I’ve been highlighting my hair for as long I can remember, since 7th grade to be exact. I’d always wanted to be a blonde. Naturally, I have light brown hair that subtly highlights itself during the summer, but at age 13, I craved bright so that’s what I got. It’s 12 years later and I’m finally starting to appreciate my natural, and brown, hair color again. I’m even thinking of going ombre! Okay, I lied; I actually kind of already an ombre considering the fact that I haven’t been to the salon in over four months. But hey, if I could do it all over again, here are five things I wish I knew before coloring my hair.
1. Your Natural Hair Color Probably Looks Way Better On You Than You Think.
When I was younger, I always hated my mousy brown hair. Now I realize that my hair color actually complements my skin tone beautifully, and well, that it’s not so mousy after all.
2. Roots Suck.
I totally wish someone would have told me that in oh, say about three weeks or so after dying my hair, my roots would be showing again. Ugh, talk about annoying!
3. And Highlights Are A Whole LOT Of Maintenance.
Depending on how drastic you go with your hair color, you’ll probably have to visit the salon every six to eight weeks for maintenance. On top of the time commitment highlights demand, they can also cost quite a bit of money (which, as you know, is all good and fun when your parents are paying for it, but when it’s on you, not so much).
4. It’s Going To Fade.
I always love my hair color right after I get it done, but in less than a couple of weeks, it starts to fade (and because I’m a blonde, get brassy as well). No amount of color protection shampoo ever seems to really help, although it does ward off the fade for a little bit longer, which is at least nice.
5. Once You Start Dying, It’s Hard To Go Back.
Like I said before, I’ve been highlighting my hair since I was in the 7th grade. The number one reason why? It’s so freaking hard to stop once you start or ever get your natural color back! Now, I’m in the process of actually trying to do so, so I guess we’ll see how that goes…
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