I think someone’s hair style can make or break their look, so I always put a lot of thought into my hair. The problem is I have great difficulty finding styles I like and that would suit me. I think when you’re a tomboy finding a hair style that isn’t too masculine or too feminine, is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
The way I have managed to balance the masculine and feminine is with hair colour, my hair cut could easily suit a guy or a girl but it’s the edgy colour I’ve chosen that has given it a slight feminine twist which balances the two.
Since i’ve had this colour I get a lot of lovely compliments but I also receive many questions, the most common one is “how do you get your colour to stay so white/grey and keep it in good condition?”
Well i’m going to answer all your question and tell you my secrets to keeping your hair bright and edgy, without damaging it.
I will start by saying this colour is not for the faint hearted, if you don’t like to spend a lot of time or money on your hair, I would say this colour is not for you. First step, I would recommend going to the professionals to bleach your hair, as this is never something you should attempt unless you are qualified. I have an amazing hair colourist who manages to take my hair as white as it will go and always gets it on point with the silver/grey toner, Mr Ross Lee Clark @Mistervogue go give him a follow.
If you do want that lovely silver/grey toner put on after the bleach, you should be aware it will fade quickly, this is just the way toners work and can’t be helped, so try not to wash it too often.
But fear not, you can help retain this awesome colour for as long as possible. To do this you will need to purchase silver toners and specialist shampoos to ensure those nasty yellow tones don’t creep back into your hair.
I use L’Oreal Silver Shampoo, you can find it online or in most professional salons.
If you already have bleached hair and you want to add a new element to your look, you can tone your hair grey at home. I have done this many times and here is a link to a YouTube video that I found useful, it shows you which products to buy and how to use them.
So if I haven’t scared you off already and you still want to take your hair this colour, then the next important step is ‘hair condition’ and how to keep it from breaking/snapping under the pressure. The first lesson I learnt is BE PROACTIVE rather than waiting for signs of damage to appear, treat the hair with leave in conditioners and hair spa treatments once a week.
This brings me on to my amazing not so secret (thanks to Kim Kardashian) product OLAPLEX it’s the hair treatment that all the salons are raving about, and now you can’t shut me up about it either. I have convinced many of my friends to go purchase this (sent from the heavens) product.
My colourist first informed me about Olaplex and suggested using it, after I mentioned the condition of my hair had gotten worse. After he applied the treatment to my hair I instantly saw a difference, it felt stronger and looked healthier. I should probably clear something up about Olaplex, and it’s something my colourist Ross had to clear up for me too. Olaplex isn’t a hair conditioning treatment, it’s actually an extremely clever product that permanently rebuilds the damaged bonds in your hair that are broken during the bleaching process. A perfect example of the power of this product is shown by Kim Kardashian, she took her hair from dark brown to white blonde in one sitting using Olaplaex.
She endorses Olaplex and I can only imagine how much she is usually paid to endorse a product, so if she recommends something just because she loves it, I take that as a good sign.
Olaplex is a three-part treatment, the first two of which have to be done in a salon (or do they?) I managed to locate a travel kit online that you can do yourself at home. It comes with instructions but there are loads of instructional videos like this one Olaplex Treatment online that show you how to apply the treatment. It works in three stages:
- Olaplex Number 1: Bond Multiplier – This can be put on the hair as a stand-alone treatment, or if done at the salon it can be mixed in with the bleach.
- Olaplex Number 2, Bond Perfector is put on the hair once the bleach is rinsed out. This is left on for a good 20 minutes.
- Olaplex Number 3, Hair Perfector is the bottle you can take home from the salon (or purchase elsewhere).
I use number 3 once a week and apply to damp hair, it says in the instructions to leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes, but I try to leave it on as long as possible. If you have nothing to do one Sunday eve, leave it on overnight and wash out in the morning for maximum affect.
I hope you found this blog useful and please let me know if you try any of the products or tips I’ve wrote about.
If you decide to go grey/silver please tag the Tomboy Type Instagram page @TomboyType and I will repost your image, or tag me on my personal page @tomboy_thedon with your awesome new looks.