I currently have full blonde highlights, but I've had it with the cost and upkeep. I'm looking for a lower maintenance option.
I started out blonde and then I became a dirty blonde and then a very dirty blonde and now I have pretty mousy brown hair that I haven't seen in its natural glory for probably 7 or 8 years now. I'm pretty fair (very Scandinavian features) and my natural color falls very flat on me. My highlights look close to this.
While I like my hair blonde a lot, there are some pretty major drawbacks:
- It costs a lot $$
- My hair grows I'd say at least 1.5 inches a month, so my week 8 my roots are in bad shape
- Despite the blue hair shampoos and going to very good salons, my hair goes brassy almost without fail so by month 2 my highlights are looking a bit worse for wear
- I have fine, straight hair that is pretty damaged from all the processing
I'm looking for a middle ground that will be less maintenance and less damaging to my hair.
I've considered getting ombre highlights, but I think it may be too dramatic of a change and I question whether it's really appropriate in an office setting (I definitely need something that looks natural for work). Would getting progressively darker highlights be working in the right direction? I'm not sure what I should even be aiming for or if getting darker highlights that are closer to my natural color would actually be any less of my time and money.