A Natural Blonde’s Journey to Brunette and Back…

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Blonde’s dream about it. Especially those with beautiful blue eyes. They wonder “What would I look like if I changed my natural blonde to a dark, rich, chestnut brown?” Well, Melissa took the risk and had a blast along the way.

When I first started cutting and styling Melissa’s hair, she was always curious how she would look as a brunette. She is one of the rare ones. A genuine natural blonde. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the lightest, she is an 8, easy. She finally made an appointment and we decided to darken the underneath and crown but brighten her face-framing area to a platinum blonde. This girl can pull it off; she’s 17 and has an artistic edge. In my opinion, you can do whatever you want with your hair if it suits your personality, wardrobe and you wear it with confidence. melissa naturalMELISSA’S VIRGIN HAIR (LEVEL 8)

After a couple months, she was ready to take the full plunge into the world of a brunette. I warned her, “You must commit to this for at least 6 months. It will be a time consuming and expensive process to go back to your blonde. Also, it will take about 2-3 services to go back.” And so it went. She entered the “dark side”.
Melissa brunette MARCH, 2013

I want to say about 8 months past and she was missing her blonde hair. 🙂 I was proud of her! 8 months is a pretty long time for most of my daring “blonde to brunette” clients. So the process continued back to the fun, light-hearted, barbie world of blonde we journeyed. We could only make it half way this time. When pulling artificial color out of the hair it is resistant and taxing on the hair (if a stylist isn’t careful). So we stopped at a nice dark, warm blonde while maintaining her healthy condition.
Melissa brunette to medium blonde SERVICE 1, BACK TO BLONDE, NOVEMBER 30TH, 2013 (Photo was filtered with Instagram and appears more reddish.)

Finally, the time had come for her to finish her “tour de brunette”. Being a natural blonde, her color had actually lightened since her previous visit. (Natural blonde’s do not have a center component to their hair called a medulla. The medulla allows hair to hold color longer). This was glorious and cut down another potential service.
After about 3 hours she was back to her beautiful blonde. This time with a little kick. She went platinum!


To all you natural blondes out there, I hope you’re inspired and are willing to take the risk one day. No fear! No more day-dreaming about the rich, mysterious and edgy life of a brunette. Just become one! You may discover that you like it! And if you don’t… call me;).

One Response to “A Natural Blonde’s Journey to Brunette and Back…”

  1. Leann

    Melissa’s brave and artistic personality has driven many an adventurous hair appointment with you, Devina, but your amazing talent and genuine care for the health of her hair are what made them the beautiful successes that they’ve been through the years. You are the BEST!


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