Yep, I am well aware that they are a) styled by professionals and b) photoshopped by professionals, but regardless, I will very happily spend half my salary on whatever shampoos/ conditioners/ mouses/ salt sprays/ thickening cremes/ finishing serums that promise to give me Cheryl Cole hair.
*also applies to mascaras + eyelash products
It doesn't help that I very rarely go to a hair salon, for numerous reasons:
- I hate staring at myself under awful lighting for an hour.
- I have never been able to figure out how to read a magazine + drink the tea/wine/sparking water without moving my head
- there is no point answering the (usually mundane) questions you get asked because the person asking them a) doesn't care and b) will forget because he/she doesn't care
- being of the non glamorous persuasion, feel totally out of my depth in amongst the made up fashionistas that usually reside in salons
- I totally cannot figure why it is acceptable to charge between £50 - £100 FOR A HAIR CUT
- I dislike the disapproving looks you get when you admit that you don't get your hair cut every 6 weeks
and so as a consequence, I do a lot to my hair myself.
One particularly blue Saturday morning (which may have included watching a certain 'reality show' about a bunch of posh people) I saw an advert for L'Oreal's Wild Ombre home dip dye kit...
Insert a self affirming woman-picks-herself-up-from-being-horizontally-filled-with-doom,self pity&loathing-on-the-sofa-to-conquer-the-world montage here.
And a hour later I was in front of my bathroom mirror, wearing an old t shirt, hands clad in plastic gloves shaking the dye mix together pretending I was Tom Cruise in Cocktail.
The pack is pretty self explanatory but because my hair has been notoriously stubborn I decided to go a little rogue from the instructions:
- split my hair in to pigtails just below my ears**
- applied mix directly on to the ends of my hair (approximately the bottom 2 inches) to ensure this would be the lightest bit
- waited 5-10 mins
- by using a mixed technique of direct application and using the supplied comb added the dye to the next couple of inches
- I then repeated step a 3 + 4 gradually using the comb more until I got to the highest point that I wanted the colour to start.
- I added up the time as I went to make sure I stayed within the recommended time allowance... mine ended up being about 40 mins.
- Then wash out and all that malarky, making sure you condition the newly dyed bits really well (OBVIOUSLY)
**about halfway through I removed the hair bands to make sure it was even, but the pig tails were good to know how much of my hair I was actually dying.
And taa daa this is the result!
And I am really happy as I managed to avoid a block strip, and the colour is quite natural but not too gingery.
Plus, it makes me feel very cool.