I’ve wanted blonde hair for as long as I can remember. When I was about 13, I was totally that girl who put too much Sun In in her hair, and I had an entire Summer where my hair was orange. Over the years, I’ve been several shades and variations of blonde, but this year is the lightest that I’ve gone. I wanted to share my hair transformation with y’all, in case any of my brunette ladies are thinking of a change. You can do it, too! When it comes to my personal preference, I prefer to be a little “rooty”, so this is probably as light as I will go. Also, my eyebrows are just too big and too dark, and I refuse to dye them. So, roots just make sense.
My hair prior to deciding to go blonde was a very warm brunette color. Previously, I had an old ombre in my hair that had grown out, I covered that with store bought brown, and this was the result. (You can actually see that old color trying to come through here).
I wasn’t able to find photos of the first time that Suzanna got a hold of my hair, I’m not sure that we took any, but this is the second time. The first time was almost exactly like this, but the end result was a little too warm for my tastes. I found Suzanna through a Local Mom’s Group on Facebook, she was needing a hair model and I had basically the perfect hair for what she needed to do. Her and I became fast friends after that, and I’m still not sure that I will trust anyone new with my hair. I actually wrote about my second experience with Suzanna at Lucy Pop Salon in Nashville here. In a nutshell, this is your standard balayage ombre with very cool tones.
The Third Time that I went to see Suzanna, she used me as a model again for a Babylights Class that she was teaching at Lucy Pop. I lucked out on this one, because baby lights are actually an awesome way to hide regrowth. And I had some serious regrowth. This was also around the time that I decided I wanted to try and go even blonder. So, this is a balayage ombre with baby lights on the crown (in a herringbone pattern).
This was the Fourth Time…sooo close to what I was wanting but just a little too warm. The toner falls out of my hair like it’s nothing, so that’s super frustrating. This time, she refreshed my balayage and also added full highlights.
This is the result of the Fifth (and Final) time–and I am SO IN LOVE WITH IT! Suzanna convinced me to do a bit of a color melt to create more of a seamless blend, and I’m so glad that she did. Now, I look intentionally “rooty”, not just like I bleached my head and it grew out for months and months.
I am so happy that I finally decided to take the leap and go quite light with my hair, and I’m glad that it was Suzanna who went along for the ride with me. She has since left Nashville, and my heart is broken. However! If you live in Las Vegas, you can totally go see her starting this fall at studio khroma. Tell her Brandi sent you, and tell her that I miss her guts!
Of course, being naturally dark and having such light hair is not an easy task, there’s a lot of maintenance required. Like I said, toner just falls out of my hair. So, I’m putting together a few of my favorite products and ways that I keep my hair light and bright at home (especially since my hair girl is across the country now!) I actually got my hair maintenance routine from Suzanna, so it’s stylist approved products that will keep that blonde hair fresh. That will be up super soon!