As it has been about 6 months since I went back to my roots, I thought it would be appropriate to share some thoughts on the subject.
First, vainly, I can't decide if I am prettier as a blond or brunette.
The good news is my husband really likes it dark. And his opinion ranks top of the list. I think the brunette is better suited for my eyes and skin tone. I could be wrong. I think the blond washed me out a bit. I was told at first that darker makes you look younger. I have not found this to be the case. I think I look about the same.
Second, keeping up the color is HARD. Not because of gray (no gray yet, thankfully) but because of the RED that my dark brown fades to. In my simple mind, I thought I could dye my hair dark once or twice and then just let the natural grow back in. Wrong! After a few weeks it fades into a (trailer park-esque) reddish brown that is not attractive and not what I want. The constant upkeep has been a major headache. Constant upkeep, I may remind you, is one of the reasons I decided to forgo the blond. Cruel trick of nature to have to work so hard to keep up the brunette!
Third. I do sort of feel like the odd man out among my children.
But fit it better with my sisters.
I have recently found a product that helps keep the red out. It is a color depositing conditioner by Aveda made especially for dark hair. So far, I absolutely LOVE it. It is doing it's job quite nicely. (but stains my hands, I kid you not.)
If you have any opinions on my hair change, I would be interested in hearing them. I do not mind if you want to be anonymous. I do not mind if want to be honest. (I would appreciate you to be kind though.)