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January 20th was a momentous and memorable day. It was almost liberating in a way because I finally decided to do something truly adventurous with my hair! I was afraid those closest to me would think I was about to leave my husband or something equally "mid-life crises" because drastic changes are often the result of emotional upheaval. Not the case with me at all! Rainbow hair has been dominating our Instagram feeds for a few years now and you see people of all ages, colours and creeds sporting blue, pink or purple balayages. I personally love the contrast of seeing my mermaid hair with business attire and over the last few months have come to the conclusion that coloured hair can be taken seriously and it all comes down to how you style it and most importantly, OWNING it!
After getting "oil slick" hair in November (read all about my experience here!) and loving it, it was actually my husband who suggested going for a genuinely "oily" look and getting green added instead of touching up the purple. When it was time for my touch-up in January and I mentioned to JT (I LOVE YOU!) that green was in the cards, he warned me that green would not wear well. He said it was hard to get a green that washed out nicely that didn't leave hair looking "muddy". Being hellbent on green and blue, I mulled it over for 5 seconds before absolving JT of any fault should I not be happy which of course was not the case (though JT was absolutely right about green being not the best choice for my hair colour). This honesty is what I appreciated about the service at Civello and should be the case with any stylist. JT told me EXACTLY what to expect and was honest about what would happen. I am not too fussed about my hair and though I love hair in general, nothing is permanent. If I had to shave it off because something went horrifically wrong, I would be more ok with it than most. Nonetheless, I knew JT would do an amazing job and I was right!
|Fresh from the salon|
My hair looked completely different fresh from the salon! It was this ethereal shade of purple/blue that I kid you not, EVERYONE stared at when it was getting a blow dry. While everyone was getting a basic highlights and trims, I was getting THIS and it felt epic. I wanted to hang onto this colour forever so when I washed it the first time, I did it with COLD water. Having a cold shower is one of the most unpleasant things to do in January, but I wanted this colour forever and as you can see below I got it for a little bit longer, but you can already see the green poking through.
The royal blue became more of a smoky blue, like with my oil slick hair, by the 4th wash in. I was still bleeding colour up until this point and I was trying to use just cold water for rinsing. The muddiness of the green came out almost right away and though it looks cool in pictures, it can look a bit dull in real life which is why I have been using quite a bit of Aveda's Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil to brighten up the colour. After this experience, I think I may stick with the blue/purple family and leave the green to the lighter-haired folk.
I wash my hair twice a week and by the third day I tend to just throw my hair up in a ponytail, but I thought I'd show how the all of the colours look when my hair is up because it looks kind of cool!
In terms of home care, I am no longer taking cold showers because the colour has stabilized, but I have been using Aveda's Color Conserve line to maintain the colour I have. You can see in the more recent photos that the green is almost going blonde making it look like I have blonde highlights which is a look in it of itself!
It has truly been an experiment the last few months seeing what my hair would evolve into and how my makeup choices would differ and all I can say is that blue and purple are FAR easier to coordinate than green and blue! Try finding a red lipstick that doesn't make you look like a Christmas tree! What I have found is that fuchsias or plums look amazing as well as blue-based reds. Also, red dresses or tops are not the best, but white blouses look super chic! It has become a whole process, but a fun one so thank you again to the Aveda and Civello Robson teams for another fun appointment and journey with hair!
Should I go all blue next time?