Legally Blonde

Well, I can't hold it in any longer.

I'm blonde.

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Not naturally, of course. But I've gone blonde for the summer. I've been wanting to do this for quite some time. As many of you know, I have pretty long hair. (Many would call that an "understatement.") I'm definitely not even remotely anywhere near wanting to cut my hair but I was definitely due for a change. There's times where I definitely wish I could just chop all my hair off (like when it's 90 degrees with 100% humidity) but I know that it's something I'd immediately regret and spend a ridiculous amount of money to get extensions in.

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I've been blonde before, about six years ago but the way it was done... well... let's just say it was fitting that I was living where I was living then. I've also cut all my hair off before - that was about 7 years ago. (You see where the rebellious teenage phase was taking its toll on my poor hair?) I guess you can say I had pretty easy going parents who accepted the odd phases that I went through, as long as I wasn't altering anything drastic. While it was fun being that color for a while, due to the length of my hair and how I was too lazy to deal with the upkeep... well... I got tired of it quite quickly.


Fast forward to 2015. I don't know if you can blame my obsession with Chrissy Teigen or my inner West coaster coming back out, but all I wanted to do this summer was go blonde. Let me just say: 1) it's an expensive project that I've started and 2) thank goodness my hair is naturally thick and healthy because I don't think it would have survived this otherwise.

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I have to admit that I had a moment of 'what the f*ck did I just do?' the next morning when I woke up. But as the days have gone by and I've had to wash it once or twice, it's definitely grown on me substantially in the past week.

The biggest thing I think that going blonde has done for me, is that I've had to look at my closet differently and change my makeup from the same routine I've gotten so used to. I think we all fall into these habits and, unless something drastic happens, we don't go out of our way to try new things or break those routines. Whoa, did I just go too deep there? (I'm still talking about hair - I'm definitely not one to give life advice. This isn't Elite Daily.)

Anyone else have a drastic change in hair for the summer? Let me know and share your secrets with each other about how to maintain it. Once I find a hair care routine that works for me, you can bet you'll all be the first to know.

P.S. If you're wondering who did this amazing transformation for me, check out Lataye at Fox and Jane. Just make sure you give fair warning if you have hair my length - pretty sure she'd like a little warning  for another all day appointment :P

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