I really like your new colour!
I have kind of the same story
I am a natural blond with and touch of red (or chestnut), and at one point in my life (kinda long story, includes a sick abusive ex-boyfriend, very bad brake up, all self esteem gone, end of the road-below the bottom feeling and an up to date in her field hairdresser) I had my below waist long blond hair "cut off" (still have the braid somethere), and many hours later came out wich really chestnut colour hair with 3 different highlights and a gorgous sixties haircut.
I honestly had to re-itroduce myself to my friends and coworkers, since I was unrecognizeable! Maybe I should post a photo from before and after
Anyway, after having sunbathed with lemon juice and cooked bubarb root in my hair for natural highlights, I suddenly wasnt blond anymore, and having brown/hazel/greenish eyes, my "new" colour is so much more MY colour than my own colour! Now I cant imagine myself blond, and besides, sometimes I get my own colour in between, and it has changed, it is not all that blond anymore, its more like the colour I dye it (or I dont have a full dye, I think itÂ´s calles a rinse) is more like sharpening my own colour, but I guess if I gave it time and got blond highlights it would be blond as it used to be.
Boy, am I getting really confusing? I am just trying to say, I like myself better with darker hair than blond, and I would never have believed that, when I was blond.
I usually get just a few highlights over a dye or a rinse, just to get more "life" in the haircolour. Having just a few highlights is nothing nearly as expensice as a full highlights, but really does a great deal.