Since last year, I stuck with the Balayage style because it’s actually healthier, affordable and more manageable. Since I have a hair thinning problem, I cannot always retouch my roots. Thing is, it has always worked for me because it also gives dimension to my flat hair and helps contour my face.
But a few months ago, I got bored and I told my stylist Jake of Cedar Salon that I wanted something bold and trendy – thus the purple balayage which I plan on changing to green, blue or any that i feel like wearing. Initially, I thought of having a full rose-gold hair but my stylist just knows what treatments my hair can get and that’s really good to hear from a very optimistic person like me LOL
So let me run you through the process that started before my Boracay trip this summer to achieve the style and color I’ve really wanted now, and some tips on how you can manage it.
1. CHOOSE A BASE COLOR THAT WILL COMPLEMENT YOUR FASHION COLOR. PERFECT THE BALAYAGE STYLE THAT SUITS YOUR HAIR AND FACE
Of course, you disclose this to your salon or stylist and you consult with him/her regarding the fashion color that best suits the base, and where he would put the highlights or the lighter colors – or how we would do the Balayage – If you havent had one. Then when you aim for green, purple, pink or even blue ends, it’s always better to have a less yellow or warm base.
Jake then bleached my ends (and more in the middle section) again through his style, and painted all of my hair with their Metallic Ash color (which was launched last year) by Scharwzkopf Professional. Below are the results.
2. MAKE THE FASHION COLOR HAPPEN
After some beach trips, I then returned to the salon last end-May to finally make this happen. I am not a super fan of the color purple but I was thinking – Psylocke! LOL – that would fade to a warm pink or a faded kind of red that will look good on me. So I did it and the I was very happy with the results.
Jake didn’t have to retouch and color all of my hair, just the middle section – which he made less yellow through ash/grey colors – and of course, the purple ends. That’s what’s nice with Balayage because it wouldn’t have to look perfect and freshly colored always and it can work with my hair’s condition. It can work with regrowth’s. Below is a diagram and it looked well coordinated/blended. That’s also a criteria when you choose your salon or stylist.
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3. CARE AND TREAT YOUR BLEACHED ENDS
My roots became healthier but as with any bleached hair, it would tend to get dry, frizzy and brittle and sometimes I would experience super split ends that would even knot by themselves.
Aside from conditioners (I like Tresemme’s Platinum Strength especially since I need to make the ends still alive after all styling and coloring) and masks, I usually just detangle every time and I like how the blue Tangle Angel brush (designed professionally by Richard Ward , a hair expert who also services Kade Middleton) just makes it easier and more productive for me.
The Tangle Angel Classic is not only perfect for detangling both wet and dry hair, but also makes a great blow drying brush and is suitable for all hair types.
There’s also this one product that I use at least once a week to protect, nourish and improve my color and my Balayage. It’s called My Amazing Color Boost + Secret Foam Rinse which is very innovative in its foam format – non sticky and greasy afterwards. Since I have super oily skin, this really works for me and it truly intensifies the dimensions of the color.
My Amazing Color Boost+ Secret™ is the Exclusive ColorBrite™ innovation; a synergistic blend of formulated ingredients designed to enhance color, shine and vibrancy featuring Panthenol, Acai Fruit Extract and Micronized Violet. ColorBrite™ also contains Virgin Coconut Oil Hydrosol (VCOH) Technology which adds natural UV protection and enhanced conditioning properties for amazing manageability, moisturization and shinier hair.
4. DEEPEN CONTRAST AND/OR CHANGE FASHION COLOR AT THE ENDS
I was so happy with the fading (how pastel pink it is) as all fashion colors fade. I told Jake I want to intensify the color and make the fading longer so he further bleached my ends and colored it with purple again.
I noticed that some of my ends became elastic and white in color after the bleach. THATS WHERE YOU STOP because hair is extremely damaged already. I just thought that if Jake didn’t warn me and if he didn’t stop me from wanting a fully bleached color, I wouldn’t have some hair now LOL. Learnings!!!
So there! I hope you learned something about my hair journey and tips. I am now open to suggestions on what fashion color I would use on my ends next!! This time you can just use Manic Panic on ends or go back to the salon for more professional painting of the hair.
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UPDATE: ADDED BLUE for more mermaid hair x Harley Quinn realness! Jake used a different brand of color that’s more long-lasting (even after washes – mine lasted for 2-3 weeks now) which you can avail only at the salon. He used blue at the ends because it will fade faster than the purple in the middle.