I have been at a weird turning point with the way I look over the last year. I have been going back and forth between blond hair and brown shades for several years now.
When Paul and I met, my hair was super super blond… I was also 27. (Man, this is an old photo! Look how long my hair was too!!!)
Shortly after that, I went brown.
Paul has always said he likes my hair either way, and I honestly believe him. I don’t think he has a preference at all.
I struggle with it sometimes. So much of my identity is wrapped up in being blond.. I was blond most of my life. I was a blond child.
However, I started feeling like it didn’t suit me anymore.
I stalled for a few months, letting my natural color grow out to see what it really was supposed to look like, and of course it was very very dark.
Here is my awful before. (I joked that I was starting to look like the soccer mom version of Ke$ha… not good).
Finally, when my roots got to the point where I couldn’t stand it anymore, I took the plunge.
This time I decided to do it myself, which took some serious inner pep talks, but I am glad I tried it. It took my cost from $150 (or more)and 4 hours in a chair in the salon, down to $30 in supplies and about an hour of my time. (Seriously, I don’t know how I ever found the TIME to go get my hair done like that in a salon!)
Here is my after. I love how my eyes stand out more.
I am not going to lie, I miss my blond hair. However, I feel more natural this way, and it certainly has taken some of the fuss out of getting ready in the morning. Having the brunette hair for some reason makes it easier for me to go with less makeup and a less “done” look.
I really love the rich color also. I used a medium warm tone. One tip the woman at the hair supply told me when going from blond to brown was to use a protein filler. Blond hair is more porous so it would take the color differently. This is how you get weird colors like orange and green in those mishaps you hear about. This protein filler was really helpful and my color turned out consistant and rich! I am not going to lie, I was really nervous to do it myself, but I am glad I did.