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Post One #innovativebeauty challenge – Voices of 2014

As part of the challenge, Garnier gave us a few sample products and a list of prompt ideas around the theme of #innovativebeauty. I consider my blog more fashion and lifestyle than fashion and beauty so I sat and stared at those products for ages thinking, holy heck how do people make this stuff interesting. I use hair dye, so course I do, but then so do you. Well, maybe. What now?

I’ve even shared my most disastrous home hair experience with you all… I frowned a little more and decided that it’s hair and hair fits perfectly into the change prompt for me. My hair changes often, from one conservative extreme to another. My hair is hair that wouldn’t recognise itself in the mirror some weeks. I know because I do it after a change. Catch myself on the way past and think, is that me?

When things are in need of a shake-up, I like to change my hair. When the seasons change and the idea of new clothes to wear comes over me, I change my hair. When I don’t feel like buying any new clothes, but I need something different, I change my hair. Heck, once I was in the shops with my sister and just decided that it was time to change my hair.

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A change is as good as a holiday; they say. Not sure I agree because a tropical island getaway looks mighty fine to me right now, but moving on. Ha. I stand behind hair being one of those things you can use to change your entire look in a few hours. My hair has been long and short, straight, curly and wavy. A range of colours within the spectrum of ‘natural’ colours and on one occasion, pink.

It occurred to me though that for some people it’s not as simple as that. This year my sister dyed her blonde hair a strawberry blonde colour. She kept it this colour for a few months but has recently returned to her signature colour, white blonde. She has had some slight variation of this colour for the majority of her life. First as a child when it was natural, then as a teen when it became her thing. It’s part of her style now; it suits her personality and boosts it in some ways. For her, changing her hair took something big.

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So today, I’m going to ask you which is it for you. Are you and your hair colour easily changed? Or do you act slowly when it comes to your hair, considering your choices and leaping when the time is right? Let’s talk about changing our hair colour, maybe even your style and then my job here is done and my faux beauty blogger moment can be done for now. Haha.

Oh but are you wondering what my current hair colour is? It’s my sample colour actually, Iced Chocolate from the Olia by Garnier range and it looks a little something like this…

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Hair changes? Are you the quick and the sometimes dead (like me and my past hair disasters) or slow and steady wins the race? 

  • Jet black since 1997 – my hairdresser (who I went to school with and have known the whole time I’ve been channelling Morticia Adams) has given me the 5yr “might need to think about a chocolate brown as you get closer to 40” warning!

    • Haha. Love this. I wore mine white blonde for years when I was at uni. In my early 20’s I noticed how harsh it was against my face SOOOO aging. And here I was thinking I was Marilyn. Darn it. Good luck with the change, chocolate brown is cool, or so I hear. 😛

  • sydneyshopgirl

    Loving your work in the sponsored beauty blog post department, Melissa! *high five*

    I have been jet black (bottle or otherwise) for as long as I can remember. I did flirt with red highlights which went brassy the moment I left the hairdresser in the nineties but I’ve gone back to my roots now, so to speak and hope to stay that way.

    SSG xxx

    • Well that you muchly. Glad to have ‘pulled it off’. This time. The pressure is on now, two to go… How to make them ALL interesting? Eeep.

      Gotta hate those flirty highlight that loose their luster as soon as you leave the salon. Been there lady, beeeeen there!

  • Mel Watson

    I don’t colour my hair all that much usually I use cutting it as a change but as I am growing my hair at the moment for my wedding (if/when it happens, nothing planned except grow my hair at this stage lol!) I have decided to add some colour. And it is happening this Saturday in fact! It will not be anything dramatic just some coloured streaks underneath the top part of my hair to avoid regrowth!
    I really wish I was as brave as you to change my colour more often! You seem to rock whatever colour you have going!

    • I cut mine for years too. Then all of a sudden I grew it out and haven’t had more than a severe trim in years. Weird. Good luck with the wedding. I think knowing what length hair you want is probably one some checklist somewhere. Haha.

      And thank you! x

  • Haha oh I dyed my hair this colour a little while ago, now we are definitely twinsies, but you have put the idea in my head about changing my hair colour. I’m much like you, I thought I would stay brown for a long time but I find myself wanting to change to something a little more time dramatic….I’m thinking shades of the rainbow ow I don’t work in a customer facing job so let’s see how far I get with that.

    • Twinning! Haha. Go for it lady, it’s only hair. And let’s face it, brown covers almost anything so you can always go back. But don’t do it before we have had a chance to selfie together. 😉

  • I have been every colour under the sun. But, for many many many years I had black hair. About 3 years ago I got rid of the black, and went from pink to blonde to red to brown back to blonde, and I was never settled, I never felt ‘me’. And I realised it was because my hair wasn’t black. Now my black hair is back I feel so inherently me. I was born with a shock of black hair that mum used to brush into a mohawk. Clearly, it’s me.

    • Haha. Clearly. I can see that black mohawk now. And you’re right, sometimes it’s just that the colours you are trying just don’t work as well as the colours that work well on you. If you know what I mean. Haha. My Dad always says he can tell my natural colour is the blonde because it works so well against my skin and eyes and just makes them pop. That’s my black and one day I’ll go back. Just not yet. 😉

  • Guest

    I think this picture says it all for me really lol