My Hair Transformation
This is my first beauty post in 2017 and I decided to kick the year off with addressing my hair change. I wanted to go blonder for months, but I just didn't have the guts to do it. I was a bit fed up with my older look, because I haven't changed anything about it for almost two years. I needed a change, regarding my personal life and looks, and hair was definitely at the top of my list. It's the easiest way to bring about change in you daily routine and life. So in today's post I'm going to share with you my hair transformation story, some of my older pictures, the progress throughout the years, the current state of my hair and the products I love to use for healthy-looking hair.
I want to start everything off with an honest sentence: my hair has been through a lot, there's no way around it. My hair is naturally ashy brown, very thick, long and curly. Actually very curly and frizzy - to the point that whenever it's raining outside, I just know that it's useless to do anything with my hair, because it simply won't last. That's why I started using hair straighteners when I was 14, which extremely damaged my hair. Of course my 14-year-old self didn't know how to properly take care of her hair back then. I also washed my hair every single day. Consequently my hair started to break off, I always had split-ends and it eventually got really fine and flat (on a plus side: even though it's quite fine, I still have a lot of it).
FIRST COLOURING AND THE AFTERMATH
When I was in my sophomore year of high-school I got really bored of my natural hair colour. By then most of my friends have already coloured their hair at least once before, so I of course wanted to do the same. I really wanted to go lighter, but just two or three shades. Because I have orange underlying pigment (which is common with brunettes), my hair turned extremely orange (with brassy tones). From then on I went lighter and lighter with every colouring, but the orange pigment was consistent with every colour. I just couldn't get rid off it, even when my hairdresser used pearl/ash blonde hair colour. I kept going to the hair salon, trying to achieve the perfect hair colour, but I eventually decided to start colouring at home, because it was just too expensive to maintain a blonde colour at the hair salon. Colouring at home is the one thing that I would not recommend - if you are a blonde, do go to the salon, because blonde is such a difficult hair colour to achieve at home. I definitely learned my lesson and from now I will, without a doubt, only trust the professionals.
GOING BLONDER AND SHORTERI always had (or at least loved to have) long hair, but this summer I made my first choice to get rid off my extremely split ends and just embrace a shorter cut. However, it was still medium length hair and on the third day of MBFWLJ in October last year (I was wearing a blue Asos White Jumpsuit) I decided to f*** it and cut everything off. And now I'm left with my lob, which I absolutely adore. I also went quite a lot blonder, as you may have noticed, thanks to a salon in Ljubljana named Medinmleko. We started everything off with an Olaplex treatment, because my hair was in such bad condition that it wouldn't "survive" all the bleaching. After that we just went for it. A lovely hair expert Sandra did the highlights throughout and I was really happy with the result. However, it's still a work in progress, because I want to go completely platinum, so I need to make another appointment asap.
THE PRODUCTS I USEEvery blonde knows that a blue/purple shampoo is a true saviour - it's all about neutralising unwanted tones of the hair. I personally love to use Keune Silver Reflex Shampoo, because it keeps all the unwanted tones under control. I use it two or three times a week (depending on how often I wash my hair, but it's usually every other day).
For a conditioner I like to use anything from L'Oreal Paris, because they offer the best conditioners from the drugstore. At the moment I'm using the L'Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Conditioner. I like to use it in combination with my Olaplex at home treatment, which I use once a week and get it from my hairdresser.
I also had the opportunity to test out two winning products from the Cosmo Beauty Awards 2016 (click here for more info) and they of course didn't disappoint. As I've mentioned before, my hair still gets very frizzy, despite being colour treated and bleached. The product that saves the day is Kevin Murphy Smooth Again: a leave-in smoothing treatment to eliminate frizz for silky, nourished and protected hair. I use it after every wash - I spread a small amount of product on damp hair and continue with blow-drying. The best thing is that a little goes a long way. Now I never have to worry about the rain, because my hair will stay looking perfect and smooth throughout the day, even if it's pouring outside.
I prefer to wash my hair every other (or two) day, so I need some extra help to keep my hair looking fresh and voluminous. My favourite product at the moment is a Hair Refresher from Davines, which also helps to neutralise the odour of the hair. It makes my hair extremely voluminous, doesn't leave a white cast (even though that's not that important if you're a blonde) and really helps to refresh my hair. If you don't have the budget to splurge on this dry shampoo, I would also recommend Batiste, if you are looking for a more affordable option.
These are all the products I swear by and are a necessity in my haircare routine.
photos by Epopteia Photography, Klemen and Karinartistic