When there is no permanent hair colour or highlights or tints in my hair it is so… thin. So fine. And if, like me, you already have fine hair, your levels of fineness and thinness and flatness reach levels that were previously reserved for uncooked angel hair pasta.
This is because, as we all know, hair colour adds plumpness to the hair strand. Some volume. A bit of sass and excitement. And I always forget this when I set out to get my natural colour back. What a pity.
Now that the first six inches of my hair is completely natural, with no colour whatsoever, it is arrogantly healthy but I find:
1. My hair needs more washing because my cute scalp oils have more effect, faster
2. My hair is flatter and even the usual root-boost/volume-crank-up products aren’t really doing much (or they do much initially, but by day two the effect has buzzed off to get a latte on Degraves St)
3. I use double the products (esp magic dusts and mousses) which leads to build-up and even – GASP – a dry scalp
4. Styles won’t hold, because the hair is too limp and pathetic and deserved of being bullied quite frankly
5. I eat more Lindor balls than I should.
Just one of the many wonderful magic (“volume”) dusts on the market.
I find it most amusing that every few years I bang on about wanting my “natural hair” back and then as soon as I have it, I immediately resent it for its overwhelming thinness and dullness… Of course the one VERY big plus to having hair that is not permanently coloured is that you can donate to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which puts you in the Fabulous Saint category.
Incidentally, during some wonderful trips to Sydney and Brisbane for Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Look Good Feel Better last week, I got to chatting about this with my fellow Beautiful Length ambassador and hair dresser and the chap who did my wedding hair, Barney ‘Bananas’ Martin.
My fancy wedding updo, care of Barney.
I pretended not to be offended when he commented after blow-drying my hair that it was very fine wasn’t it, and perhaps I needed some colour back in there..?
“NO, Barney,” I said, unnecessarily loud. “I like having my natural colour back. Is healthy and shiny and the curls are behaving. Also I am lazy and care not for regrowth.’
“Just get some highlights underneath the top layer, silly!” he said in that fun British accent. “That would give you some volume and some texture, and you needn’t worry about regrowth because the top layes is still your natural colour.”
He had a point. It was large and red and wailing like some form of emergency vehicle.
“Almost like… underlights.” I said, trademarking it in my brain as I did so.
“Yes!” he said.
“And I suppose I could just have a colour similar to my own, couldn’t I. I don’t want obvious highlights at present.”
“Ocourse you can, you duffer. Anything you like. So long as it’s permanent.”
“Just some lovely, natural smudging on the under layes of my hair, right up at the roots, but concealed by my top layers,” I said, in a way that would be helpful and very explanatory should I ever be enthused to write the conversation out as a blog post. “Yes, that could work.”
Barney is as tired of super-obvious ombre balayage as I am, but we both agreed the balayage (“painting”) technique. also called smudging, is still terrific, in terms of how natural the finish is, and how non-traditional-foils-or-streaks-cap it is.
So, I’m going to do it and report back. What fun!
Is your hair flat and uninspiring at present?
Does it shit you? Yeah me too. When there is no permanent hair colour or highlights or tints in my hair it is so… thin. (Post continues on in a never-ending loop.)