Not a great picture this week as the only one I have is the back of their heads! Last day of school before half term and Lily decided she would wear both Anastasia and Drizella bows. As such Megan wore Lady Tremaine!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know I’ve been having a few hair dilemmas recently. Not that it bothers me particularly, but hey… you got to document it right?
In October 2013, I dyed my hair black for a halloween murder mystery. I used Nice and Easy semi permanent, though unfortunately it did not wash out… ever! By January I was pretty bored of being black haired. I wasn’t too fussed it hasn’t washed out, but it was just very dull! I decided that perhaps if I added an ombré effect, it might become a bit more interesting!
Though I originally planned to do the standard dark to light ombré, while in the shop I spotted a red version. I tried this out but to no avail! Now with the bug to do something different with my hair, it wasn’t long before I got the other type of ombré dye and tried that instead. Sadly that didn’t work out either and just gave me the odd ginger and blonde patch underneath! Finally I resorted to a hair dye stripper and while I wouldn’t say it was 100% successful, it did at least shift the majority of the black!
Finally I thought I was finished messing with my hair, but apparently not! My best friend Nat text me, saying she was bored with her hair. Jokingly I suggested she dyed the tips pink and next you know, we’re both doing it!
Dip Dying your hair is super easy. First plait it in low bunches. Place your bobble where you want to dye downwards from (make sure they are level in the mirror!). With a hair bleach/lightener, apply dye to hair under bobble. Make sure you really coat it, being careful to get it all on the insides. Cover with tin foil so it isn’t messy while you wait! (Note: when looking for a hair bleach/lightener, make sure you purchase one that states “x” levels lighter, not just a blonde dye).
When your 30 minutes (or whatever the instructions tell you) are up, rinse the ends very well. You should have blonde ends now, or at least very lightened ones. To really benefit from the colour you’re adding, dry your hair at this stage and apply the next dye to dry hair.
My friend Nat picked the dye and she wanted pink. Sadly you don’t get many permanent pink dyes and at short notice she couldn’t find any. As such we ended up with semi-permanent but eventually when this fades or washes out we can always re-do it. Anyway, apply the colour hair dye, exactly the same way – from the bobbles down. Again wrap in tin foil so its less messy while you wait.
When your time is up, rinse out, use the conditioner etc. and you’re done. This is the finished look! Of course there are ways to vary this and different things you can do, but you get the jist.
I’ve now washed my hair a couple of times since and its actually gone red. However it doesn’t especially bother me and I still like it. I know I’ve messed around with my hair a lot recently and when I bleached it in the first step, it really only lightened a little (and even then was gingery!). The fact the dye was only semi permanent, mixed with my original hair colour, is probably to blame for its transformation to red. I have no idea what colour I might dye the ends next, if I decide to change!
So another quickie update this week, as we’re going to watch The Walking Dead in half an hour or so!
It’s been a very busy week, but mostly because I’ve been making Lily’s cake every night after work. Monday was probably the quietest day of the week. I went to work but otherwise, the evening was spent chilling out with my friend Nat. Tuesday was work again and then I started on the first layer of Lily’s cake. More excitedly, I received my latest addition to my t-shirt collection.
Wednesday I continued with Lily’s cake in the evening, but I also made a chocolate caramel sandwich cake for someone I work with. It was their 30th birthday Thursday, so aside from 2 minutes of celebrating that at work, there wasn’t much else exciting happening then. I worked both daytime and evening on Thursday, so that felt like an especially long day.
By Friday I knew I had to get Lily’s cake finished as her party was Saturday. However mum had the kids and my brother was out for the evening, so Chris and I had somewhat of a date night. I got the cake finished (as you can see in my post here) and then took a bath. I used a hair stripper to finally get rid of all the black and I’m glad to say this actually worked!
Afterwards we treated ourselves to a M&S meal, where we had amazing steak followed by salted caramel cheesecake. We drank a bottle of wine and watched House at the end of the Street (it was awful!), snuggled up on the sofa.
Saturday I got up and made a few alterations to Lily’s cake, before taking Chris to work and then heading over to get the girls from mum’s house. We headed off to Lily’s party and I’m not going to lie, it was great. The venue was perfect and the organisers even better. I would highly recommend it to anyone. Lily dressed as Anna from Frozen and while I forgot to take a proper photo of her, she looked beautiful.
When we got home from the party, Lily opened all of her gifts and we wrote a list so that we could write thank you cards. We then spent the rest of the afternoon just chilling out and relaxing. I finished my February book “Love You More” and then we watched Ever After High and My Little Pony: Equestrian Girls on Netflix.
Sunday was busy but through choice and strangely that felt nice. After a bit of a lie-in, Chris headed to work and I blitzed the front room. It took me about 2 hours in total, but I hoovered and dusted thoroughly. It felt very satisfying! After lunch the girls and I headed upstairs to do their room. This was more tidying than cleaning but we blitzed their whole room too and that took about 3 hours in total. My mum called around briefly and at about 4pm we headed out to pick Chris up from work and grab a cheeky KFC again!
Sunday evening was perfect. We had a lovely dinner with the girls, laughed and giggled lots, before finally changing the bed covers on their bunk beds and then heading to bed. Chris and I sat and watched TV all evening, while I blogged a little and he rubbed my feet. Finally I started planning my next cake masterpiece, but unfortunately I can’t blog about that here!
I’m looking forward to a much calmer and quieter week this week. Lily’s birthday is on Wednesday but I’m all organised for that and so otherwise, it should be a fairly boring week!
I have to admit I’m absolutely horrible at looking after my hair. I have it professionally cut about once or twice a year, the rest of the time either leaving it or occasionally trimming it myself. For the most part I don’t even care that I don’t look after my hair. However every now and again, a photo or a glance in the mirror will make me think “I really need to do something about my hair…”. Even then, its rarely an instant reaction to do something, its still a few weeks of umming and ahhing, before finally getting off my butt to do it.
This is the state my hair was in last weekend.
Alright so at first glance, it doesn’t look all that bad. But trust me it was. A mess of split ends, a fringe that had grown out so much it was barely even a fringe any more, plus it just lacked any shape.
|These are the less flattering versions to show you exactly what I mean!|
For a while I had been umming and ahhing about dip dying it again. This was something I did about a year ago and loved. In fact, I always meant to get around to blogging about it, but never did. These are a few of the basic pictures from that time.
Yes perhaps I’m a little stuck in my ways and fancied reliving my dip dye, or maybe its just that I love the colour red! Either way, I was sold – even at the cost of £6.99! Though I didn’t have time to do it that night, I promised myself it would get done that weekend.
Anyway, back to my original horror hair… I desperately needed to trim my ends and possible even cut in a fringe. This got off to a bad start when I trimmed far too much off my fringe and gave myself little option of what to do with it. Luckily I’m not someone who really cares about hair mistakes either and just figured it would all grow out eventually. Not put off my endeavour, I continued to cut all my ends and hopefully give some sort of shape to my hair cut again by using products from Lion Locs. Finally I headed downstairs ready to ombré my hair.
When I’d first read the instructions, the night I bought the dye, I hadn’t felt too daunted by what I had to do. I’ve always dyed my own hair, never needed anyone to help – like I said, I tend not to care too much about hair fails. However when it came around to actually doing this ombré look, I chickened out at the last minute and got Chris to help me. Other than damaging the t-shirt he was wearing at the time (and me feeling awful about it!) he did a pretty good job.
The hair dye has to be left in for 35 minutes. As we had a house full of kids at the time, who would probably need the toilet, I decided to head upstairs and read a book rather than hog the bathroom. However eventually I headed back down to wash out my dye and see the end results.
As always, the water ran red for a long time. Finally I conditioned, rinsed again and then headed back upstairs to check out my new do! After towel drying my hair, I was a bit concerned that my hair didn’t look all that different. But often when your hair is wet, especially with dark colours, you really can’t see anything but black/brown hair.