I went to the salon with the intentions of:
- Getting all this summer blonde out of my hair
- Getting the blonde blended in better with the other colors in my hair
- Trying out a more natural hair color product
- Checking out the salon to see what other natural products they sell
- Getting a haircut while I am at it
- My one major rule with hair color = NO RED! It took me forever to grow out the red when I colored my hair red for years and years. Plus it reminds me of a guy who had a thing for redheads.
The organic color system color is heat activated so once it was on my hair, I got a plastic shower cap type of cover and put under the heated blow dryer for 10 minutes, then I had to wait and process for another 20 minutes. After that, she rinsed my hair and did a very quick trim. She warned me that it would be a lot darker than it had been so I needed to be ready for it. I wasn't sure I liked the sounds of that, uh oh, maybe I didn't get through to her what I wanted.
She put a couple light products in my hair and used a diffuser. I paid and left the salon, went to look at their wellness shop where they do massages to see the rest of the products they use and then stopped at the mall before going to work. I needed to unwind and also wanted to check my email since my PC has been crashing constantly and I had not checked it yet so I went to Barnes and Noble. I checked my email and walked around the mall. My reflection kept shocking and upsetting me. This is some dark hair! Oh no, my mood started to plummet. The texture of my hair was also not thrilling, most likely due to what styling products were used to I eventually put my hair up. The color was less overwhelming up so I liked it a bit better but still knew, I had to do something.
I didn't want to complain and didn't want to go back to the same place. I am not good about complaining and making someone redo something when it comes to my hair. I generally go pout in a corner instead. I know, I am such a wimp! Also, I don't know these stylists, I am new to them, they are new to me. I didn't know how to express what I wanted where I know my usual stylist knows what I like and knows my hair.
I messaged my usual stylist in desperation and asked, will it be safe to do some highlights on this color so soon after getting it done. She said, yes, it should be fine. She usually uses Aveda products which are less harsh than many salon hair color systems so I figured it would be safer than many others. I made my appointment for next Thursday to get highlights and maybe another haircut. My hair is a little too long and I want more layers around my face. It is hard to tell until the hair is dry and done and styled by me but today I see it and know I made the right decision to get my hair re-did next week. I will have to adjust and deal with it for the next week and a day. Having dark hair makes me feel a bit down and reminds me of my angsty depressed adolescence. I am not a happier healthier adult and want happier healthier looking hair. This color is pretty. The feel of my hair is soft and healthy but the color just isn't me. I need more to it, more depth, more variety of shades to give the look of more volume since my hair is fine. I want something a little brighter.
I am not going to bad mouth the salon and name them. Frankly, everyone else there had awesome looking hair. Maybe it was just the stylist I went to? Maybe I didn't explain well enough what I really wanted? Maybe it just isn't the right salon for me?
So the pros: I liked the hair color product itself. It smells nice, it doesn't burn, it makes hair feel soft and healthy.
The cons: I didn't get the full consultation I had hoped for and had less input into the actual shade used on my hair.
Lesson learned: When you have an awesome stylist, don't go to someone else unless you know for a fact that they are indeed the same amount if not more kinds of awesome. I don't know what I will ever do if she stops doing hair!
Pics (sorry about the pic quality, these were all taken on my work iPad since my PC hates me right now):
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