Sunday, July 10, 2016

Change is Good - From Blonde to Grey Hair.

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I changed my hair... again. This time I went darker to a dark brown/grey balayage and cut it shorter! Having a new hair color/ cut is always exciting and sometimes makes you (feel) like a whole new person.

 This was before (featuring Taro- my pup): 
asian blonde balayage
And this was after:
asian dark grey hair

You are probably wondering why I went darker and cut my hair shorter... Although it looked nice before, there was quite a bit of breakage and I looked like a homeless frizzball 24/7. The tangles and rats nest in the back of my head could not be helped even if I brushed my hair. It was tough letting go of the blonde because it took almost 2 years to achieve. But, I am so glad I did. 

For this particular hair color, I asked for a dark ash brown/grey with black(ish) roots. And for the haircut, I wanted a blunt cut with everything the same length, piecey texture, and long face framing hairs. (That is the best I can explain it haha) It is so important to show pictures because sometimes it sounds like you and your hairstylist are on the same page, but in reality, you're not completely. Also, it is important to understand that certain hair colors can't be attained through only one session (without jeopardizing the health of your hair). I am so thankful I gradually lightened my hair or else I would have had to cut so much more off. 

If you are in the Bay Area, you should definitely go to Stem Salon (Sarah colored my hair and Christine cut it!). They have never disappointed me :) Because I have moved around so much, I have to go to different salons sometimes. My best tip for searching for a new hairstylist is to look at the Instagrams of different people from salons in your area (Yelp is your bff). Try to see if they do similar colors/ cuts to what you want to achieve!
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A benefit of having darker hair is that my makeup routine has gotten immensely simpler. The darkness contrasts with my pale skin, making my natural features stand out- meaning, I don't have to wear as much makeup. These days I have just been using Benefit's Gimme Brow (medium/deep 5) or Goof Proof (deep 6), mascara, a BB Cream, and a nude pink lip color like the one above. 

I really want to work harder at protecting my hair from damage and adding volume to my roots. So here are come hair products I am currently coveting. 

I love my new hair. My best friend said I look like a dark fairy princess haha. I was so scared to go shorter because I thought that I would look fatter. However, if you get the right haircut, you won't! And now, I have even more of an incentive to work out :P I hope you enjoyed my hair journey and I will probably go even darker in the fall! ;)

Until next time,

Lauren the Cupcake



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