I did it…

I did it. After 21 years. I did something to my hair that wasn’t a haircut.

Ever since I was in high school, I always low-key wanted brown highlights or full brown hair even, but never had the guts to get it dyed. Then 3 weeks ago, I finally booked an appointment at a salon for a cut and foil highlights. They told me I would have to wait 3 weeks and I was fine with that. What I didn’t realize was that was 3 more weeks of wondering if I should go through with it or not!

A week later, I decided to do more research. I discovered a different technique that stylists use to highlight/color hair that didn’t involve foil, required less maintenance, and was healthier for hair! Then I called up the salon again and switched my appointment from full foil highlights to….BALAYAGE. Balayage, from what I understand, is a technique where the hair stylists actually paint the dye into your hair and then wrap it in cling wrap to lift color from your hair. It gives it a more natural look and is a popular trend!

2 weeks later, it was finally the day of my appointment. I was super excited because I have never treated myself to a nice haircut in a fancy salon. This was basically my treat to myself for working and taking classes all summer! I entered the salon and immediately loved the vibe. It was very chic, yet the atmosphere was relaxed.

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Since I arrived almost 30 minutes early (yes, obviously eager), I got to wait and read some magazines and just take in all the surroundings which was when I took the above picture. Shortly after that, I met the hair stylist who was gonna color and cut my hair. She was super nice, brought me over to a chair, and then I showed her a picture of what I wanted my hair to look like. I managed to snap a picture while in the chair. I don’t know even know why, but here it is:

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Then she got her swatches out to confirm what color I wanted. I made a split second surprising decision. I wouldn’t just do the dark brown or maybe a lighter-dark brown. I picked the caramel color, which was lighter than I thought I was ever going to do! She even asked me if it might be too light, but I just said no and it was perfect. In my head, I kept thinking about how I never take risks. That day, I knew needed to take a risk.

Now, if you’ve dyed your hair before, you’re probably laughing and thinking I’m being overly dramatic, but the truth is this was a big deal for me! I never thought in my life I’d actually dye even a small portion of my hair! Anyways…

The whole process was amazing! Everyone at the salon was so sweet and supportive. They made sure I was okay, since it was a long process all together (about 2.5-3 hours). They consistently asked me if I needed water, coffee, tea, a magazine to read, etc. After getting the cling wrap off, my stylist washed and added some toner to my hair. During this, I was delighted when I realized that the chair at the washing station was actually a massage chair! Yeah, I felt like a kid at Disneyland! Anyways, after washing and drying my hair it was then time for the big reveal…

I LOVED IT.

On the left, the sun is directly hitting my hair making the caramel extra bright with a pretty pop of color.The right picture was taken indoors without the sun hitting it making it more natural, yet with an added pop of caramel!

The next day, I straightened my hair to see what it would look like and I was just as happy! It looks more natural and sun kissed while straightened, both outdoors (left) and indoors (right).

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It’s been a few days later and I am still just as obsessed with it as I was right after I had just gotten it done! I even took this selfie today just because!:

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All in all, I have no regrets and…I can’t wait til my next hair appointment! I already booked another balayage..but LIGHTER! I can’t wait! Anyways, I hope this post was entertaining and if you have any questions about the process, feel free to leave me a comment!

-Christy

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11 thoughts on “I did it…

  1. I always take pictures of myself in the chair because, in my mind, it’s the breaking moment. After this picture, everything changes.
    Your hair looks gorgeous! And the curls. Gah! You have such nice hair though.

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      1. It depends on what you want done! I personally didn’t think it was that expensive, but it definitely wasn’t cheap. I was willing to pay more for the quality, so I didn’t really mind the price and saved up money for it! Check various websites for salons near where you are! The salon I picked out already had all their prices online so I already knew how much I was going to pay 3 weeks ahead of time.

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