I’ve always been blonde. I guess I’ve varied in shade, from being natural golden blonde as a kid, slightly darker strawberry blonde when I was a teen (naturally went that way), then when I started having highlights to bring back the golden blonde in my early twenties. I’ve never gone darker. I guess as a natural blonde I felt this was the only colour that would work for me – and at the end of the day, I’ve always loved being a blonde. But for the past few years the temptation to go darker has always come around and usually I’ve ignored it. But not this time. This time I decided to give it a whirl and try a few shades darker than I was. So I headed to the new Hare & Bone Salon to get a bit of a new look…
Wearing jumper courtest of Tessuti.co.uk
Hare & Bone:
First up, the salon. Hare & Bone only opened a couple of week’s ago and is the baby of hairdresser Sam Burnett. For me, it felt a bit surreal to go there as has actually opened in the location of what was the cheap cornershop I used to buy £1 packets of chinese noodles when I was in my first job in London… it has somewhat changed from a generic corner shop though and is looking fab. It’s all black and white style with some gorgeous subway tiling around the hair wash area. Large mirrors and big windows (overlooking Sergio’s Italian that was all decked out for crimbo – great Italian FYI if you’re in the area). It’s located a very short walk from Oxford Circus, just up Great Titchfield Street. So very conveniently located – and despite being pretty new was already buzzing with customers. Always a good sign. I think Hare & Bone will do really well in that location as whilst there are a few salons around, most of them aren’t obvious as they tend to be hidden away so not as welcoming. The staff are all lovely and friendly too – I felt right at home straight away. Not always the case in salons, so this is a major plus.
The Colour Change:
SO back to the hair. I went in with an ‘inspiration’ picture from my Hair Inspiration Pinterest board (it’s this one FYI) of Sienna Miller with a golden toned dark blonde with darker roots and slightly lighter ends. Perhaps not the full ombre, but just a gentle change. I’m really delighted with the shade they took me too. My one concern is that I didn’t want to look too much on the red side as this makes my skintone look even pinker than it already is. So I wanted to keep the shade fairly neutral, but with a touch of warmth rather than ashy – as I’ve previously gone ashy blonde and it just makes me look a bit dead.
So the shade they went for is an all over gloss, with a variety of shades used. Around shade 7 in hair-dresser speak…. when I was perhaps a 8/9 before… so going from very light/light blonde to medium blonde really. Obviously to me this feels like dark blonde (practically brown) but in hairdresser land it’s mid blonde. So when they say to stick within a couple of shades, I’ve done this. I popped in a ‘before’ from the week before I had my hair coloured too, so you can see the difference.
I’m really delighted with my new hair colour – it does take a bit of getting used to. A slight shock each time I look in the mirror as it does feel so much darker to me! But very happy I went for it, and even my blonde-fan husband said he likes the new colour. It is a semi-permanent hair colour so will have to see how it lasts and if I want to keep this shade in place – as for me it will just depend on how frequent the maintenance will be. As I don’t really want to to from having my hair colour 2/3 times a year to needing to go every 8 weeks… so will have to see!
It’s also quite interesting to see how I can ‘get away with’ wearing more make-up with darker hair. For the weekend (when I took these photos) I dailled up the eye make-up a little more than I would normally. Plus I also tried out the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation – very impressed so far. Review to come.
But thank you Hare & Bone – starting the next year with a new colour! So far I’m liking things on the dark(er) side!
For more information on the salon: Hare & Bone
I was a guest of Hare & Bone for the colour & cut.