Eeek. I’m sort of not blonde anymore

Nikki Parkinson Beauty 56 Comments

You know yesterday?  You may know it by the name Tuesday.  Me, I now know it as the day I flagged a possible hair colour change with you all.

Well, I’ve gone ahead and done it.  I’m still not sure it was the right move.  I think I will spend the next week frightening myself each time I look in the mirror.  And also wondering if I can still wear my black-biased wardrobe?  And what shade of lipstick should now be my handbag bestie?  You know, all the important first-world stuff.

I’ll do the big reveal down below (how many of you have just scrolled down, immediately ignoring all my wise words to come?) but before I do, let me first confirm that yes, my hairdresser, the lovely Naomi Carter at Halo of Mooloolaba, did get that eye “glint” I spoke of yesterday.

The glint was immediately followed by a quick flip through of one of the weekly glossies she had at the salon.  This is what you need, she says, thrusting an “after” shot of Jennifer Aniston in my lap.

Yeh, sure, if you can make me look like Jen Aniston, go for your life!

Yeh, sure, if you can make me look like Jen Aniston, go for your life!

OO-KK.

The attack colour plan was established.

(Halo of Mooloolaba uses Alfaparf – an Italian range that offers high intensity colour with a high shine … even in blondes.)

Naomi pieced out my natural heavily-dyed blonde hair, alternating foils with dark blonde.  A combo of lowlights and highlights if you like.  Then a semi-permanent colour was painted on all the other bits of hair to contrast again, adding a glossy caramel. The chosen colours were mixed from the standard to suit my skin tone.  A hair colourist skill that seriously blows me away.  Seems all like Year 11 chemistry to me.

“We’re going for different shades of blonde and caramel, adding more depth to your current look,” she said.

At one point in the procedure I was concerned that the Mothership would arrive to beam me up.

Is the Mothership here yet?

Is the Mothership here yet?

While I was “cooking”, I quizzed Naomi on whether I wasn’t the only one to come in recently asking for a change.

“We’ve had a lot of dark brunettes going lighter. Blondes going red,” she said.

So do you ever advise against, I probed further?

“Changing colour changes emotions. If it’s immediately after a break-up or just before a job interview, yes we do.”

“A good time to change hair colour is just before you buy a new season’s wardrobe; your birthday; school reunions; and a month after a break up!”

And, so … drum roll please …

Before ...

Before ...

The not-so-blonde-anymore me

The not-so-blonde-anymore me

The reaction from my family … in order of appearance:

Teenage son: It’s straightened and sort of orange …  no wait, it’s just the light.

Teenage daughter:  It’s cool. It’s less fake.

Five-year-old son: I don’t like that colour. I like it blonde. (then proceeds to start crying).

Husband: I’ve only ever known you as a blonde.

I’ll keep you posted as I either get used to the new ‘do … or phone Naomi, begging to be blonde again.  What do you think?

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Update:  I went back this morning and I’m blonde again.  Yes, I’m officially a winter makeover/colour-change wuss.  (There’s still dark underneath, does that count?)

The After the After shot: back to blonde

The After the After shot: back to blonde

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This post is part of the FlogYoBlog Friday – The Oprah Edition happening over at Where’s My Glow?

FYBF

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      No offence, Janet – I am over 40 and with a birthday next week I’ll be more “over 40”! I’m happier with the tweaked version – it’s still darker than before. A good compromise. Thanks for visiting my blog – hope you come back soon.

  1. This is the first time I’ve visited your site/blog and I’ve gotta say that I prefer your “after” – it’s better for your skin and more “natural” in the same way that makeup should be for over 40s (and I’m in that demographic)!!! Your 5 yo won’t even notice the difference after a few days…

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  2. Well I love it. I spent years as a blonde blonde blonde like you 😉 Then I went darker (or what I thought was hellishly dark) like you have just gone. It is a massive shock to the system! But that will pass. Darker is good. But just remember we’re lucky – we can pull off blonde AND darker. I think it’s great to have the freedom to try. You never know, you might just get more tempted to go another colour. Look out! haha

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  3. I really like it. It looks natural, and better – it looks luxe. Blonde can look cheap (not saying yours did!) wheras caramels around the face look more ‘expensive’ (not the term I am looking for but it’s what comes to mind) and classy and elegant. I hope you keep it. 🙂

  4. Ohhhh it looks marvellous!!! Ive been considering changing my hair for a long time (as a life long blonde)..

    I dont think I have the guts!

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      1. DONT DO IT! It looks wonderful!

        You have to remember that it takes time to get used of new colour because you are so used to the old one!!! Give it another week!!! Please?

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  5. I love it! It does look really natural. I’m a big fan of caramels, and especially for winter I think it’s a fabulous look for “blondes”. I say don’t go changing it too much. I’d recommend leaving it for a week or two before deciding to go back for some more lightening, to give yourself a real chance to get used to it.

    Gorgeous! xx

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  6. I love the new colour. More warmth for winter. Good on you for making the change. A change is as good as a holiday. Hope your hubby and 5 y.o. changes their mind.

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  7. That looks fantastic. I <3 the colouring!

    I shake it up depending on seasons
    Spring/Summer – blonde, choppy layers, side fringe
    Autumn – Tone down blonde to a red/brown combo and start to grow out layers
    Winter – Chocolate brown, blunt fringe

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  8. LIKE. i think it suits you beautifully… i think your skin looks ‘fresher’ with the new color. (but that could just be crazy lighting in before pic) xoxo, buf

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  9. I really like the new colour! I often dye my hair a bit darker with a red tone – I always freak out just after I have done it but I learn to love it after a few days 🙂

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  10. Nikki,

    i think the colour is perfect. So warm and does wonderful things for your colouring. And a great time to do it. I always feel like a change during the winter season.

    Enjoy it.
    cheers

    Leanne

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  11. I definitely like, and I agree with your daughter. Be careful in the morning though when you get up, if like me you forget that you’ve had your hair done and walk in to the bathroom and get a massive shock that someone is behind you… 😛

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  12. I’m with the teenage daughter (and we all know how viciously truthful they can be), it is very cool and I think suits you! As they say, change is as good as a holiday… Enjoy the time off from blonde!

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  13. It looks FABULOUS! Honestly. For reals. Really, really good.

    Once you get over the initial shock I think you will find it a great change. And it’s just that, a change. If in a few weeks time you STILL can’t stand it (not that I’m saying you can’t stand it) but if you are still 100% sure then you can go back. It’s just hair. And MUCH easier to go lighter again.

    But, it really does look good. VERY Anistony. Caramel and warm for the winter months. Sophisticated and will work with black for shiz. Good on you for taking the plunge. How boring to stay the same ALL the time…x

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  14. I actually prefer your new colour. 🙂 It’s still blonde but only slightly darker. And I think it gives your hair more depth and texture too. Gorgeous. Whilst, the only colour I’ll ever dare to do is slightly reddish brown – something you’ll notice if there was sun shining on my head!

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