How to get the most out of your colour
What better way to say happy new year to you than starting my first blog post in 2017 with a cheesy pun? 😂😂😂
After several weeks of binge eating, drinking and gaming (anyone out there playing Final Fantasy XV?), it’s time to get back to the grind.
I find it refreshing to get a new haircut at the start of the year. But if chopping your locks off is too big of a change for you, how about trying out a new colour?
Speaking of hair colouring, I’ve gone through drastic transformations for the past two years. I don’t even remember what my natural colour looks like anymore. I’d actually freak out if I find black hair in my boyfriend’s bed! 😂😂😂
For you to get the most out of your colour, your hair needs to be in good condition. Sounds paradoxical - on the one hand you’re bleaching the shit out of it, but on the other hand you need to condition it or your colour won’t last.
According to Sky, my trusty hair stylist/owner of The Black Studio/one of my closest friends from high school that has saved me from looking like Ed Sheeran time after time (nothing wrong with Ed - just that orange isn’t the new black when it comes to bleaching Asian hair…) once the coating of the hair opens up when you strip off its natural colour, you need to repair it or the colour pigment won’t stay in your hair.
Think of it as if you’ve forgotten to close your purse after collecting your lotto winnings and the money is falling out of your purse behind you as you walk back to your car.
No matter how fantastic your colour looks as you walk out of the salon, it’ll pretty much disappear the next time you wash it, meaning money down the drain, literally! 💸💸💸
A few symptoms to look out for to determine whether your hair is fckd:
- If you wake up with your hair looking out of control like a bird’s nest.
- If you have trouble combing through your hair and the brush gets stuck halfway.
- If you suffer from a lot of breakage. (Caution: Don’t be fooled - if your hair has gone through massive bleaching jobs in the past and if you didn’t ask for layering but your hair looks like it’s been layered, it’s probably your hair breaking from all the damage.)
I highly recommend getting a keratin treatment before going for your next colour. (It’s tried and tested by me!)
A keratin treatment restores the keratin (a natural protein that can be found in your hair and nails) so the coating around each strand of hair can be replenished. It takes about 2-3 treatments to get your hair right but it’s totally worth it - your hair will be a lot smoother and your colour holds waaaaaay longer, even after washes!
Note: Keratin treatments could wash off your existing colour so I recommend nursing your hair back to health before going for your next colour.
Drop me a line and let me know how it goes!
I hope you had an amazing holiday and not having a hard time going back to school/work. I’m an all-or-nothing type of girl so here’s to another year of binge gaming, excessive online shopping and hair-colouring. Maybe I’ll just throw a Vikkipedia YouTube channel into the mix! (spoiler alert) 😏😏😏 xx