My New ‘Do

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen that I’ve been sporting a new ‘do. Here’s how it went down.

Phase 1: Cut off a foot of hair at Salon Alta in San Francisco.

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I had it done by the owner, Cirrus. She’s awesome. I loved how she supported the big chop (I’ve tried cutting my hair this length at other salons only to have a stylist discourage me). It was so refreshing to get that heavy, dead hair  taken off. And she spent a lot of time layering and contouring so that it styles super easy and will grow out well.

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Phase 2: Bleach it blonde, 3 days later.

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My plan all along was to go short and blonde, but the stylist in LA that I’d found to do my color doesn’t do hair cuts. Which is why I had to phase it out into two parts. I was loving my new shorter length, and it felt like big enough of a change. I was also scared that I’d just be damaging my for-once healthy hair. But I knew I had to just do it before I chickened out. Once I set my mind on something, I tend to steam ahead (though also obsessively worrying about my choice).

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I’m so glad I went through with it. Cherin Choi works miracles, especially on Asian hair. I rarely see this kind of blonde achieved on our dark tresses. Thanks to the amazing world of social media, I was able to stalk all her work and come in with solid examples of what I wanted. I had her leave my roots dark so that there’s a warm undertone and there won’t be as severe of a color line as my hair grows out. The whole color process took 9 hours, so it’s not something I’ll be repeating any time soon. I plan on just letting it grow out again and do its own wild thing.

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I’m loving my new hairstyle and I feel like a new person. Not that I didn’t like the person I was before, but this change feels good. Sometimes bold choices pay off.

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