A (not so) Big Change

The other week, my sister cut off most of her hair. This is a big deal, as she has had long hair practically forever. With the exception of one brief period of craziness a few years ago, when she donated it to Locks of Love. The result is really cute and fresh.

So that got me thinking that maybe I could make a change and have a really cute and fresh result as well.

However, given that my long hair is my security blanket I really like having long hair, cutting it all off is not really an option for me. ((I also donated my hair to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program in October 2010 and immediately swore to never cut my hair that short ever again. Ever.)) I decided to go the wild and crazy route of coloring my hair.

After much deliberation and the realization that I am, in fact, a total wuss when it comes to changing my hair, I went with Natural Instincts Semi-Permanent dye. Because then, if it was hideous, at least it would only be hideous for 28 shampoos. And it wouldn’t actually need any upkeep because I could just let it fade away rather than shelling out the insane amount of $5 for a new box of dye every 6 weeks or so. ((Like I’ve said before, I’m cheap. I can’t help it.)) I picked the oh-so-daring shade of “Toasted Almond.”

Naturally, the DreadBrewer insisted on getting involved in the whole process. The problem with him “helping” is that he’s such a perfectionist! You’re only supposed to leave the dye on for 10 minutes after you’ve finished applying it, but that doesn’t really take into account the fact that it took DB 30 minutes to apply the dye in the first place!

So, are you ready for the big reveal?

For comparison purposes, this is my haircolor before dyeing it.

For comparison purposes, this is my haircolor before dyeing it.

DB "helping"  I don't know why my head looks way too small for my body in this picture.

He's so thorough.

He’s so thorough.

 

Ooooh - isn't it beautiful!?!

Ooooh – isn’t it beautiful!?!

I have to say that I am slightly underwhelmed at the actual amount of change between pre- and post-coloring hue. (Although the coverage is phenomenal, due entirely to the DreadBrewer’s very professional hair color application, I’m sure.) But as DB pointed out, it’ll fade away and I can try being bolder next time. Maybe I’ll go for “Golden Dune”!

A couple people have asked if I did something different with my hair and said that it looked nice, but it’s not really obvious enough for most people to notice.

I guess I’ll just have to leave the drastic changes of appearance to my sister.