Believe it or not, saying goodbye your virgin hair is a lot like losing your actual virginity. Whether you’re getting highlights, lowlights, or a full-head dye job, altering your natural hair color for the first time, especially as a full-grown adult, can be pretty terrifying … but also exciting!
I recently decided to undergo a hair transformation myself, and while it wasn’t super drastic, it was enough of a change that I still felt all the feelings. Dirty blonde up until this time last week, I decided I wanted to lighten my locks with a full head of highlights and go blonder for the first time ever. So I did. And now I’m MUCH blonder. Believe it or not, I found that parting ways with my former hair was a lot like having sex for the first time all over again. Let me explain… Keep reading »
Vanessa Hudgens has taken the concept of a seasonal hair switch-up to new heights by literally changing her hair color to match the season with a dye job that mimics the changing fall leaves. The actress posted this photo to Instagram alongside the caption, “Autumn hair ;),” which leads us to believe she’s well-aware of this play on words (and weather). It’s a cute idea, but I don’t know about the execution. Honestly, I’m really starting to embrace and appreciate natural (or natural-looking) shades in my old age, and Vanessa’s brown roots are so classic and flattering on her. But who cares what I think — what’s your take on this tri-toned look? [People Style Watch]
Hot new hair color trend: “splashlights,” which colorist Aura Friedman describes as giving “the effect that a laser beam is hitting your hair at a certain spot.” The lighter color is applied to a horizontal section of hair all the way around and, best of all, I figure out that this is kind of like getting two dye-jobs in one. As the look grows out and you get your ends cut, it transforms into the regular ol’ ombre effect. Cool! I get that this is an edgy thing to try, but with muted tones, I think it would look beautiful on just about anyone. Hmm, I think it’s time to make a hair appointment. [Allure] [Photos: Chelsea Lauren/Stringer]
Rihanna certainly isn’t the first celebrity to sport dyed grey hair — Kelly Osbourne‘s got her beat on that one by a long shot — but she is the latest, and inarguably the most high-profile. RiRi’s past beauty ventures, from gravity-defying mohawks and shaved sides with long, side-swept bangs to her signature bold red lip color, have inspired countless copycats, so who’s to say her new “ice grey” shade, which she wasted no time in flaunting on Instagram, won’t take off just the same? I love a well-executed unnatural hair color, and I think Rihanna’s totally pulling this one off … but doesn’t she somehow pull everything off?
I was born with bright blonde hair. My dad is blond, but my mom’s Italian family members were so sure their firstborn grandchild would possess their olive skin and black hair that they accused the nurses of bringing out the wrong baby when I made my pale, blonde debut. In my early 20s I had a brief flirtation with the idea of going red (which I’ve since discovered is a common symptom of a quarter life crisis), but other than that I’ve never dreamed of veering away from my (literal) blonde roots. Over the weekend I added some new highlights to amplify my natural color, and it got me thinking about what it means to be a blonde. Pop culture insists blondes have more fun. Millions of women eagerly bleach their hair into oblivion in order to, as Amelia puts it, “chase the blonde dragon.” Hell, I spent two hours and 70 bucks to make my hair blonder than it already was. But contrary to popular belief, the glamorous blonde lifestyle definitely has some downsides. Here are five that come to mind… Keep reading »