This year I have vowed to make some changes. Some sort of new year resolution. While I have never made any over the years (cos I’m a firm believer of making change anytime it suits me and it’s never about the time of the year), I had thought it would be timely to begin what I had in mind at the start of 2013.
My gym and fitness regime does what it’s supposed to do; keep me slim though I eat too much for my own good, but it still falls short of satisfaction as I have yet to achieve anything more than just maintaining my weight. But more on that later.
I have successfully embarked on a new skincare regime and now I can proudly proclaim that I cleanse, tone and moisturize twice a day. Yes, that’s an achievement considering the fact that I barely do that for 3 decades. More on the products I’ve been using – The Obagi range from Japan, bought from http://www.facebook.com/cliqueclinic by the end of the month.
I’m still sourcing for a good health supplement (vitamins and tonics) so do free to recommend if you’re a fan of any.
Upgrading of the wardrobe is still work in progress. But today, I would like to share with you of my very recent hair makeover.
I have been sporting long plain black hair for the longest time. To be frank, I have had no issues with it. It’s easy to style (read: no styling required whatsoever) and I thought it looked alright on me. But with the recent changes I have in mind, I thought a new hairstyle would complement the whole transformation.
The Met KL is one of the most revered hair salon in the country. Its reputation is backed up with more glowing reviews and positive recommendations that I care to mention. So when an opportunity came up for me to have my crowing glory styled by one of the recently graduate of the academy, I took the timely excuse to incorporate my hair makeover.
The 1st session was at The Met Parkroyal Hotel. Heven (my stylist) and I took some time to discuss my concerns about colouring. It seemed to me that every stylist would recommend colour the moment you step into a salon. I’m not a fan of colour and it took me a while to warm up to the idea, with Heven assuring me that it would be noticeable enough (one of the issues I had with colour was that the colour doesn’t show up on my very jet-black hair) and it would help to “brighten” my tanned complexion.
And considering that I wanted to cut my hair short, Heven advised that a bit of colour would help to accentuate the style, not to mention (again) to perk up my tired face (yes, I look tired all the time) as well as to make up for the lack of make up (oh it rhymes!) since I’m such a lazy bum.
Below: After the hair cut. Too plain yes?
With all that valid points, I agreed to a colour session.
To be frank, as I’m sitting here writing, I didn’t quite like the colour. At the salon, while they fussed with my hair at the end of the 3 hour session, I had immediately disliked the rather orangey red at the top of my mane. I told Heven immediately of course, though not much could be done at that point of time.
Other than that, I thought the rest of the layered colouring was creative and bearable.
I like how my mane now has 3 coloured tone.
I guess it’s the orangey-red that really needs fixing. My colleague Karen immediately exclaimed “Oh my god, the hair is horrible!” the moment she saw me. LOL!
Anyhow, here’s the process of my makeover.
Step 1: Hair Cut
Short but not bob as I have done bob before. Heven gave it a bit of layers so the colours would be more noticeable.
Step 2: Pre-lightening.
As its name suggests, this stage lightens my hair colour and prepares it to “accept” the other colours that are to follow. Proper pre-lightening assures that the hair has been made both light enough and porous enough to absorb the end toner.
Step 3: Wash, dry and then colour
As you can see below, my hair now has streaks of “light brown/gold”.
Next is simultaneous colouring of the 3 different colours Heven has selected for me – Red, Copper and Brown. The base is brown of course. When asked why he chose these colours, he said warm tones are suitable for my complexion and face features.
After the colour, Heven ensured that the loss of protein from my hair due to the highlighting process is replaced (though not 100%). He combined the Treatment Colour Extend and The Extreme by Redken for a treatment session of 5-10 minutes.
After the treatment, my hair was washed before it was given a mask for another 5 minutes.
Once done, a thorough hair wash came next before my hair was blown dry. Many thanks to Heven for his time and The Met for the makeover!
So, I’m taking a poll. To do something about it, and WHAT exactly, or to leave it as it is. What say YOU? 🙂
A less orangey tone for the top would be ideal yes? Any particular colour brand I should try?
Next, make up.