Back When I Was A Real Blonde

Once upon a time, my hair grew out of my head light golden blonde.
Was I a toe head? Maybe not. But I sure was close.
Ah, those were the glory days.

Even my bangs were better then.

Overtime, it faded. As most blonde hair does.
To what the average American would call “dirty blonde”.
Mine specifically is weird-almost-brown-looks-a-little-grey blonde.
I promise you, you do not see women walking around with this hair color.
That’s because anyone with my actual hair color dyes it.
Around age 13, my Mom let me get at that $3.99 bottle of Sun In.
Let’s just say the amount of time I spent in the bathroom increased exponentially.
Spray Sun In. Blow dry. Spray more. Blow dry. More. Blow dry.
How magical was that stuff?
Screw waiting for the sun to naturally lighten your hair.
You were one blow dry away from the blonde you always wanted!
I was hooked.

One of the 3 photos circa 7th grade. Not a good time for me.

And the way that I was about the Sun In,
that same thing basically happened when I graduated to the big girl blonde.
By age 15, I was pulling my hair through those old lady highlighting caps on the reg.

His hair is almost the color my hair should have been.

To address the question we both know you’re thinking,
Yes, my brother has always been better looking than me.
His awkward stage was much shorter too.
I’ve made peace with it.

Senior year of High School. How was it this long? How? This is also an example of a poorly executed side bang.

By college, my hair was about to fall out of my head.
Until the one time that my own experimentation went so wrong,
I reported to a salon that very same day. 

Like any proper sorority girl, I remembered to hold my red cup out of the photo.

Since then, I’ve left it up to the professionals. 
Except that one time a few months ago that I did it myself.
Always a mistake.
Nadine, learn from this
Now this week I’m headed back to the salon and once again,
the blonde Gods are calling to me.
“Blonder, Nadine…”
“And a little ashier too…”

It’s happening again.
The blonde is an addiction.
I get that this post could probably have been called:
Nadine and her brother, through the years.
But basically only my Mom would have enjoyed that.
I hope your weekend was as uneventful as mine was.
The laziness continued and it was glorious. 

  • okay, am i the only one who didn’t know you could BLOW DRY sun-in for the same effect?! geez, i was a slow teenager i guess. i would lay in the sun waiting for those orange highlights like a sucker! ha. i used to get blonde highlights and can see how it would be an addicition, i’d want “blonder and blonder” every time! good luck, i’m sure it’ll look great. and just in time for warm weather!

  • I was addicted to sun-in throughout middleschool and highschool as well. I’m surprised I still have hair after all the hours spent heating my hair up to crackling after spraying it within an inch of my life. And then one day I cracked and let my inner brunette shine. xx

    Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

  • OMG sun-in! I was only allowed to use lemon juice (although I did secretly experiment with do-it-yourself koolaid “highlights”…yikes)

  • Oh, the sun in. I used that stuff straight through college to avoid high salon bills. Stupid dirty blonde color. I’m about 3 weeks and 2 paychecks away from visiting the salon myself. Oh, sidenote, I am pretty sure I finally got my profile reverted back away from the stupid google + one that is so terrible. 🙂

  • I think your hair is SO pretty and very natural looking!! Excellent work!

  • I had a bout with Sun In. Never again will I attempt lightening my hair. Woah mama! But you my dear, were meant to be blonde!

  • Oh man, my hair was basically white blonde when I was little. Then every year it got darker just like yours. Once I finally learned about bleach I was in heaven for almost 10 years – yikes! I have finally decided to get rid of the highlights and move on to ombre. Now I am not spending as much money!

    Stopping by from the linkup.

  • Ahhh I have such blonde envy!! If I could pull it off, I swear I would bleach every hair on my head!! I think your hair looks fab! 🙂

  • Lol the idea of myself as a blonde cracks me up. You of course are a fabulous blonde, it looks great on you. I lightened up a little for spring and I’m super excited about it!

  • I always wish I could pull off blonde hair. I have dyed my hair numerous colors but never blonde, I am just scared… You look great in all of these pictures.. even in the embarrasing middle school years :).

  • HAHAHA Blonde is a total addiction! Whats so funny is that I did the exact same thing as you. I started with sun in and then I couldn’t stop… and I haven’t dared try and do it myself. I’m afraid I’d make all my hair fall out! Love your blonde 🙂

  • My brother is also more attractive than I am, so I completely get how awkward that is. He had teenage acne for like 4.3 days, while mine? Well, can it still be called teenage at 23? :/

  • Sun In turned my hair straight up orange. Disaster. And I looooove your long high school hair! Love love love!

  • Oh yes, Sun in!!! I was addicted, too. I SO want to be completely blonde like you but am going to have to settle with my strawberry version and blonde highlights 🙂

  • I totally forgot about Sun In! I used to use that too, but I never knew you could just use the blow drier. I was a dumb middle schooler I guess. I have always kept my hair blonde too, I need to get it done right now speakin’ of.

  • Hahaha.. I remember sun-in. I was born with golden blonde hair but it changed to brown by the time I was five :-

    I love your hair and scarf in that last picture!

  • ALWAYS professionals! Life lesson right there! I learned it too, I am a natural blonde and I went brunette…then I went back to blonde.. oh the damage! It was the saddest day ever, but my hair is not back to its healthy state!


  • I have the same dirty dishwater blond hair, ugh I hate it. I am always having to get highlights to make it prettier ha ha.

  • Love this! I used to go blonde all the time, and I’m considering doing it again right now. But I’m not sure if I’m quite ready for that because I haven’t been really blonde in about 6 years…..
    Found your blog through Wildcard Wednesday and now following via GFC. I would love it if you would check out my blog. 🙂


  • Oh, Sun in! Thank you for the throwback! 🙂

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