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I remember the first time I coloured my hair.
It was with lemon juice. Not even lemon juice out of a lemon. No, I used that yellow squeezey bottle of lemon juice concentrate.
I was 17 and not happy that my hair was verging on the moussy side of blonde.
I’m sure Dolly magazine told me I’d look like a sun-drenched beach babe if I added lemon juice to my hair and sat out in the sun a while.
I didn’t. My hair was dry, crusty and still moussy.
Fast-forward two years and a grown-out 1980s perm later and I was ready for my first foray into salon hair colour.
Yep, the old plastic cap and crochet hook torture trick.
It would become my hair colour routine for TOO many years. And if I ever forgot to take painkillers before an appointment, I’d sit there, eyes watering while yearning for a fast forward button on the whole process.
It was ALWAYS the end result that got me through the pain.
The power of colour in a good hair day cannot be underestimated.
Thankfully now the process to getting my good hair days now involves a combination of permanent colour, balayage and foils.
There’s usually about three hours of salon chair time involved as well.
I prioritise this time – it’s non-negotiable every six weeks.
How’s that for a beauty confession?
A good style cut makes me feel amazing, don’t get me wrong, but my hair colour is even more powerful in determining whether I’ll have a good hair day – or month.
I’m happiest – and my eyes and skin tone are brightest – when I’ve got light blonde tones around my face.
When this colour mix is right, it’s like getting an instant facelift. When it’s wrong, it’s like I’m looking an ok version of myself but one who looks visibly older and washed out.
This was the reaction from my family when I experimented with a darker colour a couple of years ago:
Teenage son: It’s straightened and sort of orange … no wait, it’s just the light.
Teenage daughter: It’s cool. It’s less fake.
(Then) five-year-old son: I don’t like that colour. I like it blonde (then proceeds to start crying).
Husband: I’ve only ever known you as a blonde.
See for yourself!
I’ve never hidden the fact that I have my hair coloured and if that’s something you do regularly, you shouldn’t either.
The men in our life will never understand the beauty maintenance lengths (and expense) we will go to.
In fact many of us will go to very creative lengths to work the expense into our household budget.
One very smart girlfriend of mine confessed to me that she takes a little extra cash out each week when doing the groceries so when the time comes to visit the salon, there’s no trace of the cost back through the family budget.
I admire such ingenuity.
Just like we can get into a rut with our wardrobe, it’s so, so easy to do the same with your hair.
I have a lot of trust in my hair stylist that she will know when and how to tweak my hair colour so that it keeps looking fresh but is not too far removed from my “normal”.
This trust is something I encourage everyone to try and achieve with their hair stylist.
Perhaps you colour your hair at home? The rut thing can still very much happen.
When did you last change the colour or type of product you buy?
So many improvements have been made in the both the formulation of home hair colour products and how they’re applied. You can check out the Schwarzkopf range here.
Whether you’re opting for home or salon hair colour, your hair colour deserves a whole lot of love and attention.
There is absolutely no point in devoting time and money to beautiful hair colour without treating it right in between colour applications.
Choose a shampoo and conditioner that protects and enhances your hair colour.
If your hair is blonde, consider using a toner to help reduce the brassiness of yellow gold tones between colours.
And do amp up the protection factor should you be a regular beach or pool go-er. Wet your hair first to open up the hair cuticle then comb through your hair conditioner.
This process “fills” the hair cuticle so that it is less able to absorb salt or chlorinated water, keeping your hair colour in tact and your hair condition shiny, hydrated and happy.
Have you visited Schwarzkopf Australia’s BE.YOU.TIFUL site yet? Why not head over and ‘fess up about your hair colouring history?
The site’s aim is to make us feel ok about taking time to look and feel our best. Head on over to BE.YOU.TIFUL and share your beauty confession for a chance to win one of 10 hair and beauty packs each week … or just read the ones already there and be proud of who you are and the individuality you create, no matter how much or little effort it takes. You can also find more inspiration on the Schwarzkopf Australia Facebook page.
Do you colour your hair? Or have your hair coloured? Does it lift your mood and confidence when that colour is fresh – and right for you?
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