Another item knocked off my 30 Before 30 list! This past Saturday, I finally tried something new with my hair by getting highlights. After much debate and spending the week prior asking others their thoughts on which color I should get, I finally arrived at Jaha Hair Studio that morning, still internally debating, yet ready to make a change to my hair.
I transitioned from relaxed to natural hair in November 2012 when I did my “big chop.” Since then, I have pretty much worn my hair the same way – either a two strand twist out or what I call, the “wash n’ fro.” I once considered getting locs. I also considered getting it straightened. But all in all, I think I like it best in its naturally, coily, THICK loose hair state. So instead, I decided to add some color to my hair to give it a new flare.
I knew that I wanted something subtle yet still noticeable so I wanted to make sure that the color I got would be something that would work well with my complexion. I looked up highlights for natural hair in a Google search, stalked several Pinterest and Instagram accounts for color options on hair similar to my length and texture, and asked other women with natural hair how they adjusted after adding color. After all that “research”, I finally decided that I wanted to get either a medium brown tone or be a little bolder and get a burgundy tone. The majority of the people I asked leaned towards the burgundy option but I still wasn’t completely sold on taking that big of a leap.
When I finally got to the salon, they had a whole book of both rinses and permanent colors which made the two colors that I had previously narrowed down become null and void as other options were now presented. Still wanting to stick to one of the two color schemes that were under consideration, I finally slammed the book and blurted “643!” Apparently this color must have been one of the most popular that many people at the salon request since the stylist gave me a, “I knew you would go with that color” look. She, as well as another client getting her hair done, assured me that it would be a great color for my complexion and for someone looking for something more subtle.
I was anxious to see how the color would look but I knew it would be a process as she began to mix the color and work it through my hair from root to tip. Right before she put the shower caps on my hair so that I could let the color settle in she said, “I can already tell that this is going to look good on you.” Even more reassured, I patiently awaited the final reveal.
After getting my hair shampooed, deep conditioned and blow dried, I sneaked glances into the mirror, not recognizing how much hair I had packed in my afro since I normally let my hair air dry. Through those stolen glances, I could see that this color was going to be a nice touch. The stylist then twisted my hair in preparation for a twist out style to define my curls. After an hour under the dryer, it was finally time for the style and color to be combined to provide my final look. She took the twists out my hair, added some fluff and moisturizer to it then turned my chair towards the mirror…and I LOVED it!
Yes, it was subtle but still noticeable. I didn’t once have one of those “OMG, what have I done?” moments. I was happy with my decision and if anything I thought, hmm, maybe I could have went a shade or two lighter. Either way, I think the color I chose worked perfectly for me and the compliments I got afterwards and throughout the rest of the day further confirmed that. 😉
28 down, 2 to go!