I have worked in hair salons since I was 16 years old. I have colored my hair blonde, brunette, red and every color in-between, sometimes all within a year's time. This gives me the honest perspective of how changing your hair color can completely change the way you look and feel. I had natural blonde hair until the high school rebellion hit when I colored it flaming red. I looked and felt like a completely different person. I haven't had my natural hair color since. I think it is very addictive, the ability to change the color of our hair to completely change the way we look and feel.
Through the many hair color changes, everyone has their opinion about how they preferred it best. It's amazing how freely people offer up unsolicited advice. I have also found men to be the most adamant about hair color preferences, only dating/liking women of a certain hair color. I find this absolutely ridiculous, and goodness I hope they don't get attached to a hair stylist!
Most often people say they like me as a blonde. Is this because it looks the best, or because it fits my personality best? Where did we get the notion that "blondes have more fun?" I am sure I have the same amount of fun no matter what color my hair is. There is something about being a blonde though, different than being a redhead or brunette. There is an automatic cheerfulness and brightness associated with very blonde hair. As a redhead they assume your fiery, and brunette the most approachable and stable. Depending on whether the color appears natural, or is an obvious color creation, affects the perception of personality associated with it. Do you want to make a bold statement or be a natural beauty?
With age comes wisdom, and no longer do I make drastic color changes for me or my guests at the expense of super shiny, healthy hair. There is no "one" perfect hair color for anyone. It is so rewarding and still exciting to make a change, but never at the expense of the quality of the hair. Any dramatic color change requires an honest conversation, realistic expectations, time, and patience.
xx ~ Meghan