My hair has been short more than it’s been long throughout my life. Ever since my mum used to twist my hair up in pieces of old sheet to make ringlets I thought I’m never going through anything like this when I’m a grown up!
The secret to great hair is a good cut, isn’t it? I’ve been lucky enough to know some fabulous hairdressers who have always been able to give me a decent do. Although, trust me I’ve had some bad experiences too — but not many thank goodness.
My natural colour is brunette but being part of the punk generation lead me to colours beyond my wildest dreams. One of the reasons why Mr Bbed was drawn to me many moons ago was my wacky dress sense and hair! The grey parting started to creep in in my early thirties and got particularly worse through a difficult pregnancy with our second son. I went between home colours and salon colours backwards and forwards spending hours and who knows how much money? It was only just over two years ago I thought enough is enough. At the time there was a bit of a ‘grey hair’ revolution taking place and I thought hmmm I wonder what mine would look like? I knew I wouldn’t be able to go from brunette to grey gradually. Hats off to those who can but I started and I just felt too ‘witchy’ .. is that even a word? You’ll get the picture though, right? 😉
Over the two years I’ve jumped through different versions of grey. I’ve managed to grow my own colour out completely.
That was me exactly this time last year at our eldest son’s graduation in all my grey gloriousness!
I’ve found though I seem to be most comfortable a bit lighter at the moment and opt for a bit of an ice blonde come grey. You’ve noticed — I’m back to colouring! The beauty of this though is when the darker grey grows through I love that as well so it’s a win win for me.
Many people have commented on my hair which I love – who doesn’t love hair compliments? They also ask what I use to keep it in optimum colour condition. So here goes ..
I’ve been using the PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver range of products since the start of my grey hair journey. The Colour Care Shampoo and the Brightening Shampoo. The first I use whenever I wash my hair and the latter about twice a week. They are great purse friendly products that really keep my hair in good condition. The frightening thing when you first use is how extremely ‘violet’ the colour is. Thankfully, this doesn’t transfer to the hair. The only thing I will say is that the products do build up. More on that later.
I’ve also recently been using another ‘violet’ shampoo – Charles Worthington Violet Toning Shampoo. You can see from my photo that I’ve only tested it in the ‘takeaway’ size so far but I think I still prefer The PRO:VOKE range.
I talked about build up earlier. The problem I’ve found with using violet coloured hair care products is the build up over time that results in a blue rinse effect. I also need to mention brassiness. This is a problem that you get as colours like blonde and ice grey start to fade. A hairdressing friend of mine introduced me to a fantastic range of haircare products which she uses in her salons. The brand is called Eufora.
For the blue rinse build up she advised me to use the Nourish shampoo occasionally. It’s a clarifying shampoo designed to remove product build up and dullness. By gosh it does work. For the build up and the brassiness. I use it approximately once a week now.
I’m also using the Thickening Serum. What I find interesting with this product is that it contains tapioca starch which while helping to thicken your hair when you blow dry also leaves it without any feeling of stickiness like other volume products I’ve tried.
I think you can probably guess I’ve become a new fan of Eufora. The brand describes itself as ‘beauty without compromise’ and if you are keen to try hair care products that minimise environmental impact then I would strongly advise you seek it out. I’m definitely thinking of sampling more of the range.
I’ve also tried Full Effect which is a dry, texturising spray perfect for when I want to quiff my style up a bit. Here it is in action here ..
However — the product I’m most excited to tell you about is my newest find — Fanci-Full Rinse by Roux Beauty
Over on Instagram I like to seek out other ladies whose short grey or blonde hair I admire and it was through chatting to one – We Wake Up For Make Up that we struck up a conversation about looking after grey hair colour. She’d posted this photo which really stirred my curiosity ….
After a conversation and a bit of a search I found that I could purchase it in the UK from Amazon. So I did .. in Silver Lining. The excitement of ordering from Amazon you know it’s going to arrive quick. I couldn’t wait to use it. I’ve also since realised that stock levels are a bit hit and miss so if you want to try keep an eye on it and order it when you see it back in stock.
I tested it like it says on the container. I’ve never had any problems but again my hairdresser friend, Janice, is obsessive about this as she’s seen things in her time and it’s just not worth the risk. Don’t wing it. You only have to wait another 24 hours and then you know you’ll be okay.
You have to wash and towel dry your hair and then apply. I skipped the gloves part. I figured I’d chance this especially if I was going to use this a lot. I knew there was no way I would faff with gloves every wash. It was fine — no colour transferred to hands. It comes out like a very thin liquid.
Which somehow seemed a bit bizarre. You have to get it on quick so it doesn’t run everywhere. I managed this and then combed it through, set to with the hair dryer and voilà .. this is the result ..
I’m pretty pleased about this. It’s cool to be able to change your hair up even when you go grey!
I still have a penchant for pink, though. I was candy floss pink last Christmas so maybe I’ll revisit some time. I loved it!
I’d love to hear from anyone in the comments who is experimenting with their grey hair and what your favourite products are too.