The First Time I Got Highlights

Believe it or not, yesterday was the first time in my 25 years that I actually did something “different” with my hair. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve gone into the hair salon saying “I want to do something different this time,” and ended up leaving with pretty much the same haircut. So yesterday (as many of you saw on Instagram), I went in for a normal haircut, and ended up agreeing to getting some highlights done! It could’ve been the wine helping steer me toward the decision, but either way, I’m glad I did it!


As I’ve gotten older, my hair has darkened significantly, and I’ve missed my blonder days! I didn’t want to do anything TOO drastic or high maintenance, so the highlights were minor, compared to what a lot of people get, but something that’s definitely still noticeable.

Apologies for this not being the best “after’ picture, but with one stylist and my mom, sisters, grandma, and myself getting our hair done, it was a long day cooped up in the salon. I know some of you have been anxious to see the final product though!

highlights after

Have you dyed or highlighted your hair? If so, what made you pull the trigger? If not, what’s holding you back from giving it a try?

  • Greta Hollar

    So pretty and perfect for spring!

    Greta |

  • It came out great! I just recently added highlights to my hair for the first time too!! I was so worried it would turn out terrible! haha

    • Thanks, Mattie! I’m glad I’m not alone in holding out on getting them for so long. I thought I was the only one!

  • Megan Saunders

    I recently jumped ship and got my hair ombred! I was in shock that I did it, and I still am in shock when I look at my hair! Your hair looks awesome, I love it!

    • Yay! Sometimes we just need to go for something different. I’m glad both of us decided to go outside of our comfort zones. Fortunately for both of us it ended up being a great decision :)

  • Melissa Chee

    The highlights looks beautiful. It’s never too late to try something new…

    • Thanks, Melissa! I totally agree. After saying I was going to do something different forever, I’m happy I finally pulled the trigger!

  • They look so pretty and natural! I’ve never thought about getting highlights, but yours look great!

    • Thank you, Cassandra! I’m really glad I made the decision to try them!

  • Stacy Doerksen


    • Thanks, Stacy! I was always so nervous I’d end up hating it if I did it but I’m glad I did. Happy to hear you went outside of your comfort zone and gave it a try too!!

  • Shannon Paige

    I wish my hair dresser gave out wine! Lol *

    • I’ve been so spoiled by it I don’t think I could ever go to one that didn’t now :) haha

  • Every time I go to see my stylist I tell her that I want something different, but I never actually do anything different. I’m glad that you took the leap because your hair looks so good!

    • That’s exactly what happens with me, haha. I’m glad I did it too, thanks Ashley!!

  • Love the new look! I’ve gotten highlights since I was about 13–my best friend at the time had just gotten them, and I immediately saw that my hair was seriously lacking. I went that first time and I was hooked! :) Fast forward almost 2 decades later, and I’m still getting them (and from the same hair stylist, no less). I’ve let them grow out a few times, but my hair is crazy dark without them and I look like a vampire with my super pale skin. :D

    • Thank you, Natalie! So crazy that you’ve stuck with the same hair stylist all this time! I think that’s about the age a lot of people I was growing up with started getting them too but I was always nervous about them (plus my hair was naturally way blonder back then) so I held off. I thought it was about time though! Your hair looks great!

      • Thanks, Rachel! Even when I feel like a complete failure at makeup and dressing myself (which happens more often that I’d like! Haha), my hair does it’s own thing, and I mostly like it. :D My hair has gotten SO, SO dark over the last 5 years or so, so the highlights have now became a way to keep my old hair color.

  • gorgeous<3!

  • Looks so good!

  • Your hair looks lovely! I usually do my own highlights..they are so spendy..but once in awhile I go in and pay for them too….very nice!

  • So pretty! I’ve been getting highlights since I was 17 and I love them! Thankfully, my cousin does hair so I get a great family discount :)

  • Nina

    You look super cute in this hair. xx


  • Denay DeGuzman

    Ahhh…your highlights and cut look fresh and beautiful! It’s such a satisfying feeling when you try something new and it turns out ultra fabulous, just like your hair. Happy spring! :-)

  • It looks so great!

  • It looks great! I’m the same way, I never did anything with my hair until about 2 months ago … and that was only because I started getting grey’s :( haha

    • Thanks, Jenn! Oh no about the greys! I’m sure it was just a fluke :) What did you end up doing with your hair?

      • Oh definitely not a fluke haha and people loved to give me shit about it. I ended up dying it just a little darker than my natural color but it wasn’t a permanent dye it was one that fades out, I forget what it’s called but I loved it :)

  • Great haircut and color! It complemented the shape of your face. <3

  • Ah! I got highlights for the first time recently too! Your hair looks FAB!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • Thanks, Katie! So glad I wasn’t alone in waiting so long to try them out!

  • Tamara Goyette

    Welcome to the world of highlights! you look gorgeous!

    • Thanks, Tamara! I’m so happy I finally joined it :)

  • Jenn @ HomebyJenn

    Congrats! Welcome to color world! I color my hair every 4-5 weeks will not let those greys show!!

    • I refuse to believe greys are going to happen :) haha. Do you usually stick with the same color or do you switch things up?

  • They look awesome!! I enjoy getting highlights… I don’t “need them” but they’re fun!

    • Thanks, Rach! I can definitely see why people get them a lot, but it can certainly be an expensive habit to keep up with!

  • Love your highlights! so pretty :)

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    You look FAB! I haven’t changed my hair (color or cut) in 10+ years. I need to spice things up!

    • Thanks, Chrissa! Do you have anything in mind you’re thinking you want to do color or style-wise?

  • emi

    pretty!! i have never had my hair color changed or dyed at all, so you are brave! they look perfect!

    • Thanks, Emi! It was a huge step for me to take with my hair. I’m really glad I did it though!

  • Beautiful!! Looks so natural too!

  • I wish I got that large glass of wine every time I got my hair cut hahaha Love the new hair color!

    • Thank you! There are so many places that give out wine during hair appts – just keep your eyes peeled :)

  • Thanks, Carm! You’ll have to help me decide what to do with my hair next time! You have such great style :)