Friday, December 11, 2009

Good Idea? Bad Idea? HORRENDOUS IDEA?

I haven't had highlights in my hair before. There, of course, was the Sun-In incident of 1997, in which I misunderstood the meaning of "heat-activated" and took it to mean that the sun would lighten my hair, while in reality I was bleached completely blond in a few days thanks to the power of my hair dryer.

A few weeks before my senior portraits were to be taken, my roots had grown a good three or four inches and I looked absolutely ridiculous. My mom was all, "Oh, hell no," and took me to the salon, at which I spent five hours getting foiled and fixed. The result was amazing, as the stylist had taken great care to color about five strands of hair at a time, alternating between my original hair color and the magical color of heat activation.

Fast forward twelve years. My hair regrew its v-card. Since it's quite fine, I barely use hair care products, save for the instances of leave-in conditioner and once-in-a-blue-moon mousse. Well, those and the seemingly never-ending bridesmaid hairdos. Seduced by a fantastically low fee, and the fact that my mom's hair has looked phenomenal lately, I journeyed to her stylist. (Just to be clear: I am NOT knocking this stylist, as she was super sweet and adorable, and clearly very good at her chosen profession. I just don't think that I was ready for the results of highlights of any kind.)

I don't think that I like it. I've lived with it for a week, and I am still unhappy. It's just not me. I want a little more subtlety, because even though the blond is pretty and youthful, it feels generic and fake on my head. Basically, I think that it's just the front part adding to my general pissiness.

Update: It's been almost two weeks since Hairdo: The Highlightening, and I have to admit that it's growing on me. I've not been using color-safe shampoo, so it has faded a bit, but there is that one big, fat, stupid highlight at the front of my hairline, and it is pissing. me. off. SO. MUCH.

Behold my mad MS Paint skillz!
But MS Paint cannot cure the chunky highlight blues.


Em said...

I love you no matter how you look. You are beautiful... however I can say this because we have been friends for like 21 years... it is slightly DR. :)

Heather said...

em - It is SO DR. Dammit. Dammit!