Sunday, 5 April 2015

From Dark Brown to Blonde and Back

My hair has been on one hell of a journey in the last 2 years or so. It began with a subtle blonde dip dye to almost a full head of platinum blonde hair and gradually back to dark brown.

It’s funny because pre dip dye, I was very conscious of bleaching my hair again as the last time had completely fried my hair (although back then I didn’t exactly take care of my hair so that didn’t help). After many months of contemplating I decided to take the plunge. I loved my dip dye hair as it was subtle and could be styled with either straight or curly hair but as it grew out I decided to go lighter and lighter.
Ombre can be low maintenance however after bleaching for a third time to achieve the ashy platinum colour I’d always wanted my hair began to look and feel crispy. The colour was quick to turn brassy so having to use purple shampoo every single wash dried my hair out even more. Even with treatments such as Moroccanoil (my absolute holy grail!) my hair was still looking dry thus my decision to go darker. I didn’t want to completely jump back to my natural hair colour as it would’ve been too drastic so I thought dying my hair a light chestnut brown would be fine, boy was I wrong… That day I spent at least a total of 4 hours in the salon because my hair just wouldn’t take to the colour, the technician was forced to try 3 different methods to dye my hair, with the final time having to completely strip all the colour she had previous applied and re-dying again with a different product. At this point my hair was completely dead and I was forced to cut a chunk of my hair off. Within a few weeks the colour started fading from the tips of my hair, this did however give a nice ombre effect however with my roots showing through I decided to go darker and aim for my natural colour.
This time instead of forking out £75 like the previous time, I popped into my local boots and searched for the shade darkest brown/almost black (as black would be too harsh for me). I picked up the L’Oreal Recital Preference in Brazilia 3 and honestly I have never been so pleased with a home colour kit, it has made my lifeless locks look healthy and shiny! The dye promotes anti-fading and colour which lasts up to 6 weeks and this was exactly what I was looking for. It’s been a week since I’ve dyed my hair and the colour has faded only the slightest, I’m loving being dark at the moment but some days I do miss having a shade of blonde in my hair… (The life of a woman!)
Products used during my hair transformation:

1. Moroccanoil – £31.85
As previously mentioned this is my absolute holy grail! This oil does wonders for porous hair and makes my hair feel amazing after every use. 
2. L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Masque – £5.19
As I currently use the Shampoo and Conditioner from the same range, I wanted to try out the hair mask. This product smells lovely and leaves my hair feeling silky and smooth. When my hair was completely frazzled, I would smother my hair with this product, leave it in overnight and wash it out in the morning. This really did help to add moisture back into my hair. I definitely would recommend as it’s so inexpensive.
3. VO5 Plump it up – £4.19
I needed a heat defence spray and this one happened to be for blow drying purposes which helps to amplify hair. Perfect!
4. Moroccanoil Moisture Repair Shampoo & Conditioner - £39.90
These products are the bomb! The conditioner leaves my hair feeling amazing, almost as good as new! The shampoo however doesn’t foam up as much as I’d like but still a lovely product. As they’re both quite pricey I tend to use these once a week as a treatment.
Happy Easter! Pui x

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