Tuesday, 31 December 2013

2013: A Year Of Hair

Happy New Year peeps! I hope this one is a healthy and happy one for you all. I've seen loads of blog summary posts or a look back over the year, however, I'm not sure I have the patience (or time) to look through a year of outfits or hundreds of pairs of shoes! So instead, I've put together this little compilation of my hair colour throughout 2013. This was the year I bought very little dye and used up all the random bottles I'd been storing. I also (mainly) stuck to full head applications with the exception of contrasting tips once. I'm very much led by mood in terms of my style, from my hair colour to what I wear each day, even down to the colour of my nails. However I never felt pulled in any one direction during 2013. I had a passion for purple hair at one point, but that fizzled out and I just felt a bit unsure of what to do next or finding something I haven't already tried over the years.
So, I started the year with faded Atomic Turquoise (Manic Panic). I then went a dark and bold blue in mid January, mixing AT with Ultra Violet (MP). That faded to a teal colour (not unlike Atomic Turquoise), then lighter and lighter green (can I just add my hair was on fiyah the week of '2nd from right' pic). So then came the change to purple (2nd row). Oh how I love the beautiful purple colour, but wow, how quick it fades. You don't even need to wash your hair and it disappears! I really used up some randoms on this one, mixing half a bottle of Ultra Violet with Bubblegum Blue and Lilac (both Crazy Color) maybe a 1/3 of a bottle of each of those. It starts off vivid (and ridiculously pretty), then goes violet, then lilac, then almost grey. I just adore the colour on the second pic from left, second row.  My hair has natural golden/warm tones to it and I liked that this was completely cool.  Like I say, it faded quickly, although I actually resisted the urge to ditch this colour right away and let it go greyish, then re-did it. I think my mixture was slightly different the second time, but again the majority was UV. This was April/May.  As much as I love it, it feels too high maintenance for the lazy hair person I am!

Then came a full head bleach (3rd row) and I was really undecided with what to do. I ended up doing my one and only 'two-tone head' of the year using some Bubblegum Blue mixed with Atomic Turquoise for the majority and Ultra Violet on the ends. It was spectacular and reminded me of how I had it years before (although the application/products used were different). That damn purple though, just disappeared. First wash and it drastically faded, until I couldn't even remember I'd put purple on the tips. Come August, I was sent Schwarzkopf Live Color XXL Ultra Brights in Purple Punk 94 and Shocking Pink 93 to try, so once my colour had faded to pale green I applied the pink one. I only had enough bleach for my roots, so the ends were left a pale green and this created a pinky/purple mix. It actually turned out pretty cool as you can see the blue toned purple streaks (1st left, bottom row) against the purpley pink. Surprisingly this lasted quite some time and the fading tended to go more purple and actually darker (because it was more dull, rather than fading lighter like other colours).

I felt like something different again and thought the purple one would be too similar, so bought 95 Electric Blue. While it was extremely bold and bright after application and I loved it, I felt it faded quicker than the pink. It turned a lovely pale blue shade, but still I'd hoped it would last longer. So that brings me to the end of November at which point I used the Purple Punk. On me, it comes out very, very like the pink (when you compare the first and last photos on the bottom row).  A month on and it's fading slowly.  I have absolutely no idea what to do next or what I haven't already tried.  I don't much fancy yellow, orange, red (too staining) and am not sure I'd suit black although I've been surprised at how much I love the darker/bolder colours.  I'd quite like to try a dark purple, but I'm struggling to find something that doesn't lean too plum.  What did you like best this year? Any ideas for what I could do in 2014?

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  1. It's all cool!!! Don't make me pick a favourite!! Though the atomic turquoise is the one I like best! X

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  2. You have such gorgeous gorgeous hair!! I adore all the colors (though I am partial to the pink) and cannot wait what you'll wear next:)

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    1. Aw thank you. It's been a bit frazzled lately with the bleaching, so need to let it settle for a while!

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  3. We are hair soul mates but you are more decisive and motivated than I am :) Mine is now silvery lavender. I love it but like you said it fades really quickly and so does my attention span! I think I'm gonna toss some Atomic Pink and Violet together and transform. Bam!

    I love looking at your hair rainbow, thanks for the inspiration!
    xo
    Jen B

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    1. Thank you for such a lovely comment. Can you believe the purple is still in my hair from the end of November? So much for '5 washes'!! Obviously my roots are terrible, but the colour has turned a boldish pink and would be totally wearable if not for my dark roots. I've been banned from using Atomic Pink in this house ever again as it's so staining (!), so have to be careful with what I pick. I still have no clue what I want to do next.

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  4. YAY... its so cool to know I'm not the only crazy colourful shameless funloving soul in the world. . Ive been MANY colours.. i really love white blonde with thin black pieces and then a feature colour like electric blue (fav), purple or bright pink... but OMG how hard is it keeping the colours bleeding into the blonde. You mentioned not being a fan of yrllow orange etc. I was same until a very novice but eager friend wanted to have a go.. i left my locks in her hands.. all the segments of colour mixed with each other as she was struggling BUT the result was AMAZING.. i felt like a Pina Colada pinks blended to different oranges on ends.. im doing a blue into green into purple blend tomorrow ready for Halloween. . My only problem is keeping up with the cost of being such a colourful soul... haha .. much love.. stay sparkly,
    Leonie ❤

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    1. Haha i said Pina Colada.. but i meant a Tequila Sunrise... haha.. felt very tropical anyway xxxxx

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    2. Thanks Leonie, I miss these days when I had a new colour every month, it's been a long time since I've been well enough to dye my hair. I love pastel shades but hate the upkeep of them. Who wants to colour their hair every 10 days?! Some colours surprised me, like the bright blue isn't a colour that appeals to me but I loved it as my hair. Bright pink will remain my 'natural' alternative colour but it colours everything, so after years of using it, I'm not allowed now!

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