Best Hairstyle - Ever!
Long and medium length hair styles have always been my preference, and only twice have I taken the leap and tried a short hair style. A short hair cut for me in the first instance was just below shoulder length – that was about 20 years ago, and the second time about five years ago I really took a leap and went for a collar length bob. I absolutely loved that bob, with the sides slightly longer as they fell forward, although not quite the A-line bob as most people would refer to this cut. I was brave enough to go that far, but a stacked bob or graduated bob with the back any shorter would have been a little more than my nerves could handle.
Incidentally, having hair so much shorter all of a sudden is quite a liberating feeling and just the boost I needed. If you have been stuck in a rut lately, there is nothing like getting a new ‘do’ to pick you up. I feel like a new woman and I wish I had done this long before now. I can do my hair these days, and to my utter amazement, it stays exactly where I put it!
When I had the last short hair cut, I sat there with my hairdresser who kept looking to me for my approval, and I wondered if I'd like it enough the next morning to get past making the comparison with my dearly departed long hair when I walked by the mirror. So, I made another bold decision - bold for me anyway, and opted for the cap to get blonde highlights while I was there. I figured that with my brown hair chopped off this far I might as well go for broke and get a real grown-up hair style and be done with it.
Having had that short hair for some time, and one trim and two toners along the way, I decided it was time to get somewhere back to normal and let my hair grow longer again. Each time it got frizzy at the ends I would snip a little bit of hair off, and ponder the idea of going short(er) again. I didn’t take that leap, and here I was up until four months ago with hair half way down my back again. I was getting bored with it though, and coloring takes so much money to maintain so I wasn’t quite sure what I’d do.
YouTube Haircut and Hairstyle Tutorials
Then, as luck would have it, I was on YouTube looking for something totally unrelated to hair, and happened upon some videos on DIY haircuts, coloring, highlighting techniques, and assorted other tips and tricks. I kept coming back to the same young lady on YouTube, so I subscribed and regularly keep up with what she has to share. The lady is a professional hairstylist so I was happy to listen to what she had to teach. Lord knows there is all kinds of advice on hair cutting and coloring on there, and some of it, I have to admit, I have watched so I know exactly what not to do. I’m sure I am not alone here…
How to Cut Hair at Home
Have You Ever Tried To Cut Your Own Hair?
I think we have all tried to cut our own hair at one stage or another – sometimes successfully, other times, not so much…and when I was a teen I always cut my Dad’s hair on a regular basis. I snipped at my own hair too, but for anything involving cutting layers into hair or if it needed a little more than the usual trim, I always saved my pennies and went off to the hairdresser to get my hair done properly. In recent years I have gotten a little more daring and learned how to layer cut my long hair too, and quite nicely if I do say so myself. But, it was time for a change, and with some help from my favorite YouTube gal, Silvia, I learned how to do a soft layer cut, which eventually evolved into collar length hair, and blonde all over. I love my short hair!
Hair Extensions -Too Easy!
I think the thing that finally convinced me to chop my hair off was the fact that hair extensions are now so inexpensive. There are so many places to shop for hair extensions that the price has come down very low and people who could not afford to think of purchasing hair extensions can now do so without killing their budget. One can’t even buy a decent lunch for much less than $10.00 these days, so when I saw hair extensions for around $7.00 I was more than ready to go with those and get rid of my long hair which, it seems, takes more and more time to care for especially now I have moved to a humid climate. If you haven’t read my article about the best hair extensions, please follow this link – I’m sure you’ll find it useful when you’re trying to decide on human hair or synthetic, and how much you should expect pay for a decent product.
I’m posting a snippet of a photo below so you can see, roughly, what color my hair is now. I say roughly because it doesn’t seem to matter what light I am in, I’ll be blessed if I can get an accurate shot. It’s actually a bit lighter than what I see in the photo, but if you look at my profile pic of course you see a big difference.
Wella Hair Toners
In my next article I will tell you some of the best tips I learned to bleach your hair if you have dark brown hair, and some of the things to look out for so you don’t end up as a YouTube blooper. Please remember I am not a hairdresser, I have not trained professionally, and if you doubt your own abilities to tackle the job of lightening your own hair, please go straight to a hairdresser instead. The techniques I used worked well for me, but it took a couple of months to achieve my desired color. You must be patient because blonde hair doesn’t just happen, it’s a whole long process so I 'd like to tell you what to expect.
I will also share what type of developer I used with the bleaching powder and the Wella Toners so I didn’t fry my hair, what kind of shampoo I use for blonde hair, and a couple of other products that have kept my hair really healthy. If you like a shade of blonde similar to mine, pop back later and I will publish the numbers for the toners I used to get rid of the brassiness. In the meantime, you might like to check out Silvia’s videos and subscribe to keep up with her hair care tips and advice, and also some lovely make-up tutorials and the cosmetics that she uses.
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