If you’ve found yourself on the edge of doing something drastic, or you’ve already done the damage, don’t worry I got you.
It’s coming close to nearly two years of something we all think we’d never experience, a god damn pandemic. It seems crazy to me that I’m even writing about this, and in all honesty, I’ve sorta-kinda not been fully accepting it and avoiding it like the plague (no pun intended).
Then the last lockdown got me. Three colours in three weeks (on my own hair). I became wrapped up in some sort of desperation to feel like “a change is as good as a holiday feels” was going to be harnessed. Behold, the murky green goddess of South Geelong. Gahhhh!
A big mistake that blonde clients make is starting to overuse toning shampoo more frequently. This is a big no-no. Overtoning (unless wanted) can start to create murky build-ups, and deposit in areas of the hair, drawing more attention to your problems!
From neon green ends and a beautiful cool brown base,(bless your soul Darcy John) to an over-bleached, face-framing, hanging on for dear life spaghetti-like bleach blonde.
After feeling washed out I decided a medium shade of brown would be a great idea. Turns out it didn’t really want to cooperate with the neon green (no surprises there). Enter the feeling of pending doom and disaster.
Don’t want to end up in that situation?
Need to know some temporary tips you can make without costing you your hair health? Don’t give your hairdresser a nervous breakdown when they get to get their hands on your hair again! Pay attention…
Re-growth that is like a landing strip wide enough for a 747 to land on? Let’s help.
How dark is your hair, how light is your hair, and also your personal tolerance for regrowth will all come into play during a lockdown?
I have clients that have scalp bleaches, naturally, a black base that still looks amazing when they come back for a touch-up six weeks later. This is because the blonde is lifted cleanly, the client uses great maintenance hair products, and they don’t overdo it with the purple shampoo.
Even though toning shampoos such as the brilliant MUVO Ultra Blonde, will not dry your hair out, too much of anything is not a good thing.
It’s much better to stick to using a great, colour free, regular-use shampoo and conditioner, then occasionally tone. You’ll have better results, and extend the life of your colour.
Balayage, full head foils and partially highlighted clients have got it a touch easier. Still not breezing your way through lockdown, but regrowth life is not as painful.
Balayage can be camouflaged with toning shampoos, coloured shampoos, and also clarifying shampoos, which will brighten your colour temporarily.
Fringes? It can’t be that hard?
Hairdressers don’t do years of training for no reason. Cutting Straight lines on a round head (usually round haha) is not as easy as it looks. Hair shrinks up when it dries, so after you’ve stretched that fringe down and gone chop after it dries you might be in for the shock of your life!
So learn to grow that fringe out, or embrace some curtain bangs and different ways of styling. Message your hairdresser for styling tips, as I’m sure they are just as bored as you, and desperate to talk to you about their craft. Connection is good in these times yeh?
Can’t I just get a box dye supermarket colour… I’m desperate!
NO NO NO! BIG NO!
Again hairdressers haven’t endured years of complicated colour training to get your colour just right. It takes the colourist many years of training and acquired professional skills to get your colour looking the way it does.
If it was as easy as popping down to the supermarket and doing it yourself do you think hairdressers would still be busy? So, think again before reaching for that box dye, unless you’re willing to risk paying squillions for a colour correction and doing permanent damage to your hair….eeeekkkk!
Kids’ hair…they look like children of the corn.
All jokes aside, let’s welcome the relaxed looks of the 70’s. Now’s the time to focus on teaching your kids how to wash their hair properly and regularly. Maybe it’s a great time to talk about their own style, get them involved and think about what hairstyle they want to have next.
I think it’s a good break from kids strict routines of having to get their haircut when maybe it’s just because “mum or dad” told them to.
Instead let the excitement build, and it may just turn their ways of ‘just another appointment’ to something they really look forward to, without bribing them with toys and lollies >.<
The main message here…
We’re all in the same boat! We’re not going anywhere or have any special occasion to go and show off your amazing hair, so sit tight, harass your hairdresser for advice, and appreciate and be grateful for when the hairdressing world opens back up.
Big love to you all through this crazy time in our life…