I already had some color in my hair from a previous dye job, but what I really wanted was to go "bronde!" To make it happen, I entrusted my locks to George the Salon after reading that it made the list of top 100 U.S. salons by Elle magazine.

So what is bronde? Bronde = a hybrid between brunette and blonde.

To achieve my much-coveted bronde color, I opted for an ombre look. I love ombre for two reasons: it's super easy to maintain and is a nice way to gradually introduce a different color. I've said it before but it's so true that I'll say it again. Lighter honey tones really brighten up my face and add warmth to my fair complexion. I'm no hair color expert, but I imagine that the same is true for most women.

The night before my appointment, I scoured the Internet for photos of my desired look. I've learned the hard way that my explanations of hair color requests do not communicate as well as a photo. My idea of soft, subtle ombre highlights can be very different from my colorist's. To ensure that nothing would get lost in translation, I saved the following picture on my phone to share with my colorist, Nicole.

Nicole listened thoughtfully as I showed her a few images and explained what I was going for. After taking the time to go over what she would be doing to achieve the color, she got started. From start to finish, it was a treat. She finished off my color job with a keratin treatment so my hair would remain smooth and shiny.

My BEFORE photo
My AFTER photo
To show off the lighter hues, stylist Lauren worked her magic to style my hair into the same romantic waves as seen in my hair inspiration photo.
After being pampered by the ladies and feeling like a million bucks, I headed over to the Godfrey Hotel rooftop for a few sips to show off my new tresses to my amigos. Oh hai!

Photo courtesy of iogodfrey.com

Here are a few more pics of Nicole's handy work. 

You can call the Elle-approved salon at 312-923-9444 to book appointments or click here for more info.

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Disclaimer: The blog received services from George the Salon for review, but all opinions and comments are my own.

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