Thanks botticelli, I personally dont think you can beat your own natural colour, as it always matches everything ie. eyes, skin tone. Highlights are always a good idea.
I was at my daughters playgroup today and so far everyone has said they really like my new do, but couldn't decide which they prefered because it was so different. The playgroup leader said to me;
"I like your hair it looks really glamorous, but I prefer it curly, I think you're more of a CURLY GIRL! "
So now I feel like a bit of a traitor to my curls