As a self proclaimed girly-girl, my hair is something that I without a doubt make sure is taken care of and looking its best at
all most times.
I’m notorious for drastically switching up my hair color; dark to light, light to dark, long to short back to long, it’s always changing.
So here is my 2016 Hair Transformation, ya’ll ready?!
END OF 2015 my hair was like this; light brown with soft caramel highlights
BEGINNING OF 2016, I went back to my natural; DARK! This was literally the second day after dying it basically black. This is going to sound crazy but EVEN THOUGH its my natural color, it just scares me I’m not used to having this dark of hair, and I end up hating it!
Long & Dark
My hair ended up growing even longer than that, probably another 3 inches *yikes*
So then I-
decided I was going to do ombre. I cut and started the lightening process
Going from almost black hair to bleach blonde is a PROCESS! If you’ve done it before then YOU KNOW. Not only can you not do it in one sitting but you go through orange- brassy yellow stages and it’s NOT CUTE!
After a few times of going back to add/tone the existing blonde
It started getting better but then, as always it fades and goes brassy
And shortly after I went to Florida, the sun turned it bright yellow
To which, I had to go back and tone/add more bleach
So when you tone your hair, it essentially makes your hair darker to cut out any brassy unwanted tones so my hair looked like it was back to dark here-
But after a few routine washes it went back to a blonde but I was struggling with the brassy tone, it just kept coming back because each time I added blonde higher up, it had to go through the dark hair
Toned it again and finally it was coming to a nice soft ashy blonde
Once I reached this stage I stopped with the hair appointments to let me hair breath. At the end of November right before Disney, I went one last time for a toning.
So with some Florida sun it’s currently like this – It’s the best ashy blonde tone, hasn’t gone brassy AT ALL *hallelujah* and I’m growing my hair out long again 🙂 I don’t plan on going in for another hair appointment for a while now- I’m hoping to go as far as March without having to touch anything up.
So if I can estimate how many times in 2016 I went to the hair salon to either add color or tone my hair, or both to get to this blonde I’d say about 8 times. CRAZY, I know. But each and every time my hair dresser was amazed at how healthy my hair was for being processed that many times in a short period of time.
So, how do I do it?
THIS PORTION OF THE POST IS DEDICATED TO FRAN PAGE whom always complements my hair and asks for a hair care post 🙂
My hair is naturally VERY thick (luckily); it’s definitely on the drier side (with all the bleach) however, with extensive care; it’s soft, silky, smooth, and I’ve brought back nourishment and moisture into my stands.
Products I use:
Shampoo & Conditioner: I typically rotate between these brands
OGX, Loreal, & Garnier Fructis
I always just look for ones that locks in moisture, has damage relief, resists breakage/split ends, healing + vitamins all those good things +more.
Leave in Conditioner + Oils: Every now and then I will use a leave in conditioner or an oil mask. These are what REALLY helps nourish my hair. So my go to’s are:
The It’s a 10 spray, I’ll use immediately upon getting out of the shower.
Coconut Oil I throw in my hair at least once a week for about an hour before I’m about to shower. During the heavy bleaching time I was doing it practically every other day.
I also have used Macadamia Oil and anything with 100% Argon Oil. Hair masks SAVED my hair 10000%.
TIPS AND TRICKS
1. 9/10 times I let my hair air dry
2. Use heat protectant spray; It’s a 10 works for that!
3. I wash my hair the least amount of times a week possible (typically every other day BUT sometimes I try to go 2-3 days without washing it- HELLO DRY SHAMPOO!)
4. I rarely throw my hair up to prevent breakage
5. Get trims and cuts; dead ends are unnecessary!
Before this post gets any longer, I’m going to end it at that! If you have any questions feel free to ask! Share your hair stories and transformations too, I want to know!! ANDDD please leave me all hair suggestions too, I love new tips and tricks!