Those who follow me on Instagram would remember that my husband and I had taken a climbing trip to Mount Fuji (the highest mountain in Japan at 3776 m) about a month back. I am not the fittest person and to be honest, the trip was really physically challenging for me! Mount Fuji has a gentle slope at the base but gets steep and rocky as you climb. The winds were getting stronger as we climbed, the terrain rockier and the ashy dust flying around didn’t help either!
Before I started coloring my hair, I had a lot of doubts and misgivings about using Hair Color. Even though I needed it to cover my white strands, I was worried that hair color might be difficult to apply at home and would damage my hair terribly. In this post, I have addressed some common myths regarding hair color ~
Myth #1 : Hair Color gives a dry, damaged look to the hair
It depends on the type of color you are using. Permanent dyes and bleach do cause visible dryness and damage but semi-permanent hair colors are much gentler on the hair and cause minimal damage. I have been using semi-permanent hair colors for a while now and my hair doesn’t look dry or damaged. But few years back when I had experimented with highlights (which was done by bleaching few section of hair), my hair did look excessively dry and straw-like. To preserve the shine and health of your hair, I would recommend going with a ammonia-free, semi-permanent hair color like the L’Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss.
Myth #2 : Hair Color causes premature graying of hair
This is completely false. Graying of hair is governed by genetic factors and to some extent, stress. Gray hair results due to deterioration of the pigment producing portions of the hair follicles. As we get older, the production of the type of melanin that gives a specific hair color decreases and hence hair gets lighter and more translucent with age. So all this action occurs at the hair follicles which are not affected in any way when we color our hair!
In today’s post, I’m going to show you a step by step pictorial of how to color your hair at home. The hair color of my choice is the L’Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss Conditioning Color which is a do-it-yourself, ammonia-free, semi-permanent color. I’ve had a few white strands since a few years and sadly they are all in the front hence very visible. I started using hair color every few months to mask the white strands and the L’Oreal Paris CCG has been a favorite!
I have used the shades Dark Chocolate, Chocolate and even Black in the past. Today I am using the shade #316 Plum.
Its the Weekend and its time for the fun post of the week! I tag all of you to answer the 5 Questions in this segment. I look forward to reading your comments!
1. Weekend plans?
My Mum is coming over for a day so will spend time with her! Also need to start packaging for Diwali trip home!
Pictured below : Me with Mum a long time ago..(I was probably 10 or 11)
Below : Me with my Mum, picture taken on our vacation to Singapore last year. (pls ignore my *chubby* arms, this is the time I had started putting on weight)
2. Have you ever colored your hair?
I got highlights done long time back, didn’t like it so much as it made my hair look drier. Recently got an all over color done (dark natural brown) and I like the natural healthy sheen it gave to my hair. (I got it done at a Salon, they used L’oreal salon range hair color in Darkbrown – Ammoniafree one). My advice to those who have dry frizzy hair – don’t ever get pale highlights (light brown or blonde), it makes the hair look like straw!
Not much lately except for using Lush Caca Brun Henna earlier this year which gave my hair a nice brown color which I quite liked. Last year I experimented quite a bit – I got my hair smoothened and also got globalhighlights, I loved the smoothened look though the highlights took a while to get used to! I cut my hair short earlier this year to get rid of the half-straight, half wavy look you get a few months after smoothening. I’m a little bored lately with my hair, thinking of trying out the new L’Oreal Casting Creme gloss shades or Lush Caca Maroon.
How much do you experiment with your hair? Have you tried anything lately that you loved?