First off a little apology as I intended on posting this last night, but I ended up doing a mammoth cleaning session and moved my room round, which took a LOT longer than expected! It's not all bad though as I'm planning on doing an updated room tour post over the next week so keep your eyes out for that! Anyway, I really wanted to do a blog post showing my hair a year on from going blonde, but didn't realise that a year had surpassed in April! It really doesn't seem like I've been blonde for that long, and since I had my trip to the salon yesterday I thought it would be an ideal time to do this.
Many of you will remember that going blonde was a very easy and quick decision for me. I had quite dull mousey brown hair that looked lifeless and in some lights had an almost grey tinge to it. It was my natural colour bar a few highlights I had added in on the odd occasion in an attempt to brighten it up. I'd considered going blonde for a while but never actually thought I'd do it, and one day I just decided to take the bull by the horns and go for it.
This is how my hair currently looks (above) after yesterday's trip to the hairdressers. I'm so happy with the colour at the moment, meaning that all I need to do is have regrowth done every six weeks or so to keep it up, along with the usual trim and tidy up. It did take a while to get to this stage and looking back, I've actually been a lot of different shades of blonde, so I thought I would show you some pictures from last year so you could see the stages I went through. Below you can see the first time I had my hair dyed blonde, or shall we say strawberry blonde, in April last year. I actually blogged about this stage here, and although the colour was completely wrong, I'm glad I went this colour. You see I went to the hairdressers and was given two options. I could go straight to the blonde I wanted with a lot of bleach, or I could be kinder to my hair and use the lightest dye that didn't contain bleach, meaning the process would take a little longer but would be less damaging. It went a lot lighter than I thought it would for the first go, as my hair was pretty dark, but I actually grew to hate this shade and ended up using a lot of purple shampoo to tone down the red. Six weeks on and I had my second visit, and using the same technique she got me a lot closer to my ideal shade. Looking back I would say that this came out a little too platinum/grey toned for my skin tone and made my face look a little drawn, but the red had gone and I was really happy with it at the time. Another six weeks went past and this was the first time I needed only regrowth. I don't know what the dye is that was used, but I think it's a powdered bleach, and this is what my hairdresser has used since. I'd say that this time last year was when I became comfortable with the shade and was finally happy with the colour.
Fast forward a year and here I am today, still happy, if not happier with my blonde. It looks a natural shade and isn't brassy anymore, and even though I get quite dark roots when it grows out, I kind of like the look as it has a bit of a grungy feel to it. You'll notice as well that last year I wore my hair straight quite a lot, but now I tend to wear it curly most days as I prefer the style and a bit of volume! Using heat on my hair though (I use the Enrapture Totem Styler) means I need to look after it even more than usual, so I thought I would show you some of the products I use to maintain my colour and the condition of my hair.
When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, I tend to switch up between a lot of products, but the main ones I use are below. For everyday use I reach for the Redken Real Control shampoo as it leaves my hair soft and manageable, and then I finish off with any conditioner I have to hand (at the minute I'm loving The Body Shop Banana Conditioner). I'm pretty lucky in the fast I only need to wash my hair every 2-3 days, and once a week I try to use a purple shampoo to counteract any red tones that may have developed. My two favourites are the Lush Daddy O Shampoo which has a gorgeous lavender scent, and the John Frieda Sheer Blonde shampoo and conditioner which I reviewed when I first went blonde. You can see a huge difference in the colour in the review I posted! When I use the purple shampoos I tend to find my hair is a little drier than usual, so I like to use a mask to give it a deep conditioning treatment and make it super soft and shiny. I love the L'Oreal Lumino Contrast mask for highlighted hair.
For heat styling there are a few products I like to use for various things. If I want to add a bit of volume or texture, I reach for L'Oreal Technic Art Constructor which is a heat protector and volumising product all in one, and I like to use this if I want to blast my hair quickly before wearing rollers. If I want to use the diffuser when drying my hair, I usually go for the John Frieda Sheer Blonde Mousse, which is a colour correcting product from the same range as the shampoos. It also gives great texture and hold when scrunched through the hair and dried with the diffuser attachment. I do this if I want some curls but I don't have time to use my curlers! Finally is the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil, which I apply to damp hair before blow drying. I tend to only use this if I'm going to be using my curlers as they put out a lot of heat, and this oil stops my hair from drying out, leaving it looking glossy and healthy. I run in mainly through the ends of my hair after towel drying, then comb it through to distribute it properly.
So that's my hair and the products I use in a nutshell. I'd love to hear your hair stories if you've recently taken the plunge and gone blonde. Let me know what products you love to use too!