June 24, 2022

That Time I Grew Out My Hair

Hey guys!

So this is mostly a post for me to look back on someday so I don't make the same mistake again haha. I'm just kidding! I thought it would be fun to put together a slow transition of me growing out my hair to finally see it's natural color. To start off, I have been dying my hair since I was in 6th or 7th grade! I really wanted to try dying my hair a different shade of blonde and since my mom had been coloring her hair for many years, she was totally okay with it. We tried a box dye at home and it did not go well! My hair turned like an orange/gold color and it was awful! I don't really remember too much about the experience except I got really upset and I think I had to go to school with my hair being an awful color for like a week before my mom could take me to the salon to get it fixed. But talk about instant regret! 

Anyways, we finally found a salon that could fix the problem and they did but we had a terrible experience at this salon. So we started on the search for the perfect salon! After about 3 or 4 salons in town we finally landed on our dream salon that had just opened like a few months before we found it. It is now one of the top rated salons in our area and has won several awards. I have been going there for well over 10 years now. 

So the journey to see what my hair color really looks like basically started all because of Covid. It was something that I had talked about doing for several years but always chickened out because I really love my blonde color! I have been dying my hair so long that I really had no idea what my natural color was going to look like. And when I say dying my hair, I've actually only been getting highlights. I have never fully dyed my whole head so I kind of had an idea because most of the time I would only get partial highlights and I would only get a full once or twice a year depending on how much of my natural color was showing underneath. The underneath portion of my head was pretty dark and so I was kind of worried that it was going to turn out to be a dark brown. But when the salons all shut down I was basically forced to start this journey!

Forgive me for the dusty mirror picture at the top! This is what my hair looked like right at the beginning of Covid and I had just gotten my hair done at the beginning of February and then most of our salons started shutting down in March.
May 2020
June 2020
October of 2020 before getting my hair toned
October 2020 after getting my hair toned
November 2020 and deciding to dye the lower parts of my hair pink. To be honest the toning kind of washed out pretty quickly.
End of November 2020 and finally committing to a longer lasting toner that removed the rest of the blonde.
Thanksgiving November 2020
April 2021 at the salon getting ready to highlight and tone my hair back to blonde!
Eventually the dark/reddish color did lighten but it still wasn't a color I really enjoyed having. I enjoyed this experience only because I can now say I haven't been a blonde my whole life, even though most people called the color strawberry blonde! 
I ended up going back blonde and I cut it short! This photo was taken May of 2021. I don't know why but I never take after photos when I get my hair done lol just the before photos. This is pretty much what my hair looks like today too. I still have it short and highlighted. Although since I have moved I haven't found a salon up here in Grand Forks. I plan on just saving the money and getting my hair done when I come home in September. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for stopping by!

XO, Steph


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