Hair Care Routine I: My Hair History

When I was 14 I chopped my hair off and bleached it platinum blonde.

And that was that. At 23, it’s still the same – save a touch of lilac.

This is the first half of my hair care routine series, my hair history; I thought before I babble on about how I colour and condition my hair, I best show you what states it’s been in over the years and how I have managed (and, at times, rescued) it.

The Cut

So in the vaguest terms I have a pixie cut, but a pixie cut has many variations: fringe length, fringe shape, choppy or sleek and – the-be-all-and-end-all for me – the length of those bits that fall in front of your ears.. My first style (top left) was heavily influenced by my eternal girl crush, Agyness Deyn, who had just hit the big time with her signature über short choppy style with a mini fringe.

By the time I went to university, my fringe had grown to an asymmetrical style. Though this is my personal favourite, there’s a fine line between it looking funky and old-fashioned. In the second photo, my layers were still quite choppy. While this is great and quite ‘modern’ looking, I like a bit of poof to my hair. The issue with wanting poofiness is clear in the third picture… hair bear bunch, anyone? This was taken in my paranoid phase, when I was anxious that super short hair only made my face look bigger.. Eventually my layers became so long that, once I had blow-dried it, I looked a bit like a mushroom 😦

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Another issue with this look is those bits in front of my ears – they’re just too long. Over the years, I’ve realised just how much difference these wisps make to your overall look. Too long and you stray into ‘mature woman’ territory, too thick and the whole style becomes a bit confused. It’s very difficult to get these pieces to lie flat to your face, so they often kick out, which can make the cut look unfinished and outgrown, imo.

It’s only in the last few months that I’ve really started to love my hair, the length, the style and the colour. I think I’ve finally found my style: choppy layers cut tightly around my neck and my ears with a sweeping full fringe.

Special Mentions

This cut (left) was for a hair competition that focused on new angles and sharp lines. The section above my ear was cut to a straight edge while the piece underneath tapered to a super precise point (I should also add that that huge mohawk was not my own, but a considerable bunch of extensions). I loved this hairstyle because it was so different and almost futuristic looking, but ultimately it proved too hard to maintain.

My paranoid phase culminated in this block fringe (right). A fringe like this is a great way to mix up your pixie cut style with a youthful, modern edge. It also provides a great frame for your face, which is ideal if you like to showcase your make-up.

The Colour

For years and years I bleached my hair with Schwarzkopf Live Colour XXL 00A Absolute Platinum. £4 and forty minutes later my hair was white blonde and I absolutely loved it. But during my first year of uni, I fancied a change and agreed to take part in a hair competition that involved having these huge tiger stripes added to my fringe. The stripes came out a lot darker than the hairstylist was happy with, so just a day later, they massaged (or should I say scrubbed) bleach into my fringe in an attempt to lighten the dark brown to an auburn colour.

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Though this worked out for the photo, it absolutely ruined my hair. I remember brushing through my fringe and having my hair stretch like elastic; it completely lost its shine and took hours and hours to dry. If you’re thinking of bleaching your hair at home, particularly if you want to go from brown to white blonde, please please PLEASE remember that it carries risks. Dark hair won’t lift to an even white colour in just one sitting, but repeatedly bleaching will ruin the condition of your hair. Bleach breaks down keratin – the element that gives your hair shine and strength – so try to space out bleaching to avoid ending up with a dull, gooey mess.

My hair was in such bad condition that I had to grow the bleach out to give my hair chance to repair itself. This meant living with my natural hair colour 😦 I have naturally ashy hair, which felt a little bland after having Draco Malfoy-esque white so, with all the bleach gone, I snuck in a few subtle highlights (left). Annnnnnd, not long after, I had it bleached again *face palm*… I couldn’t resist.

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That brings me up to last summer and my latest obsession with toners! I’ve tried pink and peach, but – as with make-up – these warm colours work better with skin that has an equally warm under-tone. For me, cooler hues of blue and purple suit my fair skin best, but my ultimate favourite is my current lilac colour. Toners are becoming a lot more popular now with great, cheap brands available in most drugstores, i.e. Bleach London. There’s also a growing trend for colour-depositing shampoos and conditioners, which provide a gentle, non-evasive way of adding colour to your hair – the colour/conditioner combination is a particularly good way of maintaining smooth, shiny, rainbow, locks.

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So there’s a potted history of my hair! To see what products I use to keep the colour and cut looking as fresh as possible, watch out for my second instalment of my hair care routine – coming soon!

Hope you like!

Molly x

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The Liebster Award

I would like to say a huge huggge thank you to PolkadotSparkles for nominating me for the Liebster Award!

The award is for new bloggers with under 1000 followers and offers a virtual pat-on-the-back, recommending the nominated blogs as those that are worth watching!

 

As part of the award, each nominated blog should follow these rules:

1. You have to link back to the person who nominated you.

2. Nominate blogs with under 1000 followers that you would like to commend.

3. Answer a list of 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.

4. Set a list of 11 questions for your nominated bloggers to answer.

5. Tell them that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.

 

Questions

1. Do you have a middle name? If so, do tell…

I do indeedy, it’s Louise.

2. Who inspired you to blog?

I’ve always looked to blogs for make-up and fashion inspiration so I thought I’d have a go myself! It also gives me something creative to do besides my day-to-day potterings.

3. Do you have any pets? If so, what are they, including names…

I have a Lionhead rabbit called Stella, who has just turned two (here’s a picture!).

4. If you could travel anywhere for six months, where would it be?

I would travel through Italy, taking extra long breaks in Florence, Venice and Rome.

5. What is your favourite beverage (alcoholic/nonalcoholic)?

Gin and Tonic! Or, a cocktail served at The Duke of Cambridge in Oxford called a ‘Lemon Meringue.’ From what I can remember (it helped fuel many nights of drunken dancing), it mixes limoncello, frangelico, lemon juice, sugar and an egg white. Mmmm.

6. What is the most ridiculous thing you have ever done?

I sort of agreed to let someone dye my hair a strange shade of orange… I looked pretty ridiculous afterwards.

7. What would you say is the best thing about yourself?

My chocolate brownie recipe.

8. Name your favourite TV series.

Masterchef Australia.

9. What was the last film you went to see at the movies?

Gone Girl – amazingly weird!

10. What is your favourite restaurant called? 

Ooo, this is tricky. It depends on what mood I’m in. I’m partial to a Nando’s! At the moment, though, my favourite is a pub near my house that serves the most delicious scallops and calamari.

11. What is your all-time favourite childhood cartoon?

I remember always watching Hey Arnold as soon as I got home from school. And Recess. And Cow and Chicken.

 

Nominees

I’d like to nominate the following blogs for the award as I’ve really enjoyed reading their posts:

 

Repressing the crazy

lamodajustgotreal

ElleKae

 

Here are your questions:

1. What/Who inspired you to blog?

2. Beauty product you can’t live without.

3. New handbag or new shoes?

4. Name three things you’re currently coveting.

5. What era made the best fashion statements?

6. Best book you’ve read recently.

7. What’s the first three things on your bucket list?

8. Tea or Coffee?

9. Describe your worst make-up/fashion faux pas.

10. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would it be?

11. What lipstick are you wearing right this minute?

 

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Molly x