June 7, 2012

The long-awaited hair post!

I often get a ton of questions about my hair: do I colour it? Is it layered? Which products do I use? I felt like a hair post was overdue, so here it is! :)

** The pictures were taken near my bedroom window, which is near the pool. I do not have blue undertones in my hair, it's just blueish reflection from the pool.

For those who were asking, here is my natural colour. Now you're in a state of shock ;) I often wish I could go back in time to beg my rebellious teenage self not to dye her hair, but I think black hair suits me well. It's very beautiful against my fair skin and it makes my light eyes pop!

My natural colour, 2005

I've been dyeing my hair since late 2005, when I got blue streaks into my natural reddish light brown shade. I liked it for a while, but when the streaks started turning green, I freaked out and went brown. Then darker brown. Then super dark brown. Then full-on black in early 2008. In June 2010, I was sick of having black hair, so I went to a hairdresser to attempt going back to my natural colour. 4 hours and 150 bucks later (ugh), the black dye was completely gone, but I was a bright redhead, which kind of put me in a state of shock. I tried to cover it with brown dye, but the red tones kept popping up, so I gradually went back to black!

An unflattering DIY haircut and some 100% pure black hair in 2009
Hating my accidental red strands, june 2010.
This picture was taken after trying to cover the red with medium ash brown dye.

I dye my hair about once a month. I have very fair skin and from experience, pure black dye washes me out. Using the darkest shade of brown looks more natural and allows me to keep some auburn undertones, which are not visible on the picture, but absolutely lovely in the sun. Until two months ago, my go-to colour was Clairol Nice 'N Easy in 121A Natural Deep Brown. However, I decided to give foam formulas a go and switched to Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Foam Colour in 3 Darkest Brown. Each kind has its pros and cons, but now I really prefer Garnier Nutrisse. It gives me pretty undertones, makes my hair soft and shiny and smells kind of good. Plus, it doesn't stain my hairline like Clairol did.

I've been cutting my fine and wavy hair myself for more than two years (in fact, the day I went red was my last visit to a hair salon). I am not a professional hairdresser, but I'm always satisfied with the results. If you want to start cutting your own hair, remember the following rules: 

1- Always work on clean, dry hair.
2- Use appropriate scissors. Get a pair of pro scissors at the drugstore and make sure they're sharp.
3- Don't rush it!
4- If you're feeling insecure, visit YouTube for some how-to tutorials first.
5- For drastic changes, put your pride aside and visit a hairdresser. I wouldn't cut my hair into a pixie at home!
My current haircut is medium-lenght with thick, straight bangs. It's a little layered. My shortest layer is above my ears (very thin layer, just to add volume), I have another one under my ears and the last one is chin-lenght.

Sometimes, I'm really not delicate when cutting my hair... To get my current haircut, I divided my hair in two sections and brought them over my shoulder. I held the scissors horizontally and just chopped off 8 inches (and years of damage!). Blunt ends make hair appear fuller and healthier, but mine looked choppy and severe. My solution was to hold the scissors vertically and cut a little through the ends to soften them. Now they're still blunt, but not too blunt!

Oh, and even if it's not recommended to do so, I always cut my bangs straight across. I proceed by cutting a little section, then I move to the next one, grabbing a small piece of the previously cut strand as a reference. I do this every two weeks.

I love to try new products and to switch up my routine! Here are some of my favourite tools. Of course, I don't use them all at once :)

1-2. Tresemmé shampoo and conditioner. Very moisturizing, good for daily use and you get a huge bottle for less than 5 $.
3. Finesse unscented hairspray. This is my mom's, I should get my own bottle!
4. Pantene smoothing crème. This is THE best hair crème ever. It really smooths hair!
5. Tigi beach spray. I use it when I'm lazy and I don't feel like blow-drying my wet hair. It gives me beachy waves and smells like coconut.
6. John Frieda serum. It's pretty awesome on very dry/damaged hair, but watch out for product overload. I go easy on this one, since it tends to make my hair look greasy.

7. Herbal Essence hairspray. For the days when I can't find the other bottle of hairspray.
8. Attitude 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner for kids. It's vegan, carcinogen free and skeptic tank safe. It makes my hair soft, shiny and easy to manage, but my hair colour fades crazy-fast when I use it. It's an awesome product for people with natural hair, though! I keep it in my gym bag.
9. An old bottle of Sunsilk leave-in conditioner. I use it before going to the beach or taking a dip in the pool.
10. Organix cherry blossom ginseng conditioner. It smells delicious!
11. Dryer sheets. In the winter, I rub some on my bangs to get crazy shine and eliminate static. Try it, it really works.
12. Professional scissors. Very important!

After years of perpetual conflict against my hair, I finally won the battle. My hair is now very low-maintenance. I wash it every nigh with shampoo (1) and conditioner (2), then I put in into a ponytail at the nape of my neck and let it dry overnight. My hair is a lot healthier since I stopped blow-drying it every morning! After taking my morning shower (wearing a tacky plastic shower cap!), I undo my ponytail and brush my hair, then I wash my bangs over the sink. After that, I blow-dry and straighten them. Then, I create soft waves my hair with my trusty flat-iron. I brush through the curls with my hands to soften them and I finish with a non-scented hairspray (3) or some hair cream (4). And I'm done!

Remember that healthy hair = happy hair. Take care of your hair and you'll make peace with it :)


  1. Yay, I love your hair! I think we have similar hair, so this will definitely help me. Thank you :)

  2. It's amazing you do all that yourself. Your hair is beautiful!


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