Phew Skint pals!
What’s going on with this heatwave? (For my readers from abroad, the sun has been shining here in Britain for a solid week. This is VERY BIG NEWS and highly irregular).
And, whilst I continue to revel in the weather, my hair does not. As you know, Skint chums, though I’d like to pretend I’m all au naturel, you know me better than that. The truth is that I must colour my hair every six weeks, else risk roots that my pride won’t let me bare. So far, so do-able – till Mr Sun whips out his rays.
You might remember how I previously shared my stripey tiger hair trauma with you, after a holiday in France. Well, folks, that
animal look is back! See, it only takes a few days of sun for the colour to fade from my hair, not evenly, but in strange animal stripes. Some parts turn tiger orange, others a lighter shade of – let’s call it orangutan, that’ll give you some idea. The underneath stays the colour it’s supposed to – dark auburn – and bits of that shine through. The overall effect is, shall we say, rather unique.
Thing is, a salon visit every six weeks is as regular as I can go, money-wise. You might remember previously the almighty shock I got at the salon last time.
So, what do I do, other than spend the summer working the crazy tiger look? DIY! See, just as I was pondering how to tackle this, the folks at Nice n Easy asked if I’d write about colouring my hair at home. Which happened to coincide with the heatwave, and with the nagging feeling that I really can’t continue to justify shelling out so much at the salon every six weeks. And so, gulp, for the first time in a loooooong time, I’m going to colour my own hair. Yikes.
It’s something I haven’t done since I was about twenty and favoured henna more than was aesthetically prudent. I can still remember how it smelled, that gloopy green mud that I bought in huge pots from incense-soaked shops on Edinburgh’s Cockburn street, with names like Enchantment and Pie in the Sky. I used to leave the stuff on for three or four hours at a time to get my ends really red.
Back then, my annual haircare budget probably struggled to reach ten pounds. This time round I’ll be happy just to get a nice, shiny dark auburn colour without the eye-watering salon price tag.
Protecting Coloured Hair In Summer
Of course, the trauma might have been avoided with a bit of forward planning. Slapping on a hat or some hair oil is the easiest way to avoid colour-fade – and the costly retouch bills.
And there’s an even scarier enemy of hair than sun, you know. Chlorine – the ultimate destroyer, so scary it should wear a cape, a mask and sport an evil chortle. We all remember tales of someone whose blonde hair turned green in the swimming pool, yest? Well, it really does happen. To avoid looking like the Incredible Hulk this summer, spray a leave-in conditioner before heading for the pool, or better and cheaper still, comb through some olive oil. It creates a barrier that chlorine can’t get through – sort of like burglar-proof paint. Take that, chlorine!
If you’re really pushed and don’t have either oil or conditioner to hand, drench your hair in tap water before entering the pool or the sea. Hair can only soak up so much water, so make sure it soaks up the harmless stuff before you go near the chlorine or salt.
If your hair is long enough, tie it up in a bun or a French pleat during the day to keep the sun off. If short, slick through oil from the moment the sun wakes up.
And if you do get that dreaded green tinge whilst you’re on holiday with no access to a stylist? Tomato juice is what you need, according to my hairdresser. She swears by rinsing in it to counteract the green. Who’da thunk it?
Lastly, if, like me, you’re planning on changing your hair colour, try before you dye by visiting a wig shop or a beauty supply shop that sells hair extensions to test-drive your planned new shade. Yeah, you might get a funny look or two, but it could avoid a disaster…
Do you colour your hair at home? Any words of wisdom for me? It’s been years since I did it . . .
Today’s post is in association with Nice ‘n’ Easy.
Photo Credit: fora.mtv