Ever since the lovely Louise over at Sprinkle of Glitter (I blogged about her beauty challenge here: https://bellasbits.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/bedroom-beauty-challenge-january-vivacious-vixen/ – check it out!) did a post about her Hair History, I thought what a great idea! Though mine isn’t really a history, it’s more of a story. So here goes:
Even since I was little I’ve had blonde, fluffy, frizzy wavy hair and to be perfectly honest, it’s only in the last year or two I’ve learnt how to manage it! It’s always been about boob length, with no layers making it quite heavy, but I’ve learnt how to roll with that, and I like it, so why change it?!
Here’s me way back when in 2007, at a Wedding I believe. As you can see, no product, no accessories (apart from the John Lewis red peacock thing going on..!), no nothing really. I think I just spritzed it with some hair spray and off I went. How wrong of me! I mean, it’s fine because I was only 15, but looking back it looks awful! It was around about this time my hair started to go darker and my Mum sat me down and we had the highlights talk .. and I’ve never looked back!
Gosh, how terribly natural! Aha! This is me in Kenya, Africa in 2009 whilst I was out there at a school teaching street dance to kids. Apologies for the dazed look, I discovered my love of coffee on this trip and think I was off on a caffeine high somewhere above. This is pretty much my hair, completely natural! This is what I have to work with everyday, and NOW, I think I do okay. But here’s what happened next …
Oh hey there cheeky. This is one of my MANY dance looks I’ve had over the years. I’ve had braids, the tightest plaits in the world, up dos, down dos and lots and lots of hairspray. All the hairspray from dance was seriously starting to damage my hair around this point (2009) as well, until I discovered deep conditioning hair treatments. L’Oreal do a great one for highlighted hair. You have a shower normally, shampoo your hair normally, then whack on the treatment and leave it for as long as you like really! My hair dresser told me if I wear a plastic shower cap over the treatment it works more effectively so I do that as well, cling film works just fine also. I tend to do that about once a month when I feel like my hair needs some loving.
And the girl discovered straighteners! I don’t tend to straighten my hair very much at all really, only ever usually for nights out clubbing. Every time I have a special event, it’s always curls r us over at Bella Land. I love this picture because my hair looks so shiny! As it tends to when it’s straight. I always prep it with a heat protection serum or spray, that really helps with the shine factor!
This was taken in 2010, and probably when my hair was the longest it’s ever been. It also shows my pretty signature style: curls (created with tongs) and my side parting kirby gripped to the side/up. I discovered my side parting when I was about 11, and it only ever heads central when I forget to brush it after it’s washed (usually being when I have a lot of work on). The side parting is my saviour. It makes my face look slimmer and I love all the styles you can do with it, without looking like a 5 year old: braids, plaits, even bunches!
When I discovered dip dying! I had this done in 2012 and I remember it only happened a day or two before Jessie J went public with her purple tips. Annoyed? Me?! I love dip dying with random colours because it allows you to have the freedom of a different colour without going too drastic, and it usually washes out in about 6 weeks anyway. My hair style here is literally just braided in plaits when wet the night before, then spruced with some hairspray. If in doubt, that’s what I usually go for.
And here’s me just a few weeks ago! My hair dresser persuaded me to move away from the dip dye because he thought it was a bit too blocky (and to some extent, I agree with him) and allow him to just brush casual streaks of this deep red through my hair from about half way down. And I have to say, I loved it! Definitely my favourite so far :)
So there’s my sort of hair story! The red has almost gone now and my hair is still about the same length because it grows at snails pace but I can’t wait to try some more colours! I don’t have a hair appointment til around March time now, but I’m thinking some copper streaks? What do we think guys?
What’s your Hair Story?
Love Bella x