People ask me about my hair alot. I mean I do kinda look like a My Little Pony so I can understand why. Maintaining colourful hair can be a tricky thing so I thought it would be a nice idea to write a post dedicated to my personal hair tips and tricks. All of these questions are ones I have been asked in the past but if there’s any you have that I don’t answer then leave them in the comments and I will get back to you.
What is your natural hair colour?
Naturally I have incredibly dark brown hair with the slightest tinge of auburn. I have to bleach my hair first in order to attain the colour I want.
What bleach do you use and how often do you bleach your hair?
I used to get my roots bleached at the hair dressers when I could afford it and would 100% recommend you do this if you can afford it, especially if this is your first experience with bleach. However now I am a student and don’t have a job any more I can’t afford to do this so I use Live Colour XXL Max Blonde 00B (which is for dark hair, 00A is for lighter hair). I find this easy to apply, it’s pretty cheap and it does the job. I also love the conditioner they provide in the box, it leaves my hair feeling soften than it was before I bleached it! I tend to wait until my roots are pretty long before I bleach them because it takes a while to do. I have been known to wait 6 months between bleaches because I don’t mind rocking my roots however every 2 months would avoid that. The key is to not bleach bits that have already been bleached because that damages the hair. Another tip to keep bleached hair in good condition is to avoid heat as much as possible. Keep straightening and blow-drying to a minimum and use good conditioner.
What colour/brand of hair dye do you use?
I’ve only ever used Directions because it is available locally (and on Amazon if you don’t have a local retailer). Through the years I’ve used most of their colours however my favourite pink shade is Cerise. I’ve also mixed Rose Red with Carnation Pink to create a similar shade and have been know to dabble in Flamingo Pink. Cerise starts of really rich, almost purpley then fades to a lovely bright pink before going to a soft candyfloss shade. I like dyes that fade nicely because I actually hate dying my hair so like to leave as long as possibly (usually 2 months) between applications. I also love that you can combine the colours with conditioner to lighten the shade, I’ve experimented with this in the past when mixing colours and it works really well.
How do you maintain the colour?
Honestly my main tip is to not wash your hair that often. I know this isn’t feasible for everybody, I am lucky enough to have the sort of hair that only really needs washing once a week. However this tip can apply to anyone- if you wash your hair daily maybe try every other day or even once ever three days. It all helps. Trying to wash your hair with cooler water also helps maintain colour for longer. The care products you use will also effect the longevity of your colour but I will talk about that more in my next question. One tip I have tried in the past is to mix a tiny bit of the dye in with your conditioner so that every time you wash your hair you are slightly topping up the colour. This is effective but can be a little messy so I don’t bother any more.
What products do you use on your hair?
I use Superdrug’s Revitalising Raspberry & Macadamia Nut Shampoo and Conditioner when washing my hair. My hair really likes it so I’ve been using the same stuff regularly for about a year now. It’s formulated especially for coloured hair so that’s always a good sign. It makes my hair super soft, smells amazing and is only £1.99 a bottle! Amazing products for the price. After washing my hair I always use Alterna Bamboo Colour Care UV Fade-Proof Fluide whilst it is still damp. This adds loads of shine and super smoothness to my hair. It may be a little pricey but trust me- a little goes a long way. I have had the same tube for at least a year. Occasionally I will give my hair a little treat and use Alterna Bamboo Colour Protection Deep Hydration Mask on my hair. I tend to use this if it’s been partially sunny and my hairs feeling a little dry, it perks it up perfectly. I keep meaning to try some on Lush’s hair treatments and masks too, I will let you know how that goes. Dry shampoo is your friend to help perk hair up between washes without fading the colour. I usually use the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Blush because it’s easy to get hold of and smells lovely. I am planning on trying the new Colab range as well after I smelt one my sister had and was blown away.
I hope this has answered some questions for you. Feel free to leave any more questions or any of your own tips in the comments section. Oh, if you hadn’t already guessed all of the hair accessories worn in the selfies are from Crown and Glory.