Dyeing My Hair “Dirty Pink”

At the start of Summer, I had some weird roll-on blusher that was just sitting there, all lonely and unused at the bottom of my make-up draw. I never wear blusher, so instead of it going to waste I used it in my hair – naturally.

Here’s the result of my boredom induced blusher experiment – I absolutely loved the colour!

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This month I decided to dye my hair pink for real using L’Oréal Colorista in the colour Dirty Pink, I also used the Bleach London Rose shampoo!

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My hair was in desperate need of a good wash, so before getting started I used the Bleach London shampoo in the hope it might give me a subtle pink base to work with. I applied this like a normal shampoo and left it for a couple of minutes before rinsing. When I dried my hair I was pleasantly surprised, it had left a slight rosy tint – more so than I was expecting!

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I then moved on to the dirty pink Colorista hair dye, which is semi-permanent and washes out gradually within 1-2 weeks. The instructions were very straight forward and there were options for full head, Ombre and highlights depending on which look you wanted to go for – I went for full head.

The thing I loved about the dye was that there was no need for mixing or shaking, you just squeeze it out and get cracking! My hair is quite thick, so I bought two boxes and ended up using every last drop, so if you have long or thick hair I recommend getting more than one box– you can get them on offer for buy one get one half price at Superdrug at the moment!

The instructions say to apply the dye 2 fingers away from the roots. But I quickly whacked it on all over because I’m not about that life.

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After making sure it was all covered I left the dye on for around 25 minutes. Rinsing the product out was a dream! It’s also a hair mask, so there is no need for shampoo or conditioner, just rinse until the water run clears and you’re good to go!

I dried my hair and it felt so soft! The colour was nice but had really taken to my roots more than the rest – I probably should have followed the instructions, you live and you learn!

Here’s the results of day 1 – The colour was lovely but a little brighter than I was expecting.

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The next day I decided the colour wasn’t quite right for me, and the areas that were brighter on my roots were distracting. So, I scrubbed my roots with shampoo and rinsed my hair to try and fade it. I then applied my trusty Bleach London rose shampoo again, only this time I treated it like a toner, leaving it in for 20 minutes before rinsing.

Afterwards I dried off and my hair was the exact colour I was originally hoping for, hallelujah! Plus, my roots were no longer patchy which was a massive bonus!

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So, would I do this again? 100% – I love having pink hair, it makes me feel like a sassier version of myself!

Although next time I think I’ll use the Bleach London hair dye rather than L’Oréal Colorista, because after seeing how well the shampoo worked for me I really rate their products!

Now I’m just holding out on washing my hair so the pink lasts longer, how long you can get away with using dry shampoo before it’s seen as gross? Asking for a friend…

If any of you have used similar products, please let me know your recommendations for achieving the perfect pink hair! Next time I’ll be good and follow all the instructions!

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Nicole x

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, hello there!

Picture this:

Wood shavings everywhere, paint all over my skin, and a little on the desk I was attempting to resurrect. Suddenly, amongst this mess I was making, I felt a sense of calm and a feeling of achievement. I was literally just painting a table… funny how silly little things can have such an effect on you!

You see, in the weeks leading up to this moment I was feeling very down. We all have those weeks, right? I didn’t want to do anything, and I was feeling very antisocial, which was showing when spending time with friends and family. Whilst sitting in my room feeling sorry for myself, I was staring at my dressing table. I bloody hated that thing, and I had been putting off fixing it for weeks. I decided I needed to get myself out of this weird funk and began working on making my desk less of an eyesore.

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I was proud after forcing myself out of that negative mindset, and I had something to show for it too! Because I was feeling happier, my mind subconsciously started looking at ways to get that feeling in other aspects of my life, which began a ripple effect. That week I had some important conversations with people I had been putting off, which led to positive results, and I reconnected with a friend I had lost touch with for almost 7 years!

I wrote about this little change in mindset on Instagram, it was the first time I had ever put anything particularly personal on my feed, but I felt an urge to share and see if anyone could relate.

I had such a positive response! Some friends reached out privately, and others told me how “they really needed to hear something like that today” or how “they were feeling inspired” and “were going to take a leaf out of my book”.

I mean, wow.

It felt great knowing how this little project had helped me, but it felt even better knowing that writing about it had helped others too.

So, in a nutshell I guess that’s what inspired me to start this blog. If even a shred of what I write is relatable or helps someone else in their life, then it has served its purpose!

Now would probably be a good time for an introduction so… Hello! I’m Nicole.

By day I am a 25-year-old personal assistant/carer and by night I am a human sloth who resides in Essex. I have plans for this blog to be lifestyle related, with a few stories thrown in of me embarrassing myself. Trust me, that happens a lot more than I care to admit!

Until next time, thanks so much for stopping by! I can’t wait to begin this new chapter in my notebook, and for you guys to come along with me!

Nicole x

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