My hair usually? Dark brown, medium-to-long, straightened. My hair for half of this year? Well, it was kind of red. I’m not typically a risk taker when it comes to my hair, but editing the beauty section of our magazine has convinced me to be a little more daring. I straighten my hair (which is naturally curly) several times a week, and beyond that I try to avoid doing anything to my hair that can be damaging. So beyond lightening my hair for a couple years in college, I had never dyed my hair before this year. But when you get invited for a coloring at Ted Gibson’s salon at the W, it’s kind of hard to say no.
A review of some of my favorite hair moments from this year:
1. Dying my hair red at Ted Gibson’s salon at the W Fort Lauderdale:
I have always wondered how I’d look as a redhead and with everyone saying “YOLO” every other minute this year, I thought, why not? I figured I will only be young and cute once, so now is as good a time as ever to experiment with my hair.
After talking to my colorist when I went to the salon back in February, I decided to go with more of an auburn-red than a carrot-red, to help lessen the shock of no longer being a brunette. But even auburn-red was still really red, the kind of red that got me an “Oh my god! You dyed your hair!” every time I walked into a room. The Ted Gibson team did an amazing job, and the handful of experiences I had there this year make it probably my favorite salon in Fort Lauderdale (I also had one of the best blowouts I’ve ever gotten there.).
Fun note if you go: Ted Gibson himself accepts appointments, so you can get the ”What Not to Wear” treatment for $950.
2. Getting a KeratinComplex treatment in Miami
A few months ago I went down to Sean Donaldson for a fun event they were having to introduce KeratinComplex’s new KeraHold line of products that beautify and maintain color. I got a demi glaze and blowout. The salon is super chic and the event was a lot of fun. The European-style salon in South Beach is an award-winning salon that has been featured in Allure and InStyle. Probably my favorite part is probably the hair washing area, which is separated into its own spa-like room with plexi-glass doors, so a shampoo feels more like getting your head massaged.
3. Trying Fort Lauderdale’s first-ever blowdry bar, JustAir
The blowdry bar concept is so popular in big cities like LA and New York, so I was so excited when I learned that Fort Lauderdale was getting in on the trend! JustAir, located on 17th Street, is gorgeous, and the $35 blowouts there are a great, affordable option if you want to look good before a wedding, interview, big event, or just a night out on the town. Styling takes 45 minutes or less, and the menu includes just about every option you can imagine – waves, curls, straight, volume, or up-dos for an added price. Plus, you’re offered complimentary champagne.
What’s next for 2012? I don’t know if I’ll change my hair color again for awhile, but if I do, I think I want to try the ombre look out. I also regret not adding pink strands to my hair during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I definitely want to do that next year! What about you?