Friday, March 22, 2013

Blonde to Brown back to Blonde

{Note} I have always been and loved being a blonde and I never wanted to be any other colour than that.. As you read blogs, watch TV shows and seeing people at the malls you always see hair styles and colours that you love and want but some never want to take that step out of their "comfort zone" to do it.. I think a lot of people are afraid of change {I know I definitely am} but change is good sometimes and I have definitely have done that.

Over the last year and a half almost two years now, I have been experiencing different hair colours from adding lowlights to my hair to going a solid colour.

From High School up until a year and half ago, I have always been a blonde and thought I needed to change things up a bit and do something different for once.

I first started off by adding lowlights to my hair with a "Demi Permanent" colour {this is a great option for those who want to change things up without the colour being completely permanent}. Depending on how much you wash your hair will obviously depend on how long the colour will last. For me I am a girl that washes her hair every other day so it lasted for at least 3 weeks before it started to really fade. This was a good start for me because if I hated it then it wouldn't matter it would just fade anyways...

This Picture below is when I started to add the lowlights underneath my hair and a little bit throughout my hair called "peek a boos" {hopefully you can see them as I didn't add to much to start with}:

I ended up really liking the lowlights and did it a second time after that. 
Once I knew I liked it over a couple of months, I ended up getting even more daring and did highlights with an "all over Demi Permanent" colour. Let me tell you I was so nervous to do this as I have never done it before and was praying that I would like it. 
Well I ended LOVING it.

These two pictures are with the highlights and an all over colour:

OKAY so I did this for about 2-3 months and ended up loving it each time I went but I hated that it was fading because it was "Demi Permanent." SO I thought to myself am I ready to take the plunge and go even darker and perhaps going "Brunette"?

After several months of looking at pictures on blogs and Googling celebrities and what not. I found a picture that I loved enough to bring into the salon with me {I always do this because I feel like the hair colourist knows exactly what I want by showing a picture vs trying to describe it with words}. 

The picture I brought in was a girl that was on the Bachelor a few episodes back on "Season 12" and she was also on the Bachelor Pad 2 her name is Holly Durst. She actually used to be a blonde and because she has blue eyes like me and the same skin tone as me, I thought this picture would be the best to bring in.

This was the picture that I brought into the salon:

So I saw the transition she went through and I knew I had to do it but go PERMANENT! I was scared shitless not going to lie and I had ALWAYS wanted to take the plunge and just go for it. I talked about it so much that my boyfriend didn't even believe me when I told him I was going to the salon to become a brunette well he was so wrong. lol

After sitting in the salon chair watching my hair go darker and darker this time being a "permanent colour" then getting it rinsed and back I go in the chair for my blow dry, let me just say when I looked in the mirror I DID NOT recognize myself at all. I just straight up didn't like it. I knew it was way darker then what I was getting prior and knowing that this time the colour was permanent made me feel so sick.

This was the outcome:

 It was such a drastic change that people didn't even recognizing me at work as well as some friends of mine {obviously this was to be expected} lol. I also had to change the way I wore my makeup to wearing different clothing. Who would have thought by going to a different hair colour would change your whole wardrobe and your makeup routine?! "Annoying"

A couple days after being a brunette I had to go back and get some blonde added to my hair, I just couldn't take it anymore. "Now if someone would have told me that if you go dark and then add blonde to your hair that quickly that your hair would potentially break" I WOULD HAVE NEVER OF DONE IT!!!

My hair was breaking which I have never experienced before in my life, my hair became so dry along with hating the colour all at the same time. It was a bloody nightmare!! So for those who are thinking of changing your hair colour keep in mind that this could happen to you...

This picture is when I slowly started to add blonde
{The lighting in this picture isn't the greatest, I promise my blonde didn't look this brassy} lol

It will be 2 years this August that I went solid brown. My hair is starting to get a lot healthier now but it's definitely taking a long time. I am at a point where I am loving my hair again and I am back blonde with my natural colour in between so when it grows out my roots don't look as noticeable. Everything blends really nicely and I can go longer in between appointments vs going every 5 weeks when I used to be solid blonde {BONUS}. I would like to go blonder eventually but for now I am staying put.

 I have been using so many conditioning treatments to not colouring underneath my hair {leaving it as my natural hair colour} to not blow drying it and letting it air dry. Of course once my hair has air dried I would style it afterwards whether I am curling it or whatever but if I can keep as much heat off my hair as possible then my hair is happy!  

 This is what my hair looks like right now:

Now that I look back I am so glad that I took the plunge and just went for it. If I were to do it again I would do the "Demi Permanent" with highlights again like my second and third picture above. I really really liked my hair then and would totally do it again!
**The following products below are what helped me get the health and shine back in my hair from this process of going sold brown to blonde. Within 2-3 weeks I started to see a big improvement on the way my hair looked and felt. I would really recommend these products, you will love me for it, I promise.

I also added to the products below the purple shampoo that I use to keep my blonde brass free and cool toned. It is the best purple shampoo that I have used.

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  1. I'm just like you in the hair color department. I'm so bipolar. My hair has been dirty blonde, then blonde highlights, then brown, then platinum, then ash, then red, then black (HUGE mistake), light brown, blonde, now I'm FINALLY back to natural: chestnut brown. It's exhausting!

    great post! --Camille

  2. Love the blonde hair! I've always wanted to go brunette but I'm too much of a wimp to try : (

  3. drama, been there! I actually really like every color on you. I have always gotten blonde highlights, but I absolutely love brown hair. I just don't dare do it, though. I'm afraid I would feel washed out. I currently have lowlights, and I am already feeling like I need some bleach!

  4. The current hair color suits you the best! :)

  5. I think you look great with both colors! One time I started highlighting my hair and eventually I became a blonde. I looked in the mirror and was like, 'when did that happen?' I kept it for a while but went back to being a brunette.

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  6. Dang girlfriend! First off you look gorgeous with either color of hair. Secondly as a fellow blonde for life I too went over to the dark side once for 7 days and just could not hang... I completely understand! Third as a hair stylist I always educate my clients as to the repercussions of blonde then dark and how long it could take to get back and the damage that could result from re-lightening that it is not an easy fix! I am so sorry you went through damage I know that too as going back to blonde from ombre can result in the same experience. I love Pureology Perfect for Platinum Shampoo, Cond and Leave-in as they are the ultimate in healing and of course no blow dryer or heat styling tools always helps even more.

    Thank you for sharing!!!
    Excited to see which products you use and love ;]

    The Parlor Girl

  7. You are lucky, you look great with both colors. Being a blonde is defiantly more fun ;)

  8. you look good with anything, lucky!! :)

  9. Love the color!

  10. you can pull off any color!!
    I recently went to brown too from blonde but itching to go lighter for the summer! there's nothing like Blonde!! XXO


  11. You are so beautiful, I think you look good with any color hair! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

  12. Its funny how in our head a color works so much better. we picture this new shiny glossy way of walking through life, then we do it and its just hair color. I used to work at a salon and had my hair just about every color. Ive finally decided that i just feel best with it red. It took years to find the right red and many random questions to red headed strangers, but i finally have. Its a good feeling to feel comfortable with your hair even though sometimes its best to just try it and get it out of your system! I think you look great blonde and i like the 2nd attempt at the peek-a-boos the best!

  13. You are brave! I don't think I could ever make that drastic of a change! Love your hair both ways though!


  14. You look great with both shades. I have been red for so long, don't know how it would feel to change.

  15. i am jealous you can pull off both, but being a blonde, i do have a certain preference ;)

    love from San Francisco,

  16. Dying your hair is always something scary! I'm terrified to even go 1-2 shades darker. Good for you for taking the risk. I love the blonde on you, though! ;)

  17. I love how adventurous you are with your hair color!! I simply love all the looks on you. So glad to have found your blog.


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  18. I had a bad experience with hairdressers to! I asked for light brown and ended up with a reddish dark brown :( but now they're going back to their natural color!

  19. Help! I am having the same experience right now. How long did it take you to go back to blonde? Do you have any tips or advice? I was a blonde, went really dark and now I am trying to get back to blonde. My ash blonde natural color is coming in and gives the appearance of GREY roots! I am so upset!

  20. Aw, this was an extremely good post. Taking the time and actual effort to generate a good article?
    but what can I say? I put things off a lot and never seem to get nearly anything done.


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