Quick ramble.. How not to dye your hair blonde

(I like to pull weird faces while I’m blogging..)

Right, I’m aware this is primarily a music blog, but its Sunday so I’m going for my usual ramble.

I’ve been dyeing my hair blonde for quite some time now. Before that, I tried most colours you can imagine – brunette, black, black blue, pink, red, purple.. to name a few!

I finally settled on blonde and haven’t looked back really, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t experimented a little with different dyes. Basically, blonde is bad for your hair. It really is. I’ve had awful moments where I’ve had to have loads of it cut off because its completely dead. I’ve had to dye is back to brown (which I hated) just so I could avoid the bleach for a bit, but I keep going back.

Anyway, here’s a few tips from me to you if you’re considering doing the same thing.

1. If you find a shade you like, stick with it. Its much, much easier if you keep using the same dye. Firstly. your hair will be the same shade. Secondly, you won’t suddenly end up with grey hair by accident. Trust me, this can happen.

2. Easy on the straighteners.  You’re already seriously damaging your hair. It WILL go straw-like if you carry on. Give it a break on the bleach or the heat, it can’t handle both.

3. Invest in some pretty hefty conditioner. I’ve tried out a few and stuck with Soap and Glory’s Glad Hair Day. I credit it with the fact that my hair actually feels soft and not horrific right now.

4. Hair masks. Yes, you’re already being good with the conditioner. But once a week, especially after dyeing, you should really leave an intensive conditioner on for a good hour. You don’t need to if your hair is feeling good, but if its a bit rough round the edges, definitely worth a try!

 

That’s all for now loves. Speak tomorrow.

RC xx

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Wednesday Wish List – Stargazer Baby Pink Hair Dye

stargazer baby pink

In my younger years (read: before I had an office job) I went through all the colours. Brown, black, blue, purple, red, pink and now settling on blonde. It’s been a while though, and I still get that occasional craving to change..

My brief time of pink hair was a couple of years ago, when I was a Uni student. I used the Stargazer Baby Pink hair dye then, carefully applied by my (terrified) housemate. I loved it straight away.

It’s annoying how fast the colour fades though, but its still tempting to try it again. I’ve heard Toni and Guy do a better job, but I haven’t researched the costs yet and I’m on a budget!

Here’s me, years ago:

girl with pink hair

Stargazar is available from their website, Amazon, Attitude clothing and some alternative clothing stores. It costs about £5 per bottle, with 2 / 3 recommended for long or thick hair. (I’d buy three to be safe, you don’t want to run out halfway!).

RC xx

Thursday Tip – Festive Nails

If you love glittery nails as much as I do, I think you’ll really like this tip. It’s a really easy way to get festive sparkly nails without buying lots of different polishes (or having to apply layers and layers of glitter polish to get a solid colour).

 

Simply apply a thin layer of colour, wait for it to dry and then apply a layer of glitter (you can use any shade, but silver works best). Then apply another thin layer of colour over the top to give it a smooth look.

Enjoy!

RC xx

DIY Hair Masks

Since I started using Pinterest (read: became completely obsessed with), I always find myself looking at all the hair and beauty tips, wondering if they actually work. There’s only one way to find out, so here’s my own attempts at trialling the tips, so you don’t have to.

I’m starting out with hair masks, because after  years of bleaching, straightening and blow drying, my hair’s in pretty bad condition. I’m not even going to give you a photo of it. That’s how bad it is.

Anyway, I picked out three of the most promising sounding tips and tried them out..

1. Camomile Tea

Make two cups of camomile tea (use rooibos for red and black for dark hair, crazy colours – I have nothing to suggest, sorry!).  Wait until they’re cool enough not to scald you. Shampoo your hair and then rinse using the tea. Leave for fifteen minutes. Rise and condition as normal.

Difficulty rating – Ridiculously easy

Result – Hair feels softer, doesn’t last after the next wash though (but my hair smells amazing).

2. Banana Milkshake

Mash a banana, mix in one egg yolk and a teaspoon of honey. Apply to hair (over a sink) and leave for 25 minutes (wear a shower cap, this is messy!). Shampoo and condition normally.

Difficulty rating – Its tricky not to make a mess! Make sure you mash the banana completely, or you’ll be picking bits of your hair later.

Result – Didn’t notice any chance in condition really. Hair smells a bit funny.

3. Olive Oil

Mix three tablespoons of olive oil with a tablespoon of honey. Microwave for 45 seconds to one minute. Stir (mine never really blended to be honest). Apply to hair, try to comb it through (if you can) and then leave in a shower cap for an hour. Rinse, shampoo and condition.

Difficulty rating – Quite messy to apply.

Result – Hair feels much, much softer and shiny too. I’ll be doing this again..

RC xx

Thursday Tip – Thick Eyeliner

I’ve been wearing eyeliner for quite a few years now and I’ve always struggled with applying it as thickly as I’d like. I wear liquid liner during the day, but always want something heavier for nights out. My older sister’s passed on a few tricks to me, so here’s one for you guys.

Being VERY careful, take your pencil eyeliner in one hand (I use Rimmel) and a lighter (yes, I said, be careful!) in the other. Making sure you don’t actually set the pencil on fire, gently melt the tip over the lighter. Apply normally.

Voila! You’ve got the nice sleek look of liquid eyeliner, with the thickness of pencil.

RC xx

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