to Sedgley Hall Park where her body was found hanged near Hickmerelands Lane on May 31 last year.
Avon Coroner’s Court was told the 26-year-old office worker became unhappy with her hairstyle after her sister's wedding in January 2013 and had her hair coloured multiple times in the following months.
From May 19 Miss Warren bombarded hairdresser Kelly Hill with over 50 messages.
In a statement read to the court Ms Hill said when she saw Miss Warren's hair it “didn’t look like it needed anything done to it” and she agreed to put blonde highlights in for Miss Warren because “she sounded so desperate to sort it out”.
Ms Hill said that when she finished Ms Warren asked her to take pictures in every room of the house to see what it looked like in the light.
On May 29 Miss Warren did not go to work and told her mother she was feeling unwell.
Ms Hill said Miss Warren contacted her on May 29 complaining that her hair still looked yellow and wanted more highlights.
Ms Hill said: "She just wanted something done to get rid of the yellow. I told her I could put a toner on.
"I did warn her that it would look black to her because she was already so white from the bleach. Once I finished her hair she looked in the mirror and said she ‘hated it’.
"She then asked me to bleach her hair but I said I couldn't.
"All of a sudden her mood changed and she became very calm and told me she just needed to go for a drive to clear her head.”
She disappeared in her silver Honda Civic which was found parked at the woods in Sedgley following an investigation using number plate recognition technology.
Miss Warren’s partner of six years, Sam Cotton, described her fixation with her hair. He said in a statement: “She wouldn’t listen to me or the hairdressers. I was really worried about how she was acting.”
Frankie’s friend Victoria McCullough said in a statement: "I can recall her ringing me and telling me 'It's gone ginger, hasn't it?'
Ms McCullough said Miss Warren told her: “It’s all taking its toll on me with my hair. I can’t cope. No-one can change how I feel.”
The court also heard how in December 2012 Miss Warren moved out of the home she shared with Mr Cotton. They both moved in with their parents to save money for a mortgage.
Work colleague Ellie Harper told the court Miss Warren was upset by the move back to her parents.
Thornbury GP Dr Mark Thompson told the hearing he saw Miss Warren for an appointment on May 14.
He said: “She came to see me because she didn’t feel herself. She said this had been going on for about four months. She said it started when she moved out from living with her boyfriend and moving back in with her parents.”
Dr Thompson prescribed anti-depressants and referred Miss Warren to a psychotherapy and counselling organisation.
Miss Warren was diagnosed with depression and anxiety issues brought on by a combination of changing accommodation and an unhappiness about her hair but was not believed her to be a risk to herself.
Assistant coroner Terrance Moore recorded a verdict that Miss Warren took her own life.
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