After a decade of adding sun-kissed blonde streaks to my dark blonde hair, I've said goodbye to highlighting. I loved my hairdresser-- she did amazing work. It wasn't about the money, although I've saved hundreds of dollars in the last 3 years forgoing the color. It wasn't because the trend of ombre hair came into force and I wanted to join in.
It's because there are toxic chemicals in hair bleaches and dyes.
Big surprise, huh?
Anyone who has stepped into a beauty salon has smelled the fumes from the chemical agents used to process, perm, straighten, color, and highlight hair.
In an effort to shield myself from any unnecessary chemical exposure, I've opted to stop highlighting my hair. The week of my breast cancer diagnosis was the week I opted for the natural hair look, and I haven't looked back.
I bet you're wondering about the grey hair. Yes, I've got 'em. I've decided to embrace that, too! (The adjustment is less stark with blonde hair-- the greys just look like "extra sparkly" highlights!)
It's been three years now, and I've adjusted to my now darker look. The sun works her magic on it when I'm outside. Sometimes I give it a little natural "help." Click HERE for my recipe for DIY Sun-Kissed Highlights. But for the most part, I've come to terms with my new look.
And all things considered, I'm looking, feeling, and doing just fine.