BEAUTY/ From brunette to blonde

Historically I’m a  gal who gets bored with her hair pretty easily. However, for the last year I’ve kept it pretty easy and simple – my natural brunette colour (with a slight touch of a warm red) in a mid length style. But I started to get itchy feet again to really change it up and push myself out of my comfort zone, thinking that being brave with my look may give me a bit of confidence back.
Anybody that’s followed my posts for a little while may remember that I’ve had a bit of a blonde dip dye in the past (see pic below) but this time I wanted more. I wanted more blonde, lighter blonde and a choppier style to make it look textured and cool. 
InspoThese are some of the reference pics I collected to get a feel for what I wanted that I shared with my gal Chelsea (who works her talents at cook: hair in Anlaby). 

As I had a lot of dark colour on my hair already I knew it was going to take a few attempts to get to a point that I was completely happy with the colour. However, I also knew Chels would make it look good at every stage so I wasn’t worried!

Start point Dark brown (my natural shade) with just passed shoulder length hair.

To really kick start the lightening process I had bleach applied through the lengths which stayed on for a good couple of hours, using foils so that the look would be more naturally woven in to the brown rather than two separate blocks of colour. In the meantime my roots were touched up with my natural brown to keep a glossy contrast (and possibly to hide a few cheeky silver strands).

 After treatment 1
The colour came out as very light brown-almost dark blonde colour that actually looked really lovely when a toner had been put over the top. This was the point that it could’ve looked too ‘warm’ and orangey if not done by someone who didn’t know what they were doing! Sadly, I speak from experience…

I looked after my ‘do with colour protect and purple shampoo in between my first and second treatment, but as the toner washed out (about 2/3 weeks after) it did become a little warmer towards the mid lengths.

This time Chelsea freshened my roots again and applied more bleach (using foils again to blend) which was left to develop for about an hour, before rinsing and applying a toner.

After treatment 2Voila, unmistakable blondie! The colour is beautifully blended and a gorgeous shade I’m super happy with, for now…hehe. For the style Chelsea took a bit more off the length to my shoulders (I have a short-ish neck so from the front it still looks pretty long) added in a bit more feathering round the front (to match my existing shorter fringe-y bits) and emphasised my choppy layer section.

I’ve spent a lot of time experimenting with hair products for bottle blondes during this process, so I’ll be doing a post on the ones that worked well for me soon. In the meantime thanks for stopping by, hope you like my new look!

Stay Stylish,

J 😘xx


BEAUTY/ summer hair


As I’m getting ready to enter yet ANOTHER new phase in my life, I decided changing up my look a little may be in order. I’ve been thinking about going red for a while, but I’ve put it off because I wasn’t sure I was ready to commit to avoiding certain colours. In the end, as my first summer holiday is coming up I thought I’d give it a go!

And who better to help a girl out than the lovely Chelsea; she ain’t called @hairguruchels for nuthin’! I decided to go for something more subtle, as it walks a better line between cool and professional to fit in with my current work environment. It looks great when it catches the light but still office appropriate! Thank you Chels.

My next question now though is, will I dare to let the auburn flame burn brighter next time…?

Stay Stylish,

J 😘xx


BEAUTY/ Fab Hair, Hells Yeah… #TOTALHAIRCONFIDENCE 

As well as needing to get better with make up, my hair sitch needs some work…it’s very fine, poker straight and I’m not the best at styling it. But I think I may have met the answer to my hair ‘mares this in the form of Mr Rick Roberts!    I visited his gorgeous #Beverley salon (right near Mama Alice’s house, so we sneaked in a quick coffee date) for a session of pampering and hair education using some fabulous relaunched Matrix products.

Firstly, the salon looks and feels like a chic boutique hotel. Secondly, the   care and attention from the stylish staff was easily as good one – prosecco and water served on a silver tray, beautiful smelling lotions and potions and a relaxing hand massage to start my appointment. Fabulous.    Rick and I chatted a lot about hair care (I was made up that he liked my DIY blonde ombré) and he’s definitely busted a few of my long standing myths – products will still work when you use them all the time and drying your hair under with a brush isn’t the best way to go. The biggest one for me was that if you use a lot of products at once they won’t stop working; in fact they’ll work really well together. He proved it by mixing up some ‘cocktails’ of product and showed me how to create a good hair foundation before moving on to the styling.   Rick styled my hair in glam 70s meets #AlexaChung  undone waves using his stunning #Balmain straiteners (seriously, am I the ONLY ONE who didn’t know they did hair care?!?!) which I’ve been practising at home.. I’m a work in progress, but there’s definitely progress being made!

These are the #Matrix products Rick used to help give me #TOTALHAIRCONFIDENCE They smell AMAZING  by the way.

Thanks to Rick and his team for helping me get my hair groove ‘oooon and to Matrix for letting him share his expertise with me. I’ll be back soon!

Stay Stylish

J 😘xx


BEAUTY/ New Hair Vibes

Rather than think “New Year, New Look” everybody’s waited until March to make a hair change. These are the styles that have peaked my interest 



After seeing these girls change it up I started thinking….I’ve enjoyed having my blonde dip dye soooo much, but after 15 months (possibly the longest in my adult life I’ve ever kept a hairstyle) I decided it may be time to try something new.

BEFORE



PHASE 1 – Cut

I had my hair chopped at Colour Lounge (http://www.colour-lounge.co.uk) by a girl who had the most lustworthy hair I’ve ever seen this side of Tumblr! Sigh… I originally wanted it just above my shoulders a la Kim K, but that’s not how it ended up…I’ve bypassed the lob and gone full ooooon bob!







Phase 2 and 3 – Base Colour and ‘Colour’ Colour

Sadly colour for me is a necessity rather than a luxury because…well because I’m old and you’ll see my grey hair if  I don’t get on it! These are my weapons of choice 



I’ve used this Superdrug own brand colour for years (even before my broke ass student days) it’s great value and the colour is a perfect match to my natural colour. I used the Loreal Wild Ombre for my previous blonde, and seeing the new red shade made me feel a bit naughty and impulsive! Little hint- even if you’re a home dye pro I’d get help applying this and have an old sheet/massive old towel, you need that second pair of eyes to watch for the colour dripping on your skin and over the surfaces (I say this with red fingernails/neck and a now dodgy looking stain on my bathroom floor!). I applied them on the same day, one after the other. I kept the brown to just where the darker part of my hair is in phase 1 so that I wasn’t overwhelming my hair with extra colour when applying the red.

AFTER

Ta da!





(FYI- im wearing an off the shoulder jumpsuit, I’m not topless!)

So this is my new look. I’m not quite sure how I feel about it yet (hence the non smiling face), I think I still need to get used to it and work out styling etc. It’s been such a long time since I had short hair. Feel free to share your styling and product tips with me so I can make my do look fab!

Stay Stylish

J 😘xx