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To ask whether you prefer being blonde or brunette?

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therewillbetime Thu 06-Dec-18 21:55:46

Very trivial I'm afraid but would appreciate any blondes who have gone to brunette (or vice versa). Was white blonde as a child, then as I got older, my hair became mousy. Since I was early twenties (now forty) I have had a combination of light blonde and chocolate streaks which basically make my hair look blonde overall.

I'm fed up with it and fancy a change but certainly don't want mousy hair. I have quite fair skin and green eyes. Is it better being a brunette?! I have never ever gone completely brown and cannot imagine how it would look. I'm basically rather boring and not someone who has experimented much with different hair colours in the past. Any experiences gratefully received.

BettyOBarley Fri 07-Dec-18 17:38:28

I prefer brunette for cost and effort as it's my natural colour so no expensive trips to the hairdresser's for highlights every 8 weeks but I do miss being blonde, I felt so much better about myself but that's just as I felt it suited me more... although interestingly everyone else says the opposite.

Didyeeaye Fri 07-Dec-18 17:39:38

I think it depends on your features, complexion and personal preference.
I'm naturally a 'dirty' blonde with pale skin and bright blue eyes. I go between blonde which makes me look plain imo. Although I attracts 'butter wouldn't melt' comments (mostly from older people)
I prefer being a brunette as it seems to make my eyes pop and as shallow as it sounds I seem to get more compliments for my looks x

Parttimewasteoftime Fri 07-Dec-18 17:48:34

@paintingowls snap.
I colour my own so can't keep up with Blonde.

DinosApple Fri 07-Dec-18 17:57:07

I'd look ridiculous as a blonde, wrong skin tone. My hair's naturally nearly black and my skin is very pale.

Personally I think blondes tend to look younger, but it may just be that I have an 'old' face!

Tried a red when I was younger and it looked awesome - really brought out my brown eyes.

Positi Fri 07-Dec-18 18:02:50

When I was very tanned, and had my hair done to a curious shade of red, the sun eventually bleached the dye out of it and I was blonde and looked good. Generally I prefer brunette, as I think it suits my physically more and this will sound strange, but I think it suits my personality more. My hair is the colour of Kate Middletons naturally (haven't gone grey yet), and I haven't died it since that one time when I lived in Italy where I went some sort of red colour which I hated. I actually liked the blonde at the time, but I just feel brunette suits me as a person more. I don't have very sleeky lustrous hair, so it hides a multitude of sins.

Dogmum94 Fri 07-Dec-18 18:14:27

I am really pale with blue eyes. I am naturally really light blonde but started dying it dark when I was 17. I have had red, darker blonde, light brown, dark brown, pastel pink and now black hair. No matter what colour I’ve had I’ve always gone back to dark as I just prefer it.
As I’m quite pale I get a lot of comments about how it makes my eyes stand out and that I look quite striking. I just felt so pale and wishy washy with blonde hair so I’d never go back again

Ratonastick Fri 07-Dec-18 18:16:50

I was originally very dark chestnut brown with very pale skin and green eyes which is a weird combination. I went grey very young (in my teens) so have gradually dyed my hair lighter and lighter to cover the grey so now I am blonde. Surprisingly it looks much nicer and more natural than my original colouring. I think it is to do with the way your skin changes as you go grey, but I don’t really analyse it too much!

RosieRoo4 Fri 07-Dec-18 18:31:24

I have weird colouring, naturally auburn with olive skin and brown eyes, when I’m brunette it brings out the dark under my eyes and I have to pile on the make up, I’ve had half a head of highlights for years and the mix of blonde and brown suit my skin tone and features, I can also get away with wearing a lot less face paint!
Block colour looks awful on anybody over the age of 20, a mix of colours is much more flattering. If I was you I’d go medium brown with some honey lights round my face.

AnotherPidgey Fri 07-Dec-18 18:35:30

Your colouring sounds similar to mine. I think of myself as being "fair" but I'm probably only scraping that in the summer when the ends have blonded up naturally. The under side is very dark.

I can't be bothered with maintenence so haven't done anything more exciting than natural looking blonde streaks years ago. I like my natural summer tones, but in winter when I darken up, I pick out my natural red tones with a 24 wash red dye that comes out a bit brighter than mahogony as it picks up well on my natural variation.

therewillbetime Fri 07-Dec-18 21:56:54

Thank you for all of your posts and suggestions. I THINK I might stay blonde after all but maybe go for a different tone. I am looking at pictures of brunettes who look stunning but who have long, glossy hair (mine is a bit finer!) and I would probably end up looking extremely dull!

imonlyherefortheAIBU Fri 07-Dec-18 22:02:24

I have light brown hair but have been blonde for about 7 years now, went brunette once during that time and massively regretted it. Love my blonde hair

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