The Decision To Go Blonde

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For a few years now I've dreamt of going blonde. At the same time, I was terrified of doing this to my perfectly untouched (aka "virgin") hair so, to avoid making this scary decision, I just let it grow for the last 3 years!


This has been a great year so far. I'm healthier than I have been in a long time, I'm working out 2-3 times a week, and I've been feeling emotionally lighter than I have in years. The winds of change have been blowing and I really felt like now was the time to not just feel lighter but to look lighter.  Make my outsides match my insides, so to speak. :)

So, back at the end of March I booked an appointment with Adam Donnelly at Element 5 for a consultation on May 10th, with D-Day (Dye Day) on May 12th.

I had met Adam before and he had cut my hair a time or two in the past but going blonde was a huge, scary decision! I knew that I wanted someone who was well-respected in the local colouring world and Adam was my first choice.

The consultation went wonderfully with me telling Adam about all my fears and him explaining every single thing to me in wonderful, easy to understand, detail.  After my consultation, I could let go of all my fears and allow myself to be officially excited!

D-Day arrived! I snapped the above photo about an hour before my appointment as my own "before" photo. Adam did the same when I arrive at his station. Like me, I think he sensed that this was probably going to be a great transformation.

The process was fairly easy (again, because I had "virgin" hair) and took a few hours. The end result was utterly shocking.  I could not believe how amazing I felt by just having my hair lighter! Literally, the darkness lifted and I felt and looked so light! What a change!

After I said a HUGE thank you to Adam for his incredible work, I ran outside to the Saint John Boardwalk and found the brightest, sunniest spot I could find and snapped this "after" shot because I just felt so freaking beautiful! How rare is it to feel, literally, BEAUTIFUL?

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So, I've lived as the blonde Monique for a week now and I can tell you that I still absolutely love it. I won't say I'll never be a brunette again but, for now, I am enjoying the hell out of being a blonde.

Thank you Adam!

What's the scariest thing you've ever done to your hair? Did you end up loving it or hating it?

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