For the past 8 years, I’ve had over 15 hair colors that have been without a doubt fun! I mean…Who doesn’t want to have pink or blue hair? It’s fun and definitely something that I wanted to do at least once in my life. But with that also comes a lot of…. let’s say lessons! That’s why today I wanted to share with you my hair journey. This is the good, the bad and the things I’ve learned about changing the color of my hair many times. I wanted to talk about this because I get asked a lot about my hair and what I did to achieve the length that I have today. The reality is that it didn’t happen overnight. It took me a long time so I thought I would share with you my hair journey so you understand why I treat my hair the way I do!
OK, I’ll be sharing old photos so let’s throwback to when all started back in 2011 or 2012 I don’t remember very well but during that time I wanted to do honey neutral highlights because I have light brown eyes and I thought the highlights would look good with my complexion. I did them, recorded a video of the process and then I uploaded the video on my YouTube channel. I remember I had a positive response to that video so that’s when I started doing my hair and recording everything to have content for my channel. I remember I was so happy and excited because I was having a lot of fun doing my hair without spending a lot of money plus helping others to do the same at home.
After I did my first hair color change with highlights I decided I wanted to do the famous Ombré hair that was very trendy back then and I recorded it and remember that a lot of people were fascinated with the hair results because my hair looked healthy although I used bleach. And that was because my hair wasn’t too processed (only had a few highlights) was very strong and since I had a lot of hair, looked great. Watch Ombre Hair videos Here and Here!
the Ombré hair, I did a lot of hair color changes…too many if you ask me now!
I remember I wanted to have more highlights so I did more highlights and then I
cut my hair because I was bored of the Ombre hair. A few months later I did
another Ombré hair using a kit and after that I got bored again of the Ombré so
I colored my hair black. A few months later I decided I wanted to experiment with
other colors, specifically with red. But after a DIY fail my hair turned out to
be more of a burgundy color. I had this result because as you may know black is
very hard to get rid of and I remember I used Hi-Color highlights from L’Oreal
that was meant to be for a natural (virgin) dark hair and since my hair was
colored previously didn’t worked.
Now, because I wanted bright red and I was not happy with the burgundy what I decided to do was to visit a beautician I love and she fixed my hair removing the color I had first and then applying the red dye Hi-Color highlights from L’Oreal. The results from that hair color were super bright and the best part is that my hair was soft and looked healthy! I believe the hair dye from L’Oreal has a little bit of bleach inside the color I’m not 100% sure because I haven’t used it in a long time but is not like using pure bleach so it’s not as damaging.
After that, I had red hair for a while but since it required a lot of maintenance I felt the need to change it to a more neutral color. That’s when I decided to have brown hair with highlights so I removed the red color with Color Oops (the best hair color remover I’ve tried.) and colored my hair ash brown (ash to cancel the red/orange) and went to a hairdresser to have highlights. After that, I did more highlights and my hair was super light and pretty, I think this was one of my favorite’s hair colors.
To keep it cool tone I always used Wella Color Charm T11 toner, till this day I receive questions about that hair color and to be honest that was one of the easiest hair colors I did (with the help of a
I stayed for the longest time with that color because it was my favorite and I always thought “What if I cannot achieve this hair color again?” but everything changed when I saw the “ice silver blonde” trend! I wanted to have the silver-white hair and to be honest, that’s when everything went to shit. I decided it was a good idea (
After 1-2 months later I was working on some projects for CharlotteBellaFab and I had a hair color change that was beautiful but it damaged my scalp, not my hair, My Scalp! Now my hair looked amazing (the color was unique and I loved it) but my scalp was on fire. I don’t want to be dramatic and I’m not kidding but I‘m pretty sure I had a chemical burn. This is not anybody’s fault but mine, I had to leave my hair alone but I didn’t because I wanted to take advantage of that opportunity. I learned my lesson and never again I will have hair color changes back to back. It’s not worth it!
After that episode, I left my hair and my scalp alone for months. I had the biggest roots ever but I actually liked the look so I took advantage of it and colored my hair pink, purple, blue, etc. It was fun and I didn’t have to use bleach so I loved it. I also chopped my hair like Dora (literally) over my shoulders and my hair looked and felt amazing so I was happy.
After that I decided to go back to black because I was going to an internship and I need it to have a more “natural look”, it was actually requested. So I left all my hair transformations aside and went with black and never looked back!
It’s been 2 and
Now that I have dark long hair and I only dye my hair when is need it 2-3 times per year. I also only cut it once per year and try to avoid flat irons because I find they are very damaging to the hair. I learned that is better to have healthy dark pretty hair than blonde burned spaghetti hair. And also that it’s better to stay with a hair color that is closer to your natural hair color. I’m not saying that I will never change my hair color again because I love hair color transformations but I will stay closer to neutral shades like brown and honey because they complement my complexion and don’t damage my hair as much as other colors. I learned that I am very particular with my hair so I prefer to do everything myself.
This is my hair journey and I hope I clarified a lot of the hair questions I receive often. Let me know in the comments your hair journey! Any anecdotes?