A Hair Tale

hi guys 🙂

I’m feeling a lot better…thanks for all the kindness! I also got my hair fixed….I didn’t mention anything on here, but for some reason, my hair was turning more and more RED (!!!) every day since I went brown last weekend! Apparently there are two types of brunette: warm and cool. I’m definitely cool….”warm” does not go with my skin tone at all I discovered! It’s been a fun day (it took a whole FOUR hours to “fix” me) of color science at the Aveda salon, that’s for sure. And let’s just say I will never go back to a certain hair salon ever again. I was not meant to be a redhead. Thank you very much.

Can you see a difference?


Photo on 2010-02-15 at 17.48 #2


Photo on 2010-02-19 at 18.08

The bottom is actually not darker at all, its just more of a cool, rich chocolate brown…more aligned with the undertones in my complexion. How crazy is it that one color can really wash you out and make you look sort of…..sickly. This is the closest color to my original “going dark” experiment when I was 17! And for those that asked, I am naturally a blonde.

Oh Junior Prom….how I miss thee. Well, not really but I did love that blue dress. I felt like a princess! That’s my best friend, Christie, in the picture with me. Now she has brown hair too! Here we were together last May in Charleston.
I keep getting a slew of hair related questions now to my inbox; so to answer all questions up front, here’s what I use on my hair:
Always been an Aveda girl. I think my mom washed my hair with Shampure when I was a baby or something 😉
Anyways. I don’t have too much good food to show because all I had this afternoon was a banana and then tonight I was RAVENOUS and tore this open with new brunette vengeance:
+ another grapefruit:
So glad my appetite is pretty much back to normal. I’m hoping after a really good night’s sleep tonight I’ll be a brand new woman tomorrow.

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  • s
    February 19, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    i see the difference some. i think your hair looks even better now.

    also welcome back to the world of brunette girls 🙂

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    February 19, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    I think your hair looked good either way! That’s funny that you & your friend swapped colors.
    A good night’s sleep can do wonders 🙂

  • Christie
    February 19, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Yay for Aveda Smooth Infusion!!! It is my go to for shampoo, conditioner and style product~ love it!!! Oh and I agree on the cool. My hair tends to do something similar.

  • Rika
    February 19, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    you are totally right, you are a cool brunette ;D (haha pun..)

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    February 19, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    The cool brown definitely looks a lot better!! You are rockin’ the brunette hair, Jenna!! I love it! It makes your eyes jump out.

  • Stef
    February 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    so funny how you guys flip flopped hair colors in the pics. i’m feelin the chocolatey brown hair, looks great on ya! so glad to hear that your appetite is getting back to normal too

  • Pamela
    February 19, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    Hey Jenna- I live in Santa Rosa and have been looking for a new hair salon- would you mind sharing the one you went to that you liked? Your hair looks beautiful!

  • Amanda
    February 19, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    You looked great both ways ; ) But that darker chocolate brown does complement your skin. I’m so glad you’re feeling better!

  • Jaclyn
    February 19, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Hey Jenna, I actually liked the red, but I see what you mean and I do like this color more! Been dying to try that amy’s indian..how was it?!

  • JC
    February 20, 2010 at 12:07 am

    You look fantastic either way!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    February 20, 2010 at 12:34 am

    I love Aveda too. So true re warm or cool. I am ‘warm’ and if get low-lights or high-lights in ‘cool’ tone…looks very ashy on me instead of golden and then very grumpy.

    Love Amy products, too. Glad you’re happy with hair fix! Does look great and fun to make a change on occasion.

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com
    February 20, 2010 at 12:39 am

    Yay for feeling better!!
    Ooh I can really see the difference between warm and cool brunnette! I’d love to see which one suits me..I’m pretty pale so probably the warm one? But then I’m so clueless on that kinda thing 😛
    Have an ace sleep 🙂

  • Rachel (Suburban Yogini)
    February 20, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I’m a warm brunette as my colour tones are from my Irish heritage – as a kid I had quite red hair. I once got dyed cool brunette and it looked awful on me so I totally know what you mean!

    Hope you feel better in the morning – it’s a beautiful spring morning here in the UK 🙂

  • christie, honoring health
    February 20, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Glad you are feeling better and that you like the new hair. I was a redhead for a couple of years and recently went back to brunette. I like it so much better!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    February 20, 2010 at 3:50 am

    Looks great!!! I once asked for auburn lowlights in my hair, and the woman ended up giving me a big purple streak!!!! It’s amazing what some people think will look good…

    Do I spy Juanita Greenberg’s in the background there? I miss that place!!!

  • Tiffany @ A Dantat's Life
    February 20, 2010 at 4:04 am

    wow, i definitely can tell the difference between warm and cool, and i agree that you look gorgeous as a cool! so glad they were able to fix it!

  • GurlOnA"Diet"
    February 20, 2010 at 4:07 am

    i think u look gorgeous either way! and i just got into the wonders of frozen indian meals….yummmmm

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    February 20, 2010 at 4:21 am

    Wow what a difference between the warm and cool. That’s nice they were able to make it closer to the color you wanted (even though it took forever!)

  • simpledaisy
    February 20, 2010 at 4:27 am

    I think it looks nice either way!!
    Hair is always so challenging to get it just the way you want it:)

  • theemptynutjar
    February 20, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Yeah, your new chocolate brown suits you far more.
    I have seen that Amys cuisine – I should give it try sometime.

  • keiko
    February 20, 2010 at 4:54 am

    It looks better warm! It keeps you from looking too flushed out, I think.

  • Michaela
    February 20, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Much better girl! I know how you feel about red. Mine gets a reddish tint to it in the summer and it drives me insane!

  • Maria
    February 20, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Def like the cool tones. I’m a cool toned girl as well. I used to do highlights but discovered I look better with all over dark hair.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    February 20, 2010 at 5:02 am

    Definitely like the cooler tone, although I have to say you look great either way! I kind of like the red undertones in the first picture too. But still prefer the new, cooler tone. 😀

  • Sarah
    February 20, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I like the cool tones way better! You are like a little Barbie doll though–everything looks good on you! Miss you!

  • Alison
    February 20, 2010 at 5:26 am

    I can definitely tell the difference; the new color looks wonderful. Glad you’re feeling better!

  • Sarah @ Daily Nibbles
    February 20, 2010 at 5:36 am

    Haha! I have red hair and mine is turning more brownish as I get older (almost 30….ack!). I’m having an identity crisis. I’m def. ‘warm’.

    I just found your blog. I too LOVE dessert and to bake. While I am trying to incorporate VEGGIES and train for a marathon…..I also just signed up for the baking project on Tuesdays with Dorie. I’m still figuring out how to balance healthy eating plus treats:)

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear
    February 20, 2010 at 5:39 am

    I love your hair dark! I went dark for the winter, but am naturally dirty blond too. Amy’s Kitchen is great, so tasty, easy and healthy too. Have you ever tried the Low In Sodium meals by Amy? I usually end up adding a little salt, but they are much less than the regular meals. Have a great weekend!

  • M.
    February 20, 2010 at 5:44 am

    I really liked the reddish!But I also love the darker tone.
    Did you know Aveda products really aren’t very good for you as far as ingredients?Aveda is a bit of a scam.I buy shampoo/cond from my organic section in grocery store….
    Have a relaxing Saturday !
    I am addicted to your blog 😉

  • M.
    February 20, 2010 at 5:47 am

    PS you might not know about this sight but if you look up cosmeticsdatabase.com (also known as skindeep site) it gives you the hazard ratings of the ingredients of beauty products and other items in regards to your health,chemicals etc.Quite shocking to check out,let us know if you do!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    February 20, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Oh my gosh, my senior year when I went brown they used demi-permanent warm brown on me. It literally faded right to red. I looked like Mary Jane from Spiderman. It was awful. I was not a fan so I completely understand. Plus the red usually takes FOREVER to get out! I had brown hair for my prom too. 🙂

  • Angela @ A healthy fit
    February 20, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Love the cool brown on you way more. I dye my hair a fiery red, so I’m on the other end of the spectrum. The first time I tried to dye my hair myself, it went pink! Yikes! From then on, I always went to a salon.

  • ari
    February 20, 2010 at 6:01 am

    i actually like the warm better.

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    February 20, 2010 at 6:09 am

    The cool looks really great on you. More natural for sure. You look like you have pink undertones in your skin…is this right? I’m so bad with the whole undertone thing!

  • Lara
    February 20, 2010 at 6:09 am

    The cool does look better. But still think the blonde suits you more and is more flattering on you.

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    February 20, 2010 at 6:11 am

    I love the dark hair! You look great 🙂

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore)
    February 20, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Its cute that in the prom pics you were both wearing shades of blue and its the same story for your picture together years later.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 20, 2010 at 6:13 am

    You can definitely tell the difference in your hair… I had no idea how such a simple thing could make a BIG difference!! You’re lucky, you look great blonde and brunette! It’s always fun to change things up a bit.

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City)
    February 20, 2010 at 6:19 am

    Your hair looks so pretty! Have a great Saturday!

  • Island Girl Eats
    February 20, 2010 at 6:34 am

    I think the change really suits you. It makes your eyes look so blue.

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances
    February 20, 2010 at 6:35 am

    When I went from blonde to brunette, my hair turned red as well – but I LOVED it and now dye my hair a sort of auburn color! It’s definitely not for everyone, but I have the coloring to match it and do notttt look good with “cool” brown. However, on you – I dig the cool brown!

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    February 20, 2010 at 6:38 am

    wow I can’t believe the difference between the warm and cool tones!!!Cool is def more you! And Aveda? Completely amazing salon!

  • Blaine
    February 20, 2010 at 6:39 am

    muy bonita!

    the cool tone does look remarkably better on with your undertones – you’re rockin’ the brunette now 🙂

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 20, 2010 at 6:53 am

    i didn’t even notice the red in the first picture before, but you’re right…the cool tones look a lot better with your complexion! you’re still gorgeous either way though 🙂

  • Jil
    February 20, 2010 at 6:57 am

    I wouldn’t have noticed it in the before, but when you put the two side-by-side! Wow! What a difference. They -seriously- both look lovely on you@, but the cool definitely compliments your skin-tone more.

  • Stephanie
    February 20, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Oh I really like the cooler brown tone on you! I also adore Aveda products and the Aveda salon I go to – I refuse to go anywhere else bc their products are just the best 🙂

  • BethT
    February 20, 2010 at 7:06 am

    You’re making me want to go dark…

  • Sarah R
    February 20, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I learned about the warm and cool undertones the hard way too. Except mine was pretty much orange! Either way, it looks great Jenna!

  • Leena
    February 20, 2010 at 7:14 am

    glad to hear you’re feeling better! your hair looks great! the cooler tone is really nice! brunette really suits you!
    happy weekend 🙂

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    February 20, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I really like the change…the cool better suits your skin tone 🙂 I’ve always wanted to try that AMy’s microwave dinner!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    February 20, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I really like the change…the cool better suits your skin tone 🙂 I’ve always wanted to try that AMy’s microwave dinner!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    February 20, 2010 at 7:21 am

    I think it looks great either way. Your hair looks super shiny and healthy. I also love Aveda products. For fine hair, the Pure Abundance Hair Potion adds lots of volume.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    February 20, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Yikes, that sounds like a scary hair coloring experience. Thank goodness the fine folks at Aveda were able to help you straighten everything out. The cool tone looks more natural and suits your skin tone! I love it.

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    February 20, 2010 at 7:32 am

    It’s funny you had to go back and get your color fixed… I have to go back next week and get more permanent color put on my hair because my blonde is showing through already! Yours looks great 🙂

  • Michelle
    February 20, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I know what you mean about warm/cool tones in hair, and your right, you look much better with cool tones! I think you look reall great as a brunette!

  • eatmovelove
    February 20, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Cool definitely suits you – I agree. There’s a fine line b/w hot and cold 😉
    Glad your feeling better.

  • Kathleen
    February 20, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I totally never noticed anything til you said but I can see the difference! I adore both hair colors but I can see how the cool makes a difference in the bottom picture. You are gorgeous either way! 🙂

  • Pam (@ TotalHealthCounseling)
    February 20, 2010 at 8:08 am

    The chocolate brown color looks much nicer on you. Glad you got the color corrected to your liking!
    That’s great you are feeling better too 🙂
    FYI, I was in South Lake Tahoe last weekend at Heavenly to ski. We lunched at an awesome spot called Freshies:
    They have wonderful fish tacos, indian spinach salad, and Hawaiian plate lunch. Hope you get a chance to go there and enjoy your trip!!

  • Julie
    February 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Hi Jenna – this isn’t meant to be critical, I’m just VERY curious as a natural blonde myself! My friend thinks you’re definitely a natural brunette in denial and I want to prove her wrong…

    When you were a natural blonde, did you dye your eyebrows black?! I’ve never met a blonde with such dark eyebrows… I mean, light brown for sure for girls who were blonde in their youth and dye it when they’re older. But black brows are usually tell-tale of a bleached blonde.

    Sorry to be nosy, we are just kind of fascinated and curious!

  • Adam
    February 20, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Hah, girls and their hair… You looked cool to me either way… But glad that YOU like it better, because that is what matters! Glad to hear that you are feeling a bit better as well!

  • alicia
    February 20, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I didn’t think it looked bad before, but it’s so shiny now. It looks great.

  • MMiller
    February 20, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Can tell the difference….it does seem a little more natural now! I’m still in shock that you are a brunette! I think I still like the blond better! But you look awesome either way!

    So glad you are starting to feel better! What a difference good hair can make!

  • Andrea
    February 20, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I like this color! It looks like it really suits you well! My hair is naturally dark brown and I’ve never colored it because a.)I’m too lazy to keep it up, and 2.)I’m nervous something will go wrong. You can really pull this big change off though!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    February 20, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Glad your appetite is back and you’re feeling better. I really the the “cool” change. I know nothing about hair color, but you’re 100% right — it suites you much better =]

  • Kelly Olexa
    February 20, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Love the hair sweet pea. Isn’t it amazing, the difference hair color can make? kind of like paint in a room…..I cannot tell you how many people have gone NUTS in a good way over me going back to dark, which is my natural color. I’m very pleased, but I was getting red tones in my brown also- I guess the old blonde coming through.
    Ahhh the life of us glam gals right?? 😉

  • Catherine
    February 20, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Love the new hair! That’s one thing I think is lucky about being a blonde – you have the versatility to change your hair… us dark haired chicas can’t exactly go bleaching our hair and going blonde (I tried once and it ended up a weird coppery orange and I had to run to the salon and get it fixed asap).

  • Kelly
    February 20, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I think both colours look great but I do love the newer brown more, I think! I’ve always had blonde hair and have been tempted to go brown before but I am nervous it will look awful! I wish I had the same attitude as you do about it! Glad you are feeling better. I just got over a ~24 hr flu and it was awful. I’m glad to be eating again.

  • Kate
    February 20, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Wow I can totally tell a difference. It really didn’t look good the first time but now it does. I never knew that warm and cool existed like that either!

  • Shelly
    February 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I agree, the cool is a much better look- although I didn’t notice the warm looking “off” until you posted the two pictures together. My hair is very similar. I am a natural light brunette/dark blonde (depending on who you ask, my colorist swears my natural color is dirty blonde but I think she’s being nice), and I need cool undertones. I’m forever fighting to make sure my dyed blonde hair is more sandy than golden, if that makes sense.
    I’m pretty sure I keep my local Aveda in business. 😛

  • Cole
    February 20, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Glad that you’re starting to feel better and your hair is “fixed”!

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin
    February 20, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Oh, I am definitely a “cool” brunette, too! Warm tones to nothing good for my skin tone!! I love the smell of Aveda hair products! I recently started using Pureology shampoo, and it smells great too! (and easier to buy for me at Target!)

    Your dinner looks so tasty. Now I want Indian food, too!

  • Kelly
    February 20, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I think your hair looks beautiful both ways, but I can see what you mean about looking less washed out with the cooler brown.

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward
    February 20, 2010 at 11:24 am

    I love the dark hair! I actually think you look a little bit like Alexis Bledel.

    I had Indian food last night, too. Ah so good!

  • laci
    February 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

    your hair looks lovely but honestly I think the blonde looks better on u 🙂 but this looks nice too! 😀

  • Kelly @ Healthy Passion
    February 20, 2010 at 11:59 am

    What I think is the most remarkable is that you are truly a natural blonde…that is so rare! 🙂 The new color looks great on you…I can definitely see a difference between warm and cool.

  • Cyndi
    February 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Love brunette shade #2 – very natural and now comparing the two, I can see how #1 is not as natural looking with your coloring. But! #2 is fantastic! The blonde is pretty of course, but the brunette opens up new possibilities for makeup/clothing shades. Have fun with it!

  • Tamizn
    February 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    You look gorgeous in both pics, but I agree the second seems to suit your tone lots more. Good move brunettes rule! x x

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle
    February 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Oh yeah that is much improved! I went from blonde to brown last month and it looks more and more red everyday… I think I need to update it soon, especially seeing what a difference it makes.

  • Kristy
    February 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    You are right…looks better the second time around! You are still cute as can be anyways 🙂

  • Andrea
    February 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Hey, it’s not all that bad being a redhead… I’m a redhead! haha But your right, your hair does look better with this new brown! It really complements your complexion! Your lucky you can switch around colors though, since I have red hair I would look strange with anything other color.. I’ve never had any color change and I’m 21.

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething
    February 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Glad you got your hair fixed though it looked great in the photos. Always have loved aveda products too!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    February 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    The cool version looks great, I can really see the difference in the pics! I’m more of a warm brunette, and after years of highlights I’ve finally come to appreciate it! Have a great rest of your Saturday!

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    February 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I liked it warm, but I guess you’d have to see it in different lights to really see the difference. I just think you look beautiful as a brunette!

    I really have to try one of those Indian meals by Amy … they always look so delicious!


    PS – Glad you’re feeling better!

  • Mary Catherine
    February 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I LOVE the new brown. Really makes your eyes pop!

  • Mrs.CJ
    February 20, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Your hair looks fab!!


  • Neiko
    February 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I so was going to buy some kiwis from the store today! Sad I didnt now :(. You know I didnt know you could eat the skin, I always peel mine. This is good to know b/c I am so lazy!! LOL!

  • Erica H.
    February 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I think your hair looked good either reddish or more brown.

    I commented mostly because I thought you looked SO happy in that picture from high school! Isn’t it fun to look back at those pictures

    I know you were experimenting with tempeh for a while. Did you ever decide which way you like it best (steamed, raw, baked, etc)? I want to try it out and am trying to see how most bloggies eat it.

  • Maria
    February 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    My opinion is, if you don’t know whether warm or cool tones compliment someone best. You are in the wrong line of work!! Your’e hair looks amazing. Sucks you had to have it fixed, but it was worth it!! Your eyes just pop. Love it!!

  • Abbey
    February 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Omg Jenna your hair looks SO much better, srsly. I was super honest in the beginning (as you might recall) and said I preferred your blonde hair, but now I see that you really can work the brunette!! I think it was definitely just the tone like you said. This looks awesome on you!!

    <3, Abbye

  • Abbey
    February 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    wow and by “Abbye ” I mean “Abbey” hahaha

  • Jenny
    February 21, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Wow–I never thought about the difference between warm and cool shades..hair coloring is such an art! It looks GREAT!

    And I’m an Aveda girl too 🙂

  • Ariel
    February 21, 2010 at 7:17 am

    It might actually be a good thing that you had it dyed a reddish brown first because of how blonde you were before… if you dye a cooler tone of brown on top of bright blonde like that it’s apt to turn a sickly greenish color as it fades. Red tones and prevents it from doing that… either way looks good!

  • Shannon
    February 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I see the difference for sure. I love the new color, it really does look great, and natural.

  • Bev
    February 21, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I like it brown. I too went to Aveda and had to stop …. the color was making my scalp itch and I did some research and there products are really not that great. The ingredients are harmful. I told them about my scalp and they really didn’t help. I hope you have better luck !

  • Jean
    February 22, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Maybe it’s the light, but I like the ‘warm’ pic better than the ‘cool’ pic – the ‘warmth’ of the redness adds some color to your skin tone. But there must be something up w/the lighting in the pics b/c if you didn’t like the ‘warm’, then there must be something wrong…
    I use John Frieda color shampoo for brunettes – it’s AWESOME. My color doesn’t fade any more, and I can go longer between colorings.

  • Nicole (dishin')
    February 22, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Love your hair! Too bad it took four hours to fix..boo!