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Because sometimes a girl just needs to add a little warmth into her life.
When your job is a My Hairdresser Colour Consultant, you help so many on their own Colour adventures that it’s so easy to get caught up on their Colour journeys imagining if you too would suit their Colours. Then the train comes back into the station and you realise your back at your desired location. Until recently.Lately, I have been feeling claustrophobic. For the last 5 years, I have been in a deep and serious love affair with my Hair Colour - 3 Dark Brown. I have been head over heels with the depth and the way it compliments my skin Tone.But I have this bad habit of not taking my own advice and spreading my Colour through my ends of my Hair when I don't really need to. And you know what that means - Colour Build Up - that is making my ends look and feel heavy and my Colour is dull. It's awful and I need a change. But to what? I suit Dark Brown and Blonde is never an option for me and to be honest I dream of being a Light Copper Blonde, until my better judgement kicks in. So I concluded, obviously, I am craving some lightness and warmth, while still keeping my current Colour depth. And with that, I put on my Consultant hat and laid out my path. My Natural Colour is a 4 Medium Brown while my current Colour is 3 Dark Brown, but I have been known to put a squeeze of 1.10 Blue Black or a dash of 5 Light Brown in to fatten up my Colour mixture. Don’t forget that Colour Build Up I mentioned before. So my first step is an easy one: Colour Remove and paying attention to my ends. After 3 rounds of Colour Remover, I have budged out that grotty old Colour, feeling a little more refreshed after each round. It's funny because I am Naturally Dark, my Colour looks the same except for these huge Golden/Red Tones that sparkle through my Hair, which I am happy to see as it shows my Colour Remover has been a success. I start to feel relief and can start to see the life back through my Hair. Plus I don't mind this Colour, but I know Gold isn't really my hue. Next step involves painting in some Highlights through my ends to add variation to my Colour. I want my Highlights unstructured and quite casual, so I will paint them through my ends, leaving a couple of centimetres off my scalp. For my Highlight mixture, I use Bleach and 20 Volume Developer. I want my Highlights slightly Lighter but not too Blonde. I found this part quite exhilarating - I have used Bleach plenty of times on others, I have never used it in my Hair… I consider myself a Colour purest (which also just made me sound like an elitist, but whatever). Now post Colour Remover and Highlighted, all that's left to do is Colour my roots with 5 Light Brown and Tone my full head with 7.1 Ash Blonde. And presto! The 5 gave me a Darker base Colour at my roots that I like, while still being lighter than before and my ends are a nice, Light Brown with delicious Dark butterscotch and caramel flickers thanks to the Toning. Although it might not be dramatic, it's the perfect change up I needed and it’s fun to be on my own Colour adventure, until the New Year where we begin writing about the Colour of 2017 and ill reconsider everything all over again. Lucky I know a great place to get Hair Colour from!
My fellow hot shower lovers, you should really read this.
Photo: Tumblr I love showers. It's my morning shot of coffee or my warm hug that washes away all the horrible from a bad day. I love nothing more than cranking up the heat and scolding my back while filling the bathroom with a steam so thick, it puts any woodland horror movie scene to shame. But recently I was told you can get acne and even worse, wrinkles, from having a shower too hot. You can imagine my distress upon discovering this information and like everything else in my life, my next question was - what about my Hair? Hot showers aren’t just a delicious way to spend some time, they also open up your Hair cuticles and pores in your scalp cleaning out the dirt and oils and styling Product build up. (Looking positive) But (of course there is a but) it will strip your Hair of all your Natural oils, reducing your Hair strength and can even cause breakage. This will make your Hair porous, frizzy and brittle. And if that's not enough, an open cuticle means that a little bit of your Colour will be washed out with each wash, making for a faded Hair Colour. R-I-P bold, vibrant Hair. Deep breath. I need to change my ways now before I become full of acne and wrinkles and not even my Hair can save me. So is the alternative on the other end of the shower handle? Cold showers will do wonders for your Hair and scalp. The cold water closes up your pores and cuticles, keeping the moisture in, creating smoother, shinier and less frizzy Hair - which, as a curly Haired human, is pretty high in my priorities. And just a blast can protect your Hair from further damage, while keeping dirt and grime from getting into your scalp's pores, making your head a happier, glossier one. But a little too much cold will make your Hair flat and strip you of your Volume. But my big question is how will it affect my Colour? Cold water helps lock in the Colour pigment, helping with your Colour maintenance. That's a big win for the cold category. The results did speak for themselves and for those hot mornings it was incredibly refreshing, but (I told you there is always a but) I knew there was only so many more times I cared to have my breath taken away so early in the day. So I needed to find a medium, fast. My conclusion: stick to warm water. You get the benefits of heat to open up your cuticles and pores to remove the grime and oils, without the damage. And my tip: after you have shampooed, cool your water down to wash your conditioner out, for an invigorating end to your shower to lock in the moisture. I like to think of it as setting the internal AC to low, to keep me cool throughout the day. And unfortunately for my former hot shower loving self, the results do speak for themselves. My skin feels better as does my Hair and the other day I was asked for ID at the bottle shop. Warm showers it is.
What can fade your Colour? How can you keep sane and still maintain? Here's how.
Photo: Tumblr You know when you see a puppy that is tied up to a street sign, obsessively waiting and watching for their owner to return and you stop by to pat and console them until they feel better? Yeah, that's how I feel when I see a malnourished Hair Colour. Ok when I say malnourished, I mean under loved. No I mean faded - which ultimately means all those things together. So if I see you with faded Hair, I will pat it just the same way ill try and soothe that sad puppy. I know we live in the great Southern land of sweeping planes and all that, and face a humidity that is crippling to those not used to it, but this doesn't mean we have to look any less fabulous as a result. What can fade your Colour? A combination - sun baking till your like a honey glazed ham, swimming in salt or chlorinated water, regular washing, harsh shampoos, styling products, heat tools… the usual culprits. The real truth they don’t want to tell you is Colour fades. Using quality Products, like ours helps. But when your hitting the Summer season and have a high chance of combining these factors together, your Colour will fade or alter quite a bit quicker. So how can we keep sane and maintain? Thankfully your life doesn’t need to be adjusted too much and you can continue living a normal, happy existence by keeping these tips in mind. Shield your Hair with a Hat. You wouldn’t leave your puppy sitting outside under the sun, don’t do the same to your Hair.Before your day at the beach or poolside, comb some conditioner through it to safeguard it from the water and help stop your Blonde ends from going green. Keep your Hair washing ritual to a minimum. We say no more than 3 times a week is fine and allows for the seasonal extra sweating.Manage your Hair styling by keeping it simple. Less Product and styling tools, more air drying, braids and sleek pony's - which actually look far better with a little grease in the Hair anyway.Watch your shampoo choice. Products like anti-dandruff and clarifying are fantastic to strip your Colour and all its vibrancy. Side note: use them when you’re over your Semi Colour. And maintaining, that's not so bad either. If you’re Blonde or even have Blonde Highlights, Toning is your saving grace. It’s always incredible how a small act can take you from trashy to classy in 20 minutes. Topping up your Regrowth? Stick to your Regrowth. Don’t be painting that Colour through to your ends every time, creating Colour Build Up and heavy Hair, in the hope it will refresh your ends - it won’t. Stick with the Colour Top Up Technique. That also counts for those of you who lose vibrancy as quick as your ice cream melts. Revitalise with the Colour Top Up Technique. Don’t make your Summer Hair, your Winter body. You can have it all people.