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Another Open Letter to Sun-In Hair Lightener

Probably the most visited post of mine is one of my first, which was an Open Letter to Sun-In Hair Lightener.  I was quite pleased with the results that smallish, beach-babe-clad, $7 bottle of glorified peroxide gave me.  And I still am!  So here is a quick follow-up Open Letter for those of you wondering if it really works:

Dear Sun-In,

I hope things are well.  I’m writing to you again because, as you know, our relationship has stayed strong since we first began interacting.  You are always there for me when I need you.  You are consistent, not too rough, smell pretty OK, and rarely let me down.  You are, much like myself, better in the summer time, but you are still pretty good in the off-seasons, at least with keeping a handle on the roots.

I am so grateful to have you around.
Even though that first winter was kind of tough and you dried my hair out a little and I had to search to find the right blend of salon-quality macadamia oil to put in before I blew-dry my hair & moisturizing conditioner to balance out your drying tendencies.  But really you were just trying to encourage me to go back to my curly ways and give my poor, over-heated tresses a much needed break.  And even though you could’ve found a better way to tell me I’m still glad you cared.

I love the way, each summer, you seem to come even more alive.  You turn an already perfect day at the beach into an extra-perfect day because when I get home my hair is almost a whole shade lighter!  And you respect my natural highlights, which I love.  You don’t try to change me, Sun-In, you just try to improve what’s already there by giving those highlights an extra boost.  You’ve helped me really transition over the past year and a half into a full-fledged blondie by empowering those blonde highlights that used to turn white when I was 6 and played outside all day ever day.

I can’t thank you enough for your help.  And your encouragement.  And your friendship.  Here’s to another 10 years of this beautiful relationship.  (but with less sunburn from sitting outside at Starbucks, from here on out, ok?)




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Photo on 6-16-13 at 7.36 PM #3

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An Open Letter to Sun In Hair Lightener

[EDIT: This post gets a lot of traffic and I think it’s because people want to see how well it really works.  So I’ve added some “before” photos to accompany the after.  I’m also posting a follow-up that you can find HERE]

Dear Sun In,

Let me just say that you are truly a marvelous product.

Sometime in June, I think, a friend put some beautiful blonde highlights into my brown hair.

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I loved them, but alas, they began to grow out.  Also, I found myself wanting more, more, more blonde!  I am not a girl with lots of spare cash to get my hair done every few weeks.  I am also not a girl that begs her poor friend to dye her hair every few weeks, for what can only qualify as charity.

Thus, I presented with a problem:  I wanted more blonde, on a serious budget and I didn’t know how to get it.

Enter: Sun In.

I somehow managed to escape the entirety of my adolescence without having ever actually tried this product out.  I really had no idea what to expect.  I googled your reviews, to try to gauge whether or not you’d would be worth a try.  Some of your reviews were good and spoke of your ease.  Some of your reviews, however, were pretty harsh.  It was a very polarized fact-finding mission, I must say.  I decided to take a chance on you, Sun In.  I decided to trust the smiling beach babe, on this pink & orange spray bottle.  She oozed confidence from her beautiful, beachy blonde hair and her turquoise halter top.

I brought you home, read the directions, and began my journey.  Though you boasted a scent of “Tropical Breeze”, I wasn’t totally in love with your smell.  “Oh well,” I thought, “Small price to pay.”  I did as the directions said and sprayed you on my damp hair and then attacked said hair with my blow-dryer.  I cannot tell a lie (actually, I can, I’m just choosing not to right here) I was expecting a more drastic difference after my first use.  BUT, I was happy to see that my hair did not turn orange, like some of those scathing reviews on the interwebz said it might.

What happened over the new few weeks was a static regiment of using you with each shower I took.  I also realize that, despite the description on your bottle thats says to use the blow-dryer to bring out highlights faster if I can’t wait for the sun, the sun certainly has a much more dramatic flair for blonding my hair.  I have had people ask if I dyed my hair after I spent a day by a pool, with you in my hair, even though they just saw me the day before.  That is quick working.

Sun In, this is only part 1 of why I love you so much.  Not only did you bring so much more blonde to the first set of highlights, thus giving me a flawless summer, beach hair, but you also have proven to be something of a Spartan warrior when it comes to combatting roots!  Sun In, you have somehow made worry about my roots inconsequential!  You have managed, despite your lack of a licensed cosmetologist within your bottle (as far as I know), to turn my roots a shade of blonde that blends perfectly with the lightest of the bleached highlights and the darkest of where my roots begin.



[DISCLAIMER:  my hair is only blow-dried, not straightened.  I know it looks bad.]

Sun In!  You have saved me so many dollars!  Actually, you have saved my hair from looking less-than-stellar, because, let’s be real here… I wasn’t going to spend the money either way.  For  a cost of >$5 per bottle, you have flawlessly maintained my sun-kissed, summer beach bum look, despite the shamefully small amount of time I actually spent at the beach this summer.

Sun In, I just wanted to thank you.  Thank you for shining as a beacon of hope in your near neon colored bottle and your real-life 90s barbie spokesmodel on your front.  You are truly an understated product and one that makes my life just a little bit nicer.

I hope we stay friends forever and ever.



[UPDATE: See the newest Open Letter for follow-up photos]

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