The Dark Side

August 17, 2012

If you follow me on Instagram (madisonjanemayberry) you may have already seen pictures of what went down in the salon on Wednesday. If not, I’m here to bring you photos. To say it was a major change is an understatement, right? Holy dark! I went to my stylist without a picture (for the first time in forever, mistake number 1) and said that I wanted to be brunette. I think our definitions of brunette are a little different, because man this is a bit different than I had thought it would be. I’m hoping that over the next couple months, the color fades into something a little more natural, but for now I’m just rolling with the dark and dramatic look.

Seeing as that I’m not a natural blonde, it was time that I went a little darker for the health of my hair. And since I want to grow it long more than anything, I’m all about healthy hair. Speaking of healthy hair, I’ve been having major issues with hair loss lately. At first, I thought it might be due to the change in hormones from when I stopped taking birth control pills, and the stress I’ve been under probably has a little to do with it, too. To be safe, I’m going to the doctor next week to make sure it’s not an underlying health problem. But in the meantime, tell me this:

Have any of you had success with certain hair products that have made your hair fuller, stronger and generally healthier? I need to know!


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  • Reply Clara Artschwager August 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I think washing your hair a lot can sometimes lead to it falling out more, but as someone with oil prone hair, that can be tough. Ironically enough I wrote about my hair today! And I mentioned a new volume powder I started using (Sachajuan), which gives my hair amazing volume but also acts as a dry shampoo- it’s literally changed my life- now I only wash my hair 3 times per week as opposed to 7! You have to check it out- good luck lady!

  • Reply bridgetmiller August 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    hey madison! LOVE the dark hair!!! a couple months ago I was losing a LOT of hair and, after months and months, finally discovered that when my iron levels were low i lost hair. it may be something to consider for you too!

  • Reply Romantic Savy August 17, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I really like it!!!!

  • Reply Gail August 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Can’t help you with the hair products. But when I started noticeably losing my hair, it was a result of having a problem with my thyroid. Your doctor can rule that out with a simple blood test – just something to consider. Hope your appointment goes well!

  • Reply Lindsay August 17, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I LOVE it!!! i love, love when blonds go brunette – even if they aren’t natural blonds šŸ™‚ just love the light eye/brown hair look. I am a natural blond (no highlights, no color) and am petrified of dying my own with the fear that I will never get the natural blond (and totally free) color back, so i live vicariously through you šŸ™‚

  • Reply Lindsay Healey August 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I love it! You look great as a brunette. I have been having problems with brittle nails and my sister swears that when she was taking prenatal vitamins her hair and nails were healthier than ever. I started taking them (not trying/planning to get pregnant!) but haven’t noticed a difference so far. I think some people say that it’s actually the pregnancy itself, not the vitamins that makes women notice a difference in their hair and nails.

  • Reply Amy Wheaton August 17, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    The dark brown looks awesome! It makes your eyes really pop!

  • Reply Melissa August 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I love it, Madison! I was a natural blonde until my late 20s when my hair suddenly turned dark brown (everyone else in my family is a brunette). I decided not to fight it and went brunette for a few years, and really liked it. The darker color is definitely more dramatic, but it made my green eyes “pop” and I could wear almost every color under the sun. I am back to blonde now (and like that, too), but it definitely takes a toll on your hair.

    I have very fine, wavy hair prone to breakage and tangles. I quit blow drying it about 5 years ago and increased my vitamin B intake, and that’s made a huge difference in the health of my hair. I also use a product from Tressa called Aglaze forming lotion that controls my frizzies, detangles, makes my hair shiny, and gives me just enough “hold” without any stiffness or goopiness.

  • Reply UrbanWife August 17, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I think it looks fabulous! I’m no hair expert but after losing a lot more hair than usual the past 6ish months (hormone related…mine were out of whack, now they’re normal), I started washing it less often and switched to organic, all natural shampoo & conditioner. Also, I religiously take my prenatal multivitamin. Good luck! šŸ™‚

  • Reply Katie Stedman August 17, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I think the color looks *great*! And it’s a nice change-up for fall. I’d definitely recommend the Aveda Invati system! I haven’t had problems with hair loss, but I’ve noticed that using Invati significantly cut down on the amount of hair that already naturally fell out. It’s made my hair feel much fuller!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 20, 2012 at 12:46 am

      Thanks, Katie! After reading your comment, I checked out the Invati line at Aveda and got the shampoo, conditioner and scalp spray. Can’t wait for it to arrive! Thank you!

  • Reply jamie August 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    letting go of the blow dryer made an enormous improvement in my hair. taking one of those skin, hair & nails vitamins is helpful, too.

  • Reply Christina August 17, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I love it! I think it looks great on you! Can’t wait to see it in person šŸ™‚
    For healthy hair, I just don’t use any heat on my hair. If I want volume, I use a spray and tease. If I want curly, I do the no-heat curl trick around a headband over night. I really feel like eliminating blow dryers & curling irons has made my hair healthier.

  • Reply Rachel August 17, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Looove the dark hair! I think it looks more dramatic to you than me! šŸ™‚ Extra virgin Argan Oil! I used to have lots of breakage and split ends, and my hair has grown much faster since I started using this. I also do a Rusk hair mask every few washes. Good luck!

  • Reply Kamila Gornia August 17, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I actually love the hair, it looks great on you! I’ve been having some issues with increased hair loss too but haven’t gone to th doctor… Let me know what you find out?

  • Reply Amy August 18, 2012 at 12:25 am

    you look more sophisticated with the dark hair- I love it! It will grow on you and just remember, hair always grows out! Take this from someone who finally had hair past her shoulders for her wedding then a few months after the wedding, chopped it into a super short pixie and has been growing it out for almost 2 years now. luckily nothing is forever! its super cute though!

  • Reply Kari August 18, 2012 at 12:33 am

    I really love the dark hair. I also have been dealing with hair loss. I lost about 30% of my hair in the last year and I still don’t know what caused it. I started taking viviscal about 3 months ago and my hair is growing back in and is growing longer faster. My eyelashes are really thick now too.

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 20, 2012 at 12:45 am

      Kari, thanks for the supplement/vitamin tip! I have gotten a lot of product (shampoo/conditioner) tips but I’m excited to check out Viviscal.

  • Reply Ariella August 18, 2012 at 2:57 am

    I’m the queen of thin hair. My family friend owns a salon and has very thin hair and swears by revita shampoo and conditioner. the only catch is that you have to follow the directions exactly (i.e. leave on for 5 minutes etc) so i haven’t used it because I take such quick showers! I’ve heard it’s great though!


    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 20, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Thanks for the tip, Ariella! I’ve never heard of Revita but I’m heading over to check it out!

    • Reply Moira August 20, 2012 at 2:49 am

      I am buying this RIGHT NOW!!! Thanks, Ariella!

  • Reply karla522 August 18, 2012 at 3:58 am

    You are truly gorgeous with any hair color, Madison! You glow and radiate positive energy from the inside out. šŸ™‚

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 20, 2012 at 12:42 am

      Karla, that is the nicest comment ever. Thank you! šŸ™‚

  • Reply Kat August 18, 2012 at 4:33 am

    I really love the brunette, it suits you just fine!

    I rarely comment, but wanted to let you know my experience with hair loss. I noticed significant hair loss after being vegetarian for about 6 months. I know I wasn’t getting enough protein. Someone else mentioned iron, which could be it too.

    One thing that has really helped my hair be more healthy is only washing 2-3 times a week, using dry shampoo in between washes. My favorite dry shampoo is by Oscar blandi.

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 20, 2012 at 12:42 am

      Kat, thanks for leaving a comment and for your advice. I do a pretty good job of tracking protein to make sure I’m getting enough, but I don’t do a good job with the iron thing, especially since a lot of my protein comes from Greek yogurt and dairy. And after hearing so many people talk about washing their hair less, I’m committing to washing my hair less! šŸ™‚

  • Reply Jill Graff August 18, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Garnier’s Fall Fight collection. I just use the “after shower spray” before you comb through your hair and I have seriously noticed I’m not losing as much. I’ve always been known to lose a lot of hair, Caleb is amazed by how my hair is everywhere! Also, Vitamin E helps with the healthy part of it. Good luck!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

      Jill – thank you for making me feel not so alone, and for the Garnier tip. Tell Caleb that Joe knows his pain. My hair is everywhere lately!

  • Reply Nancy t August 18, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I had a bad dye job once and my front of my hair was all fried. Aveda has a damage remedy line that I now swear by. The after shower “gel” ended up putting the proteins back into the fried parts and within a few weeks the fried look was gone. Now I invested in their $75 conditioner that I use once a week for 7 mins and my hair is silky smooth. I am in the pool a lot and dye my hair regularly and despite my pocketbook hurt with the conditioner, I love my hair so much I think it is worth taking care of.

  • Reply Brindi B August 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I LOVE your hair! I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now and have seen your other hair styles and colors, and I love your look as a brunette šŸ™‚

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 20, 2012 at 12:37 am

      Brindi, since you’ve been reading for a while, you certainly have seen my hair change colors multiple times. I get sick of any color I stick with for too long, so the change is much needed!

  • Reply Laura @FoodSnobSTL August 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I love your dark hair! I went dark this year too, and it is so much easier than keeping up with my fake blonde highlights. I too have been having some limp, flat hair issues. I had a baby in January and my hair has just not been the same sense. I really like Aveda volumizing products. I use the mousse and tonic as well as their color conserve stuff. It’s expensive, but I like that it’s all naturally derived and not full of harmful chemicals.

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 20, 2012 at 12:36 am

      Thanks, Laura! I’ve heard about the dreaded post-pregnancy hair loss, which is why I initially thought the change in hormones from stopping bc pills might be to blame. Good to know that I’m not the only blonde who has gone dark to preserve her hair. šŸ™‚

  • Reply jamie August 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    i stopped using my blow dryer and that helped a lot. sometimes it’s difficult to tell if the hair is breaking and falling out or actually falling out from the roots, so a deep conditioner is great in case it’s breakage (i love aussie 3 minute miracle). my hair stylist recommended a skin, hair & nail or prenatal vitamins. i opted for the former because i’ve read that prenatal vitamins often contain too much iron for long-term usage when you’re not actually pregnant.

  • Reply Jenna August 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Hair naturally has 7 year cycles so this could be just a part of the cycle you are noticing. Also Nioxin is a tried and true product for thinning, breaking or weak hair. I use it and LOVE it! You can take a test online and figure out your own cocktail. You can see a difference in 30 days. Honestly I swear by it-it really does work!!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 20, 2012 at 12:35 am

      Jenna, thanks for the tip! I didn’t know about the hair cycle information, but it’s totally something to consider. As for the Nioxin, you’re the first to recommend it. I’ll have to check it out!

  • Reply Natalie Lynn Borton August 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I totally feel you on the desire to grow your hair longer and thicker–I’ve been doing that for the past several years after getting a too-short hair cut. My hair is finally down to my chest and feels healthier than ever. My secret is three-fold:

    1. Eating LOTS of nutrient-packed whole foods (I eat vegan, which I think you know already).
    2. Brushing my hair and scalp with a natural brush every night before bed to distribute oils.
    3. Only blow dry my bangs/fringe to protect hair from further heat damage.

    Best of luck in your hair growing šŸ™‚

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 20, 2012 at 12:33 am

      Natalie, thank you for the tips! I think I’ve got number 1 covered, but I never thought to brush my hair and scalp at night with a natural brush. What type of brush do you use?

  • Reply Cassandra August 19, 2012 at 9:32 pm

    Yes. Something I stumbled across when I lived in Idaho was organic goat milk soap as shampoo. My friends who use it don’t even bother with conditioner anymore (apparently, you go 10 days without conditioner and then your hair is “broken in”, but those 10 days are hair hell!), but I still prefer to use conditioner. The neat thing is that I have a shampoo, face wash, and body wash all in one bar. It’s super portable! Anyway, there are a ton of great goat milk soaps available on Etsy.

    That, combined with switching to an “every other day” wash cycle has helped my fine, flat hair tremendously. Now, if I could only stop pulling it out…

    • Reply Madison Mayberry August 20, 2012 at 12:28 am

      Cassandra, I have never even heard of goat milk soap or using it as shampoo. Thanks for the heads-up. I’ve heard people go without conditioner, too, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to break myself from conditioner. šŸ™‚

  • Reply Moira August 20, 2012 at 2:47 am

    I have super fine thin hair. And tried everything including rogaine and nioxin, both of which I am allergic too. So I instead take B complex, a multi-vitamin, rarely blow it dry anymore, use a leave in conditioner, and hope for the best. It is actually way better since I have been gluten free (diagnosed with celiac 2 years ago). I think other people have some good ideas. Biotin is a great hair skin and nail supplement, I take just a regular B complex because it has the biotin and the other great for you B vitamins in it. As for the newly thinning hair, I totally think it’s the hormonal change with stopping the birth control pill, testosterone levels are suppressed by the BCP, and going off them you may have a testosterone surge that causes hair thinning. Still get your thyroid, iron and hormone levels checked, just to make sure.

    Also I love the brunette on you. As a not so natural blond who has been light blonde for years and years I understand the desire to go dark again to protect your hair, and I also totally get OMG this is so DARK feeling, too!! You look great as a blonde and as a brunette. My feeling about being blonde and continuing to dye, is that if you treat your hair well, with good shampoos and product, and get it cut regularly it will all be ok.

  • Reply Jennifer August 20, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I think it looks great!! I think you look a little like Angelina Jolie.

  • Reply Peri August 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Love the dark hair – I did the same thing about 11 months ago – was really hard to get used to it the first few weeks, but now I’m rockin’ it, and so are you!

  • Reply Niki Cade August 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Madison! I love your dark hair! I also just went off of Yaz and have been losing much more hair than usual. I was going to go to the doctor as well to see if something was wrong. Let me know if you find out anything out!

  • Reply Jenn August 21, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I love the dark hair! I think it looks fantastic! As far a products to help your hair be healthier, I started taking the Hair, Skin, and Nails vitamins by Nutrilite about 5 years ago and I love what it’s done for my hair! I originally started taking it when I got engaged to grow my hair long for my wedding (it was chin length) and a year later it was to the middle of my back. I still take it now because I really love what it’s done for the health of my hair. My stylist always tells me my hair is super healthy and that she can’t believe how fast it grows. I’d definitely recommend the product!!

  • Reply Emily August 22, 2012 at 3:47 am

    I love the change. It is dramatic but I think it goes well with your skin without washing out your tone. Bumble and Bumble has a great thickening shampoo and conditioner, though they are not cheap. I got a sample recently and they’re probably going on my Christmas list. Oh, and it smells so natural, like a dewy spring morning!

  • Reply Moira August 22, 2012 at 5:54 am

    You have inspired me to go a little darker — I’m SCARED!!

  • Reply Julie Wunder August 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I love your dark hair! You look beautiful blonde or brunette! I love Aveda’s Damage Remedy line. It’s expensive– but really works. Also, try to stretch out shampoos and wash less frequently. It’s VERY hard to do if you work out a lot (I’m a runner so it’s hard, especially in the summer) but it makes a big difference.

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