The blonde life didn’t choose me, I chose the blonde (balayage) life

My new blonde balayage

Guess who’s now rocking a blonde balayage after months and months of hiding a (kinda) failed try of having a fringe? THAT’S RIGHT. It’s yours truly!

The big hair change I’d been patiently waiting since my fringe debacle last September finally happened! And I am the happiest I’ve been in a very long time!

You know when you’re just craving change but you don’t know what exactly to change so you book a hairdresser’s appointment? This is exactly what happened here. I mean, not that I didn’t spend months pinning various *potential* blonde balayage future hairstyles, but it definitely happened quicker than I’d originally anticipated.

It wasn’t until one afternoon in June, when I thought to myself “you know what, I’m just going to call my hairdresser and see what happens.
I honestly didn’t think I would be able to get an appointment so soon after everything had been closed for so long. To be fair, I did wait a good two months after the big re-open (in Austria!), letting everything and everyone calm down a little again. The last thing I wanted was to take away an appointment slot only because I wanted to look like my various pins on my hairspo Pinterest board. It just didn’t sit right with me, you know?

Surprisingly, I managed to get an appointment the following week and I was as happy as a child on Christmas Day. To say the very least.

After my little fringe fail back in September 2019 …

… I spent the following months making sure to take good care of my hair and let my fringe grow out as much as possible. I won’t lie to you, letting a thick and bluntly cut fringe grow out, wasn’t the easiest (and most pleasantly looking) at times. Which is why I had my hair in a bun for probably the first three to four months, until it was possible to conceal my fringe with, what felt like, 1000 bobby pins. Even the phrase “how’s your fringe doing” became a frequently asked question after the ususal how-are-you’s whenever I met up with my best friend (pre-lockdown).

But anyway. I’m over it. Shit happens and so do bad hairstyle choices.

The more I think about it, the more I realise that I honestly can’t remember the last time I was this happy with a new hairstyle. I KNOW, I know, it does seem like I keep saying this after every single hair appointment. But, this time is different. I mean, fair enough, my hair’s basically blonde. However, I feel like with 2020 being quite the year, the “new hair new me” feeling hits differently.

“Why getting a fringe was the best and worst decision”

In case you’re wondering about my fringe growth

It’s going pretty well! My hairdresser cut it a bit shorter again, to blend it more seamlessly into the rest of my hair, which I’m so thrilled about. Why? Well, before my appointment, not tucking my front bits behind my ears looked quite messy and – surprise – like I was in desperate need of a haircut. However, now I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

If you want to see what my not-behind-my-ears-tucked-and-quite-grown-out-fringe looks like right now, head over to my Instagram, as I’ve already posted a bunch of pictures with my new hair! Plus: scroll down a little furhter to find my messy outgrown fringe. Told you, definitely wasn’t quite the look.

Have you ever made a hairstyle decision you regretted shortly after? Tell us your story in the comments! I’d be so interested to hear!

love, Malena


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