Since the commencement of my “An Unexpected Journey” series, there has been little spoken about what is going on in my life currently, and I’ve realized that it has been an awfully long time since I’ve done a Hair Parlor post. As you all know I chose to lighten my hair with the natural, and chemically safe, Madison Reed hair coloring products last Summer. I had about 6 different treatments, the first two were to lighten, the ones in between were for touchups, and the final one was to darken my hair up again, because I no longer wanted to color it.
From the get go, I decided this new adventure with my hair would last only through the summer, but it didn’t quite happen that way. I didn’t account for the fact that the times I scheduled in between touch ups would be longer than what I thought. Don’t ask me why, that’s just how my brain thinks when I don’t make a well-though-out plan. I just keep going until I decide it’s time to stop, which is essentially what happened. However, when I did want to stop, which was a little past the close of Summer, a few of our dear readers decided to use my referral link, which meant I could get a huge $15 dollars off the $20 I was paying per kit! Of course I pounced on the opportunity to use that credit with Madison Reed, I had been waiting all summer for it actually, and so the coloring treatments continued. However, I finally did put my foot down around November, and proceeded to order my last color kit, which was two shades darker than my original hair color, before I began to lighten it, which was a 7, and so I took it to about a 5. The idea behind darkening your hair up again like this is that the darker coloring treatments tend to fade pretty quickly. Now, I didn’t figure all this out on my own, but consulted my hair dresser, who has been coloring hair for multiple years. She cautioned that the darker color would fade, especially since the product I was using was so natural. So I took her advice, and got the next color in a 5.
It did darken it quite a bit at first, and it even had a bit of a red cast, which was a little fun. Unfortunately though, after about a month, the color completely faded out, and my hair was back to its lightened state, just with an ombre effect thanks to my darker roots. 🙂 I figured this would happen, and decided not to care too much about it, but instead, embrace it, and work with it as best I know how–pin curling, braiding, and all the other fun things I love to do with my hair. The funniest thing about growing out the lightened ends is that I don’t even really notice the bold difference between the lighter ends, and the darker roots! Its like I’ve become color blind to them in a way, or else I’m just very used to it. It makes sense after all; you wake up every day, see yourself in the mirror each morning, and eventually time passes, and you think things are the same until–photo shoot! And suddenly what you thought was such a subtle color difference really does look a little, um… lets just say it is more defined than I thought. 😉
Along with lightening my hair, I have also been on a journey of keeping to washing my hair only two times per week. This new schedule has grown on me, and I have, just with everything else, learned to adapt and master the third day of oily hair. I battled with this “problem” in the beginning, but now I have figured out how to deal with it.
Day one: I wash my hair, pin curl it up into a laurel wreath looking arrangement of big rolls, wear it all day and sleep on it.
Day two: I uncurl my hair, and style it however I please.
Day three: My hair has a lot of curl and bounce left in it, but it is rather oily at this point, and has a tendency to look less than pleasant. But instead of giving up on it, I take my boar bristle brush (used to help distribute the natural oils throughout the rest of your hair) brush from the roots to the ends a couple of times until it looks soft, and then I use a fine toothed comb to sculpt the the side sections around my face into simple rolls or twists on either side. (Pst! The photos in this post are of my third day hair 🙂 )
And that, my dears, is how Jessica Boyer now takes care of her hair on a weekly basis.
I hope you’ve all enjoyed this little update! If you have any questions about other ways of working with oily hair, do let me know in the comments below, and I will be happy to give any tips and tricks I have up my sleeve!
Have you ever had to grow out colored hair before?
Do you like the length of my hair now-a-days? (It has been a while since it has been this long, but I do!)
How often do you wash your hair?
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer