Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throw Back Thursday - A History of My Hair in Pictures

(Warning: The following blog post contains selfies.)

So I never really got into the whole TBT thing, but since it's a lovely grey day outside, I thought what the hey? - let's throw up some old pictures for fun. Part of the reason I got into doing hair in the first place was because I loved to color my own hair - much to the chagrin of my childhood hairstylist - now I feel her pain when a mom brings me a kid that dunked her head in kool-aid. So I won't show you some of the box color jobs I did in high school, but rather some of my favorite looks from when I learned how to use professional products, and a few colors done by some other stylists. But first, a picture of what mother nature gave me...

I was a super blonde kid. Later as a teenager I would take this picture to a stylist and tell her I wanted to be that blonde again. She pulled my hair through a cap and well... it's a great pumpkin Charlie Brown.

One more kid pic. My mom fancied herself somewhat of an amateur hairdresser and thus my hair was always perfectly coiffed: teased, bangs, bow. The side pony, which was my signature look for about 2 years, was due to the fact that I tried to cut my own hair and took off a chunk behind the right ear... my quest for an asymmetrical haircut would later become an obsession. 

So this was the first really fun thing that I did to my own hair color. I wasn't in cosmetology school yet, but I was getting my platinum blonde roots touched up at a salon and then foiling in the baby pink and blue/purple with Manic Panic at home. (Word of caution: I never recommend anyone doing their own bleach and tone. Even experienced hairstylists can't see every piece of hair in the back of their heads and overlap = breakage.)   I know that there are so many fashion color brands out there, but I'm still madly in love with Manic Panic. They have some of the most awesome shades.

First week in hair school. Hair chopped off and dyed black except for some little pink pieces left through the fringe. This was for a harajuku themed hair show.

Hair school again - I finally had the guts to cut it off into a mohawk and my color instructor gave me this fun toucan look =) I touched this up myself with a lot of different colors and then eventually colored everything black because the fashion shades faded so quickly. 

Fast forward several years later and I still had a mohawk. I couldn't get enough of the short hair and I loved it being buzzed on the sides. By that point it had been through a lot of color changes including blonde, pink, green, and purple. 

Go forward another year or so and I finally decided to grow it out. But I kept working with that asymmetrical hairstyle I had always wanted. Using Subtil Color Out we lifted out the level 3/4 permanent color I had been using and started working toward a copper-red. 

As my hair grew I started balayaging highlights through the pieces around my face to achieve that natural strawberry blonde look. I love painting highlights in my own hair because I know exactly how I'm going to wear each piece. 

Two years later and I was still painting in those blonde pieces around my face and sticking with a 7.43 base color. I loved being red and it was easy to keep my hair in the same color range while growing it out. You can't tell from this picture, but it was a few inches past my shoulders and all the asymmetry had finally been cut away.  

Here's some fun with hair chalk. I did sort of a Heidi braid around the back and left out some of the blondest pieces up front. Then I used Bumble and Bumble chalk in Blush to create the accent pieces. To really get hair chalk to pop you have to layer it. I placed a piece of paper underneath each piece and sprayed on layers and let it dry in between. Once it's dry you can comb through it to soften it up. If you want curl in your hair, do that before you apply hair chalk. 

Well I finally got rid of the red. This is not a great picture, but it's the only one I have since getting bangs. My all over color (the blonde was filled first) is 4.3 and 5n in L'Oreal Majirel, and in between touching up my roots, I gloss my hair with Dia-Light in 5.07. It may seem counter-intuitive to color my hair with something warm and then gloss it with something ash, but it works out well. I've been in the sun a lot lately and so that underlying copper pops through quite a bit. The 5.07 mutes the red without destroying all the warmth in my hair. My hair is now so long that it gets caught in my armpits when I'm getting dressed and I find that extremely annoying... might be time to cut it off again soon =)

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