Ever since I was an eight-year-old brunette, when I asked Father Christmas for blonde hair, I have been addicted to trying different hairstyles! Sadly, Santa never did grant me my wish for blonde hair but, when I was 14, ‘Sun In’ was my first glimmer of hope that brighter hair days lay ahead. Anyone else remember that product? It was a spray that you applied to your hair to lighten it. Well, my hair is naturally very dark so I just got a few little orangey strands when I tried it out.
I progressed to home bleaching kits. Still tangibly tangerine. Determined not to be left ‘in the dark’ I kept saving the pennies and going back for more bleach until I was yellow and then almost white! If I knew then what I know now, I’d have left well alone!
Over the years I have had short hair, shaved parts of my head, had tall and dangerously flammable spikes (thanks to 80s hair heroes such as Limahl and Howard Jones), all the way through to perms and waist-length extensions.
Well, after all the years of torturing my tresses they have protested and said enough is enough! No more bleach! I’ve had lots of people telling me how much they loved the blonde look. So did I! Sadly, though, if I carry on down that route I fear I’ll end up with no hair at all. So, I’m going back to my roots.
Sad thing is, though, even my roots aren’t my natural colour anymore, what with all the whites and greys creeping in! Still, I figure the hair dye to get it headed in that direction is far less harmful than bleaching the life out of it.
I wanted to gradually get back to my colour so went through my ginger/redhead phase. It was like Marmite for many viewers, with some loving and some hating it. I quite liked it but knew I still wanted to get a bit darker.
As my hair has taken such a bashing I want to try not to heat style it as much as I have in the past. So, I’ve turned to the Hairdo by Hairuwear pieces, as many of them fit right over your own hair so that you’re not causing more damage.
I’m currently the shade which is known as Light Red Brown/Ginger Brown. I took my extensions to the hairdresser and just asked if they could get as close as possible to that shade, and they did a pretty good job! I’m planning to go to the next tone darker at my next appointment so have ordered the Medium Brown so I can, again, get a near-enough match.
I find this is a great way of getting the most out of these pieces. If your natural shade doesn’t exactly match its worth taking the piece with you, like I did, so they can make it more seamless. It’s a much more affordable way than getting custom-made extensions, that’s for sure.
On days when I’m not wearing the pieces I’ve been using a hair ‘donut’ to create a bun. This is great because there’s not even minimal styling to the hair in the bun. Just put your hair in a ponytail, slide the donut down to the base of it then pull up to the ends and roll the hair down around the outside of it – then keep rolling over until the bun is in place. It holds all by itself with no grips and when I take it out my ponytail is curly from being held in a rolled up position! Double whammy!
There’ll probably never come a day when I’m not trying something new with my hair but I quite like this look and can’t wait for the Hairuwear team to bring us even more styles to play with!
Love Catherine xx