Friday, 19 February 2016

Natural blonde vs highlighted hair

Do we have to quit colouring/bleaching to get healthy hair and make it grow? This niggling question is with me for some time now and am trying to find out if there's a way to have healthy, glowing hair while still putting it under the knife, i.e. colour/bleach treatment. 

I know many of you won't agree with me saying that you can still have regular salon treatments and at the same time sustain healthy hair. All goes down to what you put on the hair, how often you have it done and the very, important aftercare. I'm going to show you that no you don't have to stick to your natural colour, as many of us don't suit it. I love my mousy blonde but even more I love little highlights to soften the whole look.

Few tips to maintain healthy, coloured hair:

1) Make sure that your stylist uses ammonia free products that contain healthy oils to condition hair while processing. Semi-permanent products don't damage our hair as much as the permanent ones and with ammonia. So stay away from the latter.

2) Coloured hair is more porous which means it absorbs but also loses moisture more easily. That's why it's very important to wash your hair (remember to avoid hot water) less often, ideally once or twice a week. As it gives scalp time to produce natural oils that protect hair. Shampoo in this case is very important, try to choose one for colour treated hair but be mindful of products that contain sulfates, as these will strip away moisture. 

3) Conditioning, I know I keep banging on about it but it's really crucial to condition your hair every time you wash it. That helps maintain healthy levels of moisture and protect it from losing colour too quickly. It's a good idea from time to time to swap shampoo for conditioner ;)

4) Minimising the use of hot tools will also help. The only thing that at the moment I can't live without is hair dryer, as my hair is wavy and frizzy I need to dry it after the wash. However, I always choose low temperature and the last last is always cool air to close the cuticles and add shine.

So how about me and my recent, colouring experience. Well, I must say that I'm very happy with the end effect. I know I was contemplating growing the colour out but I'm a little bit impatient so decided to have change and go as close to my natural mousy weave as possible. Effect, lovely colour where the stylist used semi-permanent dye. Of course she added Olaplex to protect my porous strands ( now I can't imagine not having it as it does protect hair while colouring) and of course there was a trim of split ends. My hair is still very damaged that's why I need to have regular trims, more often than other girls but the key is to get rid off old, tired tresses. What else can I say, that my ends are nice and sharp and that's by using traditional method (scissors). Many of you tried and recommend having it done by hair trimmer but I think my hair is too short at the moment to appreciate it. Maybe when it gets to desired length I'll try it. 

My hair straight after the visit :)


Day after ( I slept having it in a up-do):


Today... two days after the visit :)


So what do you think? Please let me know your thoughts xoxo