Saturday, 22 November 2014

Dye Damage And Hair Restoration

Post number three and I’m going to talk about my hair and how I have finally restored it to its natural healthy texture. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a self-confessed dye addict and if I’m being honest I dye my hair way too much. I still haven't learnt my lesson though, I'm currently wanting to dye my hair turquoise but I think I'll just keep my normal hair for the moment.

Me and a friend on the way to Comic
My most recent hair disaster occurred when I went from blonde to red and then back to blonde again within eight weeks and completely frazzled my hair. So anyway, I dyed my hair quite a natural shade of blonde but I soon got bored of that so I decided to try out a red dye for the first time in about five years. I actually loved having such a vibrant colour on my hair but I soon found out how annoying the roots could be. This lead to me buying a platinum blonde dye to strip the colour. The results were horrendous, my hair felt like straw and I had to walk around with custard yellow hair for at least a month before I could get it fixed at the hairdressers. I couldn't have done it a worse time either... A week later I went to Comic Con in London and whilst a lot of people dressed strangely, points went to me for the most ridiculous hair colour. 

After a few correctional visits to the hairdressers my hair finally started to look less like straw and more like its usual frizzy self. My split ends and general texture still made my hair look dead and it was impossible to style because it just looked like a rats nest, not a yellow one though so I was at least happy about that. I couldn't use heat because that would only damage it further which meant no blow-drying, no curling and most certainly no straightening. For weeks I could only wear my hair in either a simply ponytail or a bun so I went back to the hairdressers and had it cut again. This time they got rid of all of the damage and my hair became manageable again. As a preventative measure I bought in a variety of products to recondition my hair and to keep the brassy tones away. 

My list of new favourite hair products:
  • Bleach London Silver Shampoo
  • Bleach London Reincarnation Mask
  • Bleach London Hair Crayon (Messed Up Mermaid)
  • Aussie Colour Mate Shampoo
  • Aussie Colour Mate Conditioner
  • Aussie Colour Mate Miracle Dry Shampoo
  • Urban Fudge Iced Raspberry and Vanilla Hair Spray
  • Urban Fudge Sea Salt Spray
  • Got2B Guardian Angel Heat Protection
I alternate between Bleach London and Aussie products for washes and use the dry shampoo as a way to cut down to four washes a week so the ashy tones don't fade from my hair. I have always been a fan of Aussie hair products so I bought those straight away because they protect my colour AND make my hair smell like peaches. As for using Bleach London, I have seen their promotions on Instagram and I have wanted to try them out since they were released, they are now some of my favourite products. I bought the hair crayon as a way to switch up my hair without the commitment though I would love to dye my hair the 'Washed Up Mermaid' colour at some point. The use of Urban Fudge is a no brainer really because just like Aussie, they smell amazing and don't harm your hair too much. If I absolutely need hairspray I always buy theirs and the Salt Spray is a great way to enhance the natural texture of your hair though I am only able to talk about how it works on my hair because mine is naturally wavy and it might not work the same on other people. 

So this is how I have gotten my hair back to normal, has anyone else been as daft as me? Here's a tip, don't bleach your hair at home!

My next post will most likely be about either nail polish/art or a 'What's in my bag?' post so expect one or both of those to be up soon.

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