Lived-In Blonde Hair Color for Winter

All of you probably know by now that hair care is one of my favorite topics to discuss. I’m constantly pinning inspiration (check out my hair board on Pinterest!), asking for advice as to what I should next on social media, etc. My stylist just welcomed her first baby, so I won’t be seeing her again until a couple days before Christmas. That’s obviously fantastic for her, but not so much for me. See, I tend to get a tad more obsessive when I have a long while between appointments. I mean, there’s nothing worse than consecutive bad hair days, am I right? But, since there’s nothing I can do, I continue to dream big. My latest obsession? Lived-in blonde hair color for winter.

Lived-In Blonde Hair Color for Winter

All images found via Pinterest

Remember a few posts back when I said that I was really thinking about chopping my hair into the new Carrie Underwood ‘do? While that still seems appealing some days, I know myself well enough at this point to know that I would be miserable. I’ve never thought that short (actual short hair, not mid-length) is flattering on me, and I would get annoyed after a week of having to style it every. single. day. Let’s face it – who runs the world? Ponytails. But, since I’m still hellbent on doing something different, I’m setting my sights on a fresh hair color since that easily can be adjusted or changed.

I know that the balayage/sombre hair color trend is nothing new. Most would even argue that the lived-in blonde hair color is more for summer. But, hey – I’ve never been one to follow trends or do things at the same time as everyone else, so why would I start now?

What appeals to me most about this color technique is the maintenance of it – meaning, I don’t think there is much. I would opt for a low-light one to two shades lighter than my natural color so it isn’t too dark but would still blend nicely as it starts to grow out. And, since the blonde only runs through mid-shaft to ends, there isn’t a need for the constant upkeep of highlights. Sounds like a plan to me! I would, however, still want a few full blonde highlights in front to frame my face. I dabbled with dark hair color my senior year of college and learned that any hair color around my face that isn’t blonde is not a good look for me.

So, lived-in blonde hair color for winter is where it’s at for me in my personal hair world at the moment. My guess is that I’ll change my mind 20 times between now and the end of December, but that’s just all part of the fun! 🙂

What do you think of the lived-in blonde hair color for winter? When you want a hair change, do you go big with a cut or a color change?
Psst … Also see The Fall Cut, Double French Braid Messy Bun Hair Tutorial, and 5 Tips to Maintain Long, Fine Color-Treated Hair.


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  1. 11.4.16
    Biana Perez said:

    Go for it girl!! I love the look and if I could pull it off I totally would! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  2. 11.3.16

    Gorgeous inspiration, this look will be amazing on you! Go for it <3
    Green Fashionista

  3. 11.3.16

    This would be so pretty on you, doll- I say you doooo it!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  4. 11.3.16
    Pamela said:

    This color is so pretty it actually kinda makes me want to go blonde! But I could never pull it off so I think you should do it 🙂 I love anything low maintenance! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    • 11.3.16

      Girl, I totally think you could pull it off! I’m with you on the low-maintenance aspect – that’s just my vibe lately!

  5. 11.3.16
    Christina Sotherden said:

    Love this inspiration!

    And congrats on last night’s big win – I bet you guys are still celebrating 🙂

  6. 11.3.16

    Hairspiration! Love, love, love.

  7. 11.2.16

    So, I’m a little envious with how creative you get to be with your hair. First- I think this look would be gorgeous on you. But really, I’ve never died mine and don’t really style outside of the plain and simple down. Dying it sounds fun, but I’ve heard once I start then I can’t/don’t want to stop. I’d love your thoughts on that!

    • 11.3.16

      Awe, thanks, lady! So, I definitely wouldn’t recommend doing all over color. That to me is more of a commitment than highlights. With highlights, if you don’t like them or get tired of them, you can just let them grow out and eventually they will fade away and be gone. Granted, it will take a while but still. I think you have the most beautiful hair, though so I don’t blame you for not touching it!

  8. 11.2.16

    I’ve been letting my blonde go more natural and “lived in” and it makes for such an easier upkeep!!

    • 11.3.16

      It sure seems that way, that’s why I’m most intrigued by this color trend. I definitely think I’m going to give it a shot!

  9. 11.2.16

    I’d been talking for years about doing something to change up my hair which is why I finally decided to die my hair! I love my balayage, and the fact that since it’s blended so much it doesn’t require as much upkeep. I love the lived in blonde color and think that it’d be a great change for you!

  10. 11.2.16

    These are great inspiration photos! I am super picky about my hair as well and sometimes wonder if it is too blonde. This is a great option.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  11. 11.2.16

    I had no idea this was called lived-in, but it’s the perfect name and I love the look of it! I think you could definitely pull it off any time of the year! I’ve been having major issues wanting to cut my hair like lucy hale and have to remind myself that I don’t have someone to style my hair nor do I really like styling my hair nor do I look like lucy hale– aka I don’t really want hair that short I just like the idea of it, haha.

    • 11.3.16

      Okay, but seriously though – you would look amazing with that haircut! But I understand all your reservations about it. It’s fun to think about, though. 🙂

  12. 11.2.16

    oh i didn’t know it had a name but i LOVE it. i agree though, short is cute and all, but ponytails (and buns and just get it out of my face!) need to work. so i vote this colour for sure. i made an appointment like 2 months ago and the first opening my bestie had was DECEMBER. why is she so popular! i am not doing anything this fun though, just darker. dark in winter, light in summer. so predictable 😉

    • 11.3.16

      Your bestie must be quite the popular hair stylist! Your hair always looks so great, so obviously I like that you stick to your predictable ways. 🙂

      • 11.3.16

        she is the most popular! always winning awards and stuff. but also, she only works like 3-4 days a week and does lots of weddings, so she fills up fast!

  13. 11.2.16

    Since starting grad school, I’ve been looking for ways to get the most “bang for my buck” with my blonde hair. I had my hair stylist do a blonde balayage back in June (my current profile picture!). Now, just a little over four months later, I’m LOVING the lived in blonde look! Definitely low maintenance. I just leave purple shampoo + conditioner on for about 7-8 minutes once a week to keep the brassiness at bay. I’d say go for it 🙂

    • 11.3.16

      Thanks for sharing your experience and tips on how to maintain it! I definitely think I’m going to try this next month!

  14. 11.2.16
    Debra Stachelski said:

    I really like this look, it seems very “natural” looking to me and I think it would be a good choice for you! Wish I could do the same!

  15. 11.2.16

    I say YES! I never change the color of my hair, but always wanted to…I tried some highlights in college, but they looked awful on me.

  16. 11.2.16
    Ashley said:

    Yes yes yes to this! The color is absolutely beautiful!