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You Don’t Know What Color Hair Your Wife Has?!
Several years ago, a coworker asked my husband what color hair his wife had. Surprising the inquirer, he responded “I don’t know…” His coworker was a bit confused, to say the least.
You might think this an odd response, and on the surface, you’re right. But my husband is also right. Let me explain.
If you’ve spent more than a hot second reading the blog, you know what color hair I have. You have certainly stumbled upon a selfie or two (or hundreds, if you hit up the Gallery). My hair color hasn’t changed in years and is in just about every photo I post.
My hair is naturally between blonde and brown, a rather mousy, sometimes dull and often confusing color to describe.
At times you might have called it dishwater blonde, an all-but-flattering description. It’s maybe light brown, sort of dark blonde, and occasionally displays strands of both.
Over the last few years, it’s trended more toward brunette. Just last week, my mom was shopping with me and, after we parted to check out different shelves, she returned and said “I almost couldn’t find you. I was looking for a blond and then remembered you’re basically a brunette now.” (And for clarity, this is all natural confusion. I haven’t colored my hair in over 15 years.)
Ready for a Style Refresh
Aside from chopping off a few inches here and there, I really don’t mix up my hair routine at all. I pay for a high-quality, salon cut regularly, which seems to be helpful in maintaining an otherwise low maintenance look on a day-to-day basis. But I’m ready to start doing something a little different.
By little, I do mean little. I don’t want to start some multi-hour routine. I would, however, like to change things up just a tad to refresh, while maintaining a look that is still appropriate for work.
I’m far too lazy (and not the least bit interested) to pay an arm and a leg to color my hair professionally, yet I decided it’s finally time to try something simple to spice up the color a bit.
I’m still not game for a home-dying color disaster after letting my hair sit in a plastic bag for far too long. But while popping into Walgreens last week, I snagged from the shelf the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ Subtle Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner as well as the Brilliant Brunette® Visibly Brighter™ In-Shower Treatment. With five Walgreens locations within about 5 blocks of my apartment, I can pop in quickly on my way to or from work. It also didn’t hurt my decision to try these out when they were buy one, get one 50% off with my Balance Rewards card (only through Jan 30, 2016 though in-store and online).
With little extra effort beyond my normal routine, a regular shampoo and conditioning effort can lighten up my hair just a touch to refresh the color. For those preferring immediate gratification, the In-Shower treatment finishes its work in one fell swoop.
I demand (just ask my stylist, I’m totally adamant about this) a super simple, low maintenance hair style. I rarely even blow dry my hair.
I brush my hair maybe twice a day. I’m certainly no Marsha Brady, stroking my luscious locks hundreds of times per day. And I definitely won’t commit to a complicated morning style session or dedicate hours and dollars to regular coloring appointments. (I’m not opposed to do those who enjoy it, but it’s just not up my alley.)
Despite all this, I do appreciate an updated or varied style on occasion. Hence, I bit the bullet for the fancier color-lightening Visibly Brilliant collection.
I also try a few new simple hair styles from time to time. Who am I kidding about this hair stuff, though? I’m not capable of executing anything crazy, even if I wanted to, so simple updates it is. For those interested in playing along, I thought I’d share a couple of the recent styles I’ve tried wearing to the office to complement the fancy, new lighter shade of brown hair I’ll be sporting.
Here’s the starting point. My stick straight hair comes directly from air-dried laziness. But I do have a lovely tray of bobby pins sitting on my bathroom counter that gets used nearly every day.
When I’m feeling like a bad hair day may be in store, I use the bobby pins for a simple style to keep the madness in check.
Sometimes, I like to mix up my hairstyle at the office with a few bobby pins haphazardly holding back an easy-going, half up look. You can recreate this one quite easily. Just pull some strands back until you like the look and bobby pin away the loose hairs until they’re all under your control.
Tip: Be sure to just pin back a thin top layer of hair. The bobby pins aren’t sturdy enough to hold the entire top half of your hair. Thus, just a light layer of hair across the top will be pulled back to cover the rest of your hair which is hanging as usual.
If you prefer, pull out a few strands near the front on each side to frame your face. Be careful not to pull out the bobby pins while you’re fiddling.
A bit of an unorganized (slightly) messy look appears intentional, and thus stylish, of course. Cheers to lack of perfection appearing just right!
For an even easier option to switch up your style a bit, take a a handful of hair and pin it behind your ear. I’d suggest using a couple of bobby pins to give it a bit more complexity and hold. One little pin sometimes makes me feel like a little girl, but maybe that’s just me.
This can also be a nice way to show off a favorite pair of earrings that might otherwise be hidden by a flowing mane.
I like these simple modifications because they help keep loose rebel strands out of my eyes and face throughout the day. It’s also a nice way to create a slightly different look that’s still work-appropriate to complement the “just a bit” brighter shade of hair color you’re sporting as well.
Whether it be bonding with a handful of bobby pins to tie back some strands or soaking up some suds to revive the color just a touch, I feel like a bit of renewed life to your hairstyle can translate into renewed energy at work too.
So, why not give one of these 3 ideas to freshen up your hair style a try? Brighten up your color with the Visibly Brilliant collection? They all take minimal time, effort and expense. What have you got to lose, aside from a few “not-the-best” hair days?