My hair Journey

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Okay, we'll start right at the beginning, this is me at around 3 years old, I had natural curly golden blonde hair with a block fringe. As I got older my hair turned to a mousy colour with natural highlights.

When I was 13 I dyed my hair black (big mistake!) I was going through a phase lol, my hair was actually down past my boobs which is the longest it has ever been. I soon changed my mind about the black and unfortunately had to cut my hair into a short style and have it brown.(no picture as it was awful.)

Then when my hair had grown out a bit, I dyed it bright red, which I kept for awhile, but again I decided that I was fed up of the colour.

When I turned 16 I dyed my hair brown with a blonde fringe, and then later dyed it all brown, however my hair annoyed me because when the dye faded the red colour could be seen underneath.

At the start of college I used a colour remover and then visited the salon in order to have blonde hair, I gradually kept going lighter with bleach, the lightest I had it was white blonde.

I was sick of the contrast when my roots grew in, so I returned to the hairdressers and asked for a dark blonde colour, like my natural colour. This was what I got, a mid/dark brown- not what I asked for at all.

The colour faded to a light gingery colour, and the lengths went green, my hair was horrible. I visited a different salon who told me that my hair was damaged- quite contrary to what I was told by my previous hairdressers who said my hair was in great condition and kept using bleach on it. I had to have my hair cut off, into a short bob like above.

I wanted my hair blonde again, but I was told to wait, and I hate waiting. I dyed my hair a chocolate brown colour and got clip in extensions (then later a weave.)

I let the colour fade out to a light warm brown colour. I tried to go blonde with a lightener, but my hair went dark and ginger, I dyed it mid-brown.

And now, this is my hair, a mid blonde colour with some warmth to it, I am so happy that I managed to achieve this myself, ever since my hair was dyed brown from light blonde(which I didn't want) I have wanted my hair a blonde colour, I am going to get highlights put through my hair, but I am not going to go as light as last time.

I know a lot of people will think that it is damaging to dye your hair so many colours, and I agree that in the past I have damaged my hair, however since I got my hair cut off (again) my hair has been in good condition, probably due to the fact that I use no heat on my hair any more and I use protein treatments on my hair. I have now promised myself that I will not change my hair colour again, as since I had black hair I have always wanted to be blonde.

My New Hair

Monday, 17 September 2012

Hey guys, this post is going to be all about my new hair! A year ago my hair was blonde, but then I had it dyed brown, I've really wanted to get back to blonde as I felt more confident when I was blonde. A month or so ago, I used a Garnier lightener to try and go blonde and my hair went a horrible dark ginger colour, so I had to dye it back to Mid Brown. I decided to go blonde again because I wanted to be blonde in time for starting university, however I didn't want to be practically white blonde like I was last year because it is too damaging.
I went blonde at home with help from my mum, I know it is advisable to go to the Salon, however I did not have the money to go to the salon, and often don't enjoy the experience. I only used two products to get my hair blonde

The first product that I used was the Decolour Stripper, this is £12.99 and can be bought from Boots. My hair is only just past my shoulders and there was only just enough product in this to cover my hair. I mixed the Powder and developer into a green paste, applied to my hair and left on for an hour. I then followed the rinsing instructions. After using the decolour stripper my hair was a very yellowy blonde, however my natural light brown hair hadn't lightened.

I then used the Garnier Belle Colour in 7.1 - Natural dark ash blonde (don't know why the picture says ash brown.) This can be bought from body care for £3.50. This had to be left on for an hour. I used an ash blonde shade to neutralise any yellow and orange tones in my hair. This also lightened my roots which hadn't been lightened by the stripper.

Hair as it was before

The result

I am very happy with how my hair has turned out, I only spent around £16 on my hair, if i visited a Salon it would be around the £40 - £50 mark (maybe more because the hair required pre-lightening.) My hair is also very soft and in good condition, I would recommend the decolour stripper to anyone who is looking to achieve a lighter hair colour. In a few weeks time I will probably get a half head of highlights just to achieve a multi-tonal blonde look, but I am happy to have all of my hair this colour until then :)

Shona xx

FOTD + Update

Friday, 14 September 2012

Hey guys! Today I'm popping along to the opticians, which means no eye make-up for me! I just thought I'd share my make-up with you as I've kept it very simple and fresh today. The foundation I am using today is the Bourjois 10 hour sleep effect in 71 (expect a review of this soon!) I am also using the Bobbi Brown corrector in porcelain bisque and collection 2000 concealer in fair to cover dark circles and blemishes. I have used the sleek contour kit in light to contour and highlight my face and the sleek blush in rose gold. I have just gone through my eyebrows with the HD brow kit in Foxy. On my lips is Revlon Just Bitten kissable balm stain in Lovesick. Then I've just finished my make-up with mac fix+. I've been going for the more natural look recently as I feel it's quick and easy to do, although normally I would have used some eye make-up!

My Life has been pretty busy at the moment, last month I got my A level results (ABB) and found out that I had got a place in Lancaster University to study Politics and Sociology. It's pretty scary to think that in a couple of weeks I will have moved out on my own for the first time. I've also quit my job at Debenhams because I don't want to come back every weekend to work and I've also not been enjoying working there for a long time. I move into uni on the 30th September, which is such a late start compared with most other UK universities. The thought of being all alone with nobody that I know is daunting, but I'm sure that most people feel like that! I'm going to be focusing more on my blog and I've got lots of ideas for new blog posts so hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things! I'm also going to blog about my uni experience so look out for those posts!

Shona xx

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