I thought I’d put my latest hair stuff all in one post, so as not to bore you repeatedly with it! :) Last week, before I went away, I received a new wig from the lovely people at Aussie. I didn’t have time to play, but I was excited to see myself as a blonde. It’s one of the few colours I have never properly tried. I have been blonde, but it was more of a honey blonde, never platinum/white blonde.
The wig is a longish bob cut, very similar in length to my current hair. It has a fringe which proved handy at hiding my dark eyebrows! I guess that I something I would have to bleach if I were to go blonde, I look a bit scary with dark eyebrows and blonde hair. I wouldn’t be so bad if I didn’t have such substantial eyebrows!
Here I am with the wig on, looking rather scary! I don’t think that light blonde suits my skin tone. I thought dark colours were meant to make you look more pale, but this wig seems to make me look a bit peaky! I whacked some (a lot) of the Eyeko MyCoral Crush blusher on and Sleek lipstick in Candy Cane to liven me up a bit!
I kinda like the blonde because it is so different for me, but I think it would be a nightmare to maintain. I’d have to toner it too death to keep away the yellow. Plus I blush quite a lot and when I was blonde before, whenever I blushed I looked like my head was going to explode! The blonde hair seemed to make my red cheeks look even redder! :s Ok, I have to put the wig away, I’m starting to like blonde and I don’t have time for that kind of upkeep and I’d have to change all my make up again. Stop tempting me blondeness!
The first reaction I had when I put the wig on was that the cut and colour were very similar to the ‘suicide blonde’ in the film ‘The Number 23′. I’m not obsessed with the number 23, nor am I going to jump off a building, but I like the hazy blonde look.
Although if I was to number the alphabet…Gemx = 7+5+13+24=49 and 4+9=13. Sparkle =19+16+1+18+11+12+5=82 and 8+2=10 FINALLY 13+10=23! :o
It was amusing how long it took me to fudge something to equal 23!
I really like The Number 23 as a film, so much so I saw it twice at the cinema, once with friends then I dragged my OH to see it. I like trashy films :)
(My Suicide Blonde look)
(The Suicide Blonde from The Number 23)
As much as the blonde is tempting, when I took the wig off I realised how much I suit and love my hair colour at the moment. Before I went to visit my family I ran out of my usual Special Effects Virgin Rose hair dye and the bottles I’d ordered didn’t arrive in time. So with my rather faded hair I nipped into town to hunt for a similar pink/purple dye, not wanting to face my family looking faded. I went to the alternative shops and found plenty of dye in the various shops which was fantastic! They didn’t have my usual Special Effects, but they did have some Manic Panic, I similar brand that I had heard good reviews about. I picked a colour close to what I thought my current dye was.
The colour I picked was Hot Hot Pink. The dye itself comes in a round pot instead of a squeezie paint type bottle Special Effects come in. It is much easier to get out of the pot than the squeezie bottle and the Manic Panic dye was slightly more watery, but it smelt identical. Because the dye was more watery it went further on my hair, so I needed less dye, which was quite good. I left it on for about an hour and washed it off, then for the moment of truth!
I was left with super pigmented and really soft and shiny hair! Best of all the colour lasted double that of my old dye. I didn’t realise until I looked at old pictures, but my new colour is much pinker and brighter. I think that’s why it seems to last longer because it is a lighter colour I don’t notice the fading from dark purple to pink as much. Hot Hot Pink seems too fade from pink to err…less pink? It doesn’t really change that much, it seems to loose intensity rather than fade to a lighter colour. Here is my new colour:
It might not seem that different. In fact I thought it was pretty much the same colour, but if you see the picture below of the last time I dyed my hair with the Special Effects Virgin Rose dye. It was much more purple before (see below) and now it is more pink.
So what do you think? Blonde or dark and pink or dark and purple? I’m not sure which I prefer anymore! Aussie have booked me in to have my hair appointment in two weeks, so I will have to decide what I want to have done :)
Phew…that is a long post! Well done if you get to the bottom! To congratulate you I will tell you a secret…My blog has been going for a year! On May 5th last year I installed a WordPress blog during a break from exam revision stating I was going to make a beauty blog. I didn’t start blogging officially until the end of the month when my exams finished, but quite cool stuff! So I am planning a giveaway to celebrate. I’ve ordered some goodies and I will put up a post when I receive them :)
I hope you have all had a lovely week! Can’t believe it is Friday already! I will be slightly afk this week due to a wedding this weekend and my dissertation is due in next Thursday, so I hope you all have a lovely weekend and week to come! Think of me slaving away over a large document while you all enjoy yourselves! :P xxxx
All appears to be well after rinsing the dye off my hair. No emergency trips to Boots or hairdressers! Yay! The colour came out really bright on the bleached highlights my hairdresser put in for me.
I wasn’t sure about it at first because my dark brown had been slightly tinted a plum colour at the front and ofc, I didn’t apply any dye to the back part of my hair so that remains a normal brown. After two washes the dark brown/plum has faded a bit and it all looks a bit more blended together now. I’m likely this for a nice autumn colour, I can get away with darker make up as well, without looking to goth-ly pale. :)
I love Special Effect dyes, I have quite a few of them. This is the first time I’ve used Virgin Rose though, and the main reason I went for it this time, is that I’ve heard it fades nicely, from a purple to a pink-ish colour. So If I didn’t like it, I could leave it to fade without it looking to crappy. When I used to dye my hair a bright pink, it used to fade to a salmon pink then a weird grey-ish colour! :/ So, hopefully this will fade nicely. :) I’ve already washed my hair three times, and it’s still just as bright as when I first did it. Compared to the old pink, which I used to top up every 3-4 days, this colour is doing great so far!
The only thing I regret is just having ordinary thin highlight-esque bits bleached in. I should have gone for larger single chunks instead. It would be more noticeable and would make it a lot easier for me to dye, without getting all the plain brown bits covered in purple dye as well. In the past I had big slices of colour, but because they were on my parting, roots were a problem. Doing it with the highlights this way, I can avoid roots for longer. There’s always pros and cons I guess! :)
Does everyone dye there hair? I’ve had to dye mine since a teenager due to early grey :( Even though my mum is in her 60′s and still isn’t grey! But still, I do enjoy playing with hair colour. :)
I finally had a haircut and dye today! I am Miss Premature Grey, so I’ve been looking a little scary for the past few weeks. I am currently growing my hair for my wedding, so it looks boring atm. I have had short hair, no longer than a bob since I was about 14, and it’s current length of just on the top of my shoulders is a personal best! Alas, dull, brown, shoulder length hair is quite boring to grow/style.
I’ve had phases of ‘crazy colours’ in the past, when I’ve had jobs that allow non-natural colours.
Finally, I have a job that I can dye my hair again and to make myself happy about being really bored with growing my hair, I’ve decided to have my hairdresser bleach some bits and I’m breaking out the cupboard of Special Effects Hair dye.
The difference between now and then is I have a slightly lighter base colour which is close to my natural darkish brown. Special Effects dye did not take on my previous bases, but they were close to or were black! So here I am, regretting I just plonked a load of Special Effect Virgin Rose dye on my hair. I had highlight-esque streaks, lightened by my hairdresser, at the front for me to dye. Unfortunately my attempts at just getting the dye on those lighter bits was not so good. I dread to think what my hair is going to look like. I might end up with a weird, varying shades of purple front bit and brown the rest… I already have a couple of back ups plans:
1- Indulge in profanities and put purple on my whole head.
2- Panic and send OH to Boots tomorrow for Head and Sholders in an attempt to get the semi-permanant colour out.
3 – Panic and send OH to Boots tomorrow to buy bleach and have another go.
4 – Panic and send OH to Boots tomorrow to buy a black dye and lets forget the whole thing.
5 – Return to hairdresser in tears and beg for her to fix it.
6 – Everything is fine, crisis averted until I have to top-up the colour in a few weeks.
Gah…I hope for 6, but due to past disasters, they often end in 4! Black dye ahoy! Time to get in the shower *suspenseful music*