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Going Back to Blonde: Rob Pizzuti Works His Magic

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It's the first time in over four years that I've been blonde. I keep staring at myself in the mirror and doing a double take. I'm a natural blonde--when I was younger I had golden blonde hair, and I loved it. But as I got older, it gradually faded to the point it was a lovely shade which I can only describe as dishwater brown. Rob Pizzuti from Hair Artisans reached out asking if I wanted my hair done, and I was so excited. Who doesn't want an award winning stylist doing their hair?

But as the day approach, I become more apprehensive. I have huge trust issues with my hair. I very rarely leave a salon thinking "wow, I love this!" Embarrassingly, I felt more nervous going to get my hair done than going to my job interviews in the same week.

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 before--my natural colour

As the date of my appointment drew nearer, I began sourcing inspiration photos. I'm the kind of person who does research on everything, so I knew I wanted the perfect picture to reflect how I wanted my hair to look.

I really wanted the ends to be lighter and have the overall effect of blonde hair, without having too much up-keep. As someone who goes to the hairdresser maybe once a year, I wanted it to be as easy to maintain as possible. 

When I arrived at Hair Artisans, I was surprised to see how busy it was, considering it was 11 a.m. on a Thursday. Almost every chair was filled and the staff were hustling. I waited for Rob to finish up some amazing blue hair on a younger client before we talked about what I wanted. He already had an idea in mind to keep a natural, sun-kissed look. I showed him the inspiration photos, and soon after he got to work highlighting my hair. 

He did a full head of highlights, with two shades of blonde. After he washed them out, he added a gloss all over to keep my hair shiny and healthy looking. For anyone who has had blonde hair, you know how challenging keeping blonde hair shiny is. Jan Vandenbroeck cut and styled my hair, and I was finished! (It wasn't that instantaneous though--I was in the salon close to four hours that day!)

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hair artisans, rob pizzuti, Katherine lake, blonde, highlights, full highlights, beauty blogger

hair artisans, rob pizzuti, Katherine lake, blonde, highlights, full highlights, beauty blogger

hair artisans, rob pizzuti, Katherine lake, blonde, highlights, full highlights, beauty blogger

hair artisans, rob pizzuti, Katherine lake, blonde, highlights, full highlights, beauty blogger

you can really see the highlighs here--and my dad is thrilled that I'm blonde again becuase he thinks I look more like him. What a strange little man. 

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I have a huge love-hate relationship with my hair. I get so many compliments on it, but I really hate dealing with it most of the time. It's either too frizzy or tangled, it's too long or too short, too blonde or too dark. There are very few times in my life when I've ever been completely happy with my hair.

This time around, I really love my hair. I'm not sure how easy it will be to maintain, but I am enjoying it. One of the hardest things has been readjusting my makeup routine so that I don't look too washed out. The colours that worked with my complexion with darker hair aren't quite cutting it now.

My overall experience was amazing. Rob, and the rest of the staff at Hair Artisans, were really friendly. The salon itself was beautiful. There were blue and pink ambient lights above the mirrors, comfy cushions at the reception, and reclaimed wood walls. If I'm going to spend four hours in a place, I want it to look beautiful and it definitely lived up to my expectations.

If you're looking for a place to get your hair done in Toronto, I would highly recommend Rob and the salon. You can learn more about their services on their website. And if you let Rob know that I sent you, you can get $20 off your next visit!

xoxo K