|a new midlife choice - going from blonde to bronde|
As you may have noticed in my pictures from Saturday's post, I have been various shades of blonde for my entire life, and it seemed best to stay that way into midlife because the blonde bits masked any random gray hairs that popped up out of the blue. Every six weeks or so I'd take myself off to the hairdresser for a top up and trim and off I'd go again into the big wide world. But things have taken a detour into a new direction....
I think I'm getting a little darker with age (another one of the many midlife "surprises" that have come my way) and my main bugbear with blonde highlights on darker hair is that the blonde foils finish about about 1/2cm (1/4 of an inch for you American Imperialists!) on each side of my hair part line. That means that there is always a bit of a stripe from where the real colour finishes and the new colour starts. Before I've even left the salon I have 'regrowth'! If I had fluffy, wavy/curly hair (or if I used mousse to bouffe (my verb for bouffant??) my hair up) this wouldn't be a problem, but unfortunately I have dead straight hair that emphasizes this not-so-attractive GT stripe. It leaves me with a small kernel of resentment in my heart to think that I have paid good money to walk out with less than what I'd really (perhaps over-optimistically) hoped for.
So, in my new even more frugal state of affairs (one of the side effects of leaving the full time working world behind), I have decided that it is time to ditch the bleach and head down the path of being a little more brunette and a little less blonde - I'm referring to it as "latte". I think it's the difference between highlights and low lights - where the blonde is put underneath rather than on top. That way I can have the mousiness vamped up a bit but not be back at the salon again before my chair has had time to get cold!
|doing my best to avoid the GT racing stripe|
Amazingly enough, I've just found out that going "bronde" is the latest craze that I have jumped on board without even realizing that I would now be trendy! I saw this article from the UK Daily Mail and I felt quite empowered knowing that my choice could be more about being fashionable than about being frugal (I can claim it was fashion and no-one will suspect it's because I'm being cheap!) So I've just been to the hair salon and had a serious chat with my hairdresser to see if she could work a bronde/latte miracle for me - I didn't want to end up with peanut paste coloured hair that one of the women in the article described hers as. The top picture is the end result and I'm quite happy with the new "bronde" me - and my husband is okay with it too (phew!)
I've also considered adding in some exotic touches of colour but with the new job in the back of my mind, I might leave that for a while. I'm not sure whether employers look favourably on women with hot pink streaks in their hair but once I've settled into my next stage of life I can see a little purple or pink finding its way into the mix.
|a purple stripe or two??|