Hair My Life

Back to my roots

I used to be a blonde.
My whole life actually.
Until about seven years ago. Every year since, when springtime comes around, I have the urge to go back.
It’s usually cured by a few Kardashian episodes or a desperate phone call to Rachel (my sis) where she reminds me of the damage and the awkward stages and the promises I made when she dyed it back black after a brief blonde stint that first year, that I was not going to flip-flop or I’d end up bald…as hairdressers say:

“Once you go black, we don’t want you back.”

Well, this year not even the Kardashians could throw me a bone considering they have all lightened their hair too and even when I dialed my sis prepared for a lecture, instead I got:

“Yeah, I agree. You need a change.”

Now I was left with  finding a hair-magician brave enough and skilled enough to take on the task.
Luckily I found Lacy.
(remember the hot blonde from a few weeks ago?)
As it turns out (she’s so humble and laid back I’d never have known without a little nosey-ness) she’s a totally legit hairdresser. People fly her all over the country to do their hair, she used to be a stylist at the Belagio in Las Vegas and she owns her own hair extension company. (check that out here)
What she was able to do, with my seven years of black on black on black-dyed-long-thick-fine-hair…was nothing short of a miracle.

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summer hair

DO you guys dig it!?
Are any of you itching to go lighter too?

PS Next week me and Lacy will fill you in on how she was able to do this and the realities and craziness of going this much lighter all at once. Be sure to check back for that post out if you plan on going lighter!

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217 Comments

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    Christi Marxen
    February 15, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I think you could have rainbow colored hair and still be gorgeous. Loved the black, love the new color…..you’re fabulous!

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    katie
    February 15, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I love it sooo much!” Looks great 🙂

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    Maggie
    February 15, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Gorgeous! As a licensed hairstylist, I understand the dark to light! I usually am blonde, but every Fall I get the itch to go dark. I LOVE this look! Awesome!

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    shandalbaxter
    February 15, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Looks great! I love it on you..

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    Lani
    February 15, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Absolutely adore this color on you! Great job Lacy – and you wear it well. 🙂

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    Joy
    February 15, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Love it!

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    julie
    February 15, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Wow! You were hot in black, but you’re even hotter blonde! 🙂

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    Monica
    February 15, 2013 at 1:29 am

    I Love the color, you look gorgeous.

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    Sarah
    February 15, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Love, love, love x100 love your hair. Did you get extensions as well?

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    Margie
    February 15, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Oh WOW! You look incredible! I loved the black, but you look so youthful and renewed! I so want to go lighter.

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    Kari Rose Gustafson
    February 15, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Cara! my dear, you looked great with the dark hair. I was actually hesitant to read this post. But seeing your photos… There’s a reason why you were born with light hair. It looks fabulous.

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    Sarah (theGIRL)
    February 15, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Looks great! I’ve gradually gone lighter over the last six months, and I’m so happy I did! My greys don’t show up as much 🙂 Bonus!

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    Blanka
    February 15, 2013 at 1:33 am

    Wooow you look so HOT and georges! Love this color on you and the hairstyle too….if you get a chance pls show us how to do this kind of hair style….pleeeeease thx Blanka

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    Elizabeth
    February 15, 2013 at 1:36 am

    I am a natural brunette, was blonde for several years and loved it. I went back to my natural color about 10 years ago, but now seeing your new color, I am itching for a change. You look fabulous, girl!

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    Amy
    February 15, 2013 at 1:37 am

    I’ve been wanting to go back blonde! I was blonde up until my 19th birthday! Now a month from.22 I’m dying for some.blonde hair! My hair is black & I’m scared of my hair falling out at just the sight of bleach!:/

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    angie
    February 15, 2013 at 1:37 am

    It looks great on you! You look like a brand new woman! I must admit sometimes i consider going blond myself (shhh… Don’t tell), but alas, i will stick my my outragous red.

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    Rachel
    February 15, 2013 at 1:38 am

    It looks beautiful! What color lipstick are you wearing in these pictures??

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    Toni Pelletier
    February 15, 2013 at 1:40 am

    I agree! You look wonderful – what a soft and natural look! Beautiful!

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    Natalee Ziebro
    February 15, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Oh my gosh! That looks phenomenal! Yes, I want to go blonde too, just the right amount of blonde like yours. I can’t do bleachy beachy.

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    Daniella
    February 15, 2013 at 1:40 am

    It looks gorgeous! Maybe its the right time to bring up the issue of combating “brassiness” when going from brown to blonde – I went blonde (attempted to) about a month ago – I have light-medium brown hair with natural reddish undertones (visible in sunlight) – and my blonde result was orange-y and brassy – dissapointing! They redid it a couple days after but its still really warm toned. Now I am using a purple shampoo (L’oreal professional Shine blonde) which helps combat the orange tones – and am debating whether a more expensive salon would be better for next run – if there is a next run at all (and the salon I went to to begin with was certainly not inexpensive…)
    Cara, do you have advice – I’m thinking I really need to be clear about asking for a ‘cold’ blond next time, to be clear the orange-y honey result is not ok!

    🙂

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      Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
      February 15, 2013 at 2:53 am

      Or ask for “ash” blonde

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      linda p
      February 15, 2013 at 3:13 am

      Im a hair colorist with 15 yrs experience. Let me tell you it is nearly impossible to get a ashy color when starting with dark hair. Esp if you are doing an all over color. Your fighting mother nature all the way. And the maintance is high…I recommend people usually not to do this unless money and time are not factors. 3 week visits to the Salon are not fun. And why do you think “more expensive” salons survive….their technicians have a vast amount of knowledge, not to mention a mixing room filled with every product/color available. I can’t imagine how long this took Cara, and what the cost would if been, in an “expensive salon”. Ladies…..you get what you pay for in most cases. Dont risk it if you cant afford it!!!

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    Amber
    February 15, 2013 at 1:40 am

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!! Makes your face look so much softer than the dark hair.

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    Ariel
    February 15, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Looks amazing! Looks much more natural on you than the dark hair (which was goregeos too!)

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    Noelle
    February 15, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Omg- you are stunning Cara. I have truly enjoyed your blog and your spunk. You’re a doll!

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    dd
    February 15, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I love love LOVE it! I think the color is perfect it suits your skin tone. If you went any lighter, i think it would be too harsh. You have a nice caramel blonde going on. Well done!

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    Katie
    February 15, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Say whaaaa?! I LOVE this. She did a great job! Looks so good on you!

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    Shelley
    February 15, 2013 at 1:54 am

    This looks GORGEOUS! seriously amazing job she did! This brings out your skin and eyes so much!

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    Laura
    February 15, 2013 at 1:56 am

    OBSESSED <3 you look absolutely gorgeous

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    Deegan
    February 15, 2013 at 1:56 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!!!! So beautiful, I love the multi-tonal color. 😉

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    Ana
    February 15, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Oh-m-gee! Your hair looks AMAZING!! Where is she located, I may have to go pay her a visit!

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    Deegan
    February 15, 2013 at 1:57 am

    Oh and now we need a “New Blonde Hair” makeup tutorial 🙂

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    nicole
    February 15, 2013 at 1:59 am

    You look stunning!! Love it!!!

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    Michelle
    February 15, 2013 at 1:59 am

    I love it! I wish my hair looked exactly like it. Mine brown hair in highlighted and looks like it. I’d rather have hair like yours that looks like it is all the same color. Looks fab!

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    melissaroseblog
    February 15, 2013 at 2:00 am

    But…but… I just died my hair black!!!!! 😛 It’s gorgeous on you! I will miss the black, but can’t wait to see a video with the new color!!

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    Kallie Papkie (@blondeeambition)
    February 15, 2013 at 2:02 am

    LOOKS amazing!!!!!!!!!! I’m actually temped to go from blonde to a dark colour like your old colour….eek nervous though! I’ve been blonde all my life!

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    Sandr
    February 15, 2013 at 2:02 am

    Wow that looks amazing on you. I recently stumbled upon your blog and love it. Trying your HACing magic today!

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    kim
    February 15, 2013 at 2:03 am

    It’s gorgeous!!

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    [email protected]
    February 15, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Gorgeous!!!

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    k
    February 15, 2013 at 2:08 am

    it is beautiful!!! you’re stunning in that instagram pic where you’re blonde. dangit, I’d been thinking of going lighter too and you’ve just made it harder to deny the desire.

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    Janine Markham
    February 15, 2013 at 2:08 am

    Holy hotness! Girl you look amazing! I totally love this colour. It brightens you up completely and makes you just glow. Love love love.

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    Melanie
    February 15, 2013 at 2:10 am

    I love it. You have been a miracle worker for me thank you for all your fabulous posts. I actually feel beautiful again.

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    Kacey
    February 15, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Wow! it looks fantastic! Makes me want to lighten up too!

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    Corrie Poor
    February 15, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Gorgeous!!! Love love the color on you!

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      Janet
      February 15, 2013 at 2:22 am

      Cara, you look gorgeous! This post is the perfect timing. I have been wanting to go blonde, however I have never gone lighter than my natural auburn color! I am concerned about the damage and how to find someone to do it as beautifully as Lacy did!

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    Des Dana :)
    February 15, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Gorgeous! You look amazing!!! The last 6 months I have been itching to go blonde (it’s my natural color too)but I’ve just been hesitating. But you just helped me make up my mind! Making an appointment today!

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    Dawn
    February 15, 2013 at 2:30 am

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!

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    Laura
    February 15, 2013 at 2:34 am

    I love it on you! Super pretty 🙂

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    Christy
    February 15, 2013 at 2:34 am

    How awesome! I love it and its perfect for Spring!

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    Kristin
    February 15, 2013 at 2:36 am

    Wow you looked beautiful as a brunette, but I LOVE the blond. Its a perfect shade for your complection. So pretty now no more dying!

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    Brytanie
    February 15, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Very pretty! I really enjoy your blog. U have such a fun personality! How did you achieve this particular style, with the natural wavy look??? I love that just as much as the color!!!

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    simplyonelove
    February 15, 2013 at 2:43 am

    You are seriously stunning. Wow! I prefer your hair lighter. So pretty!

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    Elisa
    February 15, 2013 at 2:43 am

    You look amazing! I think you are one of those people I like to call “reversible pretty” (beautiful inside and out).
    I’ve had the same problem between brunette, red and blond. I guess I get bored easily.

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    caoaks
    February 15, 2013 at 2:44 am

    One word….GORGEOUS!!!

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    Jami
    February 15, 2013 at 2:46 am

    Perfection! Wow – seriously love this! You look great. I’m never happy with my color. I’ve tried for this look a few times and always miss the mark. I need to find someone who can achieve this color for me.

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    Marie
    February 15, 2013 at 2:48 am

    It looks fantastic. It softens your look so much. You are beautiful with any color you sport anyhow!

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    February 15, 2013 at 2:48 am

    OMG! It looks so healthy!

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    Mary
    February 15, 2013 at 2:51 am

    I like it, but….you always look sexy even if you were bald

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    jenniferdschrauth
    February 15, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Such a pretty color. At first I was like oh no, don’t do it, but you actually look just as good light as dark.

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    Breana
    February 15, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Oh, I LOVE it!! It’s absolutely gorgeous!! I wish my hair would grow long and luxurious!!

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    Lacedhair
    February 15, 2013 at 2:59 am

    Awe thanks for the kind words my beautiful friend… You look amazing I’m going to miss you so much!!! Xoxo ps I’m obsessed still with your hair!!

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    Martina Joy
    February 15, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Ahhhh I love! I’ve been stalking lacy on Instagram trying to get her to come to Houston and do my hair. I’ve been dark for 2 years after my beautiful blonde “touch-up” went terribly wrong. I’m obsessed with getting my hair light again BUT I’m a 24/7 clip in extension girl so I’m super nervous to dye then not find any that match.
    What do you suggest?? Color then get the extensions or vice versa, but extensions and color to match??
    Decisions, decisions….

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    Amie
    February 15, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Daaaaaannngg girl!!! You look amazing!!!

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    casydee
    February 15, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Pretty! It suits you! I just went from dark auburn back to blonde, myself. My natural blonde is a mousey dishwater color, but my “fake” blonde is much nicer. I think the only color I haven’t done is a *red* red.

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    Chelsea
    February 15, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Oh my goodness! I love it! I loved the black but this is a great change, and it looks so natural, and well….. you! Wonderful my dear. Have fun with it!

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    Liza Lu
    February 15, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Wow Cara! Great choice for a change! The color choice is perfect! but then again you go have rainbow hair and you’d still make it look drop dead gorgeous!!

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    Corina
    February 15, 2013 at 3:13 am

    You look fab!! I thought you were beautiful with your dark hair and your just as much as a blonde! Your humbleness and realness makes it even better 🙂

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    April @barbellsandbellinis
    February 15, 2013 at 3:14 am

    You look amazing. I too have been a blonde for the past 17 years or so, but I am naturally a brunette. I recently went from blonde to Brunette and I love it. I felt like my hair needed a break from all the bleach!

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    linda p
    February 15, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Hi Cara..looking good. As a hair colorist with alot of experience, I would like you to PLEASE PLEASE share with your loyal followers how long this took, and how much Lacy would of charged a salon customer for all that work…..clients just dont get it sometimes(maintance, time, and esp $$$$ involved) And that your color DEFINETLY has warm tones now!!!!! Thanks for helping the hairdresser out there!!!

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      Cara
      February 15, 2013 at 3:42 am

      haha Linda! I just added a little amendment at the bottom letting girls know about my post next week that will explain all of this! Trust me, we TOTALLY know what you are talking about and will not put all you colorists in a bind! Loves!

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        lindap
        February 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

        Thanks Cara….knew you would understand!!! Have a fab weekend 🙂

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    Jennie thiel
    February 15, 2013 at 3:23 am

    Wut color is it?? I love it!! I want my hair that color now 🙂

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    Randa
    February 15, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Oh my gosh! This is gorgeous on you!!
    Love it, love it, love it <3

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    The Travelogue Blog
    February 15, 2013 at 3:37 am

    Wow!! Incredibly gorgeous! I just colored my hair back to dark brown after it had been this shade for a year or so, and i am already missing my lighter locks! I know you’ve gotten tons of comments on this, but you should definitely write about how you got such a lovely shade rather than orange/red tones. I tried everything under the sun, from toners to purple shampoos, but couldn’t keep the brassiness away.

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    Viv
    February 15, 2013 at 3:38 am

    You gorgeous thing! I love the blond/lighter hair. Very pretty.

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    Michelle
    February 15, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Love your new look Cara! Beautiful as always!!

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    Mandie
    February 15, 2013 at 3:42 am

    You’re completely stunning either way! 🙂 After working tirelessly to maintain a super fun red for 4 months of fall/winter, I just recently went back to a soft black. My hair is grateful and I’m currently basking in the low maintenance, so I’m hoping that will sustain me through the spring-lightening itch. Haha

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    Christiana
    February 15, 2013 at 3:42 am

    Oh my gosh!! You look so pretty! I think this is definitely a softer look and I love it! I am partial to blonde though! You look pretty both ways!

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    Tracy
    February 15, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Love the color! You look great 🙂

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    Nina
    February 15, 2013 at 3:50 am

    You are so pretty! Thanks for all the makeup tips! I have been having so much fun!

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    Alisha
    February 15, 2013 at 3:52 am

    totally fab!

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    Angie
    February 15, 2013 at 3:52 am

    I need this formula!!! Do you know what hair color product she uses?

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    Emily
    February 15, 2013 at 3:57 am

    this is incredible. your hair looks so natural and you can pull it off just as well as black! lucky girl. now go run around town and show it off 🙂

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    Pam
    February 15, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Gorgeous!!

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    Sneza
    February 15, 2013 at 4:00 am

    You look amaaazing. I would never have thought blonde was your color till now. But obvi it is. Or you’re a chameleon girl, looks good in anything.

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    cassie
    February 15, 2013 at 4:00 am

    LOVE IT! Honestly it’s so pretty

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    jwelch
    February 15, 2013 at 4:00 am

    Love it!

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    Brittany Stewart
    February 15, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Wow!!!! That’s is gorgeous!

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    Melissa
    February 15, 2013 at 4:03 am

    This is gorgeous!!

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    kimi
    February 15, 2013 at 4:12 am

    OMG this is gorgeous!! It makes me want to go this color as well 😉 LOVE it!

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    Linda Whit10
    February 15, 2013 at 4:12 am

    absolutely beautiful…I would love to have this hair! Thank you for your blog…I love it. I know it’s a lot of work for you but I get so much out of it… xoxo

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    Katrina
    February 15, 2013 at 4:16 am

    If your hair was on fire you’d still be beautiful 🙂

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    Bri
    February 15, 2013 at 4:17 am

    This is your color!!! Where is your top from?

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    Cara V.
    February 15, 2013 at 4:19 am

    aahaha! This is “the other” Cara! I LOVE your hair! I have tried to go back to my roots on a couple occasions and It has never worked out! I absolutely cannot wait to hear how this miracle was accomplished…I’m only on year 5 of the black on black on black hair dye and I am sooo ready for a change 🙂 Happy to see that A.) it is possible B.) It looks awesome! You always post exactly what I need, at the exact right time!

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    Rachel Kuykendall
    February 15, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Such a pretty color and you can definitely pull it off! I’m itching to do something new with my hair color but it is finally back to my natural color I’m not sure if I want to change it! Way to be brave:)

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    Alexis
    February 15, 2013 at 4:20 am

    I didn’t think it was possible for you to be more beautiful and well, I was proven wrong. LOVE it. Makes me want to go lighter and that is coming from someone who has never dyed her hair in her nearly 30 years of existence.

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    Lyn
    February 15, 2013 at 4:20 am

    Love it! Looks so natural!

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    Lidia
    February 15, 2013 at 4:20 am

    WOW, you look amazing! I’m usually a fan of darker hair (specially with someone with light eyes and a nice tan like you) but this color loos AWESOME on you. It brings so much more softness and light to your face. And the color is not too blonde, it’s very “brazilian, VS model, i naturally look this good” coloring! I think if you ever go back to dark hair you should go to medium brown, I think the black might be too harsh on you.

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    Valerie
    February 15, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Haha, I wanted to know where her shirt is from as well!! Too cute! Pretty hair color!

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    AnaLisa Snyder
    February 15, 2013 at 4:35 am

    I can’t believe how amazing it looks! Beautiful! Now I want to go die my hair!! I need your help!! haha

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    Jillian (jallerina)
    February 15, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Absolutely gorgeous. I’m itching to go lighter as well, might use your photo as my hairspiration when I go to the salon!

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    Lara
    February 15, 2013 at 4:37 am

    It looks amazing! I totally love it!! you rock that color! where is your cute shirt from?

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    Jbuck.
    February 15, 2013 at 4:43 am

    LOVE! This is the EXACT colour I am going for! A few more ombré colour jobs and I may actually acheive it. Mine is a natural 3-4N that pulls red and I am aiming for a 7N… Seems out of reach, but now that I see yours I have hope again! Can’t wait for the follow up. You are truly a beautiful person, inside and out! Love your blog! xoxo.

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    Maddy Cane
    February 15, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Wow looks amazing, I love that you haven’t gone too light! xxx
    http://unstitchedd.blogspot.co.uk

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    michellels
    February 15, 2013 at 4:45 am

    Love! When I first started reading I was like “oh no! I love your dark, glossy hair” but it looks sooo good on you! 🙂

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    Stephanie H.
    February 15, 2013 at 4:46 am

    I LOVE it!! It looks so great on you. I have naturally dark hair, almost black. I would love to go lighter but I don’t think I want to commit to the upkeep of it. What is your upkeep for lighter hair? How often do you have to go in to have it done?

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    Karlie Coons
    February 15, 2013 at 4:48 am

    O my gosh! She did an amazing job your look gorgeous with blonde!’ How long did it take to get it that blonde?

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    jaytothehay
    February 15, 2013 at 4:49 am

    OMG! I JUST did the same thing! Sadly tho my hair dresser did not do as good of a job. But you look great! I was going to write you and ask if you had any makeup tips from someone going from black hair to blond! FUN!

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    Lisa
    February 15, 2013 at 4:53 am

    Absolutely stunning! She did a fantastic job!

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    Rhonda
    February 15, 2013 at 4:53 am

    LOVE IT, LOVE IT AND LOVE IT!

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    amanda
    February 15, 2013 at 5:06 am

    looks amazing!!! Love the lighter color on you!!! Not going to lie, I was freaking out just a little until I saw photos!!!

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    Jenna
    February 15, 2013 at 5:16 am

    You are so gorgeous. I’m pretty sure you could pull off ANY hair color!

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    Jerrica
    February 15, 2013 at 5:17 am

    You look super hot with dark hair and this new change looks fantastic as well! Love the color and makes me itch to go back blonde! I went dark recently after a few years of being blonde. Linda is a bit of a Debbie Downer…she is right about the upkeep and damage but you only live once! If someone is ready to make the time, damage and money commitment I say go for it. And when you’re sick of paying close to $200 every 6 weeks (and that’s pushing it with the root regrowth), give your hair and wallet a rest and go back to the dark side 🙂
    But for now, rock that hair, Cara!!!

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    Julie Davis Rodriguez
    February 15, 2013 at 5:21 am

    It looks beautiful!! I love it!! I wish Lacy lived by me!

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    Abby Johnson
    February 15, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Gorgeous!!! I’ve been toying with lightening my hair for too (and have darkest-brown-colored hair) and like you have fought the urge for a couple of years….but I think this just might push me to do it! You look amazing! You’re stylist did such a great job! 🙂

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    Nicole Harrison
    February 15, 2013 at 5:28 am

    This is beautiful! I always go back and forth between brown and blonde! How did you curl your hair in these pics? So pretty! 🙂

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    McKayla Combs
    February 15, 2013 at 5:39 am

    This is GORGEOUS! I absolutely love how it turned out.

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    Nicole
    February 15, 2013 at 5:44 am

    Love it!!! I’m going blonder as well, and this is he exact color I’m shooting for

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    Ana
    February 15, 2013 at 5:55 am

    LOOKS SO DANG GOOD GIRL! Makes me want to change things up too. Still too scared though.

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    Ninka
    February 15, 2013 at 5:58 am

    Gosh, I absolutely love it! I must admit when I started reading it I was like noooo Cara looks great with dark hair, blond is weird… Oh boy I was wrong! You look absolutely stunning! I love it!

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    Jolene
    February 15, 2013 at 6:07 am

    wow! looks beautiful 🙂

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    Cheryl
    February 15, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Gorgeous!!!!!

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    Genelle
    February 15, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Your hair looks great! So, now that you are lighter, can you maybe do a topic on SUN-IN? I have naturally light hair, and use Sun-in to make it blonder and to add the effect of highlights. Do you know if I can ever dye it, given I use Sun-In religiously?

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    Michelle
    February 15, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Oh I love this! This is exactly the color I want! I was thinking about going really blonde, but I am horrible with the maintenance. I think this is more doable. Love it! You look beautiful!

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    Hallie Bertrand
    February 15, 2013 at 6:56 am

    It is GORGEOUS!! I am a natural blonde but have been getting highlights for about 3 years now. Since it’s already light I only have to go about 3-4 times a year. Having a good colorist is a MUST! My hair looks natural and the color is always perfect. Yay for healthy, pretty blonde hair!

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    Jean
    February 15, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I love your hair light or dark! 🙂

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    Jessica
    February 15, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Love it! It seriously looks amazing!

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    L
    February 15, 2013 at 7:05 am

    OMGeeeeeee, that is the most amazeballs color! It looks so good on you…and girl, let me tell you I am having a similar problem right now. Blonde my whole life and that is how I feel best…so now I’m platinum and I feel like I am killing my hair. I can’t wait until you post more about what she did. This color is so rad!!!!! And the length…I have total hair envy! 🙂

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    Brenda
    February 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

    OMG i love your hair lighter! It looks beautiful dark too, but this really brightens up and brings out your eyes.:) My hair is a mousy brown and i have been highlighting it for a few years. Also to blend in the grays lol. I had to go in stages to get the perfect blonde, but i don’t have any damage cause i only freshen up the roots now when needed. So your hair should be find when you achieve the perfect blonde or however light you want to go, but i love the color it’s at now!

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    Shannon
    February 15, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I too am obessed with highlites. Naturally I’m a dark brown , this looks so natural on you, sun-kissed and beautiful.
    I recently found you on Pinterest and have watched your tutorials, keep them coming you’re amazing.Favorite blog…
    The story about the father and son:)

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    Ella Pretty (@Ellaprettyblog)
    February 15, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Your hair looks amazing and suits you so well! I love how dramatic dark hair looks on you – but you look AS gorgeous in a lighter shade too – lucky!

    I have dark hair and recently got highlights as I was craving some brightness in this cold cold weather LOL!

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    Elaine
    February 15, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I love it! Looks great……… I have ombre on mine. I was blonde once and loved it but my hub didn’t like the bill. Thinking about going all the way again.

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    Kirsten
    February 15, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Yeah Girl!!! It looks amazing!! Making me want to go light again 🙂

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    Mercedes
    February 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Omg!! Can’t believe you did it! I think dark hair looks more natural on you, but this is a gorgeous color for sure! Way to be brave, Ive been dark for a long time now and can never bring myself to go light again!

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    Jessica
    February 15, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I love it!!

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    Jessica
    February 15, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Your hair looks amazing!!

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    Kristen @ Glambunctious
    February 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Beyond gorgeous, Cara!!! Wow! I thought you were a beautiful 23 year old before, but now? Holy smokes! I’m a brunette who has dreamed of going blonde for years but I’m too scared to do it! I’ve got virgin hair and it’s finally getting long again after years of stupid haircuts. I’m too scared to dye it now that it’s long again! Kudos to you for taking the plunge, you look ridiculously awesome!

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    Elisabeth
    February 15, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I want to be blonde for summer, but the husband says no 🙁 maybe next year

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    Megan
    February 15, 2013 at 8:49 am

    oooh you look amazing friend! You are one hot tamale! Now I want my hair to look exactly like yours 🙂

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    Lauren kristel
    February 15, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Love, love, love it. As always you look amazing.

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    Angie
    February 15, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Beautiful, Cara!!

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    Sam
    February 15, 2013 at 9:00 am

    I love it!!! I do that this time every year as well! 🙂

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    Heather H.
    February 15, 2013 at 9:14 am

    it looks awesome!!

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    melissadianeblog
    February 15, 2013 at 9:14 am

    It looks really great!
    I have naturally black hair, and dye it soft black (sadly, I am greying….since the age of 18) and I decided a little over a year ago that I wanted light brown hair…….My hair was the unhealthiest it has ever been. Ive spent over a year now (basically since a week after the lightening) trying to get health back into it. I finally have almost enough growth where the dead hair is gone, but it has taken FOREVER! I for one will not be doing that again. But hopefully you had a better skilled stylist and better hair because mine had great color but just DRY and BRITTLE and straight up awful. Yours looks MUCH healthier though!

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    Elizabeth Cook Jr (@ElizabethCookJr)
    February 15, 2013 at 10:09 am

    It looks so beautiful. Wow she did a GREAT job on your hair. It suits you. 😀

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    Samantha
    February 15, 2013 at 10:41 am

    It looks GREAT Cara…I am a hair stylist and Kudos to Lacy…FABULOUS!!!

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    Victoria Gonzalez
    February 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I love it, you are beautiful regardless of your haircolor. Myself, I just went from dark dark brown to red.

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    Andrea
    February 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Love it!

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    Renee Rister from Australia
    February 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

    It looks AMAZING Cara, I really loved your dark hair but you’re one of those lucky people that looks fantastic either way. I used to be a blonde (my whole life too) and love the low maintenance of now being dark, but now you have me thinking… Should I do the same?
    You really are a beautiful lady.

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    liz @ btb
    February 15, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Giiiirl , you need to hurry up and publish that post. I’ve been itching to text my hair girl all morning to tell her I want to go lighter but I don’t want to ruin my hair! It’s super dark right now and I really don’t want to have orange hair. Yuck.

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    Jessica
    February 15, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I LOVE the blonde. So pretty! You look gorgeous!!

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    NK
    February 15, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Holy hell, you look STUNNING!! You pull off both colors so well. I think you look gorgeous with it lighter! Change is always good 🙂 You have your whole life to go back to black.. then blonde again. Enjoy! 😀

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    Allison
    February 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Gorgeous!!! I’m so jealous of you girls that can pull off dark and blonde hair! Stunning!

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    Melissa Weibel
    February 15, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I love it!! That is so funny I was blonde my whole life too and have been a brunette since August – I tried to go back last week and it was horrible and I told him once you go black you never go back! It looked green and orange, just bad mini highlights, so I had him dye it back brown (basically… black :() good to hear you’re going back to your roots! I love it!! 🙂

    http://melrenee87.blogspot.com/

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    Janna
    February 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Gorgeous as usual 🙂

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    [email protected] pineapple and coconut
    February 15, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Stunning!! I am a blonde and always have been way light blonde and started going a touch darker with “ombre” and I like it OK but I miss my super light but know how damaging it is. You look amazing with both dark and light hair.

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    Chelsey Patti
    February 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I love it! I was literally at the hairdresser today wanting to go blond, thought of you and all your tips on upkeep for dark hair and thought, “oh no, how am I going to get tips from Cara if my hair is blond?” I decided to take the process slow (also I’m chicken and have been known to cry after hair changes) so I opted for six highlights with the intention to get more next time. Haha, but with your new look, I feel I have the courage to make my next visit to the salon a little sooner! Here I thought I would be looking at your posts and coveting your dark hair if I went blond, I chickened out and you went for it! Any tips or tricks to make the process of dark to blond less painful/ awkward looking? Also, after changing hair color like that, do you have to get new foundation color?… or makeup colors in general?

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    Lisa N.
    February 15, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    HOLY HOTNESS!!! It looks amazing on you!!! But you could seriously dye your hair pea green & still look hot!! Lol!

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    Chelsey Patti
    February 15, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Yes, please post more about what she did! 🙂

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    kate
    February 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    you look beautiful both ways! i love the dark…its more of an exotic gorgeous look and the blonde is summery beach babe pretty! 🙂 cant wait to hear more about the process!

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    Christine
    February 15, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    Stunning! Love the color and it looks SO healthy! I’m going to order Wen right now!

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    Lindsay
    February 15, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Looks great.

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    Tara
    February 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Your hair is Beautiful!!!

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    Teryn
    February 15, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I love it! So pretty, and it doesn’t look like it got damaged in the processes. I am a colorist, and I am thinking about how I would go about changing your hair like you did. I am guessing she put lightener all over everything for a llittle bit, and then toned that to a nice light brown. Then she ombred the ends and toned that to a champage color? Hmmm…cant wait to see what she did to see if I was close! 🙂 I have ombre hair too, and I use coconut oil on my hair overnight every once in awhile to keep it soft and shiny. Shampoo and condition like ususal in the morning. It really does help! Thanks for your contant inspiration! 🙂

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    Jay
    February 15, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    It looks great! I have a non-hair related question…Where is your shirt from that you are wearing in the pictures? It is super cute!

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    Rachel Rinderknecht
    February 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    I love it! You look amazing as a blonde or brunette!

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    Lauren
    February 15, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your lighter hair! I’ve been secretly wondering if you’d ever lighten it and I was so happy to see that you did! Can’t wait to see more pictures of you with light hair.

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    Jeneale
    February 15, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    I literally just went through and re-read every single one of your posts.. Haha don’t make fun of me. But your easily one of my favorite beauty bloggers, if not my most favorite! I’m always wishing I could move back to az or run into you when we visit so that I could expirence some of the magic you do with makeup! I love the lighter hair! I ironically use the same dark color on my hair and have also had my times of lighter hair, but got tired of the up keep and unhealthy hair so I went back dark and have been for a few years now and totally understand the moments of wanting to go back! I’m looking forward to your post about the process to get yours as beautiful as it is! I would probably go back in a second if I didn’t have to pay for the constant upkeep since Im naturally an ashy brown. But anyways! Ill keep dreaming of getting a make over and practice myself in the mean time! Love everything you do!

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    tiffani
    February 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    you look amazing. of course, but seriously. i can’t remember you as a blonde! i totally knew you when you were though?

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    Kate
    February 15, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    I just found your site via Pinterest, and you are amazing. You make looking beautiful seem like something we can all do and be. Your videos are so helpful! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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    Krista
    February 15, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Wow! I thought you were beautiful with dark hair but now you are beautiful with light! Amazing, I love it!

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    Amie
    February 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    You are pretty with black hair. But blond is freaking amazing. Stay blonde. When I read the post I was scared but pictures changed my mind.

    Either way keep this blonde it is so perfect for you!

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    Shailyn
    February 15, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I have been itching to go from my 3N color to a Mila Kunis like ombré but fear the damage. I’m obsessed with my hair feeling healthy and soft + shiny so I was discouraged. You have changed my mind! Can’t wait for the blog post with the goddess Lacy. I’m hoping she sheds light on the best and least damaging process and how to communicate it with your hair dresser (I go to a high end salon hoping to yield these results anyway). I think this color of blonde is so pretty and almost beyonce exotic like. The lighter color really softens your features. I bet you feel like such a rock star! Lucky to have Lacy to make the transition flawless. Is she interested in flying to Hawaii where I live? Hahaha 🙂

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    Jessie
    February 16, 2013 at 2:18 am

    You are one of those women who always make me want to dye my hair black, so when I read this post I was afraid to scroll down to the pictures and see one of my favorite brunettes with blonde hair… but I love it! You are so beautiful. I have also been contemplating red lately, especially when I see pictures of Lana del Rey and Jessica Chastain.
    Anyway, I love the blonde. Did you lighten your brows too? That would be a good tut to do in the future!!

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    Heather Caldwell
    February 16, 2013 at 2:41 am

    I can’t wait to see how u did this

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    Kendra
    February 16, 2013 at 5:04 am

    I am amazed! Never would have guessed! I’m a natural brunette that was “blonde” in High School – went back to my roots years ago but have also been thinking lately that I’d like to add some “blonde” back to my tresses! Have been toying with this idea… http://longhairstyleshowto.com/long-wavy-hair-with-color/

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    Jenni
    February 16, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Looks great Cara!! Are you still just using Wen instead other shampoos and conditioners. Please let us know as your hair looks great. Thanks!!

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    Nicky
    February 16, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Absolutely lovely! And so long!!! I can’t get biotin here in England but must try- beautiful x

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    Jessika
    February 16, 2013 at 7:52 am

    You look absolutely gorgeous! Sun kissed even! I’m convinced you’d look great in any hair color!

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    Agnieszka
    February 16, 2013 at 8:07 am

    You look FAB in black but this blonde is amaizing on you.I love it so much.This is my first comment and Im following your blog for a few months now and I love it!!!!!!Thanks for all the tips and I can’t live without HAC :)Greetings all the way from Poland.X

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    Amanda
    February 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Oh my gosh I love it! I want to do something like this once it finally warms up in Kentucky 🙂

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    michaela
    February 16, 2013 at 10:09 am

    So gorgeous!!!!!!

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    Stasha
    February 16, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    i can’t wait for the ‘how to’ next week! i’ve had black hair for 3 1/2 years & when i saw this i told my stylist, time to go back to blonde… NOW. she said it will take months to do, but i told her nuh uhhhh, this girl did it all at once! this is very close to my natural color. it’s gorgeous!

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    LA
    February 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I just did this to my hair too! I have NEVER dyed my hair and my natural color was a chestnut brown. I finally took the plunge and my stylist was able to get me to just about the same color as you are now 🙂 I love it! Can’t wait for the details on your experience.

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    LA
    February 16, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Did you dye your eyebrows too? Mine are very dark so I think I might have her dye them on my next visit.

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    Marie
    February 16, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    OH! You HAVE to explain what we have to ask to our hairdresser… I want to be blonde too! You look stunning as ALWAYS!

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    Kallie HIckman
    February 16, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    So beautiful!!!

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    Steph Erickson
    February 16, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Cara it’s gorgeous!!!! I can’t believe you ever went black as pretty as this is! I still love the dark hair on you too!

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    Nina
    February 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    It looks beautiful. Greetings from Denmark

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    Tara
    February 16, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    Beautiful!! You look absolutely gorgeous!

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    Christina Gilson
    February 17, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Beautiful as ever! And it looks like it’s in great condition as well. Do you know which color line and lightener she used? I’m naturally a level 4 but have used a level 3 on mine for years.But after seeing yours a change may possibly be in the air!

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    Rachel
    February 17, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!
    So so gorgeous. I have always been dark and have allowed my hair to lighten up to a more auburn color over the past year. Its funny what you said about watching the Kardashians to help you keep your dark hair, because watching YOUR videos have made me want to dye my hair super dark again. haha
    I have considered though going the other direction and lightening it, but as you know, my hair stylist really warns me against it.
    I’m looking forward to seeing how yours turned out so perfectly! You are absolutely gorgeous!

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    Micalah Thayer
    February 17, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Aww… I wish you had a few more tips in this post- I’m actually getting my hair done tomorrow morning and have been wanting to go back to blonde. I’ve had dark brown/auburn hair for about 5 years. I tried going lighter again last year, but my ends got incredibly damaged so I chickened out and went back to brunette. Maybe your tips and tricks post will go up early tomorrow morning so I can use them! 🙂 or if you had just a few quick words of advice, I’d be open to an email. 😉 it looks great and you’ve given us all a huge dose of hair envy!

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    Lauren
    February 17, 2013 at 8:25 am

    I can’t even express how much I LOVE it. I used to be blonde too (right now I’m a light brown) but am planning on going back to blonde on Tuesday. I CAN’T WAIT. =)

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    Hannah Meyerhoeffer
    February 17, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I loooove your hair color! I have black hair and I want to die it lighter as well, did it damage your hair? what color did you die it to? & did you use all over color or did you just highlight? Thank you so much!:)

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    Michele
    February 17, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Pure loveliness! The color and tones compliment your skin tone with warmth and softness. Just beautiful. Congratulations on returning to your blonde roots:).

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    Nikki Charlton
    February 17, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    It looks so good!! I have been wanting a change sooo badly! I tried to go blonde and that ended up in a disaster. I still want to go lighter though! I have been dark for so long now I would love for someone to give it a makeover and not screw it up lol!

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    Lauren
    February 18, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Looks incredible!!! Wish I could find somebody to do my hair like this : )

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    Mackenzie
    February 18, 2013 at 3:55 am

    It looks beautiful! Love it. Is that your real hair? So long! I’m jealous 🙂

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    Sonji Rose
    February 18, 2013 at 4:09 am

    Sooooooo beautiful!! I think it’s so neat that you can go to either end of the spectrum & look totally GORG!!

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    Kristen
    February 18, 2013 at 5:41 am

    morning hottie! the new hair color is gorgeous!

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    Michaella Peartree
    February 18, 2013 at 5:56 am

    It looks incredible! What an awesome change 🙂 You are stunning.

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    michlle
    February 18, 2013 at 6:32 am

    I love it! I would love to do my hair like this. You ae goregous.

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    Amber
    February 18, 2013 at 8:29 am

    I love both styles but I’m obsessed with the blonde ! U look amazing I’m jealous ! I hVe dark hair like u I don’t think I can pull off blonde love it

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      fran rhodes
      February 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Your hair looks so beautiful, and so natural. you are very brave for going form dark to light! I think it looks awsome!

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    Michelle Scheffers
    February 18, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Looks great!

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    Jennifer
    February 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Gorgeous!!

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    Becca
    February 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Wow! It looks great!

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    Kami
    February 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Whoa. I thought you were gorgeous as a darkie. But. This took 10 years off of you and makes you look innocent and soft. SIMPLY LOVE.

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    Erika
    February 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    LOVE!!! Total HOTTY!!!!

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    Jordan M
    February 19, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I am following Lacey on IG & liked her on FB. My hair could use this!

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    D.D.
    February 27, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    You look AMAZE-BALLS either way! Please, please, please, PLEEEAAASSEE tell us where you got this jean shirt?!?! I’ve been on the hunt for one just like this but they are either too stiff or too expensive.

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    erin draper (@erindraper)
    March 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Brunette was lovely but this is a lovely shade of blonde. Did you use salon brands to colour? How did you achieve those natural loose waves?

    Also, I’m in the market for a new mascara. I like ones that give me as much fake-lash effect as possible, but I am on a budget. Could you please share the brands and formulas that you covet? Thanks and looking lovely as always!

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    caitlin
    April 5, 2013 at 6:10 am

    Cara, I know that you have done a couple how to curl videos, but they are all very full curls (which I love) however, I was wondering how you curled your hair for these pictures? Is it just natural or did you use a specific size curling iron? Every time I try and do this kind of look it usually ends up with too big of curls or straight stringy hair. Thanks!! 🙂

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    Boni
    February 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    It’s hard to say which color I like the most on you. The dark hair has a beautiful cool urban edginess to it and brings some mystique to your look. The blonde brings out the sunny sultry sexy but angelic vibe and brightens your aura. I love how your skin and blonde hair remind me so much of beautiful warm bronzed sand. It makes me think of all the natural beauty in Arizona and California. You look the picture of health with your blonde hair. You can go either color, depending on which way the wind blows..

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    Boni
    February 11, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Erin Draper, I was watching QVC recently and they had Mally for Mally Beauty on air. Mally was demonstrating her Volumizing mascaras and OH! MY! GOSH! It gives you mad results! Crazy mad results!!! One tube of her mascara normally goes for $20, but she was selling 6 Volumizing mascaras for $60. You could do the Easy Pay plan too for $20 for 3 months. The Mally Beauty Volumizing mascaras gave a *dramatically* super incredibly long doll eye lashes look. I have never seen anything like it in all my life. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. A MAZ ING!

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