Baby Preparations: Going BRONDE!

With about five weeks to go until the bundle of joy will join our household, I decided to make a change in my appearance that hopefully will make both my life and D‘s life easier in terms of leaving the house. I strongly believe that everyone on this planet has a soft spot for long blonde locks and I make no exception from that rule. That said, having blonde hair – even though mine is not the lightest shade, I’m more of a 9A lover – is a pain in the ass as you need to re-do your roots every four weeks tops otherwise you just look terrible no matter what your natural hair colour is. Yes, I am well aware of the fact that today dark roots are ok, however, not grown-in dark roots but rather perfectly calculated darker roots.

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My hair before the colour process

With a new baby on the way, I’ve come to the conclusion that going religiously to the salon every four weeks for root touch-ups will be impossible in the beginning at least until we get into a routine, so I decided to try the much-coveted bronde-colour melt hair colour. This is kinda the compromise between having long blonde locks, bun not really having to go to the salon quicker than six-eight weeks (for me at least). My good friend and colour-guru, Maria and I decided on 7A roots because that matches my natural colour almost perfectly and that means that if I manage to squeeze in another colour appointment until the baby comes, the colour will actually catch on nicely – note: on chemically processed blonde, darker colours tend to require more than one try for the shade to actually last.

Tools used in the process

This whole bronde trend is quite lovely in a sense that it allows blonde-lovers like myself to still have lovely light locks while also having naturally coloured roots and therefore if you are a low-maintainance kinda gal and hate going to the salon monthly for about two-three hours for you colour service this is the way to go! I must admit that at first I was very skeptical as I am a blonde-all-the-way kinda gal and I was afraid that going darker plus being hormonal will result in a catastrophe, but, to be completely honest with you, I have never left Maria’s Hair Studio sad or unsatisfied. Plus, I do love a change from time to time! Here’s what my colour-master used to get this amazing, natural, trendy colour:

Technique

Now, do not ask me how much of each she put into the magic mix that got me this amazing colour, all I can say is that she used nothing on the tips and only blended the colouring cream for about a minute before rinsing it all out. Not really touching the tips is one of my obsessions as I try and protect them as much as possible. And no, pregnancy has not helped with my hair nor with my skin and as I’ve stated in an earlier post I am not complaining as I have not experimented the bad side of pregnancy either. The process has a bit out of the box in my opinion as she knew she did not necessarily need to colour my tips in order to get this perfect bronde shade so she used foil for this natural sun kissed-highlights effect which I must confess I had serious doubts at the beginning.

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The result

I now regret all those moments of doubt as I am way beyond in love with my new hair colour and if you really want to try this or any other colour trend with minimal damage to your hair you have to visit Maria’s Hair Studio as Maria’s first concern always is for the health of your natural hair and trying to do as little damage as possible while still giving you the desired result. The reason I am writing about this is because I was simply stunned yet again at how she managed to protect my natural fine hair while still giving me the desired result that most hairstylists give you with a full-length chemical colour. She amazes me and my hair with every single visit! I hope you love the end-result as much as I do!

L.

 

Hair Update!

Remember when I got hair extensions? You can read all about it here… Anyway, today is all about updating you on how that is going for me. Because I am on prenatal supplements, my hair grown like crazy so I had to re-position them after just two months, normally, you will need this after three to four months of wearing them depending on how well you take care for them. The thing that is really dangerous – well, as dangerous as hair extensions can be – is the fact that the more your hair grows the more prone the roots are to get tangled. That is why, if you have fine wavy hair like mine, you should have you stylist check them out monthly (trust me, I have seen some tangled roots and they are not a lovely picture). However, if you manage to squeeze in a monthly salon visit, which let’s be honest, for us in our 30s is not so hard as we do have to colour our hair regularly, there is absolutely no danger of that happening.

After two months of wearing my hair extensions

Let me tell you a bit about the last two months with my lovely hair extensions. First of all, despite the fact that you might think it is peculiar to wash and style you hair, it is actually not. True, you do have to be a bit more gentle when wash your roots, but aside from that, the whole styling process is way more comfortable and easy to do because you have to deal with mainly healthy hair and it tends to influence the way your damaged hair styles because it is heavier and thicker. For example, I could not leave the house with my hair naturally air dried, but with those extensions on, after an hour of naturally leaving it to air dry it styled itself and looked like one of the best summer waves I’ve ever had (see it here). Throughout these two months, I’ve shed three or four extensions, but fear not, it was seamless and I did not have to have an emergency appointment to get it fixed, on the contrary, I actually waited a week or two before going at the salon, as it was 100% seamless. I suspect those tresses fell of because I religiously have my Olaplex home treatment and moisturising treatments tend to loosen the microring, but that was where the inconveniences stopped. I’d have to say that after two months of wearing these beauties I am hooked!

After the re-positioning

The end-result

Back to today’s post subject… Last Friday I went to the salon to get them re-positioned, as they did grow quite a lot – as you can see from the photos – and I was at the point where the microrings kept popping out from underneath my hair, so keeping them a secret became somewhat of a mission impossible. My very talented friend, Maria (find her at her salon, Maria’s Hair Studio, here), carefully repositioned all 90 of them in about 1 hour. Even though my hair looks a bit shorter, scissors were not involved and the shorter do I am sporting is due to the fact that my extensions were moved up the whole 2,5 cm that my natural hair has grown. So, no scissors involved and I looked like a new person! As you can see from the photos, my rings were changed for a darker shade of brown because I tend to colour my hair a bit darker during the autumn months. My natural hair had absolutely no damage done to it thanks to the silicone lining of the microrings, so be very careful when you choose the type of rings used as the ones without the silicone lining tend to be way harsher on your natural tresses – true they are smaller, but it simply is not worth it!

Happy mama-to-be

Overall, my experience with hair extensions has been wonderful so far, but I intend to keep you updated on the matter!

L.

New Hair!!!

I’ve got new hair!!!! Literally!!! You didn’t believe that I just drank a magic potion and woke up with Rapuntzel hair, did you? If you look back on the latest posts, you’ll realise that in Milan I had medium fine hair, while in Paris I seem to have grown long thick hair. considering that the two mini vacations were two weeks apart, that would’ve been impossible to do naturally. So… I finally did it! I got hair extensions! I’ve been thinking about this since forever, but there was always something stopping me. I’ve seen quite a few that look fake even from a considerable distance, I always thought that they were uncomfortable to care for, and the reasons for my scepticism may go on forever.

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Hair after colour process. Current result!

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Hair before extensions. Right before Milan!

Finally, the day before we were off on a plane to Paris, I went to my usual hair salon (Maria’s Hair Studio) for a wash and a blow-dry and I ended up with a whole new set of natural hair extensions. Now, make no mistake, I wouldn’t have let my precious, but fine strands into anyone else’s hands but my good friend Maria because I trust no one else when it comes to complicated things like hair extensions. And was I glad at the end, as not even D could spot a fake looking strand of hair, and he is a perfectionist when it comes to fake-anything!

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Before the hair colour process – on the day of the application.

The process lasted almost two extra hours than what I had planned (for a wash and blow-dry) so I had to leave the professional hands of Maria without actually colouring my new hair, but because she skilfully cut them, one could say that I looked like I had a nicely done balayage. I did come back a week later, upon returning from Paris, to get my much loved ash blonde (as you can see from the featured image). But, before you judge, take a look at the Paris photos and see if the whole thing doesn’t look natural af!

Hair before all the madness – extensions, colour!

Before the colour process – I went like this to Paris!

As said before, I chose the micro-ring method because let’s be honest, I am way to low-maintenance to not wear permanent hair extensions. I think that the ones that you just put on with a hair clip are just too high-maintenance for me, and I am lazy, but I haven’t really gave them a try so far so I can’t really give you my opinion on that. I just took a leap of faith with these more permanent ones. First of all, they are natural healthy hair, from a good source (not from corpses) and my dear friend was patient enough to fill my head with 90 different strands carefully placed for a natural finish no matter if I wear my hair down or in a pony-tail.

After my usual colour treatment!

The aftermath: The first night I felt that there was something different, but by the second night I just slept like a baby, not feeling them at all. I suggest that brush your hair starting from the tips and moving upwards towards the roots and, as for washing, not much changes. The styling now takes me double the time, but taking into consideration the fact that it is natural, healthy, thick hair, the hairstyle tends to last a lot longer than it did before, on my fine hair. Overall, I love it! I have no idea why I waited and hesitated for so long to get them. Be careful though, as there are a lot of places that can offer you this service, but you can end up looking very fake. Take great care when choosing you stylist!

L.