So I went short and red. (Well, "slightly-inverted ear-length layered bob" and "medium copper-red #6"). It's that same slightly-streaky shade all over; what looks like my natural brown is just a shadow, since this pic was taken with a cell phone in the parking lot of the salon where I had it done.)
InSpa; there's one about three blocks from this salon.
And bang goes sixpence. Or at least the rest of my tax return play money. But I feel like I look good, and that helps me motivate into other other ways of looking good. Next up, back on that Wii Fit Plus.