Brunetteish

Gah! Why does hair have to be such a drama??!?!  It’s been almost a week since I screwed up my hair got lowlights and I still haven’t gotten used to it yet.  It has already faded/washed out some with lots of shampooing (even liquid dish soap!), but until I can get it ‘fixed’ I’m just living with it.  And I can’t even look at my profile picture on the top right of my blog or I’ll cry!  #passthetissues On the bright side, my roots are no longer a problem! And my hair looks more like Jordan’s, which makes me smile.
When you change your hair color, suddenly clothing and makeup colors look different on you too. You can’t go wrong with plain white, so that’s what I chose to wear when sharing this new hair color.

 

top XS | jeans (25 & hemmed to ankle length) | bag | heels | sunglasses
bracelet (similar for lesswatch | similar necklace (on sale $21)

It’s also been super rainy and humid here, so the curls I started the day with were gone within 5 minutes of walking outside.  Oh well, throw on some sunnies and a smile and just fake it ’til you make it, right?!

 

At least my outfit is cute. This top will be in heavy rotation and I love the longer length, perfect for peeking out underneath a jacket.  It’s lightweight too, so wrapping up with a scarf won’t make me too hot later.  The deep-v is also a flattering neckline.  I was worried my bra would show through but, this nude one didn’t.
Oh hello, under $40 crossbody convertible strap bag! It comes in black also and the tassel is super cute. The description on this one says grey, but it’s very light, almost cream to me.  These jeans come much longer, but I had mine hemmed to ankle length and now I can wear them with everything from flats to heels to booties and I don’t need to roll them.
Peplum tops are so flattering, and like the style I’m wearing, they don’t have to be super fitted at the waist to make your middle look more defined.  I’m especially crazy for this patchwork denim one!
One more hair pic before I go!  Notice I’m too shy to turn my head because there’s this one super dark streak on the other side I haven’t been able to wash out yet!  I’m embarrassed!  Insert elephant covering eyes emoji! 😉  Please be nice and just nod sympathetically.   
Has this happened to you??  

 

 

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  1. August 17, 2016 / 11:19 am

    Well, I actually prefer this hair colour on you ! Looks a lot more natural and seems like it would be a lot less upkeep.

  2. August 17, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I love this color!!! It looks great on you! Maybe it's just gonna take some getting used to, but I think you should give it a chance. It really is becoming.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:02 pm

      Thank you so much! I'm curious to see how it looks as it grows out, we'll see . . .

  3. August 17, 2016 / 12:34 pm

    I think this color looks nice on you! It would be a great fall/winter option! I am a hairstylist so I understand how it's hard to go from a blonde to brunette. Just curious, are you going back to get your hair "fixed" free of charge? Or did you just make another appointment to go back to blonde because you decided you didn't like the darker color?

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:04 pm

      My hair stylist lives out of town and comes in town every 5-6 weeks, so I'll see her when she comes back and I pay her. I'm still waiting to see what it looks like then, maybe it will grow on me in the meantime.

  4. August 17, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    I thought it was going to be much darker, I think it looks great!

  5. August 17, 2016 / 1:16 pm

    Megan, I think you look darling with blonde or "brunettish" hair color. I know the feeling, though, so you should go back to blonde if that is what you are feeling.

  6. August 17, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    This has happened to me, and once you get through the initial shock (1-2 months) you will like it. I hated mine and now I like it. I also think your color looks great on you and is perfect for fall!!!

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:05 pm

      You guys are making me rethink this. I'll give it some time and see how it grows out.

  7. August 17, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    I also think this looks really nice on you and much more natural.

  8. August 17, 2016 / 1:38 pm

    I think your hair looks really pretty!

  9. August 17, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    So, so chic on you, especially heading into fall. I really love it. It has so much dimension. That said, we moved last year, and I haven't been able to get my highlights right since then. They've come out almost gray! After feeling over processed, I ended up adding a toner/glaze but that feels too dark. I've been through this up/down twice lately! So I can completely sympathize. I'm not sure if this is universally true, but I also notice that my hair color and texture is different when I breastfeeding/pregnant.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:06 pm

      Mine is also very ashy and since she only did partial highlights, it sort of feels like two different hair colors on one head.

  10. August 17, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I think it looks fabulous!!! Perfect color for fall 🙂
    Mindy

  11. August 17, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    I wouldn't call this brunette at all. More like dark blonde with low lights. You're just used to being platinum so it feels like a huge difference, but it's not. I have naturally dirty blonde hair so I bounce around between bright to dark, ombre and everything in between.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:06 pm

      It was way darker initially, but it has lightened up and when I see these pics, it doesn't look as dark as it was at first.

  12. August 17, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    Your hair looks amazing. You could add some blonde balyage highlights to lighten it up a bit (like your inspiration pic) but this shade looks great!

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      Even if I keep this for awhile, I still definitely want to try that eventually.

  13. August 17, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    I actually think this hair color is 1,000x more flattering on you!

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      Thank you Lindsey!

  14. August 17, 2016 / 2:26 pm

    I think your hair looks great! (…and it's still blonde, albeit a different shade than before) I understand the shock, but you look wonderful!

  15. August 17, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    I love this hair color on you! It has so much depth.

  16. August 17, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    While a drastic change, it does look good on you. It has definitely faded since the first pic on snapchat!! Katie and I thought she'd done the low lights in black it was so dark. This looks more natural than the blonde blonde. IMHO, it makes you look younger! I have the opposite problem, my hair will not stay dark. I have lowlights added in fall and winter for some contrast because mine gets almost white blonde in the summer, but they fade quickly.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      I'll take younger! 😉

  17. August 17, 2016 / 2:56 pm

    I really love the hair colour I think it looks lovely! Xx

  18. August 17, 2016 / 3:04 pm

    Um, I LOVE it! It looks so expensive and natural! I think it is super flattering to your skin tone, too. I know it takes some getting used to (I went from platinum to brunette w/ highlights when my son was about a year old) but not needing so much maintenance will make it so worth it…think of all the money and time you'll have to spend on other fun things! 🙂 I would recommend getting using purple shampoo to help keep it pretty and ashy.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:08 pm

      Not having to deal with the blonde maintenance is a definite plus!

  19. August 17, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Megan, you look gorgeous (as always) and especially so with this hair color! I've had exactly the same experience as you describe and have come to realize that I obsessed about it when most other people hardly noticed. This is a lovely and natural-looking look for you, so try to give it a little more time before you consider switching back.

  20. August 17, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Totally different look but, for what it's worth, it looks great! Go back to the blonder look if that will make you feel more like you. But, I'd say to give this another week to see how you're feeling then. Sometimes a change looks "off" but, if given the chance, it becomes the new "normal". You're a lucky one that you look great with your more true blonde as well as this dark blonde/light brown.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      Good advice, all these sweet comments like yours are making me feel so much better!

  21. August 17, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    I think the colour is perfect for the fall time. It's a bit richer with this depth of colour. Give it some time to get used to. I thought I'd share. I have Alopecia, this is an autoimmune disease where your body attacks the hair follicle. After the birth of our second child I lost all of my hair within 3 months! My loss is the most extreme, with 100% gone. I'm not telling this story so other women can feel sorry for me. I've adapted and have amazing hair, I just buy it now! But what I want other women to know is to have fun with your hair/styles. Life is short and hair will grow back, have fun changing it up! Hugs?

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      Yep, probably good for fall! I've never heard of your hair story, that had to be very, very difficult to deal with. Big hugs to you too!

  22. August 17, 2016 / 4:08 pm

    I'm sorry you didn't get the color you want; that's frustrating- but I love it and think it looks gorgeous on you! Don't give up on it yet. Mine is similar and I get highlights every 8 months or so; I definitely go too long between but it's not super noticeable so very low-maintenance.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:10 pm

      8 months!! How nice is that?!

  23. August 17, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    Megan, I feel your pain. Been there done that and back to blond so that I wasn't spending all day worrying about that stupid color. It will go back to blond when time has past….

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:11 pm

      I know, I don't want to think/stress about it anymore. 😉

  24. August 17, 2016 / 4:28 pm

    I dont know, from a distance I like the color, but I see what you mean about that really dark chunk it stands out, its like the dark low lights aren't meshing well with the light blonde, maybe give it time to settle and lighten up? I remember you posting a brunette pic from way back and dark hair was gorgeous on you. I think the thing that stands out to me in these pictures is that you are not happy and uncomfortable with the change, if that's the case then do what feels right for you. PS. love that bag

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:11 pm

      Thanks Jennifer. Yeah, that dark/light part isn't blending at all. I'm hoping it will wash out more.

  25. August 17, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    Oh I know the feeling!! I did the opposite, went from a natural brunette to more blondish… Too blonde!! Didn't feel like myself at all! The low lights looks really good on you though, but sometimes it doesn't feel right even if it looks good! Xoxo

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Feels like a wig, right?! I totally understand.

  26. August 17, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    I REALLY like the new hair color!

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much!

  27. August 17, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    I love the new color! Definitely agree with the comments that it's more flattering and still a darker blonde. You look so classy. I think you should keep it for a few more weeks before you add anymore lighter highlights. It takes awhile to adjust to a big change. I used to be a hairstylist so I know this. I hope you mind me giving my opinion. I think too many women make the mistake of over lightening their hair thinking it is younger looking. This color is much more natural looking and more age appropriate.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:13 pm

      I will wait it out and see if I get used to it before making any big changes. Thanks for your input, especially as a stylist.

  28. August 17, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Pay attention to the comments above! Sometimes we can't be objective about ourselves. lol Especially if you've identified for so long as a bright blonde. This color looks younger, hipper, richer, and more up to date. Like the others, I urge you to live with it for a while.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:13 pm

      Thanks Ellizabeth!

  29. August 17, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    I think the new color is super flattering and looks very natural. You look great no matter, so do what feels right for you!

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Thank you! It's always most important to do what's right for you, but I'm really surprised to hear how many people like it this way!

  30. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    August 17, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    Oh I love this color for you. It looks amazing. Change is hard to get used to, but I love it.

  31. August 17, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    Um…I actually love it. 🙂 You're beautiful either way, but this feels really sophisticated. I understand though, every few years I seem to go brunette and hate it. Ha. Mid-toned is what really looks best on me but being really blonde is super fun!

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:14 pm

      Gwen, you are so gorgeous, anything will look good on you! I'd love to see you brunette!

  32. August 17, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    If it feels way too dark, maybe you could just add back a few highlights to break up the dark streak?! I think it looks beautiful, and will be so great with all the fall colored clothes/tones. Much more natural, too!

  33. August 17, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    Its always so hard to get used to even subtle changes in hair color. From the previous post pic with the inspiration photo it looked like her ends were lighter and had more of an ombre effect. Yours didnt keep as much blonde at the ends, but it doesnt look bad just different than what you are used to! If it bothers you, maybe go the same route but add more blonde at the bottom. Good luck!

  34. August 17, 2016 / 11:49 pm

    This new color is super flattering and very stylish.

  35. August 17, 2016 / 11:53 pm

    Just sayin', I really love your hair colour – don't feel ashamed xo

  36. August 18, 2016 / 12:04 am

    Has it happened to me? I went lighter once and the salon turned my light brown hair a lovely Lucille Ball red. I wanted to shave my head.

    With that shared….you look great in the new color. It's very flattering. I like it so much I am saving it to Pinterest for a future color. Think of this as a time to try new makeup, new clothes and be a different you.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:15 pm

      Oh red it a huge difference! It is funny how clothes and makeup, lipstick, etc. looks different now.

  37. August 18, 2016 / 12:08 am

    I love it! It's more natural than the total blond. It will lighten up, but I think you look better than ever:)

  38. August 18, 2016 / 12:30 am

    I actually prefer this color on you! It looks very sophisticated and more natural.

  39. August 18, 2016 / 12:58 am

    Meg's, I LOVE your hair! I think it looks really flattering on you . . And I'm not just saying that . . . But if you FEEL better lighter go for it . . . .at least you tried! It sounded like a good idea! Haha!

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Thank you for that!

  40. August 18, 2016 / 1:25 am

    I like it ….but maybe you'd be happier somewhere in the middle between this color and your previous color:)

  41. August 18, 2016 / 1:49 am

    Oh I looovve this new hair! So glamorous. But honestly Megan, you could shave your head and you would still look gorgeous!

  42. August 18, 2016 / 2:49 am

    I have to say I'm in the camp of liking your current color the best. It looks much more natural. Not that your lighter color is not good….its just this one is super good. I vote for living with it for a while and seeing if you can get used to it. it is always a shock to the system when we try out a new cut or color.

  43. August 18, 2016 / 3:41 am

    I like the new color. Liked the prior color too. It's a great cut whatever the color. Most important is that you love it!

  44. August 18, 2016 / 4:53 am

    Oh my goodness, Megan! I'll be totally honest – I LOVE IT! It actually makes your blonde look more natural. May hairdresser adds lowlights too and it's crazy but it makes my blonde look brighter and gives my hair more depth (I have a lot of fine hair so I'll take any depth I can get!).

    You look perfect!!!

    xx,
    Sam

  45. August 18, 2016 / 4:55 am

    You may not notice because you miss the perfect blond color but I am seeing lots of depth with blond and various shades of brunette which actually adds a lot of interest to your hair. Mine is like that except with coppers and reds instead of the bond. I get tons of complementstuff and I think yours looks good too but get how frustrating it is with hair when it doesn't meet your expectation. If you live with it for a while maybe you'll see what I do.

  46. August 18, 2016 / 12:30 pm

    You look great, almost more mature, only problem with this colour I think is that when it fades it makes you look very grey. A lady here at work has the same colour and hers has faded quite a bit so it looks very dull. But I think you look stunning as always xx

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      I see that ashiness as well. It's not very rich looking.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      Thanks Dana!

  47. August 18, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    I Just Love it!More natural… kisses from far away Portugal. Love your blog. Carmen

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      Thank you so much! HUgs from Houston, Texas!!

  48. August 18, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    I just love it! Perfect on you! Love your blog. Kisses from far away Portugal. Carmen

  49. August 18, 2016 / 2:03 pm

    I LOVE this color on you! Goes so well with your coloring and your dark eyes. Beautiful! I think you just aren't use to it.

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      Thank you!!

  50. August 18, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    Your hair looks great, but I completely understand where you are coming from. A few years ago I chopped my long locks off for a really short hair do and it killed me! For a lot of people their hair is no big deal, but I never got used to it and immediately began growing it back out. I've said all that to say this… now looking back I feel as if I didn't embrace my short hair enough. I got many compliments on it, but for whatever reason I had a hard time liking myself with it. I love short hair cuts and wish I would have given it a chance. Your hair looks great and is perfect for Fall!

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:27 pm

      That's hard too, going from long to short. It's a shock to the system. Reading everyone's comments here and on insta is making want to give it a chance.

  51. August 18, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    I like this color on you but I understand yo perfectly infact I'm still thinking if on September is better renew my bronde or return to my natural color (dark brown) is always a complicated story with my hair….

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Fall is good for going dark, but I agree, hair can feel so complicated!

  52. August 18, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    I think your hair looks amazing! Change is difficult (especially when you're so used to seeing your own reflection in a certain way), but I think it looks really natural! Obviously, you look great either way and you have to do what makes you feel good, but just know that it looks great!

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:29 pm

      Thanks so much Anne!! I appreciate that!

  53. August 18, 2016 / 6:40 pm

    Definitely more age appropriate. Now if only you can give you poor husband the attention you give snapchat! Kind of makes me cringe to watch his reaction when you snap!

    • August 18, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      I just read him your comment and he laughed so hard!! He especially liked the "poor husband" part! 😉

  54. August 18, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    I totally did something similar last year about this time! I was tired of getting highlights every 6 weeks, and have always liked the ombre look…so I asked my stylist to try that on me. I left feeling like I had basically paid her to give me more roots…lol. Most people couldn't tell much of a change, just looked like I hadn't had my hair done in a LONG time. I didn't feel like myself after keeping it for about a month so I went back to my normal highlights! This color does look great on you, but for sure do what makes you feel best! 🙂 At least you got it out of your system, right? I just felt like I would never know how it would look until I tried!

  55. August 19, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    I think you look beautiful either way, but I like blonde a little more.

  56. August 20, 2016 / 1:05 am

    Hi Megan –
    I had the exact same problem TWICE in the last few years and something that helped was using a warm shampoo toner. For us blonde women, the "dark" hair is especially jarring if it's even a little ashy. Good luck!
    – Megan

  57. August 24, 2016 / 1:34 am

    I agree with others who have said that this color is more flattering and makes you look younger. Your face looks so much more vibrant with this hair color–just ever so much more chic!

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