Sunday, 17 February 2013

Back to Black (or dark brown at least...)

Hey lovelies

I've taken the plunge and dyed my hair back to dark brown, after a year and a half of lightening it (and even longer before I went back to brunette for my wedding in 2011).

To be honest, I was getting sick of the upkeep. My roots would show really quickly which I hated and it was just a hassle. I had also switched from getting highlights done in salons to lightening my hair myself.

This was a cheaper option but my hair had gone a bit of a strange, beige colour over time. Also, I was using a bleaching kit, followed by a dark blonde dye on top to get the shade correct, and all that processing cannot be good for your locks.

I had started to crave dark, shiny locks some time ago and found myself poring over pictures of celebrities with dark hair like Megan Fox and Kim Kardashian, and lusting over their raven tresses. My problem is I don't know what suits me better. Of course I'm a natural brunette, but in my heart I feel like a blonde! I also look at stars like J.Lo (my hair icon) and Jessica Alba and think they look much better with lighter locks, and as they have similar skin tones to me, it made me wonder whether I was better off blonder.

In fact, if you're a brunette wondering how to go blonde without any mistakes, check out my top tips on going lighter.

But my main catalyst for turning brunette? The make-up artist and blogger Carli Bybel. I love her look so much, and am currently obsessed with her videos and tips. Looking at her gorgeous hair gave me the push to embrace brunette again! View her site, here.

Anyway, after much agonising, I used L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss in shade 515 Chocolate Truffle because I fell in love with the colour! It's the first time I've dyed my hair at home without using a foam formulation dye, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't at all messy, as I had expected. In fact it was all very easy and quick.

I had thought having dark hair suddenly would be a bit of a shock, but actually I'm loving being a brunette again. I feel sexy! And I can wear all my hair extensions, which now match my colour.

Here's a shot of the new colour :)



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