highlights vs. dye

12:39 am - 07/25/2008
So I'm not too good with this kind of stuff...but I'm kinda facing a problem.
I'm a natural blonde and have always loved my hair color, but now that I'm older its slowly fading to an almost brown shade. I've been getting highlights since high school to kind of fight off the brunette. I was told by my hairdresser and my mom that I should just keep getting highlights since they take longer to grow out. My mom, for whatever reason, has instilled in me a fear of dying my hair. lol. Would it really be that much more of a hassle/more expensive to just dye my hair all one shade? I miss being blonde all over!
Also...how does one go about picking out the right shade of blonde? Thanks for any help!
wendye 25th-Jul-2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
The same thing happened to me - I had white blonde hair as a kid and it eventually got darker and darker, but never really *brown*.

I highlighted for a while, but I felt like that was really harsh on my hair, so I eventually just went all-blonde.
Doing a single-process color is generally cheaper than highlights, and I think it's much gentler because the stylist will use 20 volume peroxide instead of straight bleach like they do for highlights.

A few years ago I stopped getting it done at a salon and I get a box dye from L'oreal. If you're like me and were super-blonde as a kid, any shade of blonde will probably look okay. Box dye looks better on me anyway because I don't get that brassy color I sometimes get from the salon. I stay away from "cool" or "ashy" shades though and generally stick with "golden" or "natural", but that depends on your skin color.

Good luck!
leah1211 26th-Jul-2008 04:20 am (UTC)
Yeah I think I might just get it colored...highlights seem to take forever to get done and I'd like to just be blonde...and not like a whole bunch of different colors lol. But thank you for your advice!!
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