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Blondes Are Overrated

Remember that time when I went to Europe with my 14 year old daughter and promised to blog about it but instead of filling my blog with amusing and interesting anecdotes about how an ape sat on my head and tried to rape my face, or how I almost fell off a camel or how my plane almost fell from the sky and the cabin crew yelled at me because I was exiting our plane too slowly as it was on fire, I just didn't write anything at all?

Those were good times.

Turns out being an official world traveler rather kicked my aging arse. A little thing like jet lag and breathing in recycled airplane air for 24 hours led to my body being held hostage by a vicious army of germs determined to maim me.

And then there is the wee small thing of spending every. single. day. since my return at the hospital because Jumbster had a rather serious accident as I was flying home from Barcelona.

But all of that is a story for tomorrow.

Today I thought I'd share something else with you. Mostly because I'm pressed for time because I have to take the Jumbster back in so more of his skin can be peeled off.

How I wish I was exaggerating.

Remember all those times I whine write about needing to do something different with my hair and then never really doing anything different with my hair at all?

Ya. Well this wasn't one of those times.

This was me 10 days ago.

This was me a few days ago.


This was me. Yesterday.

Turns out making hair care decisions when you are jetlagged and deliriously ill is surprisingly easy. All you have to do is sit in your hair stylist's chair and tell her to do whatever the heck she wants.

"Just make me pretty."

You know what's fun? Not telling your husband you just killed your natural blonde hair, the colour he adored and loved and possibly treasured and then texting him a picture of your new auburn locks without any warning.

Also fun? Hearing him hyperventilate on the phone and then try and cover his shock (and possibly horror) by telling you it looks fine. He still loves me. Even as he sounds like he's about to yak on the other end of the phone.

So, do me a solid and tell me what you think of it, because my husband is too busy rocking back and forth in a dark corner, weeping over photos of when I was a blonde to be of any use to my ego.

Next up? I'm totally working up the courage for a pixie cut. Just don't tell my husband. Heh.

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Reader Comments (111)


April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMir

Oh good GOD DON'T DO THE PIXIE CUT. Live through my regret! It's growing out now and I look like a homeless drunk all day long.
You look marvelous, however! Miss you!
Also I hope the little guy is okay.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Sugarpants

I like it! It compliments you very well :D

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarla

Love it!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristine Zorn

Gorgeous, no foolin'!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth

You're gorgeous. Just like before. :)

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenny, Bloggess

You look FAB. And honestly I think you can get away with anything, but I do the same- it's all up to my hair stylist. Makes it easy on me because what do I know?

But seriously, super model.


Love it!!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

You looked much better as a blonde. I feel sorry for your husband.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave

It looks great! Totally different, like you're another person (may be what's throwing off the husband!)

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

This is my first comment... the hair transformation looks HOT HOT HOT! :-)

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLou

You look wonderful.. I do prefer your blonder color.. but you look hot either way!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJodee

You look beautiful, and I applaud your bravery in going for a change when you needed it. I changed my hair drastically recently as well, and *I* feel great about it. You look like you feel great about yours too :) Radiant, Tanis. Love it.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFrelle

As a fellow natural blonde, there have been plenty of times when I've been tempted to play around with my dark side. Especially now that age and the joy of motherhood have mostly turned the honey blonde streaked with strawberry locks I had long ago into dishwater blonde streaked with grey. But whenever I mention the THEORETICAL idea of dyeing my hair darker, people (including my husband and more than one hair stylist) gasp as if I were talking about shaving my head and painting my scalp green. So I think it's good that you did it on impulse. Someone would surely have talked you out of it otherwise. And that someone would have been wrong. I think your new color looks awesome. It's striking. It really brings out your eyes.

What is this obsession people have with blonde hair? When everyone has it, blonde gets boring, I say.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJaelithe

whatever boo! your hair looks fab dark!!!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

I dig the auburn! You look great as a blonde, but as a fan of drastic hair changes, I really like the new look.

As for the pixie cut - Been there, done that. Went from mid-back length hair to hair that was about an inch long all over. I enjoyed it - it was cool in the summer, but I miss my long hair and am currently growing it out. And the growing out phase? Sucks.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeredith

As a natural brunette who was told "There is a shade of blonde for everyone. Except you, honey," you look fabulous as a brunette. Makes me a little jealous I can't go blonde.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzeghsy

Change is always good! It's only hair and you can change it back if you want! You are adorable no matter what! Rock this look for a bit, then do something crazy! I'm thinking......fauxhawk!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternevadamomof1

It looks great! Makes your features shine. Besides it's only hair - it grows and recolors easily. You are lovely as a blonde but stunning in auburn. (You looks like a relative of the Judds.)

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMeridee

Boo will be ok. Rock the dark hair. I love it!!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

If I could whistle, I totally would. ;) You are hot as a blonde, and you are totally hot with auburn hair, too. And husbands need some time, and the occasional reminder (aka butt-kicking) that 'honey, this is MY hair', for them to get over drastic changes - like short-short hair, that may or may not be dark purple now, after super long, blondish hair. Or something like that. :D

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

What I notice most with the dark hair are your cheekbones! The dark hair provides the same benefit as matting a painting - it focuses attention into the centre. I swear, you look 10 lbs lighter now that I don't see the hair as part of your face.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentershellacsister

Looks great! I agree with the comment above, you DEF look 10lbs lighter :)

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKay Bee

I love the new color. I used to go back and forth all of the time. In the fall I would be a brunette and in the summer a blond. Now, I have blond highlights so it is kind of the best of both worlds. I do think that you look fab either way!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJayme (Random Blogette)

looks great!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermelanie

Nope. Don't like it. Sorry. And now you will have to put up with those ugly roots popping through.

Hope your Jumpster is okay. :( Sounds serious.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

Show off your eyes, and warms your skin. LIKE!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne Moffat

Looks great! Welcome to the dark side! (spoken from a life long natural brunette.)

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChantelle

peeling skin off jumby ? Ok a serious burn that needs debriding? Poor jumby , poor mom too...hope it all goes as well as it can...

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I think you are a stone cold fox. Looks great.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkarengreeners

With your looks you can carry any style or colour. I think you look beautiful.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJ from Ireland

Looks Fabulous!
Definitely makes your eyes pop more and makes your face look leaner. I love it!

I'm thinking thoughts of healing and peace for you and Jumby.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSP

OMG, you look so HOTT! Definitely brings out your beautiful features and makes you glow!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErica

Love you as a brunette. Welcome to the dark side ;)

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAurelie

I love it. It's actually my natural color. I think it makes your skin really glow (in the good way, not the totally greasy way)

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbigail

your hair looks fantastic!!!!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecca_Masters

I really can't decide. I feel like you look a little younger with the blonde hair, but you really look good with both. I've had my hair literally every color and I always fall back on blonde. It's fun to shake it up a little - enjoy it!!!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

As an auburn girl faking her way with the red, I love it. I also must tell you that I cut my hair from where it languished down the middle of my back into what I'm calling 'practically a pixie' and oh, yes, I LOVE it! DO IT. It took my husband two solid weeks to even say anything about it after I came home with almost all my hair gone, but honestly, I think it was less the result of shock and more that that's typical of him no matter what the subject. Is the sky blue? He'll get back to you next month.

Do it. DO IT!

Absolutely love it. Did you do something to your eyebrows or is it a total coincidence that your brows match perfectly in the photos?

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterdenny144

Women who rock a nose piercing can have hair any color they want. It's a rule. Own your whisky! You're gorgeous.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjael

LOVE it!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermrsrobbied

So awesome. He'll get used to it. It's the cutting that bothers my man. He likes my hair long.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Estrogen Files

Hmm.. ok. So you asked for honesty, right? Are you sure? Well, here goes.

I'm not really a fan. I realize that 34/35 of the previous comments were that they liked it, (and I'm not arguing your foxy-ness) but I don't. I think it makes you look old. *cringe* Sorry. A lighter shade of brown would be nice, but this is too dark. The blond is more youthful and less "librarian." I'd rather see purple. Please don't hate me. :D

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAll My Monkeys

I think it looks great! I have black hair naturally so I tend to like darker most of the time. I like the contrast of dark hair against skin as opposed to the blond hair that blends with your face. Also, I think you'd look great with a short do. Maybe a hip bob that would show off your slender face and neck.

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

I think you look amazing! I've always wanted to just tell a stylist to do whatever they think would look best on me. I haven't worked up the courage! I'm heading in soon to get enough cut off to donate to Locks of Love, maybe I'll be brave!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMyranda

I love the new color! And as for the pixie cut, I say GO FOR IT! I had long, curly, dark brown hair (and TONS of it) that was a pain to maintain... then I had an epiphany & went in for a SHORT hair cut. I LOVE it! And I can't see going back to long hair ever (but, there's always a but... give yourself about a month after the haircut to really get a feel for it). Many people are shocked at extreme changes and don't take to it well at the beginning (plus the whole learning how to do you new 'do') Good luck!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAntoinette A

I really like how it looks, it makes your skin tone very creamy and your eye colour more noticeable. I don't think a pixie cut is a good idea . . .

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergaylin

You look amazing! I love the auburn & i think you should go for the pixie! You should do it this thursday because that is when I am sucking it up & doing it myself =) It will be wonderful for the summer! That's my hope anyways.... Oh, & my hubby ain't too happy about the shorter hair to come either. So, we can upset then together! lol

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commentererica

i think the color looks great!!

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBree

Looks nice. But ummmm, is that snow behind you? In April? What's up with that? It was 90 here yesterday! Imagine how frizzy your new look would be in the sweltering heat. hahahaha

April 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHockeymandad

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