February 22, 2013

L'Oreal Excellence HiColor Blondes for Dark Hair Only

First and foremost...I would like to start this post by saying that I am NOT a hairdresser. I don't do hair, I don't cut hair, I don't dye hair...well that is except for my own. I have been learning to do things my own way since I was young because I'm impatient and if I go and pay someone to do something for me I expect it to be perfect but if I pay and it doesn't come out perfect I get upset. Therefore, I think that if I do something to myself and I mess up, I can't be upset because it's my fault! I know, I'm crazy! Haha! Anyway. I have been dying my hair since I was 13... I think. My mom wasn't like other moms not letting me dye my hair, she encouraged it!

There are two things that I've always wanted to change about myself:

1) I've always wanted curly hair
2) I've always wanted to be blonde.

I'm too afraid to perm my hair because of the horror stories my mother used to tell me about perming her own hair and so I just settled for a curling iron and for a while I was afraid to be blonde because I wasn't sure if I could pull it off. Some time when I turned 19, I took a plunge and went platinum...except, it turned out horrible. I bleached my hair and damaged it beyond repair and the color I was trying to achieve never really happened until my hair was fried. Also, it would have looked better if I actually wore more makeup back then. I ended up chopping my hair off and dying it red using L'Oreal's HiColor for dark hair. I used to love the color I had with this dye. It was one step (which means no bleaching prior! Yay!) and Lord Jesus, the color was beautiful, vibrant, shiny, and looked healthy! However, I was still unsatisfied because I still wanted to be blonde.

Why God? Why?!
Big Red
Last year, a day before my birthday, I decided I needed a change. I was going through a quarter-of-a-century life crisis (first world problems, ya know?) and since I had good results with the HiColor Red, I went and got the HiColor Blonde in Golden Ginger. I truly and honestly wanted to believe that the results would turn out the way I expected them to but they didn't. My hair was really dark brown and I ended up with a ginger brown. It was pretty but not blonde. My roots were much lighter and the rest of my hair was much lighter. Of course I was impatient and I did it again the next day and it lightened up a bit more. I didn't want to kill my hair so I waited. Three weeks later, I did it again and I ended up with a dark blonde/light brown hair.

Roots after initial application

Rest of hair after initial application
I did want to get rainbow colored ends, so I went to a hairdresser and she ended up bleaching my hair (without my permission) to get my hair lighter and this did end up helping out the process of getting the blonde I was after, although, I wanted to do it without the bleach. I'm not even sure what bleach or developer the lady used. I do believe that if I hadn't bleached my hair I would've ended up getting to the blonde that I like but much later than when it happened.

Haha pardon the duck face! This is Golden Ginger after two uses!
Golden Ginger after three uses (after the bleach)...and a special guest appearance by Nany!
The thing about this dye (the Blonde edition) is that it processes the hair very evenly, which is nice, because no one wants different colored roots and ends, unless you're purposely doing an ombre. You'll definitely notice a difference in the roots before you see it in the ends but if you do it the way it says on the box you'll get evenly distributed color. If you use this dye, expect to see the color you desired, after three or more uses. I'm being honest here! It'll happen but after a while and without over processing your hair. I also noticed that after I changed the color (I used to use Golden Ginger, now I use Sandstone Blonde) I really get a good blonde going. I suggest following the instructions on the box otherwise, you might not get good results. 

***2014 EDIT***
I've pretty much gone through a lot of the shade ranges that this particular line offers. My favorites are Sandstone Blonde and Vanilla Champagne because Golden Ginger and Honey Blonde leave the hair too brassy (or yellow/orange looking), which you can see in the picture above. Sandstone Blonde and Vanilla Champagne are much ashier, and even so, Sandstone Blonde has a tiny touch of brass, which you can see in the picture below.

Sandstone Blonde and about six months after a hairdresser bleached my hair
Something that really helped my hair not be brassy was Wella's Color Charm Toner in T14 and T18 toners. They cancel out that brass like nobody's business but it is important to keep in mind that you will have to continue doing it after the initial application or the brass WILL return. Here's a picture so you can see the magic that is Toner:

I also suggest using a Purple shampoo and conditioner to help the Wella toner do it's job longer! I'm currently using L'oreal's Nature's Therapy Color Confidence Blonde Brightening Shampoo, though I think I'm going to try a few other things! 

So yay! I've finally conquered being a blonde. *checks item off bucket list*


February 08, 2013

How to Help Your Skin Clear Up

My skin's been acting up for the past few weeks and unsightly blemishes have been appearing on my face :(. I'm not sure if it's the weather or stress or what it could be but I have been taking a few steps to help my skin clear up, these are things that I've done before and that have worked for me in the past (and are working for me now). Hopefully, they help anyone who's skin is giving them a hard time!

1. Drink lots of water! Not only does water help you lose weight (by suppressing your appetite and having no calories!) but it also helps clear up the skin. Drinking lots of water is important anyway, so help your skin (and body) out by increasing your water intake!

2. Stop looking at your phone already and get your butt to sleep! These days we all don't get the amount of rest we need. Getting a proper amount of sleep helps your body maintain a good immune system and a good immune system will help fight off bacteria that causes acne in the first get to sleeping!

3. Wash that makeup off! Nothing is worse than falling asleep with your makeup on! You're just asking for comedones to start up in your pores! Wash it allllll off and let your skin breathe at night!

4. Exfoliate! Help those dead skin cells get off your face! Remember twice a week and no more than that! You just have to help your skin do what it's already doing but don't overdo it because then you're just hurting your skin. If you've got a clarisonic or something similar to it, use it once or twice a week too and not at the same time that you're exfoliating!

5. Moisturize and wear SPF! Nothing makes me more sad than when I my clients tell me that they either use body lotion to moisturize, that they don't have an SPF in their moisturizer, and/or that they don't moisturize at all. ;'( WHY? WHYYY?

Yes technically your face is part of your body but your face is way more delicate than your body! The extra richness of a body lotion can cause you to breakout!

No SPF?! Did you guys know that the sun is the number one reason we get wrinkles? On top of that if you're using any products that contain AHA/BHA, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, basically anything to treat acne it makes your skin more sensitive to the sun. Usually, dermatologists recommend you use SPF with these products to help protect your skin from more irritation, so USE it!

No moisturizer?! :'( When you don't moisturize your skin overcompensates for the lack of moisture by overproducing oil and this can cause breakouts. Please moisturize!

6. As much as you'd like to get rid of it, don't pick at it! Picking at your blemishes can cause bacteria to spread and give you more blemishes and leave scars. Don't do it or you might end up like Meg down there!

Hope these little tips help and if you've got any other tips please share them with me! ^_^

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