So you just changed your hair, and now you can’t look at yourself without doing a double take “Who’s that Girl”! Sound familiar? well we’ve all be there (me included) so don’t stress, today I’m sharing my 3 tips for settling into your new do.
1 – Make it You!
You gotta love a good hairstylist, they can cut & color your hair like nobody’s business & who doesn’t love getting totally pampered with a scalp massage and perfect blow out – I’m totally into it! But there is always that awkward moment when they part you hair note quite right or flip out your ends when you prefer to flip them in – it’s not their fault, its just one of those things you have to do to get it right. For me, I like to wear my hair with loose curls, I do this by a super-secret-no-heat-sleeping technique that I’ll have to share soon, but the hair stylist can’t achieve this in the salon without letting me take a three hour nap mid styling – so I always have them blow it straight. It’s usually so straight and flat that it kind of stresses me out – girl needs some volume! So I know I’m not going to feel totally “me” in my new hair until the next day. But after my appointment, I go home, add some waves, jack it up to jesus (that’s teasing FYI 😉 ) and hang out upside down for a bit to make my new hair bigger, better and more me, knowing full well I won’t be totally in my element until tomorrow!
2 – Do what you couldn’t before!
Best part of a new do is all the things you couldn’t do with your old hair! If you’re feeling unsure about your new do, try something you couldn’t before – you might just find out what use to never work for you because you hair was too long, too thin, too straight or too brown, might work now with your shorter, lighter, brighter, curlier or (in my case) blonder do! I’ve been wearing braids all summa long, but we all know braids look wayyyy better on blonde hair, sad but true – they just do. So the second I started to feel unsure about my new color, questioning if it really worked for me, I braided it and BAM I fell in love all over again.
3 – Own It!
Honestly, the last tip is sometimes the hardest one to swallow, you just kind of have to get over it. Accept the change, accept the compliments and totally rock the sh%t out of your new, amazing do! You most likely look awesome and if you use that fact to fuel your confidence and bring a new energy to your look, you’ll totally be owning your new hair and everyone will notice. Confidence is always the best accessory, outfit, finishing touch, whatever – so if you pair confidence + your new killer look you’ll be unstoppable (oh wait, you already are 😉 ). Honestly, this even works with a bad hair cut or a bad hair day, perception is crazy powerful – if you believe in it and wear your new hair with honor and confidence like it this best thing that’s ever happened to you – people will agree!
My Story – Going Blonde…ish
So I also wanted to share my “blonde” experience. First a little bit about my hair history – my hair is (well, was) naturally honey brown, with lots of red undertones, as I grown its gotten darker, I dyed my hair so crazy black, like so black it was blue for four years then switched to my natural brown a few years back before going ombre. I always wanted my ombre to be blonder, I kept showing photos and no one ever gave me exactly what I wanted – whatever. Since it is summer I knew I just wanted a lighter, brighter more sun kissed, honey sort of look – so I was SO I was so freaking excited to partner with Redken in transforming my look.
Below is me before
I showed up at Cutler Salon (who is known for their Blonde Idol treatments) and worked with David and Angela in creating my new do. I showed a few pictures, but was ultimately up for their recommendations I just knew I wanted a lighter, brighter summer do so I let them kind of take the wheel. Anyways, the together (okay, mostly them) we selected the perfect combo of blonde touches – according to David, it’s “Up to 7 with 10 vol. zone 1 seq 09n+09g; zones 2-3 clear + .09v, deeper at roots and on ends”… whatever that means lol but it worked perfect for me because it kept my natural dark base but just gave it a brighter bounce & hint of something special.
Below is me after
Aside from the killer color, my experience at the Redken Salon totally stood out because they were clearly experts who I trusted completely and most importantly (to me at least) they did some crazy amazing conditioning treatments as they were coloring to ensure to repair the hair and keep it healthy as they were turning me into a bubbly blond (cue hair flip)
I hope this helps you adjust to your new cut, new color, new texture, new bangs or whatever other new awesome things you have done to your hair! if you recently switched things up, I would love to see, send me a photo!
Big thanks to Redken for partnering on this post & making me a blonde! Thank you for supporting brands that support this blog