Joining the Dark Side 2.0

This is a follow up to my March post Joining the Dark Side

The gist of the post was that after over a decade of dying my hair blonde I wanted to go back to my most natural color which was a light brown.

October 2011

October 2011

I used to be really blonde. I did everything from highlights to Sun In to box dyes to John Frieda Go Lighter Spray blah blah blah. All this coloring seriously damaged my hair. It also put a huge hole in my wallet. I don’t even want to think about all the money I dropped to get my hair done over the past ten years. I could have used that money to buy a new college textbook! Just kidding I stopped buying textbooks pretty much after my freshman year of college…

I turned 22 on April 8th. The days leading up to my birthday, however, my parents kept asking me what I wanted for a gift. After careful consideration I decided I wanted to get my hair fully dyed. No highlights, no lowlights just one color. Before I got my hair dyed I had highlights and lowlights from December; the color was nice, but I wanted one solid color (something I have never done before).

March 2014

March 2014

When I sat down I told my colorist, who I absolutely love, what I wanted. Of course, like most of us I have unrealistic expectations of what I want my hair to look like. I told her just to match my roots. As stylists know, this is a very hard thing to do. She pulled out her color look book and pointed to a color that matched my roots. COOL, I thought. The color wasn’t dramatic and it’s what I wanted.   However, she told me that dying my hair this color would be a waste because it wouldn’t cover all the previous damage to my hair. So we went a shade darker in order to “grab” all the blonde.

I had no idea what to expect. There was no turning back the moment she started coloring my hair. After washing it out she spun away from the mirror and started to blow dry my hair. I felt like I was in one of those makeover shows where they don’t show you the final result until the very end. When all was said and done all the ladies in the salon kept saying “I love it! I love it!” All I could think was: For goodness sake woman turn me around already!

When she spun me around and I saw my hair all I could do was run my hands thru it and try and process what I had just done. The color was dark. I mean dark. It even looked like there were tints of red or purple in it. She did what I wanted and got rid of the color it’s just a huge shock going from blonde to this extreme.

April 8 2014

April 8 2014

My stylist, bless her heart, assured me the color will ease and blend together and this tint of red won’t last forever. Going this dark was just something she had to do. To be honest the red color went away within the first week after a few hair rinses.

I am very happy to report after a month a half my hair is a natural golden brown color! The best part of this hair odyssey: I don’t have any roots! I have been outside in the sun a lot too and my hair has been holding up wonderfully. It’s been such a process and I hope I hope this is the last time I ever dye my hair.

May 29, 2014

May 29, 2014



Miracle in a Jar

(Sigh) I recently got my haircut; it wasn’t a lot, but still. To my surprise I didn’t have a lot of split ends, my hair was just super dried out. I’ve been trying to keep up with getting my haircut at least every 2 months. I go to Supercuts because a $12 haircut is all a girl can afford nowadays. I am that girl who freaks out over getting an inch cut off. But I’m all for healthy hair, so cutting frequently is essential.

Along with frequent haircuts I try and do a weekly hair mask. Is it just me or is coconut oil the new craze? I joined Pinterest over a year ago and when I saw a pin for long, healthy, shiny hair I had to read it. An hour later I was in the car heading to the local Trader Joe’s to buy a jar of coconut oil.

coconut oil

Coconut oil is natural, organic and above all cheap! A good hair mask can cost around $30. I bought my jar over a year ago, and there is still a good amount left.

Coconut oil has an extensive list of uses. Of course, it’s good for cooking and baking. Unfortunately for my future boyfriend, I’m not one for cooking, so I keep the jar upstairs in my room and use it strictly for beauty purposes.

Coconut oil helps moisturize the hair while also rejuvenating the hair from root to tip. When I put coconut oil in my hair I spend a good ten minutes brushing and combing it thru because it feels that amazing.

There are two ways to approach a coconut oil hair mask:
1.) Apply the hair mask for thirty minutes or so and then shower.
After you apply the hair mask wrap your hair in a bun and place a shower cap or plastic bag over the scalp or your hair to seal in the moisture.

2.) Apply the hair mask before bed and shower in the morning.
If you’re thinking of doing this step, wear a shower cap and place a towel over your pillow case. Trust me, the last thing you want is oil seeping into your facial pores when you sleep.

Now this is a huge disclaimer about coconut oil. It’s best to do coconut oil on a day where you know you have extra time in the shower. Yes coconut oil is amazing, but at the end of the day it’s an oil and can leave your hair greasy and smelling greasy if not washed out extensively. The first time my roommate did a mask she took a shower, shampooed and conditioned her hair as usual, but had to wash her out again in the bathtub because she didn’t wash it all out. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

If done right, coconut oil will leave your hair super shiny and soft! There are days my hair feels too soft, but hey its better than being too dried out!

Check out this list of other coconut oil uses:

Joining the Dark Side

Throwback Thursday Time!

Once upon a time I was blonde…


Sophomore year, September 2011

Sophomore year, September 2011

Okay, really blonde.  I started getting my hair highlighted at the tender of twelve.  Yes, I was that young.  It became an obsession.  There was a running joke in my group of friends that you couldn’t be friends with us unless you were blonde.  Blonde jokes were also an unfortunate given. 


Summer time was always my favorite.  After a day at the beach I would come home with sun kissed, bright blonde hair.  But eventually that color, like my tan, would fade. 


I loved being blonde, don’t get me wrong, but the damage it did to my hair wasn’t worth it.  I started noticing my sophomore year of college, my hair wasn’t growing.  Despite trims, the ends always looked dried out and my hair wasn’t as thick and shiny as it used to be.  I know exactly why my hair was like this.  I hate to say this, but it’s an important part to understanding my hair.  Along with retouching my highlights every three months, there were times I would use products like Sun In or John Frieda’s Go Blonder Spray.  Those products are a big no no.  I guess I was really desperate to be blonde and look “natural…”


Roots were my worst enemy.  It always looked trashy and unnatural.  Getting my hair done also put a hole in my wallet.  The ladies who get their hair colored understand.  A full head of highlights, depending on the salon, can cost up to $100.  Let’s see $100 x every 3 months. Yup, that’s $400.  I finally decided enough is enough.  I wanted to go back to my most natural hair color.


It’s been a process, but I’m slowly getting back to a color I’m comfortable and satisfied with.    I’m not getting my hair done as much as I used to.  Additionally, once I stopped using bleach, my hair eventually started to grow and go back to the thick, shiny mane it used to be.


If you’re thinking of going from blonde to brunette you must go to a salon. DO NOT DO IT YOURSELF.  The stylist will work with your color.  We started out slow with my hair.  My stylist added lowlights instead.  The lowlights were gorgeous and added a lot of dimension to my hair.  The color was exactly what I wanted too; it was an ashy brunette and it fit my skin tone and actually matched my eyebrows.


This is what my hair color looks like now.  There are still some hints of blonde, but like I said the amount of damage I did to my hair before there is no way I could go be a full chestnut brunette right away.  Not now at least.  It’s a process, but it’s worth it.


Senior year, March 2014

Senior year, March 2014

I can’t imagine going back to blonde.  I now feel bad for my girl friends who have to pay to get their hair retouched every couple of months.  The blonde was fun, but now I’m dedicated to keeping my hair healthy and completely bleach free.


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