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I have quite dark hair naturally with a couple of greys, could still pluck em out, that stage. However I've been blonde for 20 years now. I used to be able to get lovely highlights done but the last 4 or 5 times frankly they've been stripey and shit and runined my hair. I love the idea of shiny brown healthy hair but think I look a bit non descript, mousey with brown hair. Trying to decide whether to find someone to sort the highlights out I guess or go natural.... is either less ageing ?
I have shiny brown hair (with a few greys - too many to pluck now but still not noticeable). I think healthy looking hair is more a sign of youth than colour. Have you had a colour consultation? My hairdressers are great at that, and are honest about what would/wouldn't work.
I have had a substantial amount of grey since my mid 30s (now early 40s). I have naturally mousy/ fair hair and was brunette for a long time. As the grey increased keeping it hidden became impossible as even a tiny bit of root regrowth highlighted the grey immediately. Blonde highlights have worked much better as the greys just blend in and I can go around 8 weeks before getting colour done instead of 4.
I'm mid forties and brunette (natural). I have lightened the brown as I've got older though as my skin seems to be paler than it was when I was younger. I'm olive skinned and look really fake and dodgy with blonde highlights. I use a semi permanent colour, L'Oreal Creme Gloss to cover up my greys
Sounds like you need to find a new colourist. Ask people with great looking blonde hair where they go for colour. I finally went grey after a disastrous colour job where I ended up with orange stripes after four hours at the hairdressers. Left it to nature then and rocking my own platinum highlights now.