101 in 1001 #23: Try something new with my hair!

I've seen the same (amazing) hairdresser, Teresa, since I was in elementary school...at this point, I'm not even sure if she qualifies as a hairdresser or just a friend who happens to cut my hair :) She told me that the two most common times women want to make a drastic change to their hair are a: after pregnancy and b: after a breakup. Being the walking cliché that I am, of course I ended up with my butt in her chair about two weeks after my breakup, begging her to "just chop it all off!" 

Thankfully, Teresa in all her wisdom and glory talked me off the crop-the-hair ledge, but planted a different idea in my head...why not color? My mom sees an amazing colorist at Teresa's salon, and they both recommended her to me. So tonight, I found myself with my butt planted in her chair, ready to check off #23 on my list

Jen was utterly lovely, and totally patient with the excessive, random, all-over-the-place conglomeration of hair colors I'd pinned to my hairstyle Pinterest board. After about five minutes of me dithering around, waving my hands in the air and consistently reiterating that I genuinely had no idea what I actually really wanted to do, she calmly stared me in the face for a solid 30 seconds. Upon her evaluation, she informed me gently but firmly that with my dark eyes, her best bet for me would be to warm and darken my color to a rich chocolate...at which point she cemented her place in my heart for life by pointing to the OH SO aspirational photos of the back of Kate Middleton's head that I had dreamily Pinned. 

Without further ado, the before and after!!

 Please disregard the "I wore my hair in a ponytail and got poured on while headed into the salon" hair...

Please disregard the "I wore my hair in a ponytail and got poured on while headed into the salon" hair...

WHEEE!! It's exactly what Jen promised...darker, richer, warmer. I'm so excited about it...this is definitely going to be a fun, girly new addiction I get to enjoy!