To hear that every girl on the planet has questioned if they like their hair the way it is would not surprise me. While I know there are girls out there who change their hair on a weekly/monthly basis to new colours and styles, I can’t imagine doing such drastic changes and so frequently. How would anyone recognize you?! I tend to stick with common styles and natural colours, never daring to try anything too drastic (and also to keep a professional look). I seem to assess ‘my look’ every few months – Do I like the length? Should I cut it? Should I let it grow? Should I dye it? Girls, why can’t we just make up our minds and stick with it?!?
UPDATE: I did it! I coloured my hair for a change! I had the ombre technique applied and the stylist added some highlights of her own closer the the roots for a more natural look. I have to work on lightening the blonde with purple shampoo, but the result is:
I have no idea what triggers my ‘hair assessment and redesigning’ phase. Maybe it’s a seasonal thing? Maybe it’s marketing tactics defining what beauty is through imagery? Maybe it’s subliminal messaging? Maybe it’s a co-worker’s new do? Maybe it’s hormones? Who knows. But I get this itch to change something about my hair, and usually it’s deciding whether or not to cut it or let it grow, and contemplating colouring it or perming it (because dead straight is so boring). But as many of us girls know, whatever new do you decide to try out, there will come a time for yet another adjustment [or there will be consequences]. Not only that, but you can bet some of these choices are definitely damaging your hair. Sometimes, just one hour in the chair and a look in the mirror is all it takes to regret your decision for months…
And some of these choices are bloody expensive to maintain! Root touch-ups, highlights, perms, extensions, etc. – they all require time, effort and money to keep up, and the initial make-over costs a pretty penny too! I would get sick of visiting a stylist every 6 weeks really fast if I dyed my hair, which is why I’ve avoided it for so long. I’ve had blonde highlights twice – the first time adding much more blonde, which grew out and made me feel like a skunk as my roots came in... and that was my health card picture for 5 years (posing the question: why did I do that again?). Then I realized how much up keep it would take to maintain, and about 6 months later I made a second trip and paid to reverse my choice and dye my hair back to its original colour. The second time, I got ‘sun-kissed’ blonde highlights (much less drastic and more natural looking) which grew out much nicer when my natural colour came in, but again, it didn’t last. We girls always want what we don’t have, especially when it comes to hair (and often bodies, but that’s a topic for another day), and this seems to be an ever-evolving trial and error process.
I’ve found as I get older, my hair is getting darker and darker. I used to be dark blonde, then ash blonde and now I feel I’m past what I can call ‘blonde’ and I’ve hit the brown phase. The deep red look has appealed to me for some time and I even bought the dye to do it about a year ago, but I opted to give it away when I remembered I would have to have it touched up frequently or it would start to look bad. Reverse ombre has too, but I’ve heard once you start to chop the ends, it looks really bizarre. I’m hitting another assessment phase and questioning if I should make a change and just go for it or stay a natural beauty. How do you ladies decide what to do and not do? What drives you to the choice you make? What if it doesn’t come out the way you wanted it to (we’ve all heard scary stories)? Any regrets? Pleasant surprises? I’m all ears!
I'm a 20-something woman working my way through life in Canada, traveling when I can afford it and seeking out my passions one day at a time.