November 14, 2011

My Adventures in Hair Color

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My beautiful friend and hair stylist, Alayna, helped switch my hair color up over the weekend.  It's not a drastic change, but I really like it.  You see, I have a tendency to get bored rather easily when it comes to the color of my hair.  For the majority of my life, I went for the bleached-out blonde look.  It was like an obsession as to how blonde I could be.  Everytime I went back to the salon, I would say, "Can you make me blonder?"...."How about blonder!" as the bleach and dollar signs washed down the drain.
At 26, I had a quarter-century hair crisis, and thought it would be a great idea to go dark like Olivia Wilde.  Hey, dark hair and light eyes is striking, right?  Well, I come to find out, striking on Olivia.  You see, everyone close to me pretty much hated it and would remind me of it, often.  And somewhere underneath that dark dye, I still identified as a blonde.  "Oh, this isn't my natural color,"  I would tell people.  (Yet, neither was blonde.)  
So, my quarter-century hair crisis soon turned into a quarter-century identity crisis.  After a month of not recognizing myself, I knew I had to get back to my roots.  But what where they?  I found out, with a few highlights, my natural hair color wasn't so dish-watery, or "poop-color" as I used to call it, and, not only did I embrace it, I actually loved it.
But, like I said...I still get bored. But not as easily. The days of bleached out hair, and trying to drastically change who I was, by changing my hair color are behind me. But, I'm never afraid of a little change.
The moral of this story is simple, but it took me a while to learn:
Don't be afraid to experiment and try something different or new. 
But remember, you are most beautiful just the way you are.

78 comments:

Simply Mily said...

I LOVE all your hair colors!!! =) I think the last one in the collage is my favorite!! The in-between blonde and brown. I feel the same way I've tried every hair color out there but I get bored easily!!! I never went full out blonde so I've been thinking about that lately!!! =)

xoxo

Gentri said...

I love your hair color! I have a similar story because I have the same dishwatery hair color. I always thought I should be dark, then I went REALLY blonde last year. And now I realize to stick to my natural w a little help from t stylist. :)

Bon Bon said...

Oh girl, you can definitely rock any hair color! "You" shine through:-) Me, on the other hand, should always stay dark and never stray away from that. Would be a tad scary:-) xoxo

Megan - Style Me Swanky said...

Gorgeous! I never know what to do with my hair. I can relate with getting stuck in the blonde craze & constantly wanting it blonder. I have taken my hair a lot closer to my natural color (very close to yours), but am really wanting to take the plunge & take out almost all of the blonde.
Thanks for sharing! Xo.

Myrna said...

Lol this outfit is very festive ! Your wearing Xmas :) love it!!!!love ur hair !!!

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Carrie said...

You're gorgeous in all of them!
xo
Style in the City

Jessica Wray said...

you just described my entire relationship with my hair... to a T.


Love the new look!

Leah said...

I actually died mine the same dark red colour for a brief time. It looks amazing for the first few weeks and then slowly starts to fade... You look gorgeous no matter what though.

xo L.

the classy turtle ♥ said...

I like the dark color but your hair is gorgeous no matter what.

Sheila said...

I love how it use to be a faux pas having dark roots and now it's absolutely stylish! I always want to try something different and then when I get to my hair stylist, I chicken out. Next time, I am going for it. Thank you for the motivation & inspiration xo

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Amanda said...

Always gorgeous!!!

CupcakesOMG! said...

i actually think you look incredible with dark hair, but i also love what you've got going on circa right now too!

p.s. i JUST ordered a red and white stripe shirt frlom stylemint...i swear it's a dead ringer for your j.crew top!

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Miss Amy said...

Great hair color changes! I love having a stylist who's a friend. She knows what will look good on me, and what won't. I trust her, and it's fun to play with the color :)

Sandra said...

Absolutely love your hair color. That;s so brave of you to try all of those colors. I want to make a change to my hair but I'm so scared that I'll hate it.

Kimberly said...

Oh how I can relate to your story! I started out with just highlighting my hair (which is about the same as your natural color) and ended up getting blonder & blonder over the years until I was nearly platinum. I tried to go dark twice, but it didn't last either! Finally back to my brunette roots & don't have to pay to have it colored anymore - love it! :)

Ruby Girl said...

Love them all! I just recently ventured out into different hair colors and have now been like 5 different shades in 3 years. I'm lovin the blonde thing right now, it's just a blast to mix it up! <3 www.rubygirlblog.com

Sarah @ Pencil Skirts and Lattes said...

omg, I can totally relate to this post and I LOOOOVE the last 2 hair color pics the best on you! I decided I wanted to be blonde last month. Dear friend and stylist said no, which I'm thankful for. So we went for a partial ombre in the front. It was different but not too drastic, so I'm pleased. great post!

It's A Love Story said...

I love you hair now~

Faith said...

i think you look amazing in all those hair colors, wow!

love your new hair now too!

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Shayla @ The Good Life said...

I love love your hair color now!! And love this post b/c I can totally identify with it. I too always tried going blonder and blonder and was blonde for my wedding - now I'm back to my natural roots and get the most compliments. I think we all have a time in our lives where we need to experiment in thinking that change is better - but in the end we always realize that what we got naturally is pretty darn fantastic :)

mandyface said...

Really lovely colors on you! I've dabbled in many hair colors myself, but none suits as well as a nice neutral blonde :)

BlueVanilla said...

Gorgeous girl! Blonde is super pretty on you!
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Supal said...

You're so lucky to be able to change hair color! I have SUPER dark brown/black hair and adding any color would be so awkward. I think all the colors looked great on you, and I think this hair rendition is by far the most beautiful!

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Christina said...

I loved this post. I think so many of us feel similarly. I myself have been every hair color under the son, and have cut it pretty much every way imaginable, from pixie short to long, black to blonde. And I have found myself to be more "me" at a honey-blonde colored bob. Everyone is different! And I think it is such a great reminder that it is okay to try different things, experiment, but that the "you" inside is always the same, and always beautiful. :)

~ Christina

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Chic in Vancity said...

I am currently in the same situation- blonde blonde hair for years, then got bored and dyed it dark dark brown. But now it is winter, I am paleing out and feeling drab and boring, so I just went to the salon this weekend and got blonde hi-lights back in..in another month I am hoping to get more- go blonder again *sigh
You look gorgeous with every hair colour, but I must say the last picture is my favorite

~Bronwyn
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dani said...

First off, you look GREAT!
Second, I've totally done this, too! Went blonder and blonder and blonder until my hairdresser told me if I went any blonder my hair would fall out from the root!
So. I went darker. And then blonde again haha. And now I'm finally accepting my light brown roots, letting it ombre out, and embracing the natural look! :)

<3 The Daily Dani

TaraMixandMatch said...

You obviously can pull off any hair color and look amazing! Me, not so much, though I've tried lol

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Inna xoxo said...

I am in love withhhh the blond!! You look like a blond bombshell! You look gorgeous in the dark brown and medium brown aswell! Im pretty sure its those killer eyes that im so jealous of missy!
xox Inna :)
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Nicole Marie said...

i love it! i've never dyed my hair but last week i chopped it all off. and then proceeded to cry for 2 hours.

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projectdowhatyoulove said...

I love the way you've got your hair now, but fyi, you look fabulous in everyone of those pictures even your olivia wilde dark hair. It looks lovely! Very striking, but I do LOVE LOVE LOVE the way you have it now!

Natalie
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Anonymous said...

Your hair looks very healthy! With experiencing different hair colors, have you ever experienced breakage? If so, what helped you get your hair back to being more healthy?

The Tiny Closet said...

You can def. pull off all of the colors! The new color looks great as well!

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Erin said...

how cute is your outfit?!!! :) You look beautiful in all hair colors! :)

Tamara Nicole said...

Yes I agree, and color and you look amazing! I think it's just that people aren't used to it and so they think they don't like it. Just listen to YOU. GORGEOUS

Nicole said...

Omg! Love all your hair colors.

Xo
Nicole
The Owl Girl

Ahn said...

so does this make you my oliva wilde if i'm trying to go for your hair color (well, the bottom right one anyway)?

CessOviedo said...

Well one thing is sure, you are beautiful no matter what hair color you have! Love the new blonde not so blonde look!

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Pink Peonies said...

Love all the different hair colors, you can pull off every single one, I'm loving the new one :)

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Teresa - Life and Style said...

I too went through that "make me as bleach blonde as possible" phase. I recently went dark again, my natural color is a medium brown and I dye it black... its crazy how much of a woman's identity gets created in our hair, but its true, it adds a little flavor and spice to our style and helps shape us.

I personally love the last two pictures of your hair transformations... and for the record, I think that the dark WAS striking... you give Olivia a run for her money!

Francesca Felix said...

wow you are so lucky they all look so good on yoU!!!! last one is my fave

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Kaitlin Mattingly said...

i love it so pretty and feminine.
i could never dye my hair...but you look beautiful my love.

xoxo katlin
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The Style Box said...

OMG you are sooooo pretty! I have serious hair envy and your outfit is amazing :)
x

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

Love the moral of the story and all of your hair colors! you are one of the rare people who can pull off blonde and brown :) looking great katie :)

xxx,

Fashion Fractions

LV said...

I love your outfit! the red and white stripes with blue? Genius! You look gorgeous with all of your different hair colors. Not everyone can pull off different colors, but you do it amazingly.

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Elaine said...

Love this post! You basically described me to a t. I used to think I hated my natural hair color (it's dark blonde/light brown, mousy, and just plain gross), so I went through a bleach blonde phase too. Then I decided going dark would be fun. And it was, but only for a few months (most of my family and friends hated it too). In the process of getting back to blonde, I found that I actually like my natural hair color more than I did before. Now I only get a few highlights that are a shade lighter than my natural hair color. So glad to finally accept my natural roots. Less maintenance, and more money for clothes!! :)

Marionberry Style said...

Such a fabuloous post (and topic!) I think too many of us over-think our hair.
You look beautiful with all the varying colors, however you look gorgeous with what you currently have. It just looks effortless and natural...and probably is lower maintenance as well!

XO - Marion

Taylor Morgan said...

I love your hair the color it is now. Its very natural blonde and I like that :) and by the way I tried doing my hair like you have it above with the sides pulled back, major fail! I am so not good at doing my hair.

Beth Miller said...

You look beautiful in all the different hair colors, not many people can look great both with platinum blonde AND dark brunette! :)

xo Beth
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Nuha said...

my fave has to be picture the last two pictures in the box...you are no less gorgeous in any of these photos really!

Fabrizia said...

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Ansu said...

You are so beautiful!

Lyndsay said...

All these colors are gorgeous but I have to say i love the bottom two pictures the most!

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Grace said...

The first photo is absolutely STUNNING. YOU are absolutely GORGEOUS!!

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Ann said...

You are one of those people who can wear ombre and look stunning. I LOVE the ombre on you, it's really beautiful.

Anonymous said...

What you are describing is exactly me! Actually this post came at a great time. I was super blonde and kept going blonder and blonder but didn't really like it so when my roots started coming through I thought I would go super dark, almost the same colour as your Olivia picture. For 2 weeks I didn't recognize myself! I'm finally getting used to it but now I just want to go to my natural colour, maybe with a few highlights and STAY there. Problem is I get bored easily... One question how hard was it to go from your Olivia colour to your more natural colour? What was the process?

Maria said...

I've had a full head of natural hair for a whole year now, after consistently dying it shades of plum/caramel/raspberry (you name it) from the age of 16! And I don't think it's ever looked better!

Can I just say that you look uncannily like Jordan (do you have her in the States? aka Katie Price?) in that pic with the dark hair??

Maria xx
www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

Melissa said...

I love your hair! I am thinking of going dark soon (bored again!), but you have inspired me to get some extensions as well! Love your blog!

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Alison said...

Wow, I'm so glad I found this. I'm also 26, with what I think might be naturally "poop" colored hair, but I've gradually overdone it on highlights and want to go more natural. Can you tell a little about how you transitioned back to your natural color? I'm debating if I should just let the blond grow out, or if I should get lowlights.

Rachael said...

You tried out a lot of hair colors! Luckily they all look good on you!
I'm so afraid of dying my hair. I'm so indecisive I'm afraid I'll hate it if I ever dye my hair.
My sister dyes her hair. She's actually done what you've done over the years..trying on different looks. Now she sticks with blonde.
Maybe you're inspiring me to try it out..

Holly said...

You look gorgeous with any hair color, girl! My favorite is the las photo of you :)

House 54 said...

Hey Katie! Katie here... ;)

I'm a new follower of your blog and I'm loving all of your fun posts! This one in particular is a favorite of mine, mostly because I can identify with your story in so many ways (I too tried to dark hair look after so many years of blonde, and in the end, found myself going with something more natural).

You seriously can ROCK any hair color, but I have to say that my favorite is the picture in the bottom right corner. So natural and beautiful!

Loving your posts and excited to read all those to come! :)

Erin said...

You look like Gisele!!! SO pretty!

xx

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Casual Chic said...

such beautiful words.....you rock girl hahaha....
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BElizabeth said...

I think you DEFINITELY pulled off the olivia wilde look! however, i can understand how you felt weird because the way I see it, blond is a lifestyle. Especially here in CT where there are so few! I'm critical with the blond-to-brunette transformation too.. I was just thinking to myself that I wouldn't recommend it for anyone unless it was a mistake or something! You've just changed my mind about combat boots and the latter. PS, the new ombre is my favorite!

Suzy said...

I love the dark brown colourm it really suits you.

Anonymous said...

Hey! Love your blog and you look stunning with all the hair colours! Just wondering what you did to get the bottom pictures? Just highlights and lowlights? I have a similar natural colour :)

jas said...

great look! so glad i found your blog, beautiful. following now to see more great looks soon :)

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Butterfly Scream said...

Love ur hair. Mine is about as long as your but ithas no style to it. If i went to a salon how would i explain a cut like yours?

Alex said...

I love the bottom two colors the most! My original hair color is what my stylist likes to call "ashy" and "something you don't want back" after highlighting and dying my hair blonde for several year I decided to try dark also...it didn't turn out so well. I felt like a vampire with my fair skin and blue eyes. Now I'm somewhere in between bleach blonde and brown but I'm itching to make a change!

GlamFabChameleon said...

You are beautiful no matter what hair style or color you have, simply everything suits you!:)
p.s. I have just started to follow you on bloglovin so I can keep up with all new pretty posts...:)
xoxo
Jelena

Sadie said...

I love this new hair color look, I'm curious to see it straight though! Pics please:)

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