My Journey From Blonde To Brunette (And My Extra IQ Points Along The Way)

Do blondes really have more fun?

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I have been a blonde for as long as I can remember. I was born a blonde in the sunny state of Florida, and maintained my golden locks until puberty delivered a nasty surprise (aside from raging hormones and an overabundance of Clearasil): dark roots. Suddenly, I found myself with increasingly dark brunette strands and the first of many prepubescent identity crises. Rather than embrace my natural shade and explore the world of Veronica versus Betty, I formed a mutually co-dependant relationship with peroxide and the giant bill at my local salon.

Since most of my family and friends never realized the severity of my hearing loss until later in life, “blonde jokes” became a mainstay in my existence and ensuing identity. I quickly discovered that being a self deprecating blonde allowed others to immediately feel comfortable with me, whether or not my dwindling Mensa membership was a reality (which for the record, it’s not). So why, after nearly a decade of bleached hair and a fair-haired business logo, did I suddenly switch back to au natural? The answer is simple: money.

Why spend $120 at the salon when I can pay $80 instead? (Don’t judge me, it’s worth the cost). Why concoct a variety of concealment techniques to hide blatantly obvious regrowth- baby powder included- when I can forget how long it’s been since my last dye job? Why have my scalp mildly tortured by flat irons and aluminum foil every 4 to 6 weeks, when 2 months or longer is so much more preferable? In case you haven’t guessed it by now, returning to my naturally dark hair (with the odd highlight or two) has saved me beaucoups of money, time and energy.

If you have been considering a return to your roots (terrible pun intended), I strongly encourage you to explore your natural hair color. In my case, there will never be a shortage of “dumb blonde” jokes (brunette or not), nor a Freaky Friday switch-a-roo panic attack from so much change in such a short period of time. Thanks to the art of blonde highlights around my face, I avoided the inevitable “color regret syndrome” which plagues most women post-appointment, and was able to ease into the world of Angelina vs Jen.

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4 comments on “My Journey From Blonde To Brunette (And My Extra IQ Points Along The Way)
  1. Krystyn says:

    Hello girly I recently dyed my hair back to my natural color…. I love your hair

  2. Toria says:

    Your darker hair looks gorgeous. Brings more attention to your beautiful eyes and face.

    I’m at the other end of the spectrum – I am guessing I am about a decade older than you, stopped colouring my hair for the baby years, and am now looking at starting up as the white hairs have not only appeared but are taking over!

    I hope my colour change away from natural goes as well as your transformation back to natural.

  3. Homemom3 says:

    I too was once a blonde and my hair started changing as I hit my late teen years. To escape that I decided to go completely opposite, I became a red head. I no longer wanted to hear all the jokes and I knew no one messed with a red head. But as the years have caught up to me, so has the silver coming through. I notice darker strands underneath and have been debating on going back to the natural hair. I plan on going next month so I’ll be shocking everyone when I appear on Facebook as a new person lol. I think the dark hair looks great on you.

  4. Victoria says:

    I was also blonde growing up and when I hit my twenties I decided to go dark. It’s amazing when you look in the mirror and part of your identity has changed so drastically. Being a brunette is so much easier! I tried to go back to blondd in my thirties (my kids are all blonde, and everyone was always asking where they got their blonde hair so I decided to go back) It lasted a couple of years and then I got so tired of trying to get a “natural” looking blonde color I went back to brunette and have stayed dark since. Although I still experiement a great deal with different shades.
    Thanks goodness for hair color!

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