HairLessons I’ve Learned From 9 Different Hair Makeovers
  • Take a trip down memory lane with me, and learn a thing or two about what to do (and what not do) when it comes to hair color and cuts along the way!

  • Back in college, I was all about natural blonde hair with highlights (and I loved my CHI straightening iron,
    obviously). I'm a natural blonde anyway, but I started dyeing my hair with the help of my fabulous hometown hairstylist, Wendy,
    at a pretty young age to add in some subtle highlights after a rough
    summer of Sun-In. Lesson Learned: Sun-In WILL dye your hair orange, and squeezing lemon in your hair WILL dry it out.

  • Once I moved to NYC and started at StyleCaster, it was time for a change. The lovely ladies at SC set up a makeover for me and we chopped all of my hair off (up to my chin!) and then I later dyed it darker. I box dyed it (which I did pretty often back then) and chose a natural shade of brown, which faded on my hair fairly quickly. I hated the brown phase, but it was good for me to learn how light my roots actually were. Lesson Learned: When you have light roots, going darker is a pain in the butt.

  • I obviously didn't last very long with "darker" hair, and quickly went
    back to blonde. This was another box dye (I'm a big fan of Clairol Nice 'n Easy) and I quickly became a fan of colored hair pieces (as well as feathered extensions) but chose to try the clip-in hair extensions before actually going full-force into the trend. Lesson Learned: If a hair color seems a bit daring, test it out first with a temporary method like clip-in extensions or spray-on color. If you love it, make it more permanent.

  • When dip dye first hit the runways, I don't think anyone thought it would actually catch on, but I couldn't wait to try it out myself and I'm so glad I did. I loved this look (created by Sean Gallagher). We gave my ends a slight ombre fading from blue to purple, and it really helped the dimensions of my hair stick out. Lesson Learned: When you play with bright colors, only wash with sulfate-free shampoo, and don't wash too often. Your color will fade within 2-3 weeks, so if you can, learn how to mix it yourself for touch-ups at home in between salon visits.

  • This color was inspired by the subtle, rose gold highlights I had seen pop up on Peter Som's Spring 2012 runways. Although I loved the wisps of colors in the front, the all-over strawberry hue didn't mesh well with my skin tone. Lesson Learned: Always, always, always keep your skin tone in mind when playing with hair color. Even if it's a pastel shade or a bright blue, you need to consider whether it should fall on the cool side or warm side of the rainbow based on which tones you have in your skin.

  • After years of admiring double-processed platinum blondes, I finally took the plunge. Luckily I also found a colorist who is as obsessed with being as blonde as can be as I am (and knows how to get there safely). Zoe Wiepert of Bumble and bumble spent four painstaking hours taking me to this white-hot shade. Lesson Learned: Never do this at home. I may have dyed my hair purple, pink and blue before, but when it comes to platinum, I go to the salon. Zoe's technique ensured that my hair wouldn't have too much breakage (she dyes the roots last) and that is something that any hair aficionado should appreciate.

  • I didn't spend too much time enjoying my platinum hair, as I quickly wanted to add some color to it. Since I had already done dip dye, it was time to try out the pastel hair trend and go lilac, but with some strategic placement. Lesson Learned: We got the shade we wanted during this first go-around, but it faded quickly - which was something we didn't expect since my hair is double-processed.

    Photo: Porter Hovey
  • This is actually an image from in-between color processes, but this is a great shot of how the color faded. When using lighter pastels, the color actually washes out fairly easily and you don't have to worry about that scary awkward phase - bonus! Lesson Learned: Although you can wash with all of the sulfate-free products in the world (and simply just not wash your hair) your color will inevitably fade. Embrace it.

    Photo: Joy Jacobs Photography
  • The second time around, we tried more placement with the lilac color (and went up to the roots with it – something we didn't do the first time) so that it was as vibrant as a lilac shade would be. Overall, I loved the shade, but it still only lasted about two weeks. Lesson Learned: Pastel shades will be what they will be – fun for the time being, but by no means a long-lasting hue.


Lessons I’ve Learned From 9 Different Hair Makeovers


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