It happened a couple of weeks ago when I stopped to pick up some hair color at my local CVS store. As I scanned the shelves–looking for that buttery, golden blonde to transform my dingy roots–the blonde shades were missing! I checked another brand and saw an empty space where all the blonde shades should have been. I actually walked around the corner to the next aisle thinking maybe I was in the brunette aisle. Nothing…Nada…zip! I asked the woman restocking the shelves if they had some blonde touch-up color in the back. She echoed my surprise about the complete lack of blonde. She told me that some of the brands were no longer sending any blonde shades–at all. She had definitely noticed the change in trends. Apparently the lack of availability had created a run on blonde hair color in Chico, and my fellow “blondes” were charging around town hoarding the blonde magic-in-a-bottle. I left…empty-handed, except for a new coral shade of lipstick to cheer me up.
It made me wonder…
Where Have all the blondes gone?
I searched my latest copy of Vogue magazine. Thank you Tory Burch, Charlize Theron and Kate Moss for representing the golden blonde shades. Other than those blonde icons, I saw only a handful of blondes in the advertisements. What I did see was a true rainbow of colors not available just a couple of years ago.
I’m not a true blonde, never was. I was born one of those dark-haired, blue-eyed girls, a fine combination-except that I was growing up next to a sparkling, coppery red-head, green-eyed sister-Heidi. Heidi’s hair is just as gorgeous as when we were kids and the compliments still flow. I say Gucci 2015 stole our look from 1970 ;)
Back to hair-This was me (far right) with my beautiful college friends. In the early 80’s big hair was in–and it was only going to get bigger as the decade progressed. My brunette locks felt a bit dull during these years. When the-let’s call them ‘translucent hairs’-arrived in droves, the natural progression to blonde started happening for me.
Let’s face it, the upkeep on blonde is much easier than brunette if you have all those sneaky grays. Over the years I’ve become pretty used to keeping the grays at bay as witnessed by my collaboration with L’Oreal Paris on How to Color Your Hair at Home. Don’t tell on me, but I also highlight my hair at home sometimes. Still, the truth is, hair-color is effort….and it makes me wonder about other options.
I can even predict something of what I would look like if I went back to my natural dark shade. My birth sister, Dorie, is a gorgeous brunette! She looks fantastic in this, her natural shade. Brunette is definitely hot right now–with rich, multi-faceted tones—much improved from the flat boxed color of the 1980’s.
Maybe it’s the availability of so many unique shades–green, blue, pink, lavender, platinum, even matte white–that has made blonde a less popular choice. It certainly gives us women, at any age, a range of options.
Allie Evans, a super stylish, you-tube blogger/content creator/actress, as well as family friend, has recently transformed her honey blonde hair to a self-described “white”. In this clip Allie gives some tips on keeping her hair flawless. Doesn’t she look glamorous with this shade?
Do blondes have more fun?
I’m sure it was just a coincidence but I was in a fun phase of life when I started my journey to blonde. I’m still having a blast with life now that I’m in my 50’s. I also know I would have ‘less fun’ retouching my roots dark every 2 weeks. Platinum and pure white tones can be so chic and the lack of maintenance sounds really appealing. How about this fun, stylish choice from Jennifer at A Well Styled Life? I absolutely love it!! No matter what my shade ends up becoming, I’m just happy to know there are so many options out there these days.
How about you?
Do you think you have ‘more fun’ with your current hair color?
Has your hair color morphed over the years like mine has?
PS-We have just returned from 2 weeks in Riviera Maya! Stay tuned for some sunny escape posts to come!