Friday, May 27, 2011

Friend Friday: Hair Care

I haven't done a Friend Friday post in a while, but since I'm too busy preparing for my Texas vacation this week to do outfit posts, I thought it was the perfect time.  Katy from Modly Chic created Friend Friday as a way for bloggers to connect and discuss the "behind the lens" aspect of their lives.  This week... it's all about the hair.

 1. How often do you get your hair cut?
I usually go into the salon every 6-8 weeks.  My hair is very fine, so if I go much longer than 6 weeks it looks really gross at the ends.  My mom calls it "The Shaggy Dog" and was never shy about telling me when I needed a little snip-snip.  Since I've been coloring my hair, my roots usually determine when I go in for a cut.  As soon as I can't stand my roots anymore, I'm off to the salon for a cut and color.

2. Do you go to the same stylist each time, try someone new, go to the cheap hair cutting chains or live it up in a salon?
It really depends!  I try to be loyal to one stylist because I love the chit chat that comes with someone I'm familiar with.  I like being able to say "give me the usual" and have them know exactly what I mean.  That being said, I haven't gone to the same person twice since moving back to Indiana in January (and I've been to the salon a good five times since then).  My problem is that I can't plan when I'll need a color touch up, so I wait until the last minute and call my salon and say "I need an appointment with whoever is available!"  Last time I went, I loved the cut and color that my stylist gave me, so I just bit the bullet and scheduled 6 weeks out with her. 
For now, I'm going to a pricier salon, but when I was living in Seattle (aka being a broke grad student) I went to one of the cheap places.  I have to say that of all the places I ever went for cut and color, my stylist Jamie at Master Cuts (in Queene Anne for any of you Seattle people) was THE BEST.  It was cheap, she was so fun to talk to, and she always got my cut and color right.  I went to her the day after a break up and said "Make me a redhead!" and I haven't gone back since.  I kinda miss her...

3. Do you color your hair? How often? What’s your natural color?
If I had a dollar for everytime someone asked me if red was my natural color, I'd never have to pay for a salon visit out of pocket ever again.  I swear I get asked this at least once a day.  Is it just me or is that insanely rude??  It's like asking a woman if her breasts are real (mine are, in case you were wondering, which I'm sure you weren't).  Take a hint: if you think a woman has pretty hair, just compliment her without the "is that your natural color" talk.  So yes, I color my hair about every 6-8 weeks.  I've been every color found in nature: brunette, black, blonde, and red.  So far, I've been loving the red and will stick with it for awhile (much to the dissatisfaction of my sister who tells me to go back to blonde all the time).
My natural color is a pretty brunette color.  I like it a lot, but I always like change.  Whenever I am one color, I'll look at old photos and wish I was a different color.  I have hair envy, but only for past versions of myself! 

Brunette in 2009

Blonde in 2010

My natural color in 2008
A between brunette/blonde moment in 2009

Red in 2011
 4. The one thing you always do to keep your hair looking great is:
Avoid washing it every day.  If I washed my hair every day, it would look dull, limp, and super dry.  I wash it every other day, and somedays I try and stretch it out three days.  I've mastered the art of the updo so that my hair doesn't look greasy on day three, but perfectly "bedheaded chic" (dry shampoo ladies, look into it...) I also always use a heat protector and leave in oil since I heat style my hair almost every day.

5. What hair trend do you love and wish you could rock?
*Sigh* I've always wanted long hair.  Not long-ish hair, but really long hair.  My hair is so fine that it just doesn't look good long.  I had long hair when I was a little girl, but chopped it off when I was younger because it tangled too much. 
Now, there are some styles I wish I hadn't rocked, such as the two-year perm, the Beatles haircut I had in fourth grade, and the Sun-In orangey color I got the summer before senior year of high school...

I was blonde for a few years when I was little (left)

And had unfortunate bleachy blonde hair senior year of high school

Fave hair cut of all time in 2008/2009

You might remember this always classic hair style... The Golden Girl

I rocked this perm for two years and secretly loved every minute of it
Which one is your favorite?  Think it's time for a switch?


Reston Style said...

I have to day that I like a highlighted look - so maybe ease into it with getting some highlights in your red hair to make it a strawberry blonde. :)
I used to try to get red all the time, it just does NOT look good on me. You're so lucky you can pull it off!

Laura said...

You look great with all the colors! For real, but of course, red is my fav. Have fun on your trip!

Kimberlee said...

lmao I love those last two photos!! We all had our bad hair days :p I really love the red on you though!

K. said...

I love the red!! Not many people can pull it off to even get asked "is that your natural color"? Some people its obvious that its not.. so in a way.. that is a compliment ;) We have some red heads in our family and I've always been slightly envious. I have and always will have dark dark brown hair. It does not color well.

I saw your link on Modly Chic and I was drawn in because we have the same name! (just spelled differently)


Mimi said...

I think my favorite is the red hair and the blond, but you have such a great complexion that all the colors work on you. I've gone really dark a few times and literally look like a vampire because it makes me look so pale and washed out, so I envy your ability to wear any color!

Day said...

I love that you showed off your differing hairstyles. I have tried a million different styles, cuts, and colors too and find it to be really fun. I love your hair red but it's amazing to me how good it looks in all the different colors!

Michelle said...

I've always wanted red hair! You're braver than me (and can actually pull it off!)

Keep Warm (Danielle) said...

The Golden Girl is amazing!!! oh mercy!! I love the red and get red hair envy whenever I come to visit your bog!

Aubrey said...

OMG the glamour shot is Aaaaaaaaa-mazing! LOL! Not many people can pull off the golden girl :) Wowza. Thank you!

ps your hair is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you look really good with blond hair! I can see why your sister likes it!

LOL on the "golden girls" haircut!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair