Saturday, 7 September 2013

The big reveal- blonde to brunette!!

For the longest time now, I have been bored with my hair. I get my highlights done every four weeks and apart from the cost of it, it became a real chore because my hair grows so extraordinarily quickly (about an inch per month). Despite all the products that I use to keep my hair healthy, it was very dry, and my highlights tended to blend into one giant blob. I just felt like it didn't look like it's best, and I am growing out my hair a bit, so I decided to take the plunge and go back to my roots. I didn't actually plan to do this today, I had an appointment for highlights as per usual, but some little voice in the back of my head told me to take the plunge and embrace change. 

This is what my hair looked like before I called to my hairdresser this morning:

As you can see, it was pretty darn blonde! That is the result of about 36 sets of highlights over the last three years!

My only instructions to the hairdresser is that I wanted dark, glossy hair with a few lights scattered throughout my parting to give the colour a bit of lift and dimension. We talked about getting a dark brown lowlight but I just threw caution to the wind and went whole hog and picked out a nice cool, ashy brown (I steer away from anything remotely red- chestnuts, mahoganys, etc.). 

The process itself was quite long and tedious. Because my hair was so blonde, I needed a precolour because the dye on it's own wouldn't cover the blonde and even if it did, it would fade like a biatch over the course of about a fortnight. I admit when the precolour was washed out, I got a bit of a fright, I haven't seen my hair this dark in years. I kept my nerve though and pressed ahead, a few really fine meche lights scattered throughout so the colour wouldn't look flat. When all the colour was done, I got it trimmed and just had it blowdried straight. 

And here is the result!! Quite the change I am sure you will agree! 

I must say, I really like it and my hair feels so silky and shiny today. It is a huge difference for me and I will have to adjust my makeup accordingly but I am pleased that I followed through. I am off work on Monday and I am excited to rock into work on Tuesday morning sporting a complete new 'do. There will definitely be a period of readjustment and I do still get a shock when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I don't know how long I will leave it like this or when my next whim will sway me but I am trying to grow my hair a bit at the moment so I might leave it like this for the foreseeable.

What do you make of my new 'do? Have you ever gone mad in the hairdressers on a whim?


  1. You look *AMAZING*!!

  2. AMAZING! So pretty! Cannot wait to see this in person, looking so stylish lady!

  3. I have always been so envious of your beautiful blonde hair but I have to say this colour is absolutely beautiful on you, you lucky girl can pull it all off, you look amazing!!! HAPPY NEW HAIR!

  4. Love the hair, the colour really suits you!!

  5. You look gorgeous, I'm so envious that you can carry off both colours equally as well! x

  6. You look gorgeous!!! Loving the dark on you big time! Now you've made me want to investigate going dark even more :)

  7. Love, love, LOVE it!!! You really suited the blonde but this does look completely natural, not to mention stunnig!

  8. The new hair colour is fab, really suits you! I have always been a blondie but a few months ago I decided I would like to go like a light ginger blonde, it turned out bright red - I had to have it bleached back again, absolute nightmare!! It has scarred me for life and I am to afraid to change my colour again!!


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