Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I'm stuck at a crossroads that I haven't been at in a while. Please help.

     I have no idea what I want to do with my hair. Color wise at least. For the last few years, I had everything planned out like a road map, but I have just reached the end of the road. I don't know where I want to go from here. 

You are all probably aware that I have been growing my hair out for the last 2 plus years now, and I don't want to do anything too damaging. So blonde is definitely out of the running. 
Ok, not my finest moment, but you get the picture. 

Right now my options are to either go darker, red or stay the same. What do you think looks best on me?

Here are pictures from a couple of different times that I have had dark hair.
Yes, that is purple in my bangs.

The Pros
Going darker a healthy option for my hair.
It's my husband's absolute, hands down, favorite.
It's super shiny.

The Cons
When I do eventually want to go lighter, it will be more damaging, but maybe by then I will be ready to loose some length.
That's really the only con.

Here are some pictures from my red phases. Surprisingly this is my most common phase but am having a hard time finding good pictures. 

I love red hair. It is to me the most beautiful color. I always go back to it.
While it's the most damaging of my options, it's still not that damaging. And once I get it red, it is just as healthy to maintain as the other options.

Fellow redheads please don't take this badly, but the redheaded girl is always the friend, not the star. I want to be a star. The positive redhead stereotypes don't work in my favor... I'm married. ;)
It's the most damaging of all of the options.

Now for the whole reason that I am lost as to what to do:
The color that I have now is so similar to my natural color that I could grow it out without coloring it at all. Why not grow out my natural color one last time, until I go grey and have to color it? (Because that's boring, but humor me)

Recent pictures of my hair.

The healthiest option, as it involves no color at all.
Very low maintenance.

Boring. Boring. Boring.
I do notice a little difference between the new growth and the previously colored area, but I don't know if anyone else does.

It is hard to be objective when looking at yourself. So please help me decide what to do. Which do you think looks best on me? Of course I am open to other ideas as well, but this is what I have come up with, in order to preserve the health of my long hair. I still want it a little longer. 

Now I leave you with some wishful thinking. It's gotta get nice soon, right?

xo Andi


  1. I prefer it red. It brightens up your face so much.
    I had wanted to keep my hair darker till the last time I cut my hair...AGHHH FI found a couple of greys on my I went back to blonde! lol.

  2. Oh crap...wait I love your hair your natural color...when you HAVE to dye!

  3. Wow Andi, you look great as a blonde! I couldn't really picture it, but it looks fantastic on you. I really like the color you have now. Maybe keep it dark, but add some more red/auburn? Red looks amazing on you as well.

  4. I LOVE the red, it is beautiful and vibratnt.

  5. ohhh beautiful water... sigh.

    Andi - I love the red on you best too. I think you are super gorgeous! and especially so with the red! It brings out your eyes and the adorable freckles on your nose. It is hands down the best color for you!

  6. Oh but I will say I do love your hair now too! Maybe like Andi suggested, just add some more red in it.

  7. I love your hair your natural color of red. It really lights up your beautiful face and makes those eyes sparkle like diamonds....

  8. I totally know how you feel! I am having this exact same issue right now!I love both your red and your current color! I know that doesn't help your decision making process though! haha I guess my vote is you can't do wrong with either one!

  9. Hi Andi!
    I really love your current dark auburn colored hair... I know, you think it is boring, but I think you look beautiful in it!

  10. i think you look absolutely gorgeous with long auburn hair. maybe add some highlights and only take a few inches? or go with the milk chocolate brown or red-or some tonal differences in the same color family? i've done beach ball sectioning in my head and on each section did a different shade of red. beautiful result.

    the blonde does look very pretty but yeah that is maintenance. i took myself blonde over 3 days (i'm a level 4 and have a baby). i like it, but as the roots come in i will be adding more lowlights. i'm sure whatever you choose wiil be lovely! looking forward to pics :)

    pegali80 on the nest/bump

  11. So I just got my first negative comment. My first instinct was to delete it so I did. I probably shouldn't have. Oh well.

    But in response:

    I am a natural redhead, well at least I was when I was younger. Obviously I love the color, I am usually red. I made that comment, half to be funny, half because it's the truth. On tv and movies the red head is always the friend. This doesn't mean in real life. If you rock red hair more power to you. Also, this is my opinion, based on how I feel when I have/had these colors.

    Anyway, I didn't mean for anyone to be offended. I'm sorry if you were.

  12. I looove the color of your hair now. It's the color I want mine to be next time I dye it :)

  13. Thank you all for your comments. You make me feel so good (:. I am going to leave the poll open for a few days. We'll see what happens.

  14. I had to pick one because it wouldn't let me vote twice. So I HAD to come down here and tell you I like either the color it is now or darker :) If you're bored but like the color you have now, why not put a few highlights in it?