Hair Talk

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I've always had a love hate relationship with my hair. When I was young, I grew to appreciate its dark color living in a town/state filled with Scandinavian blonds (I'm Norwegian too but the Syrian part of my heritage gave me the dark locks). The downside to my hair is that it's the thinnest, finest, most fragile hair I've ever seen. It's stringy, flat, and not-so-Beyonce like. Let's be clear - we're talking about my natural hair, and that's not entirely what you see here. What you see in these photos is probably about 20% my natural hair, and the rest is extensions. I've mentioned it before but in the interest of authenticity and full disclosure, I want to make it known - I have had extensions for almost two years. I am in love with what they do for my overall look and confidence, not to mention the ease of styling and making it last for days through various kinds of weather while still looking full and styled. I recently took the plunge for some longer locks and I'm so glad I did. Go big or go home, right?

Up until this recently, I have really been enjoying the ombré blond tipped look for the entire time I've had this extra hair. But it was just time for a change. I wanted to go back to my dark brown roots and cool the look down a bit for fall/winter. My natural color is an ash brown, so I didn't want it to feel red or purple-ish. Just a cool brown. Different lighting situations bring out different tones (here it looks slightly warmer and lighter than it does in person) but I'm thrilled with the color that my stylist Amy at Studio DNA gave me. It's a semi-permanent color that lets my highlights shine through just a bit and it will naturally fade over time... just in time for Spring when I suspect I'll be missing the ombré again. But for now my hair feels like it went home. I'm back wearing the cool gray tones and silver jewelry I missed with the warmer hair. Sometimes you just gotta make a change.

American Apparel t-shirt, Bracelets: H&M, J.Crew, Ferragamo, HRH Collection, Nadri earrings
Photos by Ian Sheppard