My Hair Dye Experience: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Hair is a touchy subject. It’s something we want a lot of control over, but we ultimately have to give up that control and trust a stylist to give us what we want – I don’t know about you, but I always get a little anxious when I have to cut or color my hair. We’ve all had our fair share of bad haircuts. We go in expecting one thing and we come out looking like a hot mess. But this post isn’t about haircuts, it’s about coloring your hair. Like most people who have colored their hair, there are both positive and not so positive experiences. In this post I go through my hair journey and how I eventually took the plunge and dyed my (almost) black hair to a silvery grey.  Continue Reading

Healthy Locks

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Ever since I dyed my hair for the first time in February and then used bleach to go lighter in June, I have been trying to keep my hair as healthy as possible.  My natural hair is thick and black.  I also have a lot of hair; so much that if I don’t get long layers, I begin to vaguely resemble a lion.  My hair is pretty sensitive to very rich and moisturizing products because my hair can easily get weighed down and greasy, so I have been trying to find products that give me just the right amount of moisture.

For me, finding the right shampoo was the hardest because I needed one that contained no sodium chloride and was preferably sulfate free.  Living Proof Full Shampoo was one of the very few shampoos that filled both of these criteria and it gives a very gentle cleanse.  It does a good job of cleansing my hair without completely stripping away all the oil.

A shampoo I recently discovered is actually a solid shampoo by Lush and I like to use this product once or twice a week just to do a deeper cleanse and really get rid of any product build-up.  Since I use styling and heat protectant products on my hair every time I blow dry, build-up can occur and after a while, my hair starts to look a little lifeless and flat.  This Lush shampoo does a really good job of getting rid of build-up without over drying my hair and scalp.

As for conditioner, I like to keep it simple with a rebalancing conditioner.  I have a tendency to get really oily, so this Aveeno conditioner is really light, but it balances out the moisture and oil levels in my hair, leaving it really smooth and soft.  Wow, that sounded like a commercial, but I promise, it is that good.

Finally, since I try not to wash my hair everyday, I use dry shampoo to extend the life of each wash.  To be honest, I don’t have a particular dry shampoo I am attached to; I kind of try whatever is available.

That is my haircare routine!  I like to keep it pretty simple and my hair has gotten a lot healthier and smoother since I last got my hair dyed, so I’m pretty satisfied with my routine.

If you guys have any hair care recommendations, let me know in the comments below!

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Stay Chic!

Product Details:

Shampoo: Living Proof Full Shampoo and Lush Ultimate Shine Solid Shampoo

Conditioner: Aveeno Pure Renewal Conditioner

Prep/Protect: Alterna 10-in-1 CC Cream and TRESemmé Heat Protectant Spray

Style: Bumble & Bumble Semisumo Pomade (great for achieving a piece-y finish)

Dry Shampoo: Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cool and Crisp