Cut and Color

If you were to look at photos of me as a child you would see a little girl with long, honey-blond hair. I loved my blond locks even though they tangled and were a mess most of the time. I never had much patience with hair and as a teenager cut it all off into a chin-length bob and later a spiky pixie. Somewhere along the line the blond hair turned a soft brown, and by the time I was in my 20’s any blond hair I wanted came from a bottle. But I still had no patience with hair maintenance, so although like most young people I experimented with color a bit, it never took long before I was back to light brown. I kept my natural color all though my thirties but my attitude toward my brown hair changed when I turned forty. No grey has found its way onto my head yet, but my hair needs more attention regardless.

Being blond as a child made a deep impression on me. Even as a brunette I always saw blond in the mirror. Photos told the truth, and sometimes I barely recognized the image the woman with the brown hair looking back at me. When I decided it was time to focus more attention on my hair I didn’t hesitate: I asked for blond highlights. My hair stylist uses two colors and adds streaks of pale and medium blond throughout my head. My hair becomes lighter with every visit. Eventually it might get too blond, but I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I go to a local salon chain called Floyd’s once every few months and visit the same talented hairdresser every time. I should probably be even more consistent about appointments, but I now have my hair cut and colored more often than any other point in my life. Salon visits are always enjoyable because my hair stylist, Victoria, is personable and very good at her job. She listens to my requests and makes a few suggestions of her own, but is never pushy. I like that. She’s also adorable, as you cans see below. I always feel more confident about a hair cut when the person holding the scissors has a fashionable hair do and a great sense of personal style.

But having my hair highlighted, washed, cut and blowed dry takes a long time. Hours actually. Victoria always finds something to talk about, but there’s still a lot of down time while the chemicals slowly change my hair from brown to blond. Thankfully it’s always fun to read new fashion magazines. 

There’s plenty of activity at the salon to spy on. 

The people watching is great.

The posters that blanket the wall are visually interesting as well.

After three hours I’m done. My roots have been touched up and my hair, which I’m attempting to grow out again, is trimmed and healthy looking.

What do you do to your hair?

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28 Responses to Cut and Color

  1. Oh to Be a Muse
    October 22, 2012 at 9:01 am #

    It’s always great to have a specific person who does your hair–makes the process that much easier, since it’s always such a long process to begin with. I really like your hair blonde.

    My hair process is crazy and long…I can’t even get into it, lol.
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    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

      Yeah, I think the trust you build with one stylist is really important. I know Victoria isn’t going to mess up my hair, so I feel confident just telling her to do what she thinks is best.

  2. SACRAMENTO October 22, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

    What a fabulous place to have your hair done, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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  3. Shanti October 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    cool salon pictures! your stylist is so cute, love her style. Your hair looks very nice!

  4. mary joj
    October 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    Love the color and cut Heather–it’s just perfect for your coloring! As far as my hair goes–ugh, such a blessing and a curse to be a beauty editor–I have in some ways ruined it from all the different processes, and yet it’s always fun to try new stuff.

    xo Mary Jo
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    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

      Thanks Mary jo. It’s pretty easy for me because the blond doesn’t require a triple process. Have you ever been blond?

  5. Alexis Grace October 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    That’s the Floyd’s where Lukus would sometimes get his hair cut!!! (He actually prefers to cut his own hair….. but sometimes he would be lazy!)

    You look great!!!
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    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

      Lukus cuts his own hair? That blows my mind Alexis! Wow! I can barely blow my own hair dry.

  6. Kiki October 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I change my hair all the time. I had ombre last year, but at the moment it’s dark. I also like to curl it from time to time.
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    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      Hi Kiki. Curl as in perm? I havent’ had a perm since high school! It would be fun to have some natural waves though, and I love the ombre look too.

  7. nicole October 23, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    Your hair looks great. I’m not naturally blonde but I do like being blonde. I went darker over winter (southern hemisphere) but somehow I was never really happy with it so I’ve gradually been going a bit lighter for the last couple of months. There’s something a bit more fun, funky and sexy about blonde highlights and honey hues. You’ve inspired me to make an appointment to get a few more blonde highlights Heather, even though it has only been 3 weeks since my last appointment.

    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

      The nice thing about blond highlights is even if you go very blond the roots don’t look that obvious. I push it to the limit believe me! So I’d say go for it!

    October 23, 2012 at 12:45 am #

    This place looks awesome. I would actually love to get the exact location info from you, because I’m in desperate need of some hair attention!
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    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

      Stephanie I’ll e-mail you the location, but I think there are Floyd’s all over L.A. They employ very good stylists from what I hear. My experience is that the cuts are always very good even when I haven’t gone to Victoria.

  9. cyndee October 23, 2012 at 7:43 am #

    What a great looking salon. I love your stylist’s hair, both cut and color.

    I am in the process of growing out my hair, it is now about 17 inches and
    on the verge (every week) of being cut back to a chin length bob. I add
    highlights 3 times a year to help blend in the gray that is now appearing.
    To keep it from getting too blond and frothy looking,my stylist puts lowlights
    in amongst the highlights about every fourth time. I have to
    say that each time I get lowlights, I love them and the warmth they bring to my
    face. The downside is that they can easily start looking a bit drab after a month.
    Nothing makes me feel more put together than a visit to the hair salon.

    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

      Hi Cyndee and thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment! Victoria always has great hair, and it’s always different. Good for you for growing your hair to 17″. Wow that’s long! And your color sounds beautiful too.

  10. Arash Mazinani
    October 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm #

    Wow that place looks awesome! I usually shave my hair so I’ve not visited a hair salon in years. I have on occasion considered growing it again but never really taken the plunge. Victoria your stylist is cute! I love all her tattoos and piercings as well. She did a fantastic job with your hair.
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    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

      Thanks Arash. My husband shaves his head too. I think it looks great. It’s so much easier for men! And yes I agree. Victoria is adorable. Actually, she’s even prettier in person and every one of her tattoos has meaning. We’ve had long discussions about them!

      • Arash Mazinani
        October 28, 2012 at 3:10 am #

        I love girls with tattoos and tattoos in general. It’s always interesting to hear the stories behind them. I could talk to someone for hours about that.a
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        • Heather Fonseca October 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm #

          Well Arash, if you like tattoos you should really visit LA. It’s tattoo city. Sometimes I feel left out because I don’t have a tattoo to talk about.

  11. Sharon October 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm #

    The salon is awesome. So hip. I have to show my future sister-in-law this. She is hoping to open her own hair salon by mid 2013. Let’s see, I have colored my hair from plum to black. My natural hair color is reddish brown but, currently I am supporting two toned hair. Copper and a deep red. I doubt I will ever let my hair just go back to it’s natural color.
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    • Heather Fonseca October 24, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

      So glad you find the salon inspirational. It’s a chain actually, but they hire very good stylists. Like you I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to my natural color. Blond is so much more fun!

  12. Stacey - Total City Girl
    October 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    That salon looks like a really fun place to go. My hair is in desperate need of help! I am sooooo way overdue for a cut. I just can’t find anyone that knows how to deal with curly hair. Yes – even in NY!!! Thanks for the reminder though – I will have to put my mind to it and just find a place.
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    • Heather Fonseca October 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      Did you try a place that cut only curly hair once? I seem to remember a post on it! I do wonder where people with curly hair go. I know it doesn’t react like strait hair. I remember once getting a perm, which didn’t seem to take on my strait hair. At least it didn’t look like much. And then I had a layered cut and OH MY GOSH I had curly hair. It was crazy!

  13. Priya N
    October 25, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    You look beautiful in those images. I am also looking for my hair treatment.
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