She does…….Lowlights!!!

P1150890My hair saga continues. This is a longer process than I thought, but not as difficult as I was told. Let’s go back a few weeks: I had a haircut just before Christmas. Not totally in agreement because I liked the length of my hair . What to do. Some of the blond had to go and that required cutting it. I thought it was too short, but it turned out very easy to manage and style.

Christmas came and went. I was using a special shampoo for blond/white hair. Slowly, but surely, my hair started to become too light. In photos, it looks like a halo around my face and that was not very flattering!! I started wearing darker colors and fancy necklaces and scarves to draw attention away from it. It was getting tiresome. Something had to be done and I was just delaying the inevitable.

My family and friends have been very supportive, but I do think they were not telling me what they really thought of this change. I saw myself in the mirror and wasn’t that happy. I had to do something…..

My roots were about 41/2 inches and cutting my hair shorter was not an option. It will take me forever to grow it again. So I needed a solution and I needed it fast. Of course, besides accessories I thought of losing weight. Why do women think losing weight is the answer? Whatever. I mostly kept my hair styled and ignore the looks. Didn’t I tell you? I have started to be noticed again…..

IMG_1106Finally, I found out a few things: the need for a new round at the stylist was necessary and we had to add a bit of color. The answer was simple: lowlights!!! That is the second phase of the process. Lowlights are darkening strands of hair achieved by using colors that are darker than your natural color. Remember, highlights are the exact opposite! The things I have learned during this time…..

An appointment was made and the day arrived. Little did I know I was going to have even less length and a different look. My hair was again separated into strands, colored a greyish-brown (if that is a color at all!!!). Again my head looked as if I could get signals from Mars, but I spent half the time waiting. The stylist declared all had worked out, cut about an inch off my hair and styled it again. A new look: the third in as many months. What to do.

I am not sure this is what I expected. My hair is darker in places and my roots are still grey. It looks as if I colored it, but it has bounce and shine and that is important. I have learned that the process is going to take longer than I thought. There is no way to get through this quickly, unless I cut my hair short. I don’t want to do that, so I’ll wait. I can’t avoid the two-tone effect, unless I keep doing lowlights and highlights. I am not interested in keep coloring my hair, no matter what it’s called. That was the point: I wanted to go natural. I wanted to stop the time and expense, the damage and the irritation that come from coloring my hair.

So there you have it. I am going to do this the hard way, apparently. Will continue to draw attention away from my multicolored hair, will try to lose some weight (which will be a wonderful thing!!!) and will ignore the looks and stares. The latter will be the easiest part!!! I will keep you posted.

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6 Comments

  1. Valery says:

    Querida Mercedes,
    No matter what you do to your hair, you’ll always look great!!!

    I do agree that haircoloring is a pain…last month I was getting ‘lowlights’ and the color turned out too dark!! Sat at the hairdresser for 5 hours…and guess what?! In 3 weeks I get to go again when the roots start to show :-). I will be thinking of you when I get to the point off going natural!

    A big LIKE for your determination and patience! Xx

    • Mercedes Mercedes says:

      Valery, thank you…I am determined, but don’t know about patience. I will hang in there, can’t quit: “El que se cansa, pierde“.
      I’ve known you all your life, can’t believe you’ll be ready to go natural anytime soon!!! xo

  2. Mercedes, Let me remind you that way back when you started all of this going natural business, I told you about a friend of mine who did the lowlights and it looked great. You need to listen to me! :-} Just remember, patience is a virtue

    • Mercedes Mercedes says:

      You did, I know! The thing is getting the blond out was a priority since it was getting too yellow (so we did highlights). When it turned too white, I had lowlights. I have no idea what had happened if I had them first. Live and learn….or in my case live and listen!!!

  3. Catharina says:

    It is looking good. I did it the easy way: cut my hair as short as possible and stayed out of sight.
    but I’ll ask for lowlight next time.

    • Mercedes Mercedes says:

      Thanks, Kitty! You are braver than me, I can’t see myself with very short hair. So I’ll wait for it to grow. Have decided not to have more highlights or lowlights from now on. Hats will be my new accessory!!!

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