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.
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.
Phase 2: Bleach it blonde, 3 days later.
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).
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.
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.