I have a slightly different perspective on this. When I was younger I was brunette and really wanted to be blonde. Mainly cos my boyfriends kept leaving me for blonde girls... However many years later, because I am now v grey I have to be blonde as it makes the regrowth much less noticeable. And it was v weird at first. Felt like a betrayal of my brunette roots. But now I bloody love it!!
It is expensive, makes my hair dry and doesn't match down below but it's worth every penny and I think has healed some hurt from my teenage years. ( now men just leave me cos I'm crap ha ha)
Don't know how old you are but just rejoice in your natural beauty while you have it..!
Ok! There's nothing wrong with being / going blond. For one I bloody love it.
Mines not brassy, I have high and low lights. It doesn't always look shit ( thanks for that OP) Not all puppies are blonde! If you have a good balance of high and low lights re growth and roots aren't so bad For me, when I tried to go darker it made me feel dull and looked a lot older. Once I went back to being lighter I felt happier and looked like me again.
I'm mouse....with blonde high/low lights. Whenever I try returning to the "real me" I start to feel dingy. But, I don't colour it myself because I can't. I concentrate on shine and condition and don't have hair like straw! I am sleek and shiny and have spent my adult life "blonde".
If you're doing it yourself, keep it simple. And.... Oh yeah, that's it.....*put the scissors down!*
Textured is good IMO - balayage sounds like some Russion soup
I wrote a long and v considered post re your hair/fringe conundrum and then MN would not let me post [shakes fist in the general direction of MNTowers].
So, in summary, re fringe: brazen it out. Wear it like you ment it. With mad make-up. Yes, my hairdresser sorted my fringe, but it was ultra-short. Which is NOT a good look when you have a round face, frizzy hair and no hairstraighters on holiday with lots of time in a pool/lake. I have never had blond hair, only stripey highlighted hair. DH seemed to like it, I am not so sure. Henna all the way now until I get bored of the mess or decide to give in to the Grey. That's it - you want henna