Every once in a while I have a hair crisis, and I’m currently at that point.
I’ve been going to the same salon for a while, and we’d hatched a hair plan for my recent wedding. I was to come in for blonde highlights at 9:30am, the Thursday before Christmas, just over a week before my New Year’s Eve wedding. When I got up the morning of my appointment, our French Bulldog was having trouble breathing, and I had to rush her into the vet. I called the salon as soon as they opened and told them my dog was getting x-rays, but I’d be there as soon as possible. When I arrived, just before 10:00am, I was told the colorist had double booked and couldn’t fit me in… Double booked for a wedding appointment planned months before! Needless to say, I wasn’t thrilled. They told me they’d squeeze me in the next day – Christmas Eve – with a junior stylist. Terrific.
The junior stylist was excellent and very sweet, but the senior stylist, who’d double booked me, made grumpy and sarcastic comments. I’m a big believer in life is too short for nonsense, so I decided then to have them do my updo for the wedding–as planned–and made a mental note to look for a new salon in January. It’s an active part of my self-care to not have rude service people in my life. I live in Canada’s equivalent of Stepford, and you can get hair bleach and Botox on every corner in town. Of course, I got busy with other things…
Now I have super blonde highlights–my relatives would have called it yeller hair–that are way past their due date and have gone brassy in the sun. I have an inch of dirty blonde and grey regrowth. Moving forward, I want to grow my hair a bit longer and have a lower maintenance look in terms of color. Less dye equals a healthier look. What I’m after is that je ne sais quois French girl look with subtle highlights that only need looking at twice a year.
I don’t mind the greys. I’ve earned them. So… What to do in the interim?
I can find a new colorist I like and work towards a new look; throw on some semi-permanent colour to tone things down; or let it grow out and hope I can pass the thing off as some sort of deliberate ombre. Sigh… I know this is a first world problem of the highest degree, but I experienced hairloss as a teenager so anything hair-related is ridiculously upsetting.
If you have any advice for growing out highlights, I’d love to hear about it all. In the interim, I think I should invest in some fabulous wigs.