You know how life changes (breakups, graduations, moves, etc) always make you want to cut all your hair off, or dye it red? For me, it’s always bangs. Some big change or another comes along, and I suddenly announce that I must look like Goldie Hawn circa First Wives Club, and I must look like her now.
Of course, when urges like this strike me I need to remember that I did have those bangs: it was in fourth grade, and they were very, very averse to physical contact with the skin on my forehead and had a tendency to flee in various directions. And while that kind of misbehavior would be fine if I had lots of time to spend playing with flat irons these days, the recent life change that inspired this particular desire to switch up my look has left me with a little less grooming time than usual. Like, none.
And I would look terrible with red hair.
So yesterday I plopped myself down in Doug’s chair and announced that I wanted something different.
“What do you want?”
“I don’t know. Something different.”
(I’m sure colorists love this total lack of ability to give any sort of direction whatsoever coupled with new-mother hormones and the potential for a post-coloring meltdown.)
Anyway, Doug suggested balayage rather than foil highlights, which seemed like a perfect way to mix things up a bit without committing to something impossibly high-maintenance. Balayage is essentially painted-on highlights, and creates a less natural, more sun-kissed (and more dramatic) effect.
Here’s my before-and-after.
It’s exactly what I wanted – it’s even making me look forward to embracing my super-pale skin this winter.
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