The color: The blonde was fun for the summer and really wanted to change my hair up, but I was ready to go back to my natural color. To remove the golden ombre I had before, my hairdresser just applied a dark toner all over, as opposed to coloring it. A toner is great as the color just sits on top of the hair and therefore doesn't penetrate and damage as much. It also moisturizes the hair by adding protein back to the hair (which is usually lost while bleaching). Another benefit of a toner, is that the hair wont appear dull since a few highlights will still peak through, giving it nice dimension. Since toners are semi-permanent however, I'll need to get a touch up now and then, but this should last me about 2 months.
The cut: It's so much shorter! But I love it :) Feels so fresh & sleek. The cut is a lightly layered style, with some shorter layers in the front to frame my face. I always like having bangs or shorter pieces in the front because it gives a nice airy light feeling to the hair. Tip: When you have bangs, you want to make sure they connect with your other layers, so you dont have too much of a drop between the bangs and the next section of hair (if you like this hairstyle of course). Layers creates lots of nice movement in the hair.