I used to be very scared of changing up my hair, I didn`t dye it and I kept it a simple medium length style . Lately though I`ve been experimenting a bit more, especially when it comes to color. I had a ombre since last spring but it was mostly gone since my hair grows quite quickly and I trim it regularly. This time I took the plunge and went for a balayage that starts a few inches from my roots. I am a true brunette so even though the highlighted parts aren`t that blond the change to my look has been quite severe. It did take some getting used to but I do love it and have no regrets . I also needed to learn to work with it from changing up my haircare routine to changing up my makeup and wardrobe . My new hairstyle triggered a whole wave of changes and I will tell you all about them, so keep on reading.
I basically changed my whole haircare routine ,adding some new steps and changing some of the products to cater to color treated hair.
Firstly I switched to a paraben free shampoo for color treated hair . This is important even if you don`t have bleached hair because it will make your color last longer.
I also added a purple shampoo to combat brassiness . It is definitely not a gimmicky product , I was very surprised with what a difference it made after a few uses .
I have started doing a mask with either olive or coconut oil once a week , before washing my hair I put in the oil from my ear down and leave it for half an hour to an hour. I then wash it and condition normally.
I have also found a hair mask that was recommended by my hairstylist ( she actually used it after dying my hair). It really is great and surprisingly affordable even though it might be hard to find it in other countries I will leave the one I use bellow but you can get any other hair mask just make sure it is for color treated hair and it is as moisturising as possible. I also used the mask as my conditioner for the first two weeks after dying just to bring as much moisture as possible. (Kallos Placenta Hair mask)
Leave in products
I have also started using a leave in oil . I know these products are quite controversial but I like how they make my hair feel and they also get rid of any frizz.
I have touched on this in my latest favorites post(link), but I have been trying to wash my hair every 3 (even four ) days. Frequent washing deteriorates your hair and also it means I style it less and use heat less frequently. To get away with three day hair I have been relying on a couple of products.
Dry shampoo, my new best friend, is a life saver. I swear by the Batiste Dry shampoo. I think everyone already knows about dry shampoo and Batiste but if you don`t you need to try it , it will change your life (maybe a bit dramatic but I do love it). I am usually ok for the first two days and on the third I bring in the dry shampoo.
Another tool I use to keep my hair presentable for a few days is a good hairspray . I admit I still use my curling wand ( I know it`s not good for my hair) but I feel the need to add a few waves and with balayage hair it looks best with a bit of a messy wave. To keep a bit of wave in my hair I use a good strong hold hairspray. I know strong hold hairsprays can be crispy but personally I have found one that is not too bad.
Since I have always been a brunete with brown eyes I kept my makeup on the coral side. I never liked how pinks looked on me and the same thing happened with blushes. I kept my lips in a reedy shade or plum maybe something coral and just some contour. Now I am starting to wear more pinky nudes with a bit of pinky blush and bronzer .I also can`t wait to do a really golden sun-kissed look for the summer.
As for clothing even though I still like how my hair looks with an all black outfit (I don`t look as goth as I used to with my dark hair) I`ve also been loving white and even PINK yeah you heard me I did say pink . I have a silky dressing gown that is a very shocking shade of pink with a bit of a berry undertone and it has been my favorite thing to wear . Unfortunately it isn`t appopriet to wear in public and I haven`t been able to find a shirt I liked quite that pink. Anyways enough about my dressing gown what I want to say is that lightening the color has really made me wear more color and light fabrics.
If you are also contemplating making a change this spring I say go for it, chances are you will enjoy something new , and lets be honest in today`s world you can just as easily change it if you don`t like it. Hope this post helps you out and that you enjoyed it!