Over the Christmas holidays I did something very silly… I box dyed my hair. I know, I know, lots of people do it and I used to do it for years, it’s an OK thing to do but my hair hates it now. I switched to Original Mineral hair care had a lot of luxurious salon colour treatments all last year, so after just one box dye application my hair felt like it had shriveled up and died. Yes, I’m very dramatic when it comes to my hair.
I looked unkempt which in turn left me feeling lousy. I needed to fix my hair ASAP as I had so many high profile social engagements to attend in the coming months. As vain as it is, my confidence it tightly paired with the fabulousness of my hair. I could be wearing a paper bag but if I have stunning locks I’ll rock that paper bag like it was couture.
I called out to Stevie English on twitter (gotta love twitter), showed him my regrowth and dodgy colour via instagram and he made me an appointment to come in straight away. I headed to his brand new Bondi Junction salon where my tresses would be treated by the ever lovely Stephen. Straight away he knew the first thing we had to do was massage bleach through my hair so the final colour would be balanced from root to tip.
Once the bleach had stripped my hair just enough I was taken to their fancy pants ‘wet area’ of the salon. It was so dark and romantic. I loved the inverted signature wallpaper switch between rooms. The chairs (or should I say “basin lounges”) were luxurious, all the settings were automated and the best part was that they massage… so good. If I lived closer I could see myself swanning in for regular blow dries just for the hell of it.
Does anyone look good in a hair dressing smock?
All rinsed and my hair is feeling tortured the poor darling. Also might I add, check out that regrowth! I’m relieved that the severely dark brown is gone but I’m not a fan of the ash red that the bleach has left behind.
Time to treat my hair to some luxe liquid colour, CCT™ Clean Colour Technology from Original Mineral. I still remember the first time I tried it, it felt so cool and soothing on my scalp with no irritation at all and it leaves my hair feeling so soft. Totally unlike any other colour I’ve ever used.
While the colour was seeping into my follicles I sat back, relaxed with a glossy magazine and put an order in for a hot chocolate. I couldn’t help but think how much Steve would love a set up like this at home.
Oh, did I mention that I had Aidan with me? Yep, my little dude is pretty good “on the job” he’s so cheeky and such a charmer that people are instantly smitten and let him do whatever he likes so he comes to work with me quite often. I knew it would take awhile so my sister Stephanie who was visiting at the time came with us to help keep him occupied.
Everything about the salon is so shiny and new. Compared to the Glebe salon where everyone seems to be working over the top of each other, there is so much more room and it all feels quite grand. Honestly, if I had to choose I’d prefer to go to the Bondi Junction salon, for me it’s closer to the train, there is plenty of parking and the perfect excuse to make a day of it and head to the shops afterward.
Six weeks ago I ran out of my Hydrate & Conquer shampoo and conditioner (the bottles lasted over 6 months) and another PR company sent me a different label to try, so I did. The one I received was an expensive product and I already liked some of their styling products but whilst the shampoo and conditioner was really nice, it just wasn’t on par with the results that I got from Original Mineral. I really want my milky, silky locks back and I’m lusting after “Mini Minerals” for my trip to NYC in June which contains: Original Detox Shampoo, Hydrate & Conquer Shampoo & Conditioner, The Power Base Protein Masque and Seven Day Miracle Moisture Masque.
So many people are going on about Surf Bomb at the moment but I haven’t tried it yet. However I’m a HUGE fan of Original Queenie, the best hair spray I have ever used, ever! It is the only reason my hair looked great for MBFWA but that’s a whole other story for another day. All I can say is if you can try it, you’ll end up buying it.
When I took this photo in the salon I didn’t realise that days after my precious hair dryer would perish, at the start of winter my beloved expensive hair dryer fizzled out and died… how inconsiderate! For weeks I’ve been barely getting by with my travel hair dryer but my hair is so thick it’s just a pathetic attempt. I’d have better luck driving along in the Territory with my head out the window. I really want to get my hands on the new GHD Air, I think we could be best friends. I just can’t afford a splurge so close to FFFWeek™.
The colour was done, my hair felt soft again and four hours later at 8pm I was ready to head home. It had rained the entire day, the rain was heavy and sideways so I told Stephen not to bother blow drying my hair, it just felt like a waste of every bodies time. I was just glad that my colour was bang on. During winter, like most people, I tend to wear a lot of black and having dark, heavy, limp hair just wasn’t a good look for me.
I was really happy with the finished result and that it was done just in time for me to feel fabulous at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia amoungst the glitterati. The warmer tones through my hair gave it more life and really suited my skin tone. The liquid hair colour also left my hair feeling super glossy. It’s been a month since I’ve had my hair done and I’m already itching to get back into the salon before I jet off to New York, I can’t believe it’s just over 2 weeks away!
Do you box dye your hair
or do you go regularly to a salon?