Over the past month I have been working with Dove on their new hair colour range, Dove Colour Radiance. To test the wear and tear of my hair while using the products, Sophia Heffer (of London’s coolest hair salon, Kennaland) coloured my hair into a multi-tonal copper wonderland. Long story short: both the products and my colour were a dream throughout the entire month.
Contractually, I wwasn’t allowed to colour my hair through the product trial. Wanting what I couldn’t have, of course, I promised myself that when the 30 days were up I would have a little fun with my hair. That day was Friday.
A DIY ombre seemed just the ticket. Knowing that my long hair would break off if I attempted a bleach dip dye, I opted to do a bit of a ‘reverse ombre’ and dye the top section of my hair darker. For further hair security, I chose an ammonia-free semi-permanent colour. I find that Garnier Nutrisse HerbaShine lasts about two months and causes little damage to my hair, making it my concoction of choice.
How to: DIY Ombre Hair at Home
1. Choose a colour at least 2 shades darker than the ends of your hair. I opted for Herbashine’s Blueberry Black because the ends of my hair were quite warm and knew a cool tone would produce a more noticeable contrast.
2. Brush your hair out into the parting that you usually wear. If you hair is curly or tangly, straighten before dying to avoid colour mishaps.
3. Apply the dye from your roots to the bottom of your ear. Wait 5 minutes.
4. Add more dye 2 inches below the ear. Wait 1 minute.
5. Starting at the top of the ear, use a comb to lightly brush the dye down the hair shaft. You can comb down as far as you like. Personally, I chose to stop a few inches above the bottom of my hair to keep a stronger contrast. Wait 1 minute.
6. Wash out – starting at the tips of your hair – until the water runs clear.
7. Apply a deep conditioner. If you’re using Herbashine, you’ll be happy to know that the conditioner included is of WOW quality. My hair felt as soft as the water running through it.
8. Ta-da! Ombre hair!
It took under 15 minutes for the entire process and the results were amazing. I actually fell in love with the blueberry tones and shine of the dye and ended up dying my entire head in the colour yesterday! See below.
I have talked to you about my obsession with hair. Now, it’s time to talk about length. I am an absolute sucker for long hair and after cutting my hair a while ago, I am beyond eager to grow it all back. Of course, the other option is hair extensions.
Trouble is, I had hair extensions a long time ago and wanted to rip them out of my head (I ended up doing so a week later). Choosing between a few different methods, I thought I would be too clueless for clip-ins so the fusion technique would be best. Boy, was I wrong. Though it was done by someone with a great reputation, the glue bonds made my hair heavy, painful and in major need of conditioning. What I didn’t know then was that micro rings are the answer.
Micro rings cause no damage to your natural hair and are completely without glue or weave. The jist is that a strand of extension hair is placed with a strand of your hair – creating a single combined strand – then placed inside the ring and closed flat to tightly hold the extension hair to your natural hair. These rings weigh nothing more than an extra strand of hair and are almost invisible (no chunky glue!). Since there is no chemical process to remove or maintain them, they can also last well over three months.
– Ask around. Read tons of reviews. The hair extension industry is prone to people who have no idea what they are doing (check Youtube for horror stories if you dare).
– Do not try and do it yourself. You can’t 360 your head like a trained professional.
– The only no-no for micro ring users would be to brush your hair starting from the top. You would be brushing a tiny ring. Otherwise, it acts like normal hair.
– Hair quality. The scam artists of the industry are known to use plastic or plastic/real combination hair of very poor quality. You have the right to see and touch the hair.
– You get what you pay for. If it seems too good to be true, or you’re getting charged a flat rate for any length you choose, you are being taken. It is common sense to know the longer the hair, the more it will cost.
In my research, almost everyone I’ve spoken to in the industry has said the best hair extensions in London are done by Hairextensionaires. Jacqui – the sole owner – has clients travel internationally to get their hair done by her. She is so talented she can even work with those suffering from hair loss; with years of experience and well-priced service, she is renowned as the key to healthy, heavenly hair. It is time to start saving the pounds, ladies!