New Short Ombre & Balayage Blonde Hairstyle
So here it is! My new hairstyle! Before last year, I had the same long blonde hair for years. I’m talking since I was about 18 years old, meaning I had middle of my back length, natural hair for 9 years and I need a change. I chopped it quite short in May last year and I loved it, but this time I wanted to go for something different entirely. You may remember this hair inspiration post that I made a few weeks ago with photos and details about what I wanted to do to my hair, and those of you who follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (LornaRaindrops) will know that I had it done! I made the chop about 3 weeks ago (see here) and had it dyed just over a week ago (see here) and this is the finished result! I decided not to have both the dye and cut done together as I have extremely thick, unruly hair and it takes two or three times longer to cut and dye than a regular amount of hair, so I would have spent about 5 hours in the salon doing it together, which just wasn’t what I wanted. So, what did I have done?
I really loved my ombre blonde colour that I had years ago on my long length hair and I wanted to channel that back in, but since my hair is now short, it needed to be blended in a lot more than just a straight line of colour, which I don’t like the look of. I scrolled through Instagram for weeks figuring out how I wanted it done and I decided that I would go for bleach to give it the whiter appearance and have the ombre done all around the bottom, but the top layers would be balayage. For those of you who aren’t familiar with balayage (as I wasn’t), it’s the process of ombre, but with streaks in various places that also go up to the roots of the hair (like this) which finishes up with a beautiful blended appearance (like this) and no straight lines. The colour then ends up looking more natural and sun-kissed than dip dyed.
It’s still hard getting used to being so blonde when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror, but I do love it. Since my hairdresser (Laura from North) and I decided on bleach, I did have a yellow hint to it after it had taken and we had to use a purple toner for a lot longer than the average time to give it more of a cream/white appearance. I have some Joico purple shampoo as well which I’m using every week to make sure it carries on going more white and doesn’t step into the yellow territory. It’s a cream coloured blonde at the moment and I really love it! The sun was setting as we took these photos so there is a sunset glow to my hair which might make it look a little orange, but I included an Instagram photo below for you to see a true representation of the blonde colour.
In terms of the cut, it’s just below my collarbone and I decided to not cut a fringe back in as I like the look of when it’s blow dried and becomes quite volumised, I feel it’s much more mature this way. It’s so much easier to manage and wash now too. With the thick, really long hair that I had before, it was such a strain on my arms and back when I had to wash and dry it, the routine used to take over an hour, so that’s one thing I am most grateful for now that I have short hair. I feel like I’ve really grown up a lot this year already. Not just in my clothing tastes like I mentioned a little while ago, but mentally and facially too. I seem to have lost the puppy/chubby and young face that I had not all that long ago and gained some mature structure, which goes hand in hand with how I feel in my mind now too. That’s the reason why I wanted more of a change to my hair than I’ve ever gone for before. I’d love to know what you think of it! And…
Now The Big Change News
…This leads me to the big news I was talking about on social media! I spent a good while last week getting a new website design in order and it just went live this morning! Part of the new hair, new me, new change thing that I have going on. I wanted something sleek, mature, minimal and fancy, which resembles a magazine or fashion website. Life is definitely a journey and my blog is an extension of that journey, so it’s only right that it now reflects how I feel and where I am at this point in my life right now. Plus, since I got a new MacBook with a retina screen, I just wasn’t feeling the old theme anymore as it didn’t come up to scratch on my new laptop. I couldn’t be happier though as it’s absolutely gorgeous! I’m using the Equinox theme from Pipdig and it’s the best my blog has ever looked in my opinion! The sidebar is still here for individual posts, but it’s cleaned up, and the home page is much more structured and easy to navigate. I’d really love for you to have a look around the site and test things out, let me know if you see anything you like or don’t like, and of course, tell me what you think of it in honest opinions!