Two years ago I chopped my hair off.
It was terrifying and liberating at the same time.
Even since I was small I had long hair (like down to my butt) and one day I decided it”d be a good idea for my old roommate to put it into a ponytail and chop it off. YIKES.
Well, she did it and it was super uneven so I basically had to go shorter and I wanted it shorter anyways, like to my shoulders. THANK GOD IT WAS ABOUT TO BE A TREND TO HAVE A LOB. Anyways, I needed a fresh change. There was so much baggage in my life at the time I just needed to let go of it all so I decided that maybe if I changed myself cosmetically (THE HAIR), perhaps I would feel differently about myself and about all the things that were dragging me down in life. Hence, why it felt so liberating. ANYWAYS, I was obsessed with the final result and ever since, I haven’t let my hair grow two inches past my shoulders.
Usually when I decide to fix it and go out, I’ve gotten asked where I get it done, who’s my stylist and what I ask for. SO HERE IT IS. All you need to know about my short shag:
It took 3 sessions to get my hair to the color I wanted it because very STUPIDLY, I used box dye before I saw my stylist, Loe. Here’s what the second session looked like: Ashy Brown Balyage with face framing layers ( and I love to have my hair styled in beachy waves ) This photo was taken outside without any special lighting. I wanted this to look as natural as possible so my roots are still somewhat the same color as my natural hair and melt into the balyage. This process took about 3 hours.
My third session was the final look ACHIEVED. I’m never going back. I asked her to make me blonde ashy while still being brunette. I also wanted it a bit longer in the front and slightly shorter in the back ( as you can see ). My roots still melt into the balyage so overall it was a natural look. This process took about 3 hours and again, I asked for effortless beach waves. Loe was happy. I was DELIGHTED. This was exactly what I had been wanting and I wouldn’t have had this without her. Here’s the deets on my stylist, the salon and my favorite CUSTOMIZED product.
SALON: The Colour Attic located in Huntington Beach, CA
HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT: A customized purple conditioner. Loe basically told me it’s better to invest in purple conditioner rather than shampoo because you rinse your hair right after shampooing, but with conditioner you let it sit, so it only makes sense. It’s a bit pricey (I think I paid $40 or $50?) But you get a SHIT ton of uses out of it and it’s completely tailored to keep your individual tresses as ashy as you want them. I use this conditioner about twice a week and I don’t need a lot. I let it soak for about 5 minutes before washing it out and my hair is still ashy after getting it done two months ago.
If you’re from SoCal, I promise you won’t be disappointed with any of the stylists here. Every girl on their instagram page looks bomb and when I come in for an appointment, I see girls leave with hair that’s to DIE for. I’m not being dramatic, I promise.
Anyways, you get the gist. Let me know what you think and if I should do a post how I personally style my hair into loose beach waves and what products I use to make them STAY without the stickyness from hairspray.
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