27/02 – Subtle Shades

Recently I’ve found myself at somewhat of a crossroads hair-wise. I haven’t had my highlights touched up since November and while I thought for a while I could live with them while I grew out my colour to an ombré I’ve decided I just can’t.. So what to do? If I retouch I’ll be in the same position in a couple of months time but if I choose a darker hue and go with some rich, chocolate lowlights as well as perhaps some subtle lifts here and there perhaps my colour will blend a little better as it grows. I dream of low maintenance glossy locks which resemble the above but each time I see a photo of SJP I notice subtle differences in her shade. Although some would say go brighter for summer and darker for fall I think the sun kissed dark blonde works beautifully with a tan just as well as a thick coat and winter boots, no?

So there’s my dilemma.. Go lighter or try a lower maintenance blonde. Another thing of course is the cut. My grown out asymmetric bob from last July is in dire need of attention but I don’t relish losing another inch when I’ve just got in to a nice length 🙁


PS. I ordered the blue batik jeans from H&M.. They’ll have to do for now!

Miss BB



  1. AnnaR
    27 February, 2013 / 7:38 pm

    Have you tried root touch-ups? Just means you’re not dying the whole of your hair – just the roots. I find they extend the time between a full die-job nicely.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      27 February, 2013 / 7:43 pm

      It wouldn’t really work for me since I don’t have an all over colour, I have to have my highlights redone or low lights put in to blend the roots so I think I’m leaning towards the darker route

  2. 27 February, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    Reverse Ombre! I had blonde hair and wanted like a reddy brown to blonde ombre and so I died the top half with a reddy brown shade using a similar technique to how it would be done if dying the ends (ie brushing it through ect) and it worked really well! Plus it means you dont have to dye your ends with is always good for them!

  3. Jenni
    27 February, 2013 / 7:58 pm

    I think I remember you writing about it before, but have you thought about using the John Frieda go blonder lightening spray again? I’ve never used it because I’m brunette and I’ve read mixed reviews. But it might take the edge off your roots so you can go longer without getting them touched up.

  4. Kim
    27 February, 2013 / 9:19 pm

    Would work if you got some darker lowlights along your parting or on top section of your hair with shorter layers in… Leaving the original colour underneath, this creates an ombre effect with very little maintenance and easily turned back blonde if your not keen! Also have a good chop ( I know it’s hard) but your hair will thank you for it. Visit a salon tho, can’t stress that enough! I’m a hairdresser myself, seen way too many bad experiences and its just not worth it! Can’t wait to see the result 🙂 x

  5. Danielle
    28 February, 2013 / 11:28 am

    I think you should have an all over chocolate colour as nothing gives you a nice shine than a darker colour! Also over time you could maybe highlight some sections at the front through summer or whatever. At least you would be using a semi permanent tint which isn’t too damaging, plus I think your eye colour and skin tone would look so nice with a chocolate colour.

  6. Danielle
    1 March, 2013 / 9:20 am

    You should take the same advise you gave to me and leave it.our hair will fall out and we will look like men. 😉

  7. 1 March, 2013 / 9:35 am

    Hi Khila, I had this exact same issue! I tried growing my blonde out to an ombre but after getting 2/3inches of roots i couldn’t stand it anymore as my blonde started to look dull! I too have been dark brown before but didnt want to make the drastic change back… Soo being a student hairdresser i asked my tutor for advice! She told me to use colour 7/75 and 6% peroxide, put it all on my roots first then add a little warm water to the mix and then put it over the rest of the hair! I love the result its very similar to the top two images of jessica parker maybe a tiny hue darker. But it really is a lovely dark blonde colour with a hint of mahogany, if you have access to a pro hair suppers! And you could always try a semipermanent colour if your unsure about going the whole hog 🙂 my hair is naturally dark mousey blonde for reference! Hope this helps!! Xxx

  8. kayb
    1 March, 2013 / 9:38 am

    Yeah brush light brown through the roots mid length of hair leaving the ends blonde for thw ombre look. It’ll look nice.

  9. 1 March, 2013 / 9:42 am

    P.s if you check out my blog you will see the colour i mean, although it has faded a little now as i did it a month ago! But still looks a nice colour so i cant complain 🙂

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