Should I get highlights/lowlights to make a boring but practical haircut look more interesting? And where can I get a boring but practical (read: no layers, long, cut straight across) haircut in Northern VA?
My hair is pretty thick, dark red/auburn, similar in colour to the wikipedia example photo
. It ranges between gentle waves and a fierce frizz. Most of the time I wear it up, either braided or in a bun or a french twist. After it's cut it will be an inch or two above my bra strap line. I don't blow dry or straighten it, nor do I have any urge to do so. Similarly, I don't want to change the base colour.
I was thinking that subtle highlights would give the waves in my hair more definition without being too high maintenance, but I swim twice a week in a chlorinated pool, so... no go? Or are highlights OK as long as I'm faithful about putting swim goop on my hair beforehand and washing all the chlorine off right after? (Swim caps are unfortunately not an option, I spend a lot of time on the diving boards and they'll come off and generally be a pain.) Anyway, if highlights would be OK, what shade would come out... not orange, considering I've already got big naturally orange patches in my hair (yes, just like the picture)?
Or, instead of highlights, or in combination with highlights, what about subtle lowlights? They don't go awful in chlorine, right? Would they be enough on their own to add definition (especially if they're really subtle, which would be my preference)? What shade?
Lastly, where can I find a hairdresser who can do all of this in Northern Virginia (Centreville area, can travel, Fairfax/Alexandria/Arlington/etc. all fine) and who can follow directions about really not adding layers when they cut my hair? (No layers is very important to me.) Oh, and how much should I expect to pay? Is it reasonable to get everything done in one appointment, or should I get my hair cut asap and go back later for more interesting stuff? (Or just cut the stuff and then leave it the hell alone?) Anything else I'm missing?