I’ve been a blonde my whole life. Born a towhead, I’ve had variations of natural & not-so-natural blonde for the last 24 years.
The first time I messed with the blonde was when I was maybe 15. A friend & I decided to dye our hair without telling our parents. I chose the color “Peruvian Fire.” Because a natural dark-blonde should take such a huge leap into her own hands at that ripe age, right? It was a semi-permanent that took forever to fade, my mom almost had a heart attack, & the rest is history.
I left the blonde alone after that, playing around only with peroxide & a blow drier (yikes) or semi-permanent blonde washes. Then, at 18, I decided to give the red a chance again. DON’T ASK ME WHY. I turned into the Little Mermaid, covered it with brown, & eventually faded back to blonde. Always back to blonde.
Then I started The Box Dye Years. Throughout college, my friend Shelly & I dyed our hair at least once a month, about every color of the rainbow between the two of us. I always stayed in the blonde family, except once when I turned my hair purplish ashy blue & had to cover with brown (I clearly knew NOTHING about what I was doing). My signature shade was “Champagne Fizz” by Garnier; it would turn my hair sort of a strawberry blonde that was decent enough, I suppose.
When I was 20, I decided to get my hair done by a friend of my mom’s who did hair out of her home but had all the equipment to do a professional job. She gave me awesome highlights/lowlights & that was the end of it. I was hooked, vowing never to DIY again. She did my hair until I got married. Then I started going to Michael’s friend’s wife who owns her own salon, & continued to go to her until we moved this summer. Always staying blonde.
This summer, I bleached the crap out of my hair (see the story here). I totally went back on my DIY vow, & I’m glad I did. It’s been fun, but to tell the truth I’m tired. When I got my hair professionally done, I could go three months, sometimes four, before cuts/colors. At-home color just doesn’t last as long (mine doesn’t anyway), not to mention the ROOTS that come along with being so blonde.
So last week, I bit the bullet & made an appointment with a reasonably priced local salon. My appointment is today at 1pm. I couldn’t be more excited. First, that I’m not doing it myself, & second because I’ve decided to KBG – Kiss Blonde Goodbye. I’ve never paid someone to do anything but blonde, & I really want to see if I’ll like it. Wish me luck.
My goal is to get to this by winter:
But to save myself an episode of Peruvian Fire – The Adult Version, I’ve decided to take smaller steps to get there. Please keep in mind that my hair currently looks like this (give or take 4+ weeks of roots):
So this will be the picture I take in for my color muse:
I also need a cut (since I haven’t had one since the beginning of the summer), & I’m thinking something like this might work:
Thoughts? Feelings? Comments? Concerns? Honestly, I’d be a lot more concerned if I were taking such a huge leap into my own hands, but I think I’m safe since this will be a professional job. While I’ve pretty much decided on this color + cut, I’m still open to suggestions.
At least until today at 1pm.