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I Went Brunette & Found Out Blond Was More Fun (PHOTOS)

by Julie Ryan Evans on February 7, 2013 at 8:52 PM

blonde hairMy hair had been long, straight, and blond for what seemed to be an eternity. When I was younger I used to experiment, cut, color, and go bold on a whim, but since becoming a mom, I've kind of just stuck with my style.

Until recently.

I wasn't ready to cut it, but I wanted a change. A BIG change. So I decided to go brunette. Not just some subtle low-lights, but a "big, dramatic change" I told my stylist.


So big and dramatic change I got. My own 9-year-old son didn't recognize me, and I had several friends whose kids came home and said, "Mrs. Evans did something to her hair!" I got lots of double takes, and it was fun to see people's surprised reactions to the change.

It was a nice change too. I think it worked well with my skin tone, and made my eyes much bluer (they tend to look green with blonde hair). Though I will say as much as it made my eyes stand out, it also made my under-eye circles stand out, which wasn't such a bonus. The consensus from my friends and family, however,  was that they liked it. "Don't ever go back to blond," more than one friend told me.

brown hair

But I had to ... and much sooner than I wanted to. I went brunette in early December and figured I'd keep it that way at least until summer. What I didn't plan for, however, is that all of those highlights over the years were hiding something major -- gray hairs. And LOTS of them.

Mixed in with my blond highlights, I rarely ever noticed grays, and if I did, I don't think anyone else could. But contrasted against that dark brown hair ... oh, it was bad. And depressing. Some women embrace the gray, and good for them. I'm just not one of them. Not even close.

So back to blond I went last week. It's a much subtler blond this time, as it had gotten too light for my taste before. And I'm good with it. I still see brunettes and look wistfully at their locks sometimes, but I know that for me, being blond is way more fun than facing a bunch of gray in the mirror.

Have you ever changed your hair color dramatically?

 

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    lovemybabies110

    February 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Same exact thing happen to me. Once I went back brunette, all kinds of grey came out. I didn't even know I had grey hair yet. I'm gonna go back to highlights


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    motherof2inFL

    February 7, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    I did the exact same thing as you.  it's been a year and i'm still dark because i can't really afford to maintain the blonde i had.  but  i miss it everyday...


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    CrystalMP

    February 7, 2013 at 9:57 PM
    I used to play around but after I had my oldest son I took a poll with my family and friends and while they said I could pull off any color blonde was the favorite and matched me more (which I agree with) so blonde I went and never looked back. Sometimes if I feel like changing things up I'll do half and half like now I'm blonde on top and red underneath, it keeps things interesting lol
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    Carlene Riveland

    February 8, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Blonde hair is gorgeous! Why change it?


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    February 8, 2013 at 6:53 AM
    I have been a my whole life..it has gotten darker as I got older, and it seems to get darker during pregnancy. But my mom tolld me years ago if I stayed blonde I would be lucky cause gray would show less. So I will never be going dark lol unless it happenes on its own. My husband is also a natural blonde his whole life just a darker blonde now. Our 3 kids also all have white blonde hair for now.
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    MaryCimino

    February 8, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    I went blonde recently, turns out it's not for me so I went back to brunette. Blonde didn't go well with my skin.


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    AngieHayes

    February 8, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I like being blonde, and my kids are both blonde so I think thats cute.


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    the4mutts

    February 8, 2013 at 9:47 AM
    I like all colors on my hair. When I went blonde, I had a favorite product (I do all my dye jobs myself) and they went and discontinued it! Damnit. I have never found anothe blonde color I like. For now, I am focused on my hair health, and getting it to grow. So I am sticking with my natural dark brown.
    No blonde, no black, no teal or purple.
    I love my grey hairs too. Ive always wanted them, so even if I do ever dye it any color again, I will seperate my greys, so they stay their lovely silver color.
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    Cafe Suzanne

    February 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Love the brunette! Gorgeous no matter what though -- and I hear you on the gray thing!


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    Kerri

    February 8, 2013 at 11:46 AM
    I'm 38 and have been "blond" as long as I can remember. About 5 months ago I decided to color my hair a light/medium brown. I was tired of my dark roots within 3-4 weeks of getting my hair colored, plus the expensive appts. However, I now notice, just like you, that my gray hairs show a lot (I didn't even know I had them before) and my dark circles look worse than ever. Plus other things don't look right - clothing color choices, make-up color choices, etc. I still haven't decided what to do long term. I do really prefer to be blond though.
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