My Hair History

As I mentioned in my Battle Of The Hair Oils post, I have put my hair through a lot of stress over the last few years! In case you suspected that I was exaggerating, I thought I would show you the proof…in all it’s horrifying glory.

Here I am on my summer holidays in 2011 with extremely blonde hair…and there lies the problem straight away – I like to go to extreme measures when it comes to my hair. I don’t mean dying it bright green or shaving it into a skinhead. I just mean I have in the past preferred my hair to be at the lightest end of the spectrum or the darkest and this combined with the fact that I change my mind very easily and like to see results straight away is a recipe for disaster! (More on that later).

I was this colour from the age of 15 to 21 and I really liked it. It was easy to maintain because I found a box dye that worked really well with my hair and I just did my roots about every 6-8 weeks.

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Eventually though, I got bored and this happened. It involved 3 box dyes and a relatively stress-free afternoon. The result I got was a mid-tone goldeny brunette colour and I really loved it. It did mean applying a considerable amount of fake tan to pull it off though (see suspiciously brown self in photo below).

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Unfortunately, it was at this point that my home hair dying luck came to an end. The lovely golden brown colour I had began to fade and my blonde roots started inevitably appearing so I decided to whack another dye over the whole lot. What a mistake, it turned black. It didn’t suit my fair complexion at all and meant that the fake tan applications had to get even more frequent and the eye make-up had to get heavier. Not only this but the regrowth was so obvious and because my natural hair has a very ashy shade to it, my roots almost looked grey next to the black dye! Not a good look at all.

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I used all sorts of products to try and remove some of the colour build, the weirdest of the bunch being washing up liquid which strips the cr*p out of your hair so is great for this purpose but hideously bad in all other respects!

I then got bored again, but this time with the cut. I have always been very attached to the length of my hair but wanted to try something new so I went for a fringe which lasted all of about 5 minutes. I initially loved it but it was such a chore to style it and I could rarely make it look as good as when I first had it done so it soon enough became a side fringe.

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I then did a very shoddy dip dye job on myself which looked a little something like this. I did like it but it gave me the urge to go back to blonde. WARNING BELLS.

ombre2013It was at this stage that things went seriously wrong. I must have temporarily gone INSANE but I came up with the wonderful idea to dye my full head of hair platinum blonde over the period of 1 weekend. Please don’t shoot me, I must have lost my mind. It was a nightmare. I must’ve bleached it about 7 or 8 times in 2 days. I know, I know…I’m actually ashamed to be writing this down! Anyway, the result was hay like hair which I had to get significantly chopped. Sob sob. To add insult to injury, I didn’t like the color one bit.

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The platinum blonde lasted about 3 uncomfortable months until I finally went to the professionals (which is what I should have done all along) and asked them to sort me out. That brings me to my hair today – a very middle of the road shade of dark blonde (which is actually growing on me).

Abigail BrooksYou will be pleased to know, I have vowed never to touch another home dye kit EVER. AGAIN.

Thanks for reading!

Abi x

 

Battle Of The Hair Oils

In the last few years I have put my hair through some serious trauma and I’m not just talking about a few highlights here and there. I’m talking dark brown to platinum blonde in a matter of days (eek!) and then back again, no fringe to full fringe to side fringe to no fringe again, not to mention the regular use of blow dryers, straighteners, curling tongs and rollers. So, as you can imagine, after finally coming to my senses and leaving it the hell alone it is a daily battle against the frizzy mess I have left myself with but I have found a few products that have really helped.

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In terms of deep conditioning treatments, coconut oil is the best product I have found to inject moisture into my hair and make it look shiny and healthy. I leave this one in overnight and wash out in the morning as it’s very greasy so not ideal for leaving in your hair during the day. I focus most of the product at the ends of my hair and then work whatever is left on my hands up into my roots and scalp. You just have to make sure you give it a really good wash the next morning to ensure all the product is out. Coconut oil comes in solid form and melts at body temperature so I scoop out about half a tablespoon’s worth and rub it together in my hands before applying it. I buy this from Holland & Barrett for under £10 and it lasts ages!

I often mix this with a 50p sized amount of canola oil which is said to aid in thickening hair and encouraging growth. I’m not really sure of the science behind this and whether it actually works but anything that claims to help hair grow has me interested!

When it comes to leave-in hair oils my favourites are macadamia oil and argan oil – in that order. I apply these to the ends of my hair as the final step in the styling process and they honestly transform it from something closely resembling hay to glossy, soft and swishy. The macadamia oil, especially, smells divine! There are various brands of these at very different price points but I picked mine up for £2.99 each from Primark and they work a treat. The brand is Hask and they can also be found online on www.haskbeauty.com.

The final oil I use regularly is the Tresemme Liquid Gold Restorative Complex which I have to say I was quite disappointed by and am only using it to finish the bottle. I won’t be repurchasing it. It smells lovely and doesn’t weigh my hair down but I just haven’t noticed it doing anything at all. There’s not a lot more to say about it really, it’s just a bleurgh which, with a name as affluent as Liquid Gold was quite a disappointment!

I must just add that I would never use these products all at once! I alternate them depending on my mood and I always make sure I use them sparingly to avoid the Danny from Grease look!

Thanks for reading,

Abi x