One of my sweet friends has serious "rootaphobia," ie: the fear of roots showing when hair color grows out. I was drying my hair on Saturday night, thinking to myself, "I'd really freak her out right now." After seeing my friend at church, yesterday morning, and mentioning how I thought about her when I was eyeing the serious crisis condition that my hair was in, she said, "Why don't you just go darker?"
That seemed so easy. Why didn't I think of that before?
So, I took myself to my personal playground (Sally's), had a little conversation with a staff member (I always ask for someone who is a certified stylist), and we decided (ahem, I'd already decided, but just wanted to make sure she suggested the same thing - and she did) that I should do an all over color and tone it. My hair always pulls warm/golden/red tones, so I knew I'd have some red after dying it. I went with Wella 7A, Smokey Light Ash Blonde. I always use ash color on my hair because of the natural golden tendency. Just so you can grasp where I was and where I went, I started as a Wella 12A (level 10 is considered blondest blonde on most color scales). Going to a 7A was a scary jump, but my natural color is a 7. I'll have to get some outside/natural light photos for you because my yellow bathroom at night isn't really giving a good idea of what my color looks like. I did some before and after for you, though! Let me know what you think.
(For those of you have have rootaphobia, don't look!)
(The middle photo is my natural color.)
You can clearly see that I still have a lot of golden tones in my hair, which is from its natural tendency, but also because I dyed some seriously bright hair. I haven't toned, yet, and I want to give it a week to do it's thing in the wash before I go buy more product. Overall, I'm pleased with the outcome and pray that this will help me keep my hands out of the hair dye aisle for a bit. I'm so wishy washy when it comes to my hair color and as much as I'd like to just be able to pick up and go to the salon whenever I want a change, that's not in our budget. Next time I think I'm going to have a nervous breakdown, just tell me to go eat a piece of chocolate and not to dye my hair.