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At-home hair dyes… Yay or Nay?

December 3rd, 2014 · 5 Comments


Truthfully, I have a very love-hate relationship with dying my hair.  On one hand, I love my blonde color and think that blonde hair fits my personality. 

But, oh my gosh… the ups and downs of maintaining that color sometimes make me crazy.

I’ve had a back-and-forth relationship with dying my hair since midway through college, when I discovered the hair dye aisle of CVS and didn’t look back for about two years.  In those two years, my hair went from purple-black to bright orange, depending on the month.

And if you’re currently thinking, “Hmm, this story sounds fishy.  ‘Purple-black’ and ‘bright orange’ don’t actually sound like particularly attractive hair colors.”

Well, you would be right.  They were not.

But, hey, how was I supposed to know?  I’d grab a kit off she shelf, pay for it, and go home and slather it on my entire head, like it was a bottle of shampoo — and, not surprising, when I’d rinse the color out, my hair would be flat and one-dimensional.

Eventually, I got sick of it: my hair never quite looked right, so I dyed my hair back to what I best remembered as my natural color and left it alone for a while, until all the dyed parts eventually naturally grew out.

And for about two more years, I was back to my natural brunette.  No at-home color kits, no trips to the salon.

And then… I started itching to dye again. 

I started thinking… about going blonde.

And you see that photo above?

That photo, right there, is my first shot as a blonde on Sugarlaws.

Looks pretty good, right?  See, this time, I had my hair color done by a professional.  And, not surprisingly, it made a huge difference.  The shade of blonde in the photo above was completely different from anything I’d had before — natural and full of depth and tone. 

And now, apparently, I know why. 

The answer is below (that’s me, the first time I highlighted my hair):


See, in that picture, you can see clearly that the colorist is using a different treatment for the roots and the lengths of my hair, which is how salons color hair.  But those at-home kits?  They just use a single treatment for your whole head, which is why your color ends up flat and wig-like. 

It makes sense, right?  Your roots (which are new, undyed hair) take in color completely differently from the lengths of your hair, which have probably been colored dozens of times.  So when you’re coloring your hair, you have to treat them differently.

But one thing I don’t love about salon-colored hair?  It’s pricey and time-consuming.  It can’t be done at 9pm when the baby is finally asleep, which is pretty much my only free time these days.  On the other hand, when I think about that head of orange hair from my college days, I’m still nervous to try at-home kits again. 

So that’s where I am now: I’d like to try an at-home kit, but I’m nervous about the results.  I wish I could get salon techniques at home, particularly being able to treat the roots and lengths separately, when I color my hair at home.

I want to hear from you guys: Do you color your hair yourself, or do it at the salon?  Any at-home coloring tips for me? 

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curls, curls, curls

September 3rd, 2012 · 1 Comment

One of my favorite things about having wavy hair is that I can style it into curls without a ton of effort!  This is one of the easiest styles to pull together in just a few minutes, and looks so awesome and pretty!  For this look, I used Paul Mitchell’s Crunch-Free Curl Definer along with a clampless curling iron to get low-key, beachy waves (this video is the technique I used for the curls)! 

Be sure to share your Curl Confession on Paul Mitchell’s Facebook page!  Share your story about embracing your natural curls, or creating some curls of your own!

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hair care

June 13th, 2012 · 6 Comments

The last time I did a post about my daily hair routine, it was completely different than it is today!  Going blonde ended up changing my hair a lot more than I even expected — when I look at this video, which was my everyday hair routine, almost none of it is the same now.

Most importantly: I used to flatiron my hair every time I washed it (3-4 times per week), and now I pull out my flatiron maybe twice a month.  I try to avoid anything with heat altogether — rather than letting my hair air dry and then styling it with a curling iron or flatiron, now I rely on a few really great products and leave it to air dry completely.  Moving to Houston probably contributed to this change — summer humidity does a number on heat-styled hair (to the point where, despite flatironing, I basically felt like I was back at square one after 20 minutes outside).  Almost every photo you’ve seen in the last few months is of my hair air-dryed after one or a few of these products!

Since I’ve changed my routine, I thought I’d share my absolute favorites with you guys!  These are the ones I grab every single day — so from left to right (ish), here goes:

Mark. Give It To Me Straight Super Smoothing Lotion and Curl to Curl Reactivate and Define Mist:

After using them for a few months, I’m flat-out amazed at the quality of the Mark. beauty products — they compare to really expensive products, but they’re incredibly affordable.  Not a day goes by when I don’t use them!  Each of these sprays is around $15 — the curl spray ($14) is incredibly light (and doubles as a heat-protectant spray, if you’re looking to style) and does such a great job of keeping my natural waves free from humidity-induced frizz.  I use the straightening lotion ($16) almost every time I get out of the shower, it’s perfect to keep hair healthy and smooth as an everyday product!

Kerastase Cristalliste Lumiere Liquide and Chroma Cristal Shine Perfecting Mist:

I fell in love with both of these products during February Fashion Week, but had so much trouble finding them afterwards — turns out the Cristalliste line is brand new, but it’s now available online!  Both of these are amazing for shine — I usually use them once my hair has air-dried, to get rid of any frizz or flyaways that have formed in the meantime!  Since going blonde, my hair is a lot less healthy than it was in its un-dyed state, but these always leave me feeling like my hair least looks healthy.  These are more expensive, but a single bottle lasts forever!  I’ve been using them since February and I’m only about 1/3 of the way through each bottle. 

Suave Keratin Infusion Leave-In Conditioner:

This is a really great leave-in conditioner and it is three dollars.  Ok, it’s $3.49, but are you kidding me?  Sometimes it’s so nice to have a product you can grab at any drugstore and just go through once a week without worrying about it!  Again, because my hair needs a lot more TLC since going blonde, I try to use leave-in conditioner almost every time my hair gets wet, just so I don’t get breakage from brushing (it’s way to easy to yank through knots and wind up with major damage). 

Paul Mitchell Daily Moisture Shampoo and Daily Moisture Treatment:

This is the shampoo and conditioner I’ve been using nonstop — I go back and forth on using shampoo that’s made especially for color-treated hair, and to be honest, most of the time I end up using regular-hair shampoo.  When you have hair products that are great quality, they shouldn’t (hopefully) hurt the color in your hair!  I haven’t noticed any color fading or changes since using this, and I love how thicky and healthy the shampoo makes my hair feel!  I use a ton of the conditioner too (I’m embarrassed to tell you how often I go through a bottle) because whether or not I’m using a leave-in conditioner, I always still use conditioner in the shower.  And as a bonus, these products are unisex — so Chad can even borrow them! 

So there you have it!  What’s your daily hair care routine?

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