To those religiously following my blog, you know how adventurous I have gotten with my hair over the past years.
My hair is naturally straight and dark with a beautiful plethora of brown shades and if I remember it correctly, I started coloring when I was 22. Since then, it has gone through a variety of colors, cold perms, digital perms, highlights with side bangs AND full bangs!
Of course I give it the healthy break every now and then so thank God it has not violently taken its revenge on me just yet!
After my highlights, which lasted for a good 1-2 years (thank you Christine Salon Luxe), I finally made the decision to get a balayage.
According to Elle, Balayage is a French word meaning ‘to sweep’ or ‘to paint’. It allows for a sun-kissed natural-looking hair colour, similar to what nature gives us as children.
The balayage hype has bid the days when stylists used foils during the process of coloring hair goodbye.
Balayage and more modern techniques of coloring such as baby lights, involve working with the client’s natural hair growth, shades, and tones.
The term “paint” as I find it, is more suiting; the technique, more artistic in my point of view. It is an art to get done so I DO NOT ADVISE DOING IT AT HOME. This is nothing like your tutorial for using boxed hair color or shampoo dye. Get it done right or regret it.
I had mine done at Blush Beauty Bar. Honestly, when I walked in the salon, I had no idea what I was getting. I told the stylist that I wanted shades of gray and he suggested a balayage so balayage it was! Lol.
Immediately after a good three hours (which felt like a whole day) got me questioning why I was a woman and why I was doing this to myself, my hair initially appeared like this:
I wish I had gotten a better suggestion on the root color though as I would’ve liked it a tad darker.
I was not a fan of the initial blend so much but I decided to wait out for the color to seep in, appear more natural, and for the green tinge to slightly fade. If you do not understand how this works, you can refer to the image below (photo taken from Quora.com. Credits to user Kanchan Negi)
See when naturally dark hair is bleached, it usually takes on a slightly yellow to a dark yellow hue depending on your hair and the number of bleaching process it goes through so putting gray on top might lead to greens.
Anyhow, I had zero idea on bleaching before getting this balayage so it was a new experience and learning for me altogether.
The color was fine until my recent trip to Taiwan when I started getting these yellow, ugly tones called brass on my hair and it got to a point when I looked like I was shining along with my khaki coat on photos! Lol. It felt less like having a halo on and more like having an unwanted spotlight on me (send help!).
So I did some research and found out that it’s not the salon that’s to be blamed. They did their job. It’s just that bleaching requires toning every now and then to maintain its color. And that’s how purple shampoo and I met.
You barely find this holy grail in Iloilo (I found a brand at SM and a friend told me of another she saw at Robinson’s but I won’t recommend them because I haven’t tried the one at Rob and the one at SM disappointed me) so I ordered mine off of the internet through Pimp My Hair PH on Instagram.
I placed my order last March 23 (I was in dire need of purple pigments already!!!) and it reached me last March 29.
I went from this:
In a matter of two washes. I know, crazy what these products can do, right?
PURPLE SHAMPOO IS THE BOMB! There is indeed a solution to every problem and I honestly love the shade better now as everything looks more natural and blended.
If you want to understand how this works, you can refer to the color wheel below:
As you can see, purple is opposite yellow so it basically neutralizes it. The purple shampoo did leave a few strands purple but that will eventually fade in a few days.
The bleached hair is basically dead now and waiting for its grave but that is when no heat curls are actually best! The curls I have for both photos are done with no heat and I’ll be writing about that soon along with tips on how to care for bleached hair.
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