Saturday, February 13, 2010

I took the plunge and finally got a haircut & color!

Before and After!

So I hadn't had a haircut since later April/early May 2008 - I grew up with long hair and desperately wanted it back.  So I kept putting off getting it cut because I wanted it to be long-long.  Plus, I have such a hard time paying for haircuts (the same way I can't pony up the $40 for a new pair of jeans), so I kept reminding myself that I was saving lots of money forgoing the haircuts and coloring my hair at home.
So I was 22 when I got my last cut and 24 when I got this one!  And I was in undergrad the last time I had a cut... and nearly finished grad school when I got this one.  My poor hair.

I've also been highlighting my hair since 8th grade - that's more than ten years!  So it is very overprocessed (as you can see from the 'before') and the ends are totally fried.  I straighten it daily (although in my before picture I hadn't - that's why it's kinda wavy) and I use cheapy shampoos and conditioners.

Going into the appointment, I decided I could handle 4 inches.  Apparently, my version of four inches is much different than a ruler's is.  So once I finally agreed to going for the full four inches, my stylist somehow coerced me into going for five inches.  I'm sure her ability to coerce me into giving up another inch of my hair had something to do with my brain being over-heated by the dryer during my deep conditioning treatment.

I went in there intending to get highlights, but to bring back some more of my natural brown.  Somehow that translated into all-over brown - but honestly, I'm glad she interpreted my poor directions ("natural" and "less blondish... I guess") into the color she gave me, because I love it.


So I'm back to brown!  Plus, my hair is SHORT!  Well, short for me.  Looking at this picture, it still looks long, but it feels so short when I go to pull it into a ponytail.  I'm sure I'll get used to it soon.  But what I REALLY LOVE is how incredibly healthy it feels.  It just feels fantastic.  And I'm glad my hair looks healthier.  

I plan on keeping you all updated on how my Back to Brown transition goes over the next few months.  And I need you all to make sure I get a haircut within the next six months :)

Oh blonde, I'm trying not too miss you too much...

31 comments:

yardsticks 4 lunatics said...

I think this color is beautiful, as are you! The cut is just perfect!

Nicole said...

Wow! Aren't you pretty? Anyway - I loooove your new cut and color. It totally suits you and the hair looks seriously gorgeous.

Liz said...

Only difference I can tell from these photos is how much healthier and full it looks! Good call!

Swtest2Lips said...

The color really comes to life-I love it! You are sooo pretty woman! You should start doing fotd! In return Ill do more notd :-)

Brooke said...

Thank you all!! I'm glad you guys like it :) It is scary making a change!!

SEH said...

brooke you look fantastic!!! i LOVE getting my hair cut (although i usually only wait 4-6 months between haircuts) and it just feels SO much better afterwards. i do fork out for the expensive shampoo/conditioner because my hair is really delicate and it falls out if i use the cheapo stuff (seriously!!! i will not be bald at 25) and it is worth it. if/when i drop a bajillion dress sizes i want to grow my hair longer, it only just brushes my shoulders!

Brooke said...

Thanks Sara! I agree - it is so nice getting a haircut - I had forgotten how great it was!! I'd love to see pictures of your hair sometime!

Jessica said...

Wooowee! Pretty lady! You new cut and color look fantastic! It'll be long again before you know it! I especially like your new color, I've heard some of the hair products at Sallys are good!

Kirsten (The Dutch Nail Blog) said...

It looks very healthy and voluminous now. Great look for you.

Brooke said...

Thanks so much Jessica and Kirsten!!

Smoochiefrog said...

It looks great Brooke! I love how it looks on you!

Brooke said...

Thanks SmoochieFrog :)

Arie said...

You have beautiful hair!! besides that you are so pretty!! Nice to see you Brooke :)

Polish Hoarder said...

Your hair looks great and the color is perfect! It's not short at all. LOL... but seriously, I know how you felt about the ruler in your head being shorter than the ruler in your hand! I donated 10 inches but when my stylist cut it all off it seemed like 13! MY hair was short! That was a year ago... thank goodness it has grown out :)

rijaH said...

You look hawt! :D

kelsealaurel said...

Oh my goodness you're soo pretty!!!! =) I've only ever known one other Brooke in my life so I was kind of picturing her face when I would read your blogs. Haha! I'm glad I know what you look like now though! Gorgeous. The hair looks absolutely fantastic!! Way to be bold!
~Kelsea

gildedangel said...

Your hair looks gorgeous!

PerryPie said...

The cut and colour looks fantastic. And getting your hair cut regularly makes such a difference in how it feels. =)

Brooke said...

Thank you all!! I love your comments :)
Polish Hoarder, you are BRAVE - and a great person for donating your hair!

jellynat said...
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jellynat said...

The hairstylist did a great cut job and I really love the new color. It's still in the blonde range, or at least I think so! :) I'm so bad at going to the hairdresser too...

(happy belated birthday! <3)

Rhea said...

You look amazing, i love the new look! :)

Juli said...

huge difference. it looks great =D

Brooke said...

Thanks Ladies!! :)

Anne-Marie said...

Your hair looks a-mazing! The color suits you so well!

Brooke said...

Thanks so much Anne-Marie! I'm excited about going back to being brown :)

Krafty Kelsey said...

I love you're new hair color! I'm so glad you've made the leap to go back to brown because it gives me the strength to do it too! I'll be joining you in a couple months when my highlights grow the rest of the way out :)

Hi, it's Missy Em! said...

Gorgeous haircut. I used to put off getting my hair cut too but now that I get one every 6 weeks, the condition has improved immensely! A trip to the hairdresser rocks. :)

Niki* said...

You look stunning! I'm always terrified to do anything with my hair because it's so curly. One f up and it takes half a year to grow out! Love the colour by the way I think it looks so natural and suits you really well :)

Karina said...

You're a beautiful girl and this new color and cut are so much more flattering. Way to go! Don't miss the blonde. :-)

Brooke said...

Thanks Kelsey!! and I'm excited for you to go back to brown too!

Missy Em, I totally agree!! It is so nice getting all those dead ends taken off!

Thanks so much Niki!! My hair is naturally curly too, so I have to careful also - I wish it didn't take so long for hair to grow back out!!

aww, thanks so much Karina :) and it has been a little over a week now and I haven't missed the blond once in the last seven days! yippee!

 
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