When I was 9, I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life – I chopped off my hair and got a bob. I loved short hair on other people and was so disappointed to discover that it was something that just wasn’t going to suit me.
When I was 15, I made one of the other biggest mistakes of my life – I chopped off my hair and got a layered, shoulder-length cut, paired with a sad-looking razor-cut fringe all the way across (or bangs as they call it). Kinda like a mullet. Mm hmm.
By my 16th birthday I learned two things about my hair: keep it long, and accept that asian hair is stubborn as f***.
After experimenting with so many different hair cuts and even cutting it myself for about a year, I managed to finally get it out of my system and settle with my “boring” long layered hair. Then I reached an acceptable age/was granted permission to colour and bleach my hair which began a whole other three or so years of trial-and-error. But that’s another story.
Fast-forward to today and I am now happily able to say that I’ve stuck with the same hair for just over a year (16/07 edit: LOLs just went to the hairdressers and switched it up a slight bit). The biggest benefit of doing so is that each visit to the hairdressers has been much less stressful and there are no more fearful thoughts running through my head such as “Will this colour turn out the way I envisioned? What if it’s too light? What if it ends up being too brassy?” or “Will this hairstyle even suit me?”
My Hair Type, Cut & Colour
My natural hair is straight and black. Since getting layers, it tends to do weird krimpy wavy things at the ends sometimes but otherwise it’s straight. I pretty much maintain long layers with some shorter layers around my face, and get it dyed every 2-3 months a dark chocolate brown with a more ash tone rather than a warm tone. Re-growth becomes more obvious with every wash toward the 1.5 month mark as the dye washes out and my hair lightens to a more medium-dark chocolate brown (in my Sydney post you can actually see what the colour looks like after about 2 months).
Hair Products I Use
John Freida Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo
Initially, I chose this as I was told purple shampoo does this trick for maintaining ash-toned hair colour and keeps the brassy tones at bay. Prior to the colour I have now, I had bleached ombré hair fading from a dark brown to blonde. When naturally black hair is bleached, it becomes a very brassy orange shade that requires a toner to ash out. The problem with ash tones is that it can be difficult to maintain and hence, requires some help from purple shampoo. Though I don’t have my blonde ombré going on anymore, I still get my hair dyed with a more ashy dark chocolate brown shade and so I’ve continued to use this.
To be honest, it does the job of cleaning my hair but I can’t really say with confidence that it does wonders for getting rid of brassy tones. It’s harder to tell with my dark hair but when I had lighter hair, the warmer shades were coming through a lot more noticeably. To be fair, when I got it bleached it was more warm-toned to begin with.
I’m always curious to try new and possibly better products though, so if you know of any that are great for keeping those ashy tones in, do let me know!
Milk Shake Incredible Milk 12 Effects Leave In Treatment
This stuff is AMAZING. If you have stubborn slippery hair that lacks texture, definition, or you have dry ends and don’t like using oils, give this product a try! It also smells really good which is a bonus 😛
When my hair is damp, I spritz this a few times in the ends and closer to the roots of my hair and run my fingers through to get the product all up in there. I then blow-dry my hair and it dries so much quicker and is a lot easier to style. When I don’t use this, my hair feels limp and dry, and tends to tangle up a lot. I find that this hair product helps to untangle your hair best right after you put it in – just comb it through with a wide tooth comb or detangler.
According to the back of the product, you can only find this in salons but I did some googling and you can purchase it online HERE.
OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo
This is another hair product that will make your hair smell amazing. I’ve found that when I use it, the ends of my hair are so much shinier and softer, and less frizzy. From my experience using this conditioner, it doesn’t weigh down your hair either.
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Divine Dark
Dry shampoo is a must-have! I used to wash my hair every other day until I realised that washing it often is actually not great for your hair. Now, I try and hold out for at least 3 days and this product is an absolute lifesaver. I have to hold my breath, spray, and then walk out of the room though when I use this. My lungs are sensitive and I feel like I’m suffocating whenever I breathe in hairspray or dry shampoo!
If you have any suggestions for new hair products I should try or any tips and tricks, leave a comment down below as I’d love to know! 🙂