Hair talk: featuring Mollie King (The Saturdays) and Nicole Richie.

30.3.13

There are no two ways about it, my hair feels like a mess at the moment. Since dying my highlighted blonde locks back to my natural(ish) colour in 2010, after being a blondie for 6years, I haven't done much to my hair and it has left me feeling a bit drab and in need of a boost/change.

At first I enjoyed the amount of money I saved as well as the improvement in the condition of my hair which meant less visits the hairdresser for a haircut (something that fills me with dread), but now I'm ready to feel pretty again!

First things first, I am fairly certain I'm going to have a chunk of hair cut off. I do love having long hair but I think sometimes it's more of a "security blanket" feeling rather than it actually looking nice. I can't achieve any volume (and lord knows I have tried using every product under the sun) and my ends aren't thick enough to give me a full, bouncy-looking mane.

Initially I thought that a couple of inches off would be brave enough to start with but, having previously had my hair in every colour and style under the sun, I'm kind of thinking of going the whole hog and having it cut quite a bit shorter. I really like Mollie King's hair (from The Saturdays) as it looks lovely whether it's straight or styled into waves. Hopefully losing some length and having a really good cut would mean I could achieve a bit more body and it would make drying/styling my hair a lot easier.
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There is a part of me shouting "noooo don't do it!" but it's only hair right? It grows back! My hair grows like weeds, which is why it's so long now, so it wouldn't be the end of the world if I wasn't 100% happy with it (I lie.. it definitely would be).

I think Mollie's hair looks particularly lovely because it's a great colour which leads me nicely onto my next topic...


I want to change my colour!

When I was blonde I always used Nicole Richie's blonde hair as a reference (usually the picture) and I loved it. I had a blonde short "pob" like Frankie from the Saturdays, which then grew into a bob which I sometimes curled like Nicole below. I dabbled in extensions at one point and experimented with a full fringe and side fringes too. Yes it was a bit of a pain having to go to the hairdressers every 5 weeks but I felt pretty and was usually happy with my hair, the colour especially.
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Unfortunately my old hairdresser is winging her way round Australia at the moment but I have a consultation booked in next week with a really good hairdresser in Leeds (who will cost an arm and a leg but if I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it properly!)

I'm not sure what they'll think of my colour plans as, now that I have brown hair again, a lot of people can't imagine me being blonde. But most people who knew me as blonde aren't too keen on my brunette hair (Mum, I'm looking at you!) so all I can do is go armed with photos and see what happens.

My back up photo is this lovely Wildfox model who actually has the Mollie King hair cut going on, as well as a colour which would, I assume, be easier to achieve on my hair and look more natural too.


Help guys! What do you think - go for the chop? Change the colour? Did you read my blog when I was blonde? Is it time to let the blonde go and go for a more natural colour like the one above? I need your advice!

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28 comments:

  1. I understand your hair yearnings, I ironically would love long brown hair but sadly I am a mid-length blonde :)

    I think you should got for it! I love changing my hair and a change is always good, I have seen a few pictures of you with blonde hair and it suits you.

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  2. I remember you as a blondie & I think you're one of those super lucky people that suits any hair colour! I think something like mollie's style would look beautiful on you, I recently chopped quite a bit off my hair because it wasn't very thick towards the ends & looked a bit meh and it looked so much better after!

    Colour wise I really love the last picture you included here, could be a happy medium between brunette and super blonde? Xoxo

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  3. I do remember you as a blonde back in the early blogging days and have to say I prefer it too - but that's not to say I don't think you look bloody gorgeous now!! I think Molly's hair is a nice colour but I would prefer a toned down version - much easier for upkeep then. I would also advise to leave the majority of the underneath your natural colour like I do, much easier for upkeep and less damaging.
    I think you should do the colour first and then go for the chop as there will be obviously a little damage from the drastic change that could be cut out! xx

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  4. I too, have a hair length and colour history similar to yours and also a love of Mollie Kings colour and style.. Another cut and colour I love is Kimberley Walshs.
    I say do it! Go for the chop and maybe the colour of the Wildfox lady..?
    Caroline.x

    notesfromcaroline.com

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  5. I think mollys style and colour would really suit you, but i do also like the bottom picture x

    http://pamperedpout.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. I love Mollies cut, if I had the guts I would go for it, for me my hair is like you said a security blanket. Plus I change my mind everyday. You're so lucky, I really don't suit being blond. :)
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Love love love mollie kings cut however I love your dark hair! I have just bought the same nice and easy dye you use because I think it looks so good, I must say tho, the wildfox models colour looks amazing, so chic! If your hairdresser can achieve that I think it would look amazing!

    I also just wanted to say I have been reading your weight loss story, you have really inspired me to get fit! I am 5ft 5 like you And was around 8stone 11 when I got married and my weight has slowly crept up to between 9stone 11 and 10stone 3. I feel totally rubbish all of the time, clothes don't feel nice and I just really need to get my butt into gear! I have lost weight in the past using weight watchers but I want to do it myself this time, all that weighing food is depressing! So any other tips you have would be most welcome, my aim is to get back to 8stone 11 ish. I don't eat processed food, I love cooking but cheese and wine is my vice!!
    Love your blog chic xx
    Ps. Are your ray ban glasses 5184 wayfarers?

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  8. Love love love mollie kings cut however I love your dark hair! I have just bought the same nice and easy dye you use because I think it looks so good, I must say tho, the wildfox models colour looks amazing, so chic! If your hairdresser can achieve that I think it would look amazing!

    I also just wanted to say I have been reading your weight loss story, you have really inspired me to get fit! I am 5ft 5 like you And was around 8stone 11 when I got married and my weight has slowly crept up to between 9stone 11 and 10stone 3. I feel totally rubbish all of the time, clothes don't feel nice and I just really need to get my butt into gear! I have lost weight in the past using weight watchers but I want to do it myself this time, all that weighing food is depressing! So any other tips you have would be most welcome, my aim is to get back to 8stone 11 ish. I don't eat processed food, I love cooking but cheese and wine is my vice!!
    Love your blog chic xx
    Ps. Are your ray ban glasses 5184 wayfarers?

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  9. Love love love mollie kings cut however I love your dark hair! I have just bought the same nice and easy dye you use because I think it looks so good, I must say tho, the wildfox models colour looks amazing, so chic! If your hairdresser can achieve that I think it would look amazing!

    I also just wanted to say I have been reading your weight loss story, you have really inspired me to get fit! I am 5ft 5 like you And was around 8stone 11 when I got married and my weight has slowly crept up to between 9stone 11 and 10stone 3. I feel totally rubbish all of the time, clothes don't feel nice and I just really need to get my butt into gear! I have lost weight in the past using weight watchers but I want to do it myself this time, all that weighing food is depressing! So any other tips you have would be most welcome, my aim is to get back to 8stone 11 ish. I don't eat processed food, I love cooking but cheese and wine is my vice!!
    Love your blog chic xx
    Ps. Are your ray ban glasses 5184 wayfarers?

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  10. Oops not sure how that happened! Sorry! Lol x

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  11. I love mollie kings hair. I think you should go for her style definitely and if you are unsure about colour go forwildfox colour...you can always add more blonde next time if you feel you need to. Will look lovely xx

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  12. I love mollie kings hair. I think you should go for her style definitely and if you are unsure about colour go forwildfox colour...you can always add more blonde next time if you feel you need to. Will look lovely xx

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  13. Your hair story is exactly the same as mine! I love the condition of mine now I've dyed it closer to my natural colour but I am really yearning to be blonde again. I'd definitely go for it then at least one of us can be living our hair dreams!!

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  14. I recently cut quite a chunk off my long hair - mine is now a similar length to Mollie's and while I missed my old length at first my hair feels so much healthier and its much easier to get volume. I remember you as a blonde and it really suited you (although you look great as a brunette too!). x

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  15. I absolutely adore Mollie's hair. I have a similar colour, and I've thought about going back to my natural light brunette a few times but i couldn't imagine not being blonde. I say go for it! If you're going to do it, do it all! They should be able to get it that light for you. Or at least very close, the only worry would be the state it will leave your hair. This is coming from a girl who went from almost black to same colour as Mollie. (ahaha, my hair did not thank me)
    I can't wait to see the finished result!
    x

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  16. It's funny you wrote this today - I've just been at the hairdressers having 6 inches chopped off! It's a bigger change than I thought, but I love it and I tend not to be too precious about my hair...it'll always grow back!

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  17. Blonde and shorter will be lovely for the summer! You looked lovely when your hair was like it before so I would say go for it! xx

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  18. Definitely go for the chop & just see what the hair stylist says about the colour. The Nicole colour looks lovely.

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  19. Definitely go for the chop & either your natural colour or the Nicole colour look lovely.

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  20. I did the same thing a couple of years a go. I liked my long hair, could do al sorts of fun up dos but for the most part when it was down it just looked tatty. I wanted it to be like Kate Middletons hair bouncy and thick, never going to happen. So I cut it to shoulder lenght, scary moment but I did it and very happy with it. Also it has improved the condition a little.

    I think do it and see how it looks, as you said it will grown back :-). xx

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  21. Ooh these are lovely styles! Sometimes it's fun just to take a risk and go for it!! ;) xx

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  22. Do it- get the chop! Mollie's hair is great(i have bit of a girl crush on her at the mo love her style etc). Def go for it a change is always great, new things and all that :-)
    I read your blog when you were a blondie and you suit both blonde and brunette so either would look great with the chop! Can't wait to see the results x

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  23. mollie king has such great hair! although she's an all round babe in general to be fair! i say just go for it :)

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  24. Wow, I feel like you are reading my mind with this blog. I'm going through the same dilemma at the moment. I've grown my hair out past my shoulders and stopped bleaching it. I thought I was doing my hair a favour by laying off the bleach but to be honest since having lowlights/highlights and growing it, it looks very lacklustre and drab :(

    So, like you I'm going to a salon for an overhaul which I'm pretty certain will include the chop and me returning to a more ash blonde.

    My mum also prefers me with blonde hair!

    I think you should do whatever makes you happy and give you confidence, after all you wear your hair everyday.

    I'll look forward to seeing your up and coming posts to see what you have decided. X

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  25. @melissa - thanks for your nice comment! Yes my RayBans are 5184 :)
    xx

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  26. DO IT!! Go for the chop and the blonde - you won't regret it and a change is as good as a holiday :)

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  27. I love Mollies hair but I think the final pic will suit you best. Personally I think your brown hair really suits you so maybe just some subtle golden highlights will brighten it up a bit without being too much at once. I find its best to make drastic changes in smaller steps! As for the length, I am so jel of your lovely long hair but could see this shoulder length looking amazing on you too!
    Also if you ever need to work on the condition of your hair I recently tried a new product by Kerastraight which is so good at repairing damaged hair! I reviewed it on my blog recently if u want to take a look! Www.everythingsrosieblog.com

    Can't wait to see pics of what you choose to go for!

    Sorry for essay comment haha!

    Rosie x

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  28. I understand how you feel after not having my hair cut properly for about 3 years I'm itching to have it cut off and back to it's shortness of how it used to be. Long hair is ok so that when you can't be bothered you can put your hair up but after a while it does becomes so annoying and drab that I often just want to cut it off myself. If you are brave enough then go for the chop! I wish I was brave.

    xx

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