Tuesday, 4 June 2013

new adventures in hair colour

lavender hair curls b post sponsored by nuffnang 

Let’s talk about hair. Or, more specifically, hair dyeing. Yew! Definitely a favourite topic of mine! And something I have more than a little experience in.

As is obvious if you’ve read this blog for a while, I LOVE colouring my hair. I have had every shade bar my natural one on the blog, from black to red to ginger to blonde to platinum to lilac. I’ve loved them all, have fond memories of them all and am really looking forward to going back to ginger goodness as soon I have exhausted my desires to bleach my hair every, oh, what is it now? 30 seconds or so.

Of course, bleaching your hair is never going to be good for it. My hair is surprisingly soft, considering I go at it with serious chemicals so often. I wouldn’t expect it to be a flowing waterfall of silk but I love the colour, so I can live with that. But when I had black, and then red, it was great having soft and shiny hair.

Getting my hair so pale needs a lot of harsh chemicals. Once every 18 days or thereabouts my bathroom becomes a seemingly airtight chamber of smelly ammonia (it reminds me of cleaning my cat’s litter tray) (yes I know, that’s gross) that makes my eyes run, my head (I don’t like the word scalp, it’s gross) feel hot and my skin tingle. It’s a good thing I like being a bleach-head... for now. It won’t be forever.

Thankfully, thankfully, the more natural hair colours can be much more manageable. Much kinder and nicer to use.

I’ve been asked to try the new Garnier Olia – “the first permanent home hair colour powered by oils, not ammonia!”. Interesting... and exciting! No ammonia? Really?!

I have almost always done my hair colour at home (except when I went from black to red, although I did the red to platinum myself) because I don’t want to spend zillions of dollars on going to the hairdressers every other waking minute of the day when I can be happy with the results I can get at home and save my monies for vintage dresses.

So, the thought hair colouring being a senses-assault-free experience is more than a little appealing. The new Garnier Olia “propels home hair colour into a new era”, apparently. I am going to see if that is true!

No, not on me! At least not this time :) I am going to stick with the platinum for a bit longer – but who knows how long? I have a big day coming up and might just be red in time for that... I’ll have to make a decision soon. BUT. I will be trying out this new dye on my beautiful friend Trish!

It promises it will protect hair from damage and provide “optimal scalp comfort ... Garnier Olia guarantees to respect the hair fibre like never before thanks to a higher oil content in both the colourant (60%) and the developer (20%)... Maximum colour performance, visible improvement of hair quality, a new experience for the senses“, and that sounds pretty good.

I am going to put it to the test!

BUT FIRST, let’s have a giveaway! I have 1 x Garnier prize pack to give away to a lucky reader. The prize pack includes:

-          1x Garnier Olia Product
-          1 x Colour Last Shampoo & Conditioner
-          1 x Fructis Style Blow Dry Balm

To enter, just tell me what is your dream hair colour in the Garnier Olia range and how would you style it? Please leave an email with your comment (so I can contact you!) and remember, have fun with your answer. Terms and conditions here. Good luck!




















28 comments:

Iliska Dreams said...

My dream colour? No!!! Don't make me choose! That would be like making me choose between my children. All are amazing, for different reasons.

Lauren VsTheMachine said...

Oh what a lovely giveaway! Although I loved my flaming red hair phase, I am currently still experimenting with colouring it myself a golden blonde.. (it's a fine line between golden and brassy!!) As for styling, I know it sounds cheesy but ever since I found your tutorial for rag curls I've been a convert! Having tried numerous heating products, they're the longest lasting curls I've discovered so far : )
Lauren x

Jess W said...

Arrrgh, hair dye! My one weakness!

Considering the amount of damage my hair has copped from bleaching bits and pieces the last few months, I think a Deep Black would feel and look lovely! I'd wear my hair out, curled and boofy like a Mermaids era Cher. Big black Bewitched witch hair for winter!

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Karin said...

Love all your "crazy" hair colours! I'm in a position where I try to figure out what colour I want, but I just can't decide! Do you have any advice?

Steph said...

Decisions, decisions... I feel the need to go purple! It's a very bluestocking colour :)

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Lara Tura said...

I'm currently trying to go back to my natural colour (6months in and no tears yet!) as it's been well over 10 years since I've left it alone! I'm surprised I actually do like my natural colour. But if I had to choose I would totally do the purple. I'm a sucker for the Morticia look :)
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Emma Powick said...

I love the deep purple colour it would look amazing styled in pin up curls!

Evangeline said...

my dream hair-colour is more of a tri-colour. i am very keen to attempt to try and add, in sections, a darker brown to my chestnutty brown hair at the moment, and then perhaps later venture into a third colour. sort of in a highlight/lowlight fashion, so that i can create dimension and depth as opposed to one flat colour.
evangeline.a@icloud.com :)

Christina Lowry said...

I'm the complete opposite - I've been dying my hair black for years! The deep black looks perfect and I would love some soft curls to go with it. :)

Hannah said...

I'm keen to go back to something more natural, so 'beige dark blonde' would be the winner for me at the moment.
I love a good rock-a-billy style with victory rolls. Delicious. I'm so tempted to get a short fringe this winter to match.

Laura (lap) said...

I am delighted to see a dark plum color in a box dye! To show off the promise of glossy, shiny hair I'd style mine with a center part and low curly pigtails. mommylap@gmail(.com)

Mallory Nicole said...

I've never dyed my hair before, but I'm always up for something new! If I were to try dye, I would want to dye my hair a darker brown (almost chestnut), and style it in victory rolls and pincurls!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I always opt for platinum!

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Catherine said...

My favourite colour is the one I have now! Its platinum blonde and I've just started using CPR Blonde which is giving my hair a blue-grey tint. The product is self is ultraviolet and stains your hands temporarily, but it leaves the nicest fresh white in your hair.

Danielle Hinton said...

I've tried the Olia, I like it a lot! Left my hair very, very soft :)

Bianca Y said...

Oh man, I change my mind every couple of weeks. I just went blonde, but it totally blew out my ends, and my hair is chin length so cutting it off isn't really an option just yet. Urrrggh!
I just looked through your archives and I could see a tutorial for pin curls for long hair, and you mentioned you were trying something new for shorter hair. If you could do a tutorial or even put up some bits of advice on that, it'd be great. I've been using the GHDs to tame my hair, but with the bleach damage it really isn't good for it!

Emma Mary said...

Intense red! Oh how I long to be a ginger! I'd cut off my long locks and style it short, a little like Audrey hepburn from roman holiday 200.good.ideas.later at gmail dot com

Theresa said...

I'd go with light brown, and I'd style it by putting my hair in curlers overnight.

I'm desdrata at hotmail.

Kim maxwell said...

I have very curly, mousy brown hair. I love the Garnier Very Light Blonde colour, in my dreams my hair would be this colour and 1970's striaght, straight like it was ironed, (which is what my Mum used to do!)


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genkitten said...

It's a toss up between the bright red and the deep red, but I thiiiiink I'm leaning more towards the bright.

genkitten said...

It's a toss up between the bright red and the deep red, but I thiiiink I'm leaning towards the bright.

Kathryn C said...

Oooooh so hard to choose well I have had my hair just about every color of the rainbow. The deep violet is definitely calling to me. As for styling well victory rolls for sure just about got in right the last time hopefully the next will be the charm!

Kathryn C said...

Forgot to add my email! Its supernova.eyes@yahoo.com

Jenna said...

Although I've been a playing with a dark brown with slight reddish tinge for a couple years, maybe I'll suck it up and try something super bold...like the deep violet!

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Lillie Red said...

The mahogany brown is divine! I have short, very curly hair and I would use that for that bombshell "effortless" look like Betty Grable had in "How to Marry a Millionaire" It would be a nice change from my dishwater blonde to be sure!

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foxyroxy said...

my favourite colour is 10.0 - Very Light Blonde - I would style it by winding hair around my curling tong, then letting the curls drop - a modern marilyn if your will

Natalie_vintage_girl said...

deep violet is nice, my mum would love that colour because she has really dark hair and purple really suits her hair. balletnutter@hotmail.com

Emily Baker said...

my dream color would be a pastel mint!! gah!!!

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