For the past few years, I’ve been emulating Kate’s hairstyle in having long hair that I typically blow dry, curl at the ends and then tie back by about lunch when I’m fed up with hair in my face. The problem with this hair style is that it’s not very conducive to getting ready quickly in the mornings, which will as of Monday be required of me. Plus, I’ve now had the same hairstyle for 6 years and it’s been 19 months since I last had it colored (Audible gasps, I heard them…)
Kate’s hair is glorious… But unless you have a stylist on hand at all times, it’s incredibly time-consuming if not utterly impossible to replikate. Trust me, I’ve been trying for years to have my hair bounce, shine and flow like hers. Unfortunately, I can not justify spending 2+ hours getting ready on just my hair to leave my house in the mornings and there isn’t a blow dry salon on my way to the office. I checked.
So I need something easy, stylish, elegant and beautiful… That I can do in 5-10 minutes in the morning.
If this had been me three or four years ago, I would have had NO idea what I wanted from the hairdresser. I hated going and doing anything other than “trim, please” because I have never really had much luck in figuring out what it was I wanted. I’d look through a magazine and love the long hair. Then the short hair. Then the bobs. Then the pixie cuts. I was all over the map and it changed with pretty much anything that popped up. I would go in generally very confused and I’d leave with the same haircut every time. It would look amazing until I washed it and tried to copy what the stylist did in the salon, then it would be back to it’s normal self.
I was fearing that this change would be no different until I was flipping through my Pinterest boards. I remembered that I had one called “Hot Hot Hair-Do” that I had originally built for what I wanted my hair to look like for when I was a Matron of Honour at a family wedding a couple of years ago. I’d been continuously pinning pictures of haircuts that I liked as time went by and when I went in there today, it became excessively clear to me that while I definitely tended to like some longer hair styles (and I’d kill to have Kate’s hair), my Pinterest-heart (which I believe when you wade through all the pins is a glimpse into my subconscious mind) was set on a shoulder length (or slightly shorter) bob.
I gathered up all the photos into one collage (above) and looked at them for a few days. It’s not rocket science, this is what I want. I’m going to Kate it up by adding in some long bangs like most of these ladies did. I can either leave it to air dry curly in the mornings or blow dry it at night so it’s flat and easy to add a quick curl under in the morning. I think it’s going to be perfect.
Next comes the color.
I’m a natural blonde, but over the years my natural color has faded into a darker shade of blonde, much like this, minus the shine:
I’ve had dark brown hair, red hair and blonde hair and I always wind up coming back to blonde. It works best with my pale coloring. The downside is that it’s wildly expensive to maintain if you go really light. I think what I might do is just go in with this picture of the gorgeous Keri Russell, who might also be my curly-hair doppelgänger. The color is darker than mine, but the depth and richness is what I’m looking for. I’m OK with my hair color as long as it looks shiny and healthy and not dull and boring like it does now.
I will share a picture once I’m done to see what I wind up with!
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