To Ombre or Not to Ombre

I'm one of those girls who loves getting her hair done.  Actually, I'm pretty sure everyone likes getting their hair done.

I honestly would change my hair all the time if I could--or at least have someone else style it for me once in a while.

My only problem is that there is a limited amount of things you can do with shoulder-length, dark brown, curly hair. (Especially if you want to keep it healthy--ugh!)

Recently (I'm putting complete blame for this on the fact that it's summer) I really want to ombre my hair.  I mean, how could you not? It's the perfect summer hairstyle when paired with loose, beach curls.

Her hair looks so good!
My only problem is lightening my hair-- but by "only problem" I mean "really huge problem because that's how you ombre your hair."

I had bleached peak-a-boo highlights once (we don't talk about those days) and my hair was HORRIBLE. My ends were beyond fried and the pieces were on strike against their natural curl.  My hair looked like it had pieces of straw stuck in it.


After dying it all brown again and then doing the big chop in December, all remnants of that awful decision are gone.

So naturally I'm considering doing something like it again.

I like how this ombre is more subtle.
Maybe if go for the subtle look, I won't have to bleach it.

Maybe (probably) I'm just being optimistic.

What do you think?

To ombre or not to ombre?

xo Marina


  1. I had the same debate not too long ago when I got my highlights. I like the subtle ombre look, especially since it's easier to grow out. I ended up going with a partial foil with the focus being around my face and the ends. I love how it turned out! It definitely helped to talk it out with my stylist. Good luck!! :)

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  2. I'll have to ask my stylist about that! Thanks! :)

  3. I actually just tried balayage for the first time & I really like how it turned out! I've been getting my hair highlighted at my local cosmetology school's salon for about 2 years now. I needed to get it touched up (it's been well over 8 months since I had it done last), but I wanted to keep the look of the regrowth/subtle transition from my natural dark blonde to light blonde. I had powder bleach & developer at home already, so I just went to town! It looks so natural! & I think the balayage style works best with curly/wavy hair.

    Good luck! :)

  4. Thanks! I heard about that style and I think that is what I was leaning toward if I did it. I have to have a new stylist do my hair, so I'm going to talk about it with her first and see if I like her.

  5. I really like the look from the pics!

    Check out my last post

  6. Me too! The first one is my favorite. She has really awesome pictures on her Flickr!