Warning: girlie-ish post ahead...
I think I posted somewhere before about my stylist jumping ship and moving to another salon... and that this new salon is far away and extremely inconvenient. So, I stayed at my current salon and went with a new stylist.
Ladies, we know about our relationships with stylists. I don't know if most guys can relate... maybe some of you can. But, the relationship you have with your stylist is almost more important than a marriage. Of course, I'm saying this a little tongue-in-cheek, but I almost mean it for real. For MEGA REALZ. (okay, I just said that because I miss LA and Junk-Feud).
So, after six years of finding someone who really KNOWS how I like my hair, I'm just giving up and going to another stylist for my driving convenience. (Danger, danger, Will Robinson!) I've been to the new girl twice now. She does a great job of cutting, even though she doesn't style it exactly the way I like it. But so far, it's been okay. Yesterday, I went in for highlights. (Red alert!)
Usually, I get highlights and lowlights. I am a brunette, and as I've gotten older, I've taken my natural hair color a little lighter. This disguises the greys that are ever-multiplying, and I don't look all mousey brown. It's worked. I've been doing this since I was 30. I never colored my hair before the age of 30, but it's gone well the last seven years.
The highlights have been a very light brown... or dark blonde, if you will. The lowlights tend to be in the auburn family. It has worked very nicely, thank you very much. I've been happy.
Yesterday, new stylist girl tells me that previous stylist girl took all my info with her when she moved salons. So... there are no cards listing the exact formula of highlights/lowlights. I'm like... okay. We can "punt" here, right?
New stylist girl: "It's spring now... are you thinking of going a little lighter than what you already have?"
Me: "Sure... nothing drastic... just a little lighter. "
New stylist girl: "Do you want both highlights and lowlights, or do you want to go with a nice blended highlight only?"
Me (feeling brave): "Let's just do highlights today, I guess. That would be fine."
So, we do the highlights. In the salon, it looks okay. I go out to my car... in the sunlight...
Me: "Wow. This is a little blonder than I thought. Hmmm..."
Then I drive three hours to watch my oldest daughter and her school chums perform in some competition. The whole drive up, I keep telling my mom, who made the trip with me... "I'm just not sure about this." When we arrive at our destination, I run into people I know. Strange looks from adults. Many of my daughter's friends tell me that they like the new hair change. Teenagers complimenting me. I'm still unsure. Then I finally get a chance to talk to my daughter.
Daughter: "Oh my God, mom! What did you do to your hair?"
This was not said in a surprised and approving tone. It sounded more like sheer horror.
So, here are some before and after shots... the first one is about 4 years ago. The second was last Thanksgiving. The third one is today. :-(
HELL NO. So, now... I have to make an appointment tomorrow to get this fixed. I don't have anything against blondes... I'm just not one. My complexion does not work with blonde hair. Arrrgggh!!!
**UPDATE: I'm going in on Tuesday morning to have them fix it. For free. YAY!