A New Look. A New Me | Atea Beauty

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It’s been about five years, since I’ve been to the salon. I used to go every couple of months from the time I was thirteen, until the time I was twenty-five. I stopped going back in the fall of 2011. It wasn’t for any particular reason. It just wasn’t something that I deemed as a priority anymore. Around the time I stopped going, I quit the job I had at the time by choice (It’s a long story, so there’s no need to go into details. It doesn’t matter anymore, because it was so long ago). Fast forward a couple of years and as time went on, it was easier and easier just to not go. I was happy with my hair at the time and didn’t really want a change or was able to be dead set about a new look.

Over the past couple of months, I had been wanting a change, but I wasn’t able to decide what I wanted to have done, until about a month ago. I can be a pretty impulsive person. Once I get an idea in my head or find something new to love, I’m usually gung-ho about it and become obsessed with it for a few weeks or months, and then I’m just meh about it or over it completely (Obviously, there are a lot of exceptions, like the fact, I’ve played piano for 25 years – proof, I’ve stuck with something).

I wanted a more modern, chic, and updated hairstyle rather than the boring hair that I had. I was tired of my hair, because it was very one-dimensional. My hair was incredibly blah, hence me wanting a new look.

My husband was out of town, when I texted him and told him the new idea I was planning for my hair. He told me to wait (not like I need permission or anything, but he knows how impulsive I can be). Instead, I went ahead and still booked my appointment, so I would already have it scheduled just in case the salon was busy. And also so I would still have an appointment, even if I changed my original idea to something else.

I found Atea Beauty on instagram maybe a year ago (I actually find out about most businesses and restaurants in Lexington through instagram. I use the hashtag #sharethelex, which helps me find out about so many things that Lexington has to offer. In fact, our tourism department created the hashtag back in 2013 and even created a video to go along with and to encourage us Lexingtonians to use it). I’ve been to several salons here in Lexington over the years, but this is the first time that I have been to Atea!


Atea Beauty is located in downtown Lexington at 301 East Vine Street. In Polynesian mythology, Atea is the giver of light. Atea Beauty says on their website:

“Our goal is to bring some light to your life and hair. Atea Beauty opened with the goal to provide a chic and elegant ‘city-like’ salon experience with a friendly and welcoming ‘southern charm’ environment.”

There are so many people that go to Atea to get that ombre/balayage/babylights/sombre/etc. look, so they really know what they are doing. I just knew I had to go there to get my hair done. I really have been obsessed with that particular look. When it’s done right, it can look so amazing. It adds so much more dimension to your hair. It’s low-maintenance, which is a plus, if that’s your thing (you can let it grow out and it will still look good or you can add more darker pieces or even lighten it up a bit. The possibilities are endless). I can be pretty high maintenance. I don’t mind spending quite a bit of money to make myself or hair look good. If you look good, then you’ll feel good, which then in return equals even more confidence. Hair is not just hair to me. You will never ever hear me say things like, “Hair is just hair” or “Cut it, it’ll grow out!” That’s not me or my mindset at all.


Something you should know about my hair: It’s extremely thick and coarse. All of my life people have thought my hair was naturally curly, but it isn’t. It’s straight. It’s the weirdest thing. It is just one of the those things, you would have to see in person. I’ve always hated the texture of my hair, but at Atea, my stylist, Becca used some wonderful products on my hair. My hair looked as if it were a completely different texture. My hair was soft and smooth and looked and felt like what I  would consider as “normal.” At the end of the month, I plan on going back and purchasing the exact products, because they did amazing things for my hair.

I was kind of nervous, because it was pretty different than what I was used to previously. Usually, in the past, I have opted for a solid, all-over color, when getting my hair done at a salon (I was born with golden blonde hair, but by the time I was five years old, it had turned into medium to dark brown). I’ve been a redhead, various shades of brown, and even platinum blonde.









I wanted to take my boring, one-dimensional hair to an elevated level with lots of dimension and that’s exactly what Atea did! I am so happy with my hair. It’s like a brand new me!

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  • Rebecca Bryant

    WOw it looks amazing. Very healthy and full. Great hair makeover for sure.

  • It looks gorgeous! I love the change. I also have very thick hair. It’s wavy, so not straight or curly, and it’s got a bunch of weird textures in it. I wish I lived closer because I would definitely visit that salon!

  • Love your new look! So pretty and healthy looking

  • There is absolutely nothing like a stylist who is creative and listens. You look amazing.

  • Jessica Hughes

    This looks so great on you! Great for fall!

  • Kimberly Stroh

    Everyone is getting a new Fall cut and color! I need to go too. It looks great on you!

  • Love your hair! You look so beautiful.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • OurMiniFamily

    The before & after transformation is stunning–you look so radiant in your after photos, and you can really tell that your inner light is shining through because you feel beautiful! It’s magical what a little makeover can do for a girl’s confidence!

  • Amanda

    Wow…very pretty! I love it. Love the color and the cut.

  • GORGEOUS! You look absolutely fabulous!

  • Taylor Smith

    Your hair looks totally beautiful! I love the ombre-bayalage look. I’m rocking it too right now (but mostly because I’m too lazy to get my roots touched up) lol

  • LOVE IT!! I’m in desperate need of a cut and color soon!

  • Wendy Polisi

    Wow, you look amazing! I don’t go to the salon often either but actually have been thinking about making an appointment soon.

    • Thanks so much! I can’t believe I went so long without going, because I used to go like 6-8 times a year for 12 years!

  • Rachel Catherine

    It looks beautiful! The color looks really natural. I love your dress too. Very cute!

  • Amanda Love

    Change is always nice especially when it comes to your hair! I am loving the new look. I get bored with my hair easily and changing my hairstyle from time to time definitely helps!

  • Allison Lancaster

    I need a change for my hair, ,this looks so good on you!

  • That salon is gorgeous and so is your hair!

  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    Wow, you look better! I love your new hair style and color, you made the right decision!

  • First I thought u were showing us your home. Atea looks like a real cozy place to get your hair done and your hair is FAB!

    • I love the style of their salon. I’m definitely going to style our new home (when we buy one) sort of similar… Like white furniture and white walls.

  • I think your hair looked nice before but it is gorgeous now too. It looks healthy and manageable. My hair is super thick as well.

  • Rebecca Wilson

    Your hair looks so great! I need to do something new with mine 🙂

  • Denea Duran

    Your hair looks so good and healthy. I love the color and it looks so manageable. I had to cut my hair recently because the bleach from dying it fried my hair.

  • Thanks so much!! I never get my nails done. I usually do them myself or use the glue-on kind for like $7. Everyone always thinks I have went to the salon!

  • Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Thanks!

  • Thanks so much!! I love doing different things with my hair and changing it up. Well color. I never ever cut my hair… Just get trims!

  • You look stunning! It has been ages since I treated myself to a salon/spa! I try to indulge every six months, but I think the last time I went was over a year ago! LOL! Your post certainly reminded me to pamper myself once in awhile!

  • Theresa

    Your hair looks awesome after! You found a really good salon because they pulled off this hair style very well.