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I have auburn hair - it used to be quite blonde when I was a child and has got gradually darker. DS describes it as brown now.
It was never a uniform colour, always blonder at the top and front, redder at the temples and browner underneath and at the back, and quite streaky.
As I got older, the blond started to look more like highlights through auburn hair and any greys were kind of hidden through the blond. But it's starting to look much more like grey in auburn hair now, and I don't like it. I look my age enough already without the grey.
I was thinking very very subtle blonde highlights, but I am afraid I will wreck my hair and what's left of its nice natural colour.
I'm kind of afraid to wreck the natural colour - I'm not going to find a hairdresser that will pull out all the single strands of grey and dye them, and the highlights might just take from the reddish brown I have. Maybe I should just leave it. The grey only really starts to show at the moment when it needs a wash as the few blondish streaks get darker and the grey looks obvious.
I know so many people that started with highlights and ended with fully blonde hair and a cycle of roots, dying, roots, dying, which I don't really want to get into.
I'm still feeling like I should do something with it though. How subtle can highlights be?
They are all my hair, Rita! I've a feeling the flash went off in the second two photos and made my hair look nicer - to me it usually looks like the first photo, but I could be self critical and maybe it actually looks a bit nicer. In my head out used to look like the second or third, except with more blonde streaks, and now it looks like the first.
I've never dyed mine ready - I had natural highlights up till a few years ago and I was happy with that.
Thanks angel - it's lovely to get a compliment. I suppose it looks more like the first photo and less like the other two to me, which do look a lot nicer.
It's also straight at the front, thick and wavy behind (the brown hair at the back of my head seems to be a different type). I've never found anyone able to cut it into a shortish cut without it going out like a helmet. It's nearly always up now as I have it shoulder length as I cba with longer hair, but it looks horrible and bushy if it's down, as well as too grey! If it's too long I think it just drags my face down and makes me look more tired.
I used to wear it down more, which contributed to the natural highlights I think.
Maybe I should just concentrate on my skin instead or accept that I am 40 and look at least 40.