Thursday, 19 March 2015

Hair: Time for a change?

I have never been someone who enjoys doing different things with their hair, curling it, straightening it, putting it up etc. Whenever I get ready I always leave 10 minutes max. to do my hair, it's just never interested me and no matter what I do to it, it always looks bad. I guess I've given up trying.

My hair has never been the longest. When I was younger I always wanted it in a short bob as I went through tomboy stages. The longest it had ever got was just past my shoulders. And I had a full fringe for a majority of my childhood or I let it grow out. I remember when I was about 6 the first time my mum took me to the hairdressers to have a side parting put in. I thought it was the most amazing thing. I had this all the way into secondary school, which is a pretty long time.....and I still have it today. 
I have tried numerous times to alter my hair and move away from my comfort zone which included a full fringe attempt again. But I couldn't cope with the maintenance of it.

So from the age of 6, I have had the same parting, the same fringe, and a very similar hair length. So I think it's appropriate to talk about change. 

Although I have never really change the style of my hair, the colour is another thing. I had my first highlights in year 7 and dyed it brown in year 9. By the time I was in year 10, I was having highlights in my hair every few months to make it lighter. I naturally have fair skin and hair, so whenever I went on holiday, the sun would always make my hair lighter. If I knew what I knew today about maintaining blonde hair, I probably would have kept it today. I knew nothing about purple shampoo or hair masks. And my problem was that my blonde always turned yellow and it looked awful to me. Even still, I was blonde up to year 12, and although I dyed my hair brown for a while I always 'felt' like a blonde.

I came to a moment when I realised how unnatural and unhealthy my hair looked with the blonde. It was dry and greasy (at the same time somehow)and it always looked bright yellow and was never the tone I wanted it to be. This was during the ombre craze where everyone was having lovely two toned hair, no matter what colour. So I decided that I could have the best of both worlds by having brown and blonde in my hair. I did it at home, and I'm proud at saying that it turned out really nice. Not only that but it was different, and I loved it being different to what I normally have. I loved my hair so much that I wanted to keep it like this forever, but I always knew that my ends were extremely damaged and dry. Thats the problem with applying bleach to just your ends if they're already damaged.

I still kept my colour until uni but I decided I wanted to go blonde again (big mistake) as I realised how quickly my roots came through. So now I have been on a mission to get dark brown hair. Gradually I have making it darker and darker (due to the blonde I have)to make it a nice natural dark brown. I'm not there yet as I feel like I need to give my hair a break but hopefully I'll be there soon.

But in regards to my style of my hair, I really do need a change. Simply, I'm bored with the medium-length side fringe style, and dying my hair can only satisfy me for a short period of time. 

I am aware that not all face shapes suit everyone, but I have been really intrigued to try a middle parting as I now have a really long fringe. I still want layers and volume as usual, but I feel a middle parting looks so classy and sleek. I'm planning on having a hair cut when I go home next week and I'm planning on having straight cut ends as opposed to more natural ones as I think it looks so healthy. But while I'm there I might change my hair completely (just not the colour) I've been thinking about this idea for so long, so I might as well do it now, if it looks awful then I know I won't do it again. But I think after 12 years, it's a good time to change your look.

I'll keep you updated.
Best Wishes
Em xxx

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