Have you ever wanted to go blonde?
Last fall I got the itch to go blonde.
I was taking concrete steps towards achieving my dream lifestyle which felt amazing. I also was feeling great at work, wasn’t afraid to take professional risks anymore, and was generally feeling #likeaboss.
I wanted a major change to celebrate the adventure and the freedom I was feeling at this point in my life. Going blonde was it for me.
Why I Went Blonde
It made no sense for me to start spending more money on my hair.
Nonetheless, I did it.
It was a sign to myself that I’m really doing this whole achieving my dreams thing. It gave me momentum.
Brunette to Blonde Before and After
Nothing changed when I dyed my hair blonde. I’m engaged so I was not doing it for any extra attention, although I did notice some extra looks from strangers.
My coworkers and friends did a double-take at first too.
The Upkeep of Blonde Hair
The greatest change in going from brunette to blonde was my bank account.
I used to get away with going to the hairdresser every 3 months or so. Sometimes I would stretch it out to 6 months between appointments when I didn’t have an event such as a wedding to go to.
I used to spend an average of $60 per cut, 4 times a year. So, $240 on hair for the year.
The upkeep of blonde hair is not so easy.
Now, I’m getting my hair colored every other month at $200 a pop or $1200 for the year. That’s an increase of $960 per year just to be blonde!
I recently moved to San Francisco and the costs are now $1300 per year!
I also buy special products now that I never bought before! It’s worth it to me though because I want to keep my blonde hair looking great.
As you can see from the graph, my spending on hair went way up once I went blonde. It was worth it though!
By the way, if you want to start tracking your spending, I suggest using Personal Capital. You can track spending by category which is pretty awesome and it’s FREE!
Ways to Cut the Cost of Going Blonde
At first I went for a more “bronde” approach because it required less maintenance. It was that half brown/ half blonde look where you start out with dark roots so it doesn’t look as bad when it grows out.
Even though the rooty ombre look is popular right now, I didn’t like it on me.
I also didn’t like how it gave my hair an orange tint in some light such as in the picture below. I decided to take it up a notch and go full blonde.
(I considered coloring my hair myself but I don’t think I have the talent or the skills to go full DIY. I’m saving that experiment for another day).
How to Keep Blonde Hair Color Bright
The full blonde color looked much nicer on me. I kept the color bright blonde by using J Beverly Hills Blonde Neutralizing Shampoo. This shampoo was recommended by my hair stylist and works.
If you’re thinking about going blonde or have highlights, I highly recommend you buy this shampoo.
At first the shampoo felt a little different because it doesn’t lather as much as other shampoos (and it’s purple!) but it kept my blonde looking bright and beautiful which is what I wanted.
Blonde Balayage is low maintenance and cheaper
Six months in to being full blonde I switched to a blonde balayage look. I changed how I felt about roots and my bank account thanked me.
My hair stylist did a good job of blending it all in and it was MUCH EASIER TO MAINTAIN.
I would go to the salon every three months or so.
The balayage look isn’t for everyone but it worked for me.
From Blonde to Brunette Transformation
This Fall I decided to be reasonable and dye my hair back to its natural color and let it grow out.
It has lightened up since this picture and now has a cool balayage look to it.
I’m looking forward to growing it out and being light at the ends again.
My colorist used a semi-permanent dye in case I wanted to go blonde again next summer.
Has a big transformation like going blonde ever motivated you to achieve your goals?
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