My hair metamorphosis
Slightly nervous about this first post - I wanna make a great first impression ‘cos I feel like I’m going on a job interview.
I spent ages wondering how I could ‘dress up’ this piece of writing.
Usually when you combine 2 cool things, the outcome is another cool thing. (e.g. fried chicken + waffles = chicken waffles) Using the same logic, I came up with the title of this post:
Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly + Butterfree (a pokémon) = To Pimp a Butterfree (#nailedit)
This post documents my hair transformation over a 12-month period. The journey itself is surprisingly similar to the lifecycle of a Butterfree (or a butterfly for those of you who know nothing about Pokémon... smh)
The Caterpie Stage
My au naturel, zero-bleach hair that hasn’t been cut for about a year
The Metapod Stage
Premature grey hair, ‘hardened’ look (See what I’ve done there Pokémon fans?)
The Butterfree Stage
With the Asian box already ticked, the pink hair has taken me yet another step closer to looking like one of Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls.
Being Asian, I’ve had long, straight black hair for most of my life.
But then Instagram happened. I was so inspired by the pastel hair colour trend.
It took me a year to grow enough balls to go all out.
I still remember the first time I walked into Hèlmut with the dirtiest, drabbiest hair. Thanks to the amazingly talented Ricky for making me feel like an Asian Badgalriri every time I walk out of the salon.
Tips for transforming Asian hair to Crasian hair:
1) Real talk: it will take 3-4 rounds of bleaching before your hair gets light enough for any colour to go on. So yes – your hair will get pretty dry. Grab a bottle of Wella Luxe Oil (a lighter, cheaper substitute for Moroccan oil) to bring back the shine. Or you can ask your trusty stylist for an Olaplex treatment. Technology is good like that.
2) To take the brassiness out of your hair and return it to its ashy glory, wash your hair with purple shampoo. If you’re game enough to take your look up a notch, you can do a DIY toning job by applying an ample amount of purple shampoo on dry hair, leave it on for half an hour and wash it off. Your hair will turn lilac!
3) The colour is semi-permanent so it fades after 3-4 washes. You can keep it fresh by grabbing a tube of Fudge Paintbox. Ricky's suggestion is to mix a drop of your chosen Fudge Paintbox into your normal conditioner and just condition your hair as usual. But if you like to give your colour a bit more punch, after washing and towel-drying your hair, you can squeeze around ¼ of the tube into a mixing bowl and mix it with your conditioner. Apply the mixture to your hair and leave it in for around half an hour – BOOM! Your colour will go back to Day 1.
4) If you want to get more bang for your buck, try to wash your hair as little as possible. Dry shampoo is your best friend.
5) Have fun and enjoy the fading, the DIY retouching and the colours you get in between salon appointments. Your hair will look different each time you wash it depending on which product you use – it’s almost an entire new look!
Just like this blog, who knows what comes next for my hair? I’m so far gone in this colour game I feel like I need to keep going. Let me know what you reckon my next colour should be! xx
PRODUCTS TRIED AND TESTED BY ME