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There's a long story associated with this, but it will have to wait for just a bit. In the meantime:

Highlights in my hair!


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Oct. 15th, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
I love the length! The color is cute too! I wish I could get highlights like that!
Oct. 15th, 2010 03:04 am (UTC)
I think the last time I had any color on my hair was a very subtle red rinse for E3 2001. I was kind of scarred about dyeing my hair by my father, so it's been mousy brown for most of my life. When I finally got past that, I'd also sort of gotten past bothering.

My hair actually takes color really, really well. Back when I spent any time in the sun, I'd always get noticeable blonde highlights. However, I spend no time at all in the sun anymore due to the rosacea, and thus, my hair looked very blah. Healthy, but the color was bland.

I'll tell the rest of the story in a separate post, but I am so happy with these highlights. It's me, it's my color, but enhanced. It isn't one of those situations where a stylist has imposed their vision of what's trendy or fashionable -- Heather was awesome.

Thanks so much for commenting about this. I'm not vain, but I'd just been feeling bad about my hair for a while. Not preoccupied with it or anything, but just aware that it wasn't doing anything for me. I knew I needed to do something, but I suck at girl stuff like this, and just had no idea what to do.

Now I know. :)
Oct. 15th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
It looks really natural! Like you've been out in the sun! My big worry about my hair right now is my color exit strategy! At some point, probably sooner than I'd like, I need to switch to a wash out color so I can grow out the permanently colored bits, then eventually let the temporary fade and show off my 'natural' color, which is nearly all gray. I remember my aunt being in her 50s with jet black hair that was so obviously colored that even at the tender age of 10, I thought "I hope I never do that when I'm old!" Of course, I didn't know I would start turning gray at 19! I didn't start to color it until I was 29 but I promised myself that I would stop at some point between 40 and 50 so I didn't look silly like my aunt! I figure it'll take a good 4-5 years to grow all the colored parts out so do I start now and go 'au natural' at 45, or start at 45 and be done with it at 50. If I pick the latter, I better write myself a note so I don't forget :):):)
Oct. 16th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
You are so dear and kind! Thank you. :)

I totally hear you on the black hair on women of a certain age. Frankly, I think grey hair could be very becoming on you, and I mean that sincerely. Some people look really good with it! We were at a wine dinner on October 4th, and saw this truly gorgeous, elegant woman with silver hair. Seriously, she was stunning. She looked far more regal than the, erm, tarted-up, 35-trying-to-look-20 woman seated next to her!

For what it's worth, I truly had no idea that you dyed your hair, but I absolutely support your decision. My Mom decided to go natural a few years back, and I think she looks better.
Oct. 16th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
I started coloring it when Eli was little. I always swore I'd go gray gracefully but when I got sick and couldn't walk, I felt so old and I LOOKED so old that I went ahead and had it professionally colored. I figured I couldn't fix my leg, but I could fix my hair! The first time was something of a disaster but then we moved and I met a different hair lady and she made me a convert. Eventually, budget made me switch to doing it at home. That's been ok but the longest part of my hair is turning black, while the newly colored roots are the nice shade of dark brown I'm after! To get it all the same shade I'd have to have it stripped, which makes it so damaged that it's almost not worth it. I have one more box of permanent color in the bathroom. Maybe after that I'll investigate my semi permanent options.

I honestly have no idea what my hair looks like under all this color! My mom went gray on top first, in a stripe diagonally across her head, while the rest was just barely salt and pepper. I know the top and around my face is almost 100% gray, I just don't really know what to expect from the back and sides!
Feb. 19th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
Super-belated reply is super-belated! So, I know you've posted that you've been working on making some changes with your hair ... how is that going?
Feb. 27th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
LOL, it's going! It's going to take a while. I used a kit to strip out some of the existing color without going so far as bleaching it. It did lighten up some of the hair but the ends were still hopelessly black. I did one overall permanent color that was a bit lighter to try to even it up after the stripping and since then I've done one demi permanent color. I purposely picked a color lighter than my natural color, hoping that the color would make the gray look like highlights while not totally overpowering the not-gray hair. Instead, it came out REALLY REALLY dark and looked awful (IMHO) I've washed it a ton with prell and pert, stuff that you generally avoid when coloring because it pulls out so much color but it's still too dark. Lesson learned. Next time, which needs to be soon, as I have a skunk stripe down my part, I'm going several shades lighter. To fix the over processed ends problem, I gut a haircut and lopped off everything below the shoulder. So, it's still a work in progress. I hope that I will find a demi permanent color that I like, that covers the gray enough that I can grow it out without that crazy high water mark that is so common in this situation. I'll just keep using the demi color until I get all the permanent color cut off, then stop coloring and let the demi color wash out leaving nothing but whatever is hiding under there. It's going to be a surprise, whatever it is!
Oct. 15th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
Your hairs!! WHERE DID THEY GO! :O

ALso - I do not this is you until I see your pretty face
Oct. 16th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
They are mostly on the floor of an Atlanta salon. :) I'll post the front view as a friends-only entry sometime. With my braces, I'm a little shy. I've still got a year of metal ahead of me, so you'd think I'd grow up and get used to it, but ... well ... I'm still not used to pictures of me with a mouth full of wire.

Nov. 30th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)

Hey!!!!! I did not know you were still on LJ! I was gone for a long bit there, but have wandered back.

*re-adds* It is good to see you. :D
Dec. 2nd, 2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Holy smokes!! IT'S YOOU!!

I've been AWOL from updated for a few months, but am planning an epic return shortly.

Oct. 15th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC)
I love it:)
Oct. 16th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
*beams* Thank you. Your hair looked so gorgeous recently -- that color is perfect on you.

I will attempt to style mine the next time I see you, but the only guarantee I can offer is that it will not look this salon-perfect, because I cannot possibly replicate her swoopy brushstrokes. :D
Oct. 15th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Looks good to me!
Oct. 16th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Oct. 17th, 2010 09:58 am (UTC)
It's very pretty!
Oct. 18th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much!
Nov. 30th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I love how the length gives is a lift, with that natural curl. Very cute!
Feb. 19th, 2011 03:03 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! It's about time for a touch-up. I recently got a letter in the mail indicating that my just-discovered stylist has moved to another salon, but it's not a bad thing -- she's now on the end of town where I live, as opposed to the end of town where I work, so either way is a win. :)
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