Gotta Catch Them All!

“It’s like I’ve collected three types of Pokémon exclaimed my boyfriend upon seeing my “new” hair.

What a lovely nerdy compliment!!

I have grown bored of my brunette locks….I dyed them at home using a Garnier Fructis dye in Frosted Chestnut….the last dye job left me really dark….too dark.

People may recall my first dilemma on hair…being blonde for the best part of ten years and yearning for a change…. read all about it here https://jennymcgovern4.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/my-eternal-dilemma/

So i was browsing hair stripping techniques to start taking some of the last dye job out of my locks and I stumbled across ColourB4.

It sounded too good to be true. It uses no ammonia or bleach yet strips your hair of artificial colour! I watched several Youtube videos by people who had tried the product. All the results seemed pretty positive.

I tweeted my friend Christine who I knew had tried to strip her hair of henna before. Turns out she did use Colour B4 and she hated it! (It does say it won’t remove henna though).

I decided to go for it! At the very least I thought it would take out most of the colour I have put into it and therefore it’d be easier for my hairdresser to start over again with highlights.

The only thing i was apprehensive about was the smell…which everyone said was like rotten eggs…

I was slightly concerned that I may turn out like a tiger with strips of different coloured hair…owing to my previous highlights.. My mother has red hair and there does be glints of red in my hair so I knew that turning out ginger was also a possibility.. but I was willing to take that risk!

So yesterday I went into Boots and found Colour B4 priced at €14.99. (Subsequently I visited another chemist and found it at €10.95 but alas!)

My lovely mother fretted over the instructions….(you are advised to read them twice-and follow them to a T) She was worried that she’d miss pieces and it’d be a disaster (and I wonder where my anxiety comes from)

So she began….and it doesn’t smell that bad at all..It reminded me of being in my grannies house years ago, (they must have been having perms applied It didn’t smell like eggs to me, it was unpleasant…but then again hair dyes usually are just as bad.

So after applying it, mother dear wrapped my hair in clingfilm, I gave it a blast with a hairdryer, put on a wooly hat and sat beside the fire for an hour.

* You are advised to do it in a room with no draughts….I was being extra careful!

* 60 mins because I used the Xtra version of Colour B4

The hour was spent joyfully watching the new episode of The Walking Dead, (Which is thankfully returning to it’s former glory) and then I had to start the rinsing process.

The instructions are very detailed on the rinsing and buffering process… it requires rinsing in hot water for at least 10 minutes…then putting the buffer shampoo on your hair…waiting a minute…then rinsing again for at least 5 minutes. Needless to say my father who roars when anyone is in the shower for more than 6 minutes was having a canary.

The strangest thing about Colour B4 is that the water runs clear from your hair, the instructions tell you the formula has broken up the artificial hair molecules and all this rinsing is flushing them out of your hair. It’s unbelievable, crazy but it works.

Here’s my results, I’m really happy with it! Could this be my natural hair colour? It’s been so long since I’ve been natural I’m not sure.

What do you guys think??!

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Bradshaw Bounce

I was captivated by a hair tutorial on http://www.lovemaegan.com. My hair is naturally wavy, but there’s no volume in it, so I really wanted to try this tutorial  which promised big bouncy Carrie Bradshaw-esque curls.

All I needed was wet hair…. And these yokes.

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All you have to do is section off pieces of hair, the smaller the section the tighter the curl. I wanted big curls so I had about 8 sections.

You grab the hair and twist, twist until you can twist no more and then wind it into a bun. Secure with a clip… And that’s that!!

That’s all!! I slept in them last night and was quite comfortable.

Here’s the results.

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Ta Da!!

Chalk it to me

This blog is about things that I do, and at the minute I’m not doing much. The constant rain here is depressing and I’ve been stuck inside twiddling my thumbs…. My good friend Christine has a great blog all about make up and hair it’s super interesting and her vlogs are brilliant… AND she does giveaways
here’s a link to her blog, check it out!

http://christine-christinesworld1.blogspot.ie/?m=1

Christine sent me a link to a YouTube video that demonstrates how to
Temporarily dye hair with chalk pastels. I had to try it out!!

I bought these in Easons for €4.99 as you can see purple is my favourite colour….

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1: So all you do is just dampen the strands of hair you want to colour

2. Choose your colour…
I used blue and Purple

3. And just draw over the damp hair on both sides! You’d be surprised how much chalk is used on one strand!

4. What I do then is scrunch the hair to give it a wave when it’s dry.

5. Also let it air dry as the colour comes out better for some reason!

6. Look fabulous and wash out the next day!!

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As I’m planning on going to an awesome music festival next weekend I will definitely be adding a splash of colour to my and my friends hair!! I’ll add pics when I do!

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My eternal dilemma

I’m a blonde…

Ok like many people I was a fair haired child… But I was blonde up until I was about 8 and then muddy brown began to appear. I bore with this dull colour for 5 or six years, as i was deemed (and rightly so) too young to start getting highlights.

I tried everything to naturally colour my hair…
Lemon juice and laying in the sun…no change….
Dunking my hair in a huge bowl of Chamomile tea….did nothing but waste my money and make my hair smell like a health food shop

My cousin Emma mashed up three bananas and massaged them into my hair because we read that the potassium would lighten the hair,

Unsurprisingly all that did was turn my hair into a gloopy, sticky mess.

I started secondary school in Loreto Cavan, and I was allowed to start getting highlights!

Back in those days (yes 10 years ago requires me to say “those days”) I had to endure the dreaded cap highlights.

This involves placing a rubber cap over your hair(my hair was very long) and your hair (my long,long hair) was pulled(painfully) through the rubber cap.

It took about two and a half hours and I believed the result was great at the time, but looking back sparse strips of yellowy blonde through brown hair is never a good look.

I say yellowy..because it is a long process moving from brown to blonde. There’s 50 shades of ginger in between.

Eventually by the time I was 16 I had lovely blonde hair. But it came at a price a full head of highlights cost around €100 each time. Because of this I usually left it too long between salon visits…and developed a fair amount of rootage.

From then on I began getting half heads of meche highlights which were somewhat cheaper but lasted longer…because my roots weren’t as noticeable when my natural brown hair was visible.

So this long winded explanation has brought me to the present day.

In an effort to keep my blonde hair looking bright and not yellowy I ordered purple shampoo off eBay.

This is used by grannies with silver hair to stop the silver looking dull… Its bright purple, stains everything it touches and It takes the yellow tones out of your hair, and has been great for mine….

But I may have over done it and my hair is looking silver in parts, and so I’m beginning to wonder what my life would be like with brown hair…

Can I go back to brown? After all the effort it took to be blonde…

I downloaded an app that allows you to try different hair colours and if it’s accurate it mightn’t be that bad.

I think I should just go for it, it’s time for a change.

They don’t use the cap for highlights any more so this time the path to enlightenment (of my hair) will still be long but not as painful.

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