Having coloured hair can look great but having coloured hair that’s been neglected can (does) look fucking, dreadful. It’s a massive, no longer a secret, pet peeve of mine. There you go.
Like always, I’ll be the first to admit how it is. My hair has been battered over the past year, I’ve seen worse, mines still not great but you can choose to tackle it or not. That’s why I wanted to post something about it. How I take care of my hair, what I’m doing to get it back to its original healthy state, how I enjoy it and reaching my ultimate hair goal. It’s always interesting to know the odd hair secret, so I’m going to share mine, not that they are revolutionary.
My hair is another theme throughout my blog just like my health. I’ve had my fair share of ups and downs and who doesn’t want to read about that? We can all be a bit nosey, but especially the down times, every one appreciates a fail story, I know I’m always on YouTube watching salon disasters. Admit it. However recently, I’m finally on my way to getting my hair sorted and where I want it to be.
I’ve now found a reasonable salon which is Toni & Guy in Tunbridge Wells and have found an amazing colour technician Aislinn who is based there. I used to think people that worked at Toni & Guy were a bit pretentious and I didn’t really like the entire branding of the salons and honestly thought it was a bit much. However growing up and revisiting them as a salon I appreciate a lot of training they go through, following and practicing the latest trends and products. I know a lot of other independent salons can be like that as well but they’re either way out of my price range or reasonable but lack a load of passion, I really don’t get that.
Toni & Guy’s reputation is a good one, for a good reason because you’re required to be a candidate thats passionate and have involvement with their academies so that you can reach Toni and Guys level of skill. I still do think that finding the right person is key so don’t quote me that Toni & Guy will be for you. Having an understanding and connection with a hairstylist and/or colour technician is important. I’m very happy and content I finally have a reliable place to go to and have no reason to worry about silly fuck ups.
Pink isn’t my ultimate goal however with my little situation that happened last summer (I’ll link the post below) has put a tiny spanner in the works.
My, some what ‘hair goal,’ was to have ashy, blonde hair with natural roots, I wanted it very cool toned as I carry a lot of warmth in my hair and skin tone. I’ve been so on and off with wanting to go silver, grey, white but I’m not sure if its worth it anymore. It can be such a challenge. People do manage to get there and it can look ok but to achieve a true, ‘natural’ look with that colour, I believe can be bloody difficult. I’ve seen quite a few people that have tried to achieve that look and have ended up with a few light strands but mainly yellow streak throughout. I’ve then seen people who might have the colour almost spot on but have severely damaged hair. I think you can only achieve it with a very skilful technician and they can be hard to find or extremely expensive.
Either way, from what my previous hairdresser did in August my hair needed to be colour corrected. In the short term, my new colour girl Aislinn coved up my awful bleach job with a two toned, artsy pink look. She covered the awful yellow tones throughout my hair and it was a fun way to get through the next few months, until my hair was healthy again to get colour correct.
January. My hair actually felt in such great condition to get bleached again but corrected this time. In order to do this Aislinn had to pull the bleach up onto my virgin hair. However the pink that was previously applied had stuck to my natural, virgin hair. There’s the spanner. Although covering the awful bleach job with a fashion colour was fun and looked amazing I didn’t think it would still be in my hair after 5 months. Hence why I’ve gone back to pink. As she applied the bleach onto my natural hair near my roots, it lifted very well but to a deep, light pink and the rest of my hair (except obviously my roots) were pretty much white. Therefore, for the short term, yet again, I am letting pink cure my hair issues, once again.
We are hoping that the pink banding at the top will fade within the next 6 to 8 weeks so that another round of bleaching can be applied to lift the pink completely, to then be able to achieve the ultimate look I want. If it really does go tits up and what I want doesn’t entirely suit me, I think I’ll ask for a very ashy, grey, blue/ purple toner to darken it down.
I’ve never gone extreme and experimented much with my hair so rather than get low about it possibly not working out and wasting money I’m going to make it a positive outcome non the less. As vain as it sounds, I just don’t want to pay to look ugly, i don’t think anyone does! I guess you have to try these things to figure it out for yourself.
Now, finally onto maintenance. If I’m planning to book myself in to get bleached again, in just under two months I have to basically treat my hair like a new born. If I’m going to go ahead with something, I want to do it well. My hair needs to retain its health. So, lets talk hair products.
I have currently purchased Olaplex no.3, which is a sort after hair brand that not many salons are using as of yet. I ordered Olaplex no.3 which is the conditioning treatment. At £25 for tiny bottle I am going to treat it like gold. I am currently drafting up a post on this product. Therefore I won’t go into too much detail but very briefly, it’s a very special chemical treatment that I’m planning on using once a week/every fortnight. If you are curious about hair and products are out there, I’d highly recommend looking up this brand and seeing what it can offer your hair when used correctly.
Hair oil is a must have. I use Moroccan oil and apply a pump to my whole head, mainly towards the ends when my hair is damp. I do this so that it has a chance to embed itself into my hair whilst it dries, like a leave in conditioner. I find my hair responds to that quite well and finds it very nourishing. It is also great on dry hair. When my hair was really damaged, sometimes after a day or two it would really dry up. I would then normally wake up on the second/third day apply dry shampoo as you do, take half a pump of hair oil and apply it through the ends of my hair to waken it up a bit.
Another tip is conditioner. It doesn’t really matter what one you use but leaving it on your hair for even 10 to 15 minutes longer than normal each time you wash you hair can do wonders. I’d wash my hair a few hours before bed, leave the conditioner on for an hour whilst having dinner etc, wash it out, towel dry it and go to bed. I am not a fan of blow drying my hair as I’m a bit pants, so I’ve gotten into the habit of going to bed with damp hair and hoping for the best in the morning. Most mornings I’d wake up with pretty shiny, healthy hair the only time it wouldn’t really work and go greasy is because my hair didn’t need those treatments anymore and had regained its healthiness. This may not work for every one so depends on your hair type, I could imagine this might make people get dandruff so do be aware this may not work for you.
Now, maintaining pink hair. At this stage, I’m annoyed that the pink doesn’t really want to cling to my hair and is eager to fade because I have another 6 weeks to wait but I assume it is due to the slight bit of damage. However on the other hand maybe thats a good sign, although I’m really not up for fashioning very pale pink, yellow hair just yet. Thats why I’m trying to maintain this pink look for atleast a month.
I’ve been using the Bleach London range in Rose and I swear by it as does the rest of the population as its often sold out. The shampoo has recently run out, so I’m using a Wella colour protector and colour enhancer shampoo and teaming it with the Bleach London Rose conditioner. That leaves the hair with a pinky hue but I leave it on for around 10 minutes so the effect is a lot deeper.
After a week of getting my hair done I’ve already had to top up the pink with the Bleach London Rose dye. I left that on for 20 minutes and followed it with the Wella shampoo and the Rose conditioner. Depending on how things go, I’m hoping my hair will calm down and that the colour will stick a bit longer so that dying my hair won’t be a regular occurrence. When the 6 weeks have come and gone I’m again hoping the fading processes would have been manageable.
In the mean time, I’m going to have fun with it and try and embrace it because hair is just, hair. Pink doesn’t always have to be girly and barbie like, I might plan on doing some grunge looks and maybe mess around with salt sprays. I have also been playing around with my Babyliss Perfect Curl tool but have since, obviously had quite a bit of my hair lobbed off and now with different coloured hair, I’m not sure how it will look. Possibly a bit much? Maybe thats something to have a go on, create a candy floss look. Ugh. Watch this space.
Thank you if you’ve managed to reach to the end of this post, it was a lengthy one but I hope the content was somewhat helpful and interesting. Check the links below and especially check out Aislinn’s work, she a true hair artist.
How My Hair Dresser Destroyed My Hair – http://graceoliviablog.co/?p=513
Aislinn @ Toni & Guy Tunbridge Wells instagram – @smashlinn (www.instagram.com/smashlinn)
Bleach London Rose Bundle – http://tinyurl.com/z68xjzg
Twitter – https://twitter.com/goliviaphotog