For All the "Hair Virgins"

 Before...

Before...

So you’re thinking about coloring your hair, but you’ve never done it before.  I’ve been there --exactly one year ago when I found Teased.  We are the minority that hair stylists adoringly call “hair virgins.”  They cannot wait to get us in their chair to show us the wonders of the color world.  Let’s start from the beginning… 

Thinking about coloring your hair for the first time can be a bit overwhelming.  What color do you want to pick?  Do you want a dramatic transformation or more of a subtle new look?  I had no idea what I was getting into when Katie suggested that I spruce up my look by adding some highlights.  I wasn’t sure if color was for me because I knew that it was something that I would have to actually keep up with (and, trust me, I’m bad at commitments).  Cue that funny word that no one really knows how to say: balayage.  This is a more natural look that I was willing to commit to because I could go much longer without touching up my color.  It was on a random Thursday that I said, “You know what? Let’s just do this,” and with that, a color addict was born. 

While I was in the chair, waiting for my color to process, I started to panic a bit.  Putting all your trust in another human by letting them change your hair is a big deal, but, believe it or not, this is actually what the stylists are here for.  They know color, what looks good and what only looks good on Pinterest.  Katie dried and styled my hair without letting me look in the mirror, so when I finally turned around I was shocked.  It’s amazing what even a small color change can do for you.  You feel like a brand new person!

 After :-)

After :-)

For awhile, I kept asking to go more blonde because I was loving being able to change the way I looked just by adding some color to my hair.  Then Megan Trainor went from blonde to merlot red and I was inspired.  The day I finally turned over to the dark side, the panic from my first color process returned.  The whole time the color was on my head I was having an inner meltdown thinking I may have made a mistake; then I looked in the mirror.  I honestly cannot believe I stayed blonde for so long. 

Now, I’m not telling you this so you’ll go out and dramatically transform your hair.  I’m telling you this so you can hear it from someone who went from zero color in her hair to going dark in the course of about 6 months.  I was quite possibly the most hesitant color client the stylists had ever seen.  I started out with little changes that made me feel a little extra glamorous and ended up finding the color that I should’ve been born with.  Color is a wonderful thing once you finally make a decision to lighten (or darken) your natural color.  It can make you feel like a brand new woman and give you that little confidence boost you may be in need of.  If someone like me who was very opposed to coloring my hair can take the plunge, so can you.  And I’d be willing to bet you’ll love the new you.

XO,
Hannah