I wanted to document my hair story, starting from a photo in 2016 to now, taking a look at the health and color of my hair (a part 2 of sorts from my post “Brunette to Blonde”).
In the first photo (air dried, no product), as crazy as it is to admit this, I thought this was just my hair type because it had looked like this for so long; damaged, frizzy and dry. I washed and flat ironed my hair almost every day because it was so frizzy (which of course made my hair worse) and the color was always bronze-orange from fading boxed color and in-salon color. I didn’t pay too much attention or care to my hair at that point.
The fourth photo (air dried, no product) is the healthiest my hair has ever been/looked. I then decided to go blonde (check that out here). It was a really great ashy platinum blonde that good with my skin and I really liked it. Sometimes you can do all the right things to maintain that color and keep hair healthy, but it doesn’t quite work out – my old red color started showing through the blonde, making the bottom half of my hair a yellowish, gold color (not a bad color, but didn’t go with my skin as well and I didn’t like it as much), while the top half of my hair was a more white blonde. Comparing the health and look of my hair to the before and after blonde photos, it looks drier more frizzy and thinner, not to mention the stiff, dry feeling after getting it wet in the shower still after 5 months. I think the light hair against my scalp made it look thinner as well. After much consideration, I decided to get a dark brown to blonde ombre balayage color melt and let my hair grow out (I’ll still need to get grey coverage). It looks much better and is lower maintenance without the damaging lightening sessions. Also, the darker roots fading into the lighter color makes finer hair look a bit thicker. Rewinding about 5 months, given the chance to go blonde again knowing what I know about my hair now, I wouldn’t do it.
I have fine hair that has been thinning on the top of my head for a few years now. I’ve recently been using the multipeptide hair serum from the Ordinary; check out my 3-month results (I’ll be posting the 6-month results in the coming weeks).
Bangs (a fringe) are something I have considered for years every few months, always too nervous to actually get them (especially as I have wavy hair and I’d have to straighten and style them every day). About 3 weeks ago I had bangs cut to the bottom of my eyebrows and I love them. They were very annoying as I was getting used to them; they made my forehead itchy and I got a couple breakouts. When I wear my glasses they get oily streaks on them from my hair (I generally have an oily scalp and wash my hair every 4 or 5 days); dry shampoo helps. After washing my hair, I’ll flat iron my bangs and wear a silk bonnet type hat at night that keeps my bangs straight on my forehead. Once they grow a couple millimeters (which happens very fast) they need to be trimmed. The bangs make me look younger and disguises my thinning hair as I don’t have to part it.
Thanks for reading.