Thursday, 31 March 2011

on a brief history of hair...and an inevitability

It's been on my mind for a while now. Mainly because I'm lazy. Well partially. It's more of an upkeep thing more than anything. Thing is...I'm a natural blonde. I started bleaching my hair a good 7 years ago...because it seemed like a really awesome idea. Bleached blonde was my go to colour between playing with blues and pinks - namely because it looked great , but it had the fun and cheeky bonus of my roots not actually looking that horrendous when they came back in. Then I decided to go on some weird kick a few years ago. Give my hair a break I said. Let it grow and love it I said. After 2 and a half years of being brunette it's time to go back to my roots (heh.)
The upkeep of being dark is worse than I could have imagined. When I let my hair grow in it looks like I'm going either grey or bald, and if I ever miss bits I've got little blonde wisps kicking around my hair. Not the most powerful of looks. While bleached blonde is by no means my natural colour...I'd like to think of it as a stopping point before going au natural once more. Response among the friend group has been mixed - those who knew me blonde seeming to be in favour of it. Mum's used to the "grown up dark hair"...and also questioned how I was planning on paying for it. My answer....wine and cake my dear, wine and cake.
I've fooled around with hair quite a lot, and though being dark has given it a welcome break from peroxide death, it's long enough that I find I can live with loosing a few inches, and it will act as a baby step to getting back to never having to dye my hair again. A girl can dream. Seriously though......there is only so many intensive conditioning treatments a girl's bank balance can take. I mean I still miss my blue hair (though it was tougher to keep than the dark)...and I definitely had some interesting remarks on it once upon a time. "Blue hair down the barras....you better watch yourself hen..." Thank you random stall holder.
Maybe I'm just nostalgic. Maybe in my head returning to blonde will make me look younger (I'm turning in to one of those people)....but I think mostly I'm actually looking forward to being able to experiment with make up a bit more.
I guess part of me is nervous as not entirely sure my hair will take to it. Any recommendation from going to reddy brunette back to blonde?
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13 comments

  1. I think you'd suit blonde really well! You could use one of those colour remover things before bleaching it to lessen the damage. My sister used one she got in Boots, the name of which I can't remember, to remove black dye from her hair and apparently it worked a treat, and only cold about a tenner.

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  2. you look so cute blonde! (and blue and brunette - but blonde is well cool!)
    I'm naturally fair, not blonde, but having to upkeep the 'bald' patches when my hair was dyed black was a bit of a nightmare.
    I reckon you should go for it, but I'm biased, considering what I've just done. I don't have any tips I'm afraid except to go easy. There was no way mine would go from black to blonde in one go, but maybe reddy-brown will be easier to strip?

    Now I just want mine BRIGHTER!! Definitely a nostalgia/regression thing going on. I've been bleach blonde, hot pink, baby pink, fire engine red in the past. I did manage to strip the red out in one go (bar a few peachy highlights).

    I definitely recommend a pre-lightener like Julia says.

    I'm totally up for meeting up before we head to Blytheswood Hotel. I'll fb you nearer the time xx

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  3. Blonde you is just as great looking as blue you! Go for it!

    Bald patches and wispy blonde bits of hair are no fun with dark hair :( I too had the same problem when I went dark, then I blonded it up, and now have been letting it grow out for 8 months, it's only down to my ears now, but the lighter bits at the bottom suit the ombre look right now, although I thought I'd be lighter, like I was, there's still the summer sun to work it's lightening magic!

    Do it! if you feel like you don't like it, there's always that next bottle of darker (but not too darker) dye!

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  4. I like to live through other people lightening up their hair so Ill be interested if you do decide to do it! Im actually desperate to go red this summer, next time I head to the hairdressers, Im gonna ask about it ,but Ill be prepared for some horrendous price!

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  5. Haha, love the barras comment! I'm a total hair dye virgin, I've never done anything to my hair, so I don't really feel too able to give you advice sorry, but I do look forward to seeing what you decide to do! xx

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  6. I love the blue hair! I used to dye mine all the time but have left it alone for years now, until last week when I dyed it red!

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  7. Wow! You look totally awesome as a blonde missy :) So jealous you can pull off so many different colours! I'm not sure how easy it is to go from one to the other, but causing minimal damage. But I'll maybe show my mumma this post tomorrow and see what she says :) Don't think you would have met her at Girlz Night... Think she had just left xx

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