Monday, October 5, 2009

No shame in the game...

So every once in a while as I am looking in the mirror, I THINK I see one of those pesky grey hairs on my head (my colorist assures me that there are none, not sure I believe it). Sometimes I think it is an illusion because I couldn't possibly be old enough to have grey hair...I mean seriously! So I started thinking that we should probably discuss hair color...and as far as I am concerned, no self respecting female of today would wear their natural hair color, UNLESS, you are truly genetically blessed with a beautiful hair color...and even then I am a little skeptical.

Now, I have been coloring my hair in some form for at least 15 years (and NO not out of the box, because god knows I would end up with blue hair). I think I started with highlights and then really got impatient with all those little squares of foil, so I decided single process was easier, quicker and honestly cheaper. Then I went to a red for many years and now I am at a very dark brown, almost black. SO, I know you are saying WHO CARES about JZZRGRL's hair color, right? Well, a few things to remember ladies...FIRST OF ALL, there is NO shame in the game of coloring your hair, especially when you want to cover those grey hairs (my mom has been coloring hers since her 30s and she is in her 60s now). Plus it is fun to try different hair colors. And guess what, it is just hair and that color will fade out if you don't like it. Much easier to fix that a really short haircut.

SECOND OF ALL, pick a shade that is no more than 5-6 shades different than your natural to start. I saw a very cute college woman this past weekend, who CLEARLY had very dark natural hair and she had hers dyed PLATINUM blonde. Her eyebrows did not match and it was really harsh. Not many people can pull that off (Gwen Stefanic and Marilyn Monroe are the only ones that come to mind) If your eyebrows don't match, consider have them dyed as well. After that if you feel your features and skin tone can handle something more drastic, go for it.

THIRD, if you make a drastic change, make sure your personality and style can pull it off. One of my besties, the redhead as you know her, colors hers red and dark brown. And I would not recommend it for many people, but her personality and style completely matches it. Which is part of the reason why I call her the fiesty redhead.

FOURTH, if you are trying two different colors, be careful about how drastically different the colors are. NOW, this is my opinion, but females who pair black and very blonde, look a bit like a zebra. Enhancing your natural color is the best way to make a statement.

LASTLY, if you are trying a new color or trying hair color for the first time, do yourself AND your hair a favor, go to a salon and have a professional do it. I have seen too many BAD boxed hair color jobs to allow you to do that to yourself.

So ladies seriously, it is fall in most parts of the country, maybe for something new, try a new hair color, go darker, go lighter! Or for those of you that have never tried a new color (GASP!), try it, you might like it. People will notice and react. Trust me, when I dyed my hair darker and cut my bangs, I got more dates! You never know!

Cheers and CIAO BELLAS.

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