I recently went from being a soft grown out balayage curly girl to thinking that I needed a change and setting my heart on grey hair…
I ignored my mum’s advice when she said I wouldn’t like it and that I’d get bored of it quickly. I was certain grey was my colour. Me and grey just hadn’t met yet but we would be extremely compatible. Or so I thought.
So anyway, I jumped in and booked an appointment at the salon and had awesome steel grey curls. I was happy with my hair for approximately 24 hours… I had a few ‘negative’ comments, doubts set in and I wanted out. I started trying to wash the colour out to fade it, went into total panic mode that I’d never have a normal hair colour again and was seriously concerned that I would over wash and ruin my curls. I mean, I was using the ultimate stripping, sulphate packed shampoo at one point! Cringe!
About a month later, I’d stopped the excessive washing and my hair faded naturally on its own. Phew, it even started to have a few blonde tones, not just grey/green!
As winter is approaching fast and we are well into autumn right now, I wanted a darker, warmer colour. I decided I’d like a really soft brown ombre. Anyone else struggle to find pictures of hair colours you love on curly girls? I end up using images of straight hair to convey to the hairdresser what I want.
I went ahead and booked my next appointment. In the week running up to my hair appointment I was very conscious of the damage it was about to go through again! I didn’t want to loose my curl progress. I started applying deep conditioners with every wash. Mainly the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Mask. It’s simply amazing. It makes my hair SO glossy and smooth. I also prepped my hair with an oil treatment using my faves, avocado oil, almond oil, jojoba oil and jamaican black castor oil. I let these sit for about half an hour then wash as usual with a Co-Wash.
The last wash before I would be getting my hair coloured, I decided to an Olaplex treatment. This works wonders and really helps to maintain your hair health.
As my hairdresser is a colour queen but not a curl expert, I straightened my hair for my appointment… Please don’t stop reading, I’m not a traitor! I hated it! I certainly don’t miss the smell of burned hair since going natural!
On the day, my hairdresser applied a Silaplex treatment to help maintain the health of my hair and then set about making me a brunette.
My hair is an awesome colour but I left the salon with a head full of sulphates and silicones. I left my hair how it was styled for a few days because I didn’t want to fade my hair colour by washing my hair straight away.
I made yesterday wash day and was really stressing about how I was going to wash the silicones out. I ‘shampoo’d’ twice using Deva Curl No Poo, then I conditioned with my Shea Moisture Manuka Honey Mask, I rinsed that and then applied some Deva Curl One Condition. I could feel the silicones had pretty much been removed. I rinsed my hair again and then applied some more Shea Moisture as a leave in. My hair smelt incredible. I then styled it using a creme leave in and Boucleme gel. It worked wonders. I had the softest shiniest curls I’ve ever had!
To maintain the health of my hair post colour treatment, on wash days I’ll be doing oil treatments and deep conditioning masks. I don’t want to over wash or use products that might make my warm browns fade. When I do oil treatments, I just mix all my oils together in any quantity and cover my hair in it. Also, I love homemade protein hair mask recipes using egg. My hair loves them and there are some great recipes for home made hair treatments on this site. They may smell funny but they really do work!