Fresh Blonde (and it’s my wedding anniversary!)

Nadine Jolie Courtney hair Paul Jean

Fresh blonde: is there anything better?

These past few years, my hair has steadily been going gray at the roots. I’m starting to make peace with the fact that I’m no spring chicken, but it is still rather alarming to see deeper lines, little red spots that don’t go away even with the best serums, and, yes, all the gray. So. Much. Gray.

My savior has been Paul Jean at Paul Jean Salon in Beverly Hills. I’ve seen him for years for cuts, but he’s only been my trusty, I-won’t-see-anybody-else colorist for the past two years. Paul Jean’s color genius is in his balayage: his artful painting of highlights and lowlights designed to look more natural than old school foils. (When I see old photos of myself with my formerly white blonde hair, I’m shocked by how brassy it was.) The color grows out so well that I only return to the hair salon every few months: a big deal for a blonde who used to live from color appointment to color appointment.

Despite having next to no free time recently (putting up new Instagram posts was taxing!), today is my one year wedding anniversary with Erik, and I wanted to look fresh and feel my best for the occasion–so heading to see Paul Jean was a no brainer.

Tonight, Erik and I are going to dinner, toasting to the past year and having made it past the newlyweds phase, and marveling at how much our lives have changed. Here’s to year two!


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  1. Heather

    Congrats to both of you. I hope your honeymoon phase of life never leaves you..