"everyone's blonde nowadays"

(57 Posts)
NinaNannar Thu 28-Mar-13 10:52:48

so speaketh my mother.. and it got me wondering. I wonder fi they are?

I do sometimes look at women obviously very brown of hair who keep dying it blonde ( or more often greeny grey blonde) and wonder why they dont choose c shade darker that might tone in with your complexion

I have never been blonde - is it a scratch youve got to itch? DO you go lighter and lighter all the time?

Gabaccia Thu 28-Mar-13 10:59:23

hmm grin that's crazy. I've never been blonde, it would look terrible on me.

Anyway, blondes are endangered, we'll all have black or brown hair soon.

Annianni Thu 28-Mar-13 11:03:53

I'm a brunette.

I was very fair as a child and dyed it blond-ish in my 20's.

Wouldn't do it again though.

GetOeuf Thu 28-Mar-13 11:07:22

I would love to have dark hair. Doesn't suit me though, am naturally dark blonde/red and have lighter highlights put in.

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 28-Mar-13 11:17:58

I think its easier to disguise grey with blonder colours hence so many older women go lighter. Its quite hard for dyed dark hair to look natural - the same with red hair - also you need to get it re-dyed very very often.

I'm fair and always have been but am careful not to go too light - I have low-lights as well to avoid the over-dyed look.

I went blonde once, I looked like a dick.

Gabaccia Thu 28-Mar-13 12:04:17

grin Amber

TomDudgeon Thu 28-Mar-13 12:15:39

I bleached my hair once to go purple
I was the brassiest of brassy things you'll ever have seen. I also looked like I had a severe alcohol problem
I will never go blonde.
I will keep striving to find a dark brown dye that matches my actual (pre greys) beautiful and commented on shade

I'm a brunette and dye my hair black and red, the only time it is ever blonde is when I'm putting a vibrant colour over the top. I'd look like a corpse with blonde hair.

emsyj Thu 28-Mar-13 12:18:43

I'm naturally dishwater blonde and have highlights. About six months ago it came to my attention that I had white straw on my head. I have now toned it down (a bit). I would love to go dark or red, but it would be a huge amount of maintenance - when the DDs are a bit older I will go mega hot red.

JumpHerWho Thu 28-Mar-13 12:21:13

I think highlights look great, but they're addictive - I used to have a lovely multi-toned streaky (nicer than it sounds) effect, but if you keep getting it done then it ends up as an all over colour. Then he hairdresser says 'ooh let's put some of your original colour through it to break it up' and then you have orange stripes going through the palest yellow...


I'd like to go dark brown tbh but DH likes me blonde and won't allow it. Bad feminist I know.

harryhausen Thu 28-Mar-13 12:23:07

I agree. I've been brunette all my life and loved it. However at 40, my grey roots are beginning to take over my life and unless I want to dye them every 2 weeks my hairdresser has recommended I begin to go lighter.

I'm interested in how I may look, but loved my dark brown hairhmm

KandyBarr Thu 28-Mar-13 12:30:10

A cynical former flatmate of mine has a theory on this: she suspects some brunette women never get over the fact that they were once little blonde girls.

MrsKoala England Thu 28-Mar-13 14:56:19

i have always had very dark brown hair (even as a child). I have very pale skin and green eyes. I've been blonde and red. They all looked good imo, but i was in my 20's. Now i'm mid 30's i am darker again with some ombre lights thru the lenth - this breaks up the 'block' colour look and doesn't get regrowth, it also oddly looks quite natural.

When i was blonde people presumed it was natural because of my colouring and some even asked why i dyed my eyebrows brown hmm

Now i have lots of grey i have to colour my natural colour over it and it is so hard to find a 'natural' pure brown which doesn't have loads of red/chestnut tones in.

DH loves a dirk bird too wink

I've never been blonde. It would look terrible I think. I have blue eyes but very dark eyebrows and lashes and tache. I would look like Alistair Darling.

Surprised how many of my friends spend £££ on it tbh. Horses for courses.

LookingForwardToMarch Thu 28-Mar-13 15:15:45

I'm one of those soon to be extinct natural blondes

grin I always wanted to see what I would look like red or dark brown but just haven't got the balls to try it out!

amothersplaceisinthewrong Thu 28-Mar-13 15:19:00

I am Dark Ash Blonde naturally, but have had highlights since I was 15 three times a year religiously!

Maat Thu 28-Mar-13 15:19:47

I'm a natural redhead and I've been hanging on to my colour with the help of my hairdresser for the last few years.

However, the grey is taking over and I don't want to be one of those pensioners that look like Ronald MacDonald so I have started to have more blonde highlights in.

I guess I will end up totally blonde one day.

TheYamiOfYolk Thu 28-Mar-13 15:19:49

My hair is a fairish mousey colour. If I dye my hair any darker than light Brown, I look ridiculous. I dye my hair a dark caramel blonde.

EldritchCleavage Thu 28-Mar-13 15:24:18

I was a little blonde girl. My golden Afro was quite a thing to behold. If I did it now (and I have absolutely no desire to) I would look diseased. Mind you, I haven't got any yen to dye the grey, either. I am developing quite a nice grey stripe right down the middle of my head, which I am rather excited about. Very Bond villain.

Blonde hair looks horrendous on me.
And I think hair dyed blonde to cover grey is very noticeable. Even so, I still ask 'Do you have colour in your hair?' when working. Mustn't offend!

sweetkitty Thu 28-Mar-13 15:30:02

I'm a dark blonde/light brown but have dyed it blonde forever, I have light blue eyes and very pale skin, dark hair make me really washed out. I looked bloody horrendous in a dark wig.

I've never seen a proper grey hair do am in denial they existwink

Maat Thu 28-Mar-13 15:33:36

Ooh Eldritch I like the sound of being a bond villain.

I wouldn't mind if my grey would come through in some dramatic way.

It's just all over and wiry, pube-like hair.

I would like to be snowy white - like my mum.

BassDownLow Thu 28-Mar-13 15:38:30

Nah. I was dark blonde in my teens (dyed) but have been a brunette ever since (now mid thirties). I have got a bit of a mahogany/reddish hue to it at the moment, and intend to go slightly lighter with caramel highlights soon. But blonde? Never!

SofaCanary Thu 28-Mar-13 15:39:10

I'm a highlighted mouse and I'd LOVE to have gorgeous sleek, dark brown locks but unfortunately my face is just too damn plain to pull it off. Gals who look good brunette tend to have naturally better features than the rest of us, imho.

EldritchCleavage Thu 28-Mar-13 15:41:36

Thanks, Maat. I've hankered after a stripe for ages. My sister is grey at the temples and it actually looks really good.

I'm in a kind of 'Won't dye the grey' refusenik group with my sisters and a couple of colleagues. My sister says Nature doesn't get her colour schemes wrong and I think she's right. People don't look odd with their natural hair colour really, but once you change it it's like a cascade of intervention to dye eyebrows, change lashes, have fake tan, whatever, just to get the right look.

MrsCampbellBlack Thu 28-Mar-13 15:42:54

But Travelincolour - what do you do then if you don't want to go grey? I have started to notice a lot more grey the last couple of years and so carry on with the same hi-lights I've always had.

I guess naturally I am dark ash blonde/mousey.

But as with so many things it depends on the skill of the person doing the colour - I like fine high lights mixed with low lights so its a natural look.

But I think its very hard to dye/cover grey on dark brunette/red hair in a natural way - or rather its achievable but at £££ and needs touching up every 10 days which is what one lady I know does.

PointeShoes Thu 28-Mar-13 15:49:16

Well I'm naturally blonde, quite light really, but I have dyed it in the past and quite recently. I just get fed up with the blonde I don't know why, I love it in the summer as it shimmers and looks pretty. In the winter though I always think it looks greasy after a day and just get annoyed with it and end up dyeing it a brown or red. I feel more grown up with abit darker hair I don't know why, silly really!

AlwaysSleepingBeauty Thu 28-Mar-13 15:53:17

I am a natural blonde and don't dye my hair, but people always presume that I do. I think a few years ago, blonde was the most prevalent colour, but these days I notice a lot more people with other colours, especially bright red or brown with a hint of red or purple.

GeorginaWorsley Thu 28-Mar-13 16:10:20

I have brown/hazel eyes and brunette hair,but had blonde highlights about 8 years ago up until 2010.
Realised that most 'women of a certain age' ie early forties like myself,had blonde highlights so decided to revert to brunette.
Now have chocolate brown all over colour with a few ,and only a few,caramel lowlights,mainly on underneath layers.
Looks much better now!

I think trying to stay your original colour is better than getting lighter and lighter, unless you get to the realm of spending serious money.
At the moment I plan to go grey gracefully, bit that's easy to say with no grey hairs yet!

I'm already getting a lot of silvery-white hairs at 28. Just letting' it happen.

spottyparrot Thu 28-Mar-13 17:16:53

I think people look really nice with their natural colour because it will suit their skin tone in the vast majority of cases. I think some people don't realise how nice their actual hair colour is when they dye it.

ChippyMinton Thu 28-Mar-13 17:20:04

I was a natural brunette, now I'm a natural grey blonde.

I'd rather be blonde than have a badger stripe.

Beamae Thu 28-Mar-13 17:57:17

I have been trying to escape the blonde highlights for years! I hate them. They are such a uniform. I used to sit around a meeting table at work and cringe that all the other over 30s seemed to have the same colour hair as me. Now I go to baby groups and it's the same. A glut of blonde highlights. I don't suit all over colour brown so keep trying to tone it down to a light brown over successive colours with low lights. But whenever I have to try a new hair colourist I end up back where I started. We moved county 7 months ago so new hairdresser, assumes they know what I want, and despite me quite clearly saying I don't want light blonde highlights here I am again with bleached hair. It's lazy hairdressing. Or a conspiracy. One of the two.

bishboschone Fri 29-Mar-13 18:53:41

It's interesting , I am fair but dh dark . Borg my dc are very blonde . I'm always amazed how many people comment on how lucky I am that they have beautiful blonde hair !! As a fair person I would rather have olive skin and dark hair but there you go .

EostreChaoticResurrEggtion Fri 29-Mar-13 19:12:18

I went blond once and once was enough hmm I had my hair cut short at the same and when my friend's then 10 month old son looked at me he burst into tears. I got the message grin

I've been red in the past and dark brown but am currently light brown. I have to keep dying it to keep the grey away though.

Doyouthinktheysaurus Fri 29-Mar-13 19:33:55

I went proper white blonde once, years ago. My hair felt like straw and I needed dark make up to carry it off!

I'm now a whole lot older and my natural gingery tone, mingled with a growing number of greys!

Varya Fri 29-Mar-13 19:45:59

Grey haired but have it dyed dark blonde. Never really seen my grey/white hair - got it dyed before it really began to take over. Dark blonde in my younger days.

I'm an endangered blonde. It mutates noticeably in a way I don't think dark hair does. In a hot Summer, it looks as though I were raised in California, going practically white. An overcast Summer like last year's, and it sulks around the dishwater line.

I had a bit of a mid-life crisis a few months ago and decided to dye it really white. Not bothering to read the instructions, I'm now gingery-blonde and it looks appalling. I keep meaning to do something about it, but... meh.

twentythirteen Fri 29-Mar-13 19:49:58

I'm a brunette, for a couple of years I got honey coloured highlights. It did gradually all become quite light, saw a pic if myself and stopped! I've been natural for two years and love having highlights again, only these are natural, grey!

Cakethrow Fri 29-Mar-13 20:02:47

kandybarr your friend has it spot on with my XMIL and XP.
They were both blonde as children but now have a mousy/mid brown colour hair. They still both describe it as 'blonde'. When I pointed out that it is now brown XMIL would always, without fail, talk about how her/XP's hair used to be blonde.

I'm naturally a very dark brown but have to dye it every couple of weeks now to keep the grey at bay. I would look hideous with blonde hair.

Popcornia Fri 29-Mar-13 20:44:33

Blonde is one of those fantasy hair colours, isn't it? I've never tried it (too scare of the upkeep), though I've done flaming copper quite successfully in my youth.

Now I am fighting the creeping grey by sticking close to my natural colour with a few hand-painted dark gold highlights thrown in. After years of keeping my hair long I've finally succumbed to the sharp bob, though.

peasandlove Sat 30-Mar-13 04:49:21

I was naturally a very dark brunette, then the grey arrived and it went almost black with a build up of semi permanent colours. Now I'm blonde and I love it, better than colouring hair every couple of weeks the grey gets blended in with highlights. I have pale skin/freckles/blue eyes and the blonde looks natural

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Sat 30-Mar-13 05:48:38

There are a lot of them, it's true. It goes in waves. When it gets too crazy I go brunette for a while, and I must say I'm feeling the urge about now.

Phaedra11 Sat 30-Mar-13 09:23:40

I have a friend who is in her early 50s (but looks younger) and Pakistani who dyes her hair blonde.

When I first met her, I thought "God, why?" but now I know her better, I've found out that it's a lot to do with wanting to defy the expectations she feels people have of women of her age and culture!

AlwaysSleepingBeauty Sat 30-Mar-13 12:57:05

I have the same thing Leucan regarding how my hair colour changing with the seasons despite me never having dyed it. It has been described as dirty blonde, ice cream blonde, champagne blonde...brunette hair does seen to be more consistent!

EmpressMaud Sat 30-Mar-13 13:00:30

My natural hair is a medium blonde, but I've always had it lightened to a brighter blonde. Have just had it put back to my more natural colour blonde and like it much more.

wonkylegs Sat 30-Mar-13 13:25:20

I'm a natural blonde, one of four blonde children to parents with mousey & brunette hair. As a child I was White blonde and desperately wanted black hair like my best friend. My brothers both have long blonde curly hair, my sister periodically dyes her curly hair different shades of blonde.
I have remained blonde but now it's more of a sandy/honey blonde with some brighter natural highlights.
I've never dyed it and I've never cut it much shorter than it is (mid back wavy) because i'm a wimp and everyone says it's lovely even if I'm never sure. I am extremely pale with blue eyes so blonde looks right although I darken both eyelashes & eyebrows as they are so pale they get lost on my face.
I have a blonde DS although we're not sure if he'll take after mum or dad in the long run.

armagh Sat 30-Mar-13 16:23:38

Why do so many people born blonde go darker (naturally) ? I'd love to know the reason.

Trills Sat 30-Mar-13 16:45:25


some brunette women never get over the fact that they were once little blonde girls.

Judging by old photos, if DP were a woman he would have started on sun-in at 13, then had highlights, and now be a dyed blonde with no clue as to his actual hair colour. His hair is a medium brown. Not mousy or dark blonde but a perfectly normal brown.

Kellylesley Sat 30-Mar-13 18:16:48

I am brunette naturally but have it dyed and highlighted a caramel blonde as I have loads of white grey hairs and dark colours just don't cover it, I am in my 30's and not prepared to go grey gracefully!

sensesworkingovertime Sat 30-Mar-13 19:04:40

your mother is wrong.

QueenCadbury Sat 30-Mar-13 20:04:27

Blonde hair gets darker due to hormonal influence I think as I had white blonde hair until puberty set in and it's definitely got darker with each pregnancy. As other natural blondes have said though it goes lovely in the summer.

I'm brunette, blonde and pink. It saves the dithering over what colour hair dye to pick from the shop if you just do them all at once grin

Hotcross Your hair is awesome.

Doh. I forgot my Mnet haircut examples were on my profile blush

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