Oh my god you guys, I could not be more excited about today’s post! Herbal Essences just released a new video called CHANGES, which is all about how changing your hair can change your life. I don’t know about you but whenever I go through a big life change, all I want is to change my hair!
And as a part of that, they asked me to share my own hair journey. For me, changing your hair is in a way, a huge change, without much consequence. Well, as long as you don’t cut it, that is. I am notorious for changing up my hair color whenever I want a change (I mean hey, you can always change it back, right?) but I almost always keep it long. The two biggest hair changes I’ve gone through have been a) when I moved to New York and chopped it all off… (I’m so sad, I can not find photos of this anywhere… let’s just say, it wasn’t a good look!) and b) when I broke up with a long term boyfriend and decided it would be a good idea to go red. Luckily it was the sort of red that washed out. Then I went reaaaallly blonde, but since then, it’s been back to normal more or less. This was really fun to document, I hope you enjoy it!
But before we dive in, be sure to watch the video. I found it to be so thoughtful and poignant… really relevant and inspiring to me in my own life + a lot of women I know!
Me as a kid. So much to say about this. Budding fashionista? Future crazy cat lady? Jewelry connoisseur? Either way, I grew up with frizzy curly hair that no one in my household really knew what to do with. I get my curly hair from my dad, who as a man, never needed to worry about it very much. My mom had beautiful shiny hair that she could brush. So she brushed mine, and this is what happened. On the bright side, my hair only got better from this moment onward.
This is one of the earliest photos I can find…. from 2006 when I had been living in New York for a couple years. This is my natural texture, and my natural color… plus a few highlights.
In 2008, with my friend Kristen’s cat. She was having a party that night, and I was with the cat. Pretty standard.
In 2010. I had a boyfriend, who convinced me to try dying my hair brown. WHY. It doesn’t look awful in these photos, but it was pretty bad IRL. Just not me. I didn’t feel like myself, but I wanted to make him happy. To the ladies: never change your hair for a boy. Ever!!!!
Eventually the brown washed out and I added a few highlights. This photo was actually taken in Barcelona, and it is the first time I ever met Hitha! We had been long term blog friends, and then realized we were both in Barcelona so we met up.
When I think of my hair in its most natural state, this is what I think of.
And then, that big relationship ended. So I did what any self respecting woman would do. I moved on with my life and died my hair red.
Changing my hair color at that time gave me a sense of control when everything in my life felt completely out of control. It helped. But it wasn’t the right shade for my skin tone and I ultimately ended up hating it.
Luckily, it washed out.
After it was red, I went the other way… dying it really, really blonde!!!
With my sister… and slightly darker (but still not back to normal) hair.
These days, I experiment more with braids and curling/straightening it. I don’t foresee myself changing the color anytime soon, but hey… you never know. My sister was really funny the other night… she said that every three years she decides she wants bangs and I decide I want brown or red hair. So true.
Thank you to Herbal Essences + POPSUGAR for partnering on this post… it was a fun one!