I went to the salon yesterday and had my hair lightened all over for the first time! My hair is naturally a ‘soft black’ shade so I couldn’t go all that far without damage. My stylist went for three levels above my natural color, and then further highlighted the tips all over to favor my natural texture and shorter layers, so it kind of looks like a halo around my head when I wear it curly. The result is rather lovely, like dark honey. I may decide to go lighter eventually, to more of a blonde, and then for the fall/winter I am going to go with either red or violet. Perhaps red first and then violet!
I took a lot of pictures, of course. 😉 First, a ‘before’ picture so you can see the difference: