If you read my post on my goals for 2013, then you may remember that one of my goals was to “ombre” my hair. Is that how you say it? Or is it, “Get my hair ombre’d”?? Or “ombrefy” my hair??
Whatever it is, I finally ombrefied my hair the weekend before my first day of work, and I am LOVING it!!
I’ve been wanting to color my hair for some while, but I absolutely can’t stand re-dying the roots every few weeks just to have to re-dye them again in another few weeks. And you can never quite perfectly match your natural hair color, making a period of noticeably different colored roots an inevitability when you decide you’re done with coloring your hair.
Enter ombre! A nice gradation of color, where the roots are natural and the color begins its transition to a lighter or darker shade about midway down the hair length. No root touch ups, no re-dying if you don’t want it, super low maintenance…I’m in!!
I was trying to recall the last time I paid for a hair service and I realized that it has probably been four years, around when I first got married and got a digital perm.
It’s not because we haven’t had the finances for me to be able to get my hair done. In fact, RJ is quite insistent that I pay someone to cut my hair, within reason. It all just goes back to my basic character strength (flaw?) of frugality, where I figure, why pay $30-$50 for a haircut that I’m not super crazy about when I can just give myself a haircut that I’m not super crazy about and save the money?? Awesome logic, right??
Enter the bob three years ago. This was essentially my effort to get rid of the hair damaged by my perm, and a change from my old “long layered hair” cut that I’ve been sporting since the middle of college and throughout high school.
So I came downstairs after disappearing for a while, and when RJ saw me he started laughing. He says its because I was so cute, but I’m inclined to think its because it looked funny. My brother’s first response was, “You look like a lesbian.” Oh, brother…
I was lucky enough to have a hairstylist friend touch it up, who said I did a pretty good job. But maybe she’s just saying that because she felt bad for me. ;)
Fast forward a year and a half, when RJ is on a spring break camping trip that I can’t go to because of grad school (sounds familiar…). One lonely evening, somehow I veered from my usual favorite makeup YouTube stars’ videos to these YouTube tutorials of Asian girls cutting their own hair. And then I was suddenly motivated to cut my hair again. This time, it was just a trim, but I was quite impressed with the layers I was able to add. Did it look like those YouTube girls’ end result? Yeah, no. But I was actually quite fond of this cut and style.
Fast forward another year to present day, where now that we have a little extra money, I feel more okay paying a more qualified stylist for hair cut and coloring services.
I’m so thankful for Yelp now, as I never had that luxury growing up and always went to new stylists never knowing whether I’d come out with a cut and style I’d love or hate. I did a quick “ombre” search in the San Diego area and the first site to pop up was Studio NN. As I looked through their pictures, I kept seeing one stylist, Cindy’s, before and after ombre masterpieces pop up and knew I wanted to solicit her services.
The studio is in downtown San Diego in a random office building complex, but it was super cute. Upon entering, I was offered tea, coffee, or wine. Uhhh…is that even a question??
So with my glass of white wine in hand, Cindy asked what I was thinking, and so I pulled up a picture of one of her works on Yelp, and she knew exactly where to go from there. I also REALLLY appreciated that when I told her I only wanted a teensy tiny little trim off the length with layers, she honored that and with attention to detail, gave me the teensiest trim. When I’ve told less talented hairstylists that I only wanted an inch off the length, I always ended up with like six inches chopped off. Boooo.
She began by coloring my hair halfway down the length, separating the hair like you would for highlights, and really slathered the dye onto the ends. She then “painted” the dye upwards with a little brush for that gradient effect, wrapped each section in foil, and started another section. After painting and foiling all of my hair, I sat under the dryer like so, with my People magazine and white wine in hand.
After waiting 10-15 minutes for the chemicals to develop, she rinsed the dye out of my hair, shampooed and conditioned it, dried my hair, and got to snipping away.
I won’t bore you with anymore details, but here are the before and after shots.
I am absolutely loving my new cut and color!! I love it both curled and straight, but if I have to be honest, I will probably wear it straight most of the time, because I’m too lazy to curl my hair (except for special occasions, that is).
Thanks for reading! And I’ll try to update more often, but it’s been a little crazy with starting my new job in the past week and a half. (Which is going well, thanks for asking! ;) )