Hair colour is something I’ve been getting asked about for ages now, so I thought of finally doing a post on it so that I can clear out some of the concerns that a few of you have been messaging me about.
Firstly, I’d like to say that I’ve coloured my hair a BUNCH of times in the past two years. 3 times to be exact. I know that doesn’t really make me an expert in the field but I’d like to think I have enough experience to be giving out advice on hair colour.
Go for subtle colours that’ll complement your skin tone:
The first time around, I went for a Caramel Balayage, which was a gorgeous blend of golds and browns that complimented my skin tone so well! There was no pre-lightener used at all so the hair colour was subtle, but soooo gorgeous! The golds and browns melted in perfectly with my natural hair colour and I absolutely loved how it turned out and it didn’t damage my hair one bit. It also lasted me a really long time without using any special hair colour protecting shampoo.
Don’t use Pre-lightener/Bleach:
The second time around, I made the mistake of using pre-lightener/bleach on my hair because I wanted the colour to stand out more. WORST MISTAKE EVER! Don’t ever use bleach in your hair. Although I coloured it way back in July 2018, I’m still suffering from hair damage even now. For the first month, my hair looked great, however soon after that, the colour started to fade and I was left with rough blonde hair that looked like hay! Definitely not something healthy hair should look like. If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from this entire experience, it’s to NEVER let any hair colourist use bleach on your hair, no matter what they tell you.
Use Darker colours to hide rough patches:
The third time around, I really wanted to cover up the rough blonde areas of my hair so I went in for a dark burgundy which made my hair look healthy and full again! I was so happy once the bleach was covered up, however, 3 months down the line, the bleach started to show through again. Like I said in Tip #2: DON’T USE BLEACH in the first place. But if you do, the best way to conceal it is to colour it a dark shade.
Do it yourself:
Hair colour by itself is an expensive treatment to do at a salon. It would cost you roughly between Rs 4000-10,000 depending on your hair length and texture. That’s a LOT to shell out, especially if you’re on a budget. One thing you could do to combat this is to DIY it. Buy the best hair colour online, watch a tutorial and go for it! It’s fairly easy to do. Just make sure you stick to more subtle shades if you’re trying it out for the first time. There are loads of tutorials you could watch on YouTube plus it’s not as hard as it looks.
Do your research:
If you’re okay with splurging a bit and you’d like to try a salon instead of doing it yourself, I’d recommend doing some research on each salon and narrowing your options by reading reviews, asking people who have personally coloured their hair there and only then deciding on it. Also, read up a bit on hair colour articles before you go in for it so that you know how each chemical could impact your hair. I had absolutely no idea that bleach was so harmful and I let the colorist use it on my hair without any hesitation. This is something I really regret now.
Use a hair mask:
Colouring your hair will definitely change the hair texture a little. In order to keep your hair soft, use a hair mask instead of your regular hair conditioner. It’ll do wonders for your hair. It definitely made a huge difference to mine.
That’s all the tips I have for now. If you have any more questions on hair colour, don’t hesitate to DM me on Instagram. I’d be happy to answer them for you!