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Friday, 28 October 2016

How I Got And Maintain Copper Hair

This year, I finally got my hair the shade I'd been trying to get it for months; fiery but natural copper aka ginger. In fact, a lot of people think that it's my natural colour if they don't know otherwise and although I do now sometimes get mistaken for Karl's younger sister rather than his girlfriend (lol), I absolutely love the shade it is now. However, it is notoriously difficult to get this kind of colour if you aren't going copper from a light blonde hence why it took me so long to get here so I thought I'd share my full "hair story" with you, including how I got this colour and how I maintain it without damaging my hair.

November 2014 was when my long journey to copper hair began. Any long-time readers may remember my good ol' blonde mop from the time I used to take outfit photos in my back garden and in a little forest because I didn't dare take photos in front of people! When I first dyed my hair darker, I didn't go for copper and went for what was supposed to be a deep brown. However, it didn't suit me, it was out immediately and I was left with dull, grey-looking hair that I hated. I was terrified of permanent home dyes in case I did it wrong so for the next year, I tried semi-permanent dye after semi-permanent dye in an attempt to get my hair ginger and it simply did not work. The best I got was a kind of coppery brown which was really nice but it wasn't what I wanted (it was with the Casting Creme Gloss in Chestnut Honey if anyone wants that kind of shade) and I finally accepted that I was going to have to have a pricey trip to the hairdressers.

Unless you're very good at hair, you will not get this kind of colour at home yourself without bleaching it, especially the first time you're dying it. I went to a new salon for me in my local area (Empire Hair & Beauty if any locals are reading) and asked them for advice and the stylist advised I get my hair stripped, something which I knew I would have to do. The colour was stripped from my hair, washed out, a coppery dye put on, washed off and that was the first step. It took a few more trips to get the reddish brown colours out but we got there in the end and I was eventually happy with the colour. However, because the upkeep of copper hair is so difficult, taking a trip to the hairdressers every 3 weeks would just be absurd so I knew I needed to find a home dye I'd fall in love with and thankfully, Schwarzkopf Live XXL answered my prayers. 

Apart from the trip to Blue Tit London last month to get my hair done, I've only been using the Live XXL Dye in Mango and it is insanely good. It's not red at all and manages to look natural but vibrant and considering how low the price is, it's a pretty good deal. I'll tell you as well that I suck at doing hair so if I can apply it well, so can you! 

Anyway, dying it is the easy part. It's the upkeep that can be tough if you don't want to be colouring it every three weeks. I've discovered certain saviours for my copper hair and these are products that for me have genuinely worked. 

Undoubtedly, my favourite copper hair product has got to be this hair mask from the Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Range. These products, which come in five different shades if you're looking for another colour, are temporary hair colourants meaning that you can either use them to keep your colour topped up or you can try out a new hair colour without the commitment as they wash out in around 5 washes. Again, like with the Live XXL dye, what I love about this is that it isn't red in the slightest and it really adds the warmth and the shine back into my hair and it makes it feel absolutely amazing afterwards. There are no nasties in these masks either (such as ammonia or parabens)

I also use the Christophe Robin Wheat Germ Mask, a product which prevents colour from washing out due to it's acid pH. I've been using it a couple of times a week and my hair feels absolutely incredible afterwards whilst also keeping my copper colour vibrant. You are also supposed to use the shampoo with it for even better results but I haven't actually got the shampoo and I've never tried it but I know that the mask is brilliant alone so I can only imagine it teamed with the shampoo. 


Another mask I use to put some life back into my hair is the Manuka Doctor Restorative Hair Mask. This brand has fast become a favourite of mine after I tried them for the first time a few months back and this mask is brilliant and really makes my hair feel so soft and shiny. It contains Manuka Honey, manuka oil and abyssinian oil and I'm obsessed with not only the way it makes my hair feel but the way it makes it smell - it is divine. I'm actually almost out of this now because I've been using it whenever my hair has been feeling a bit "meh" so I think
a trip to get a new one is needed!

When my hair is dry, I use the Aveda Damage Remedy Split End Repair which is amazing. I'm actually also trying to grow my hair after my few months of madness last year where I chopped it off to my chin. I thought I was going to look like Lucy Hale and I just looked like a potato. Anyway, the ends of my hair can get quite damaged as I use my straighteners on them quite a lot and with dying it regularly, they can get so dry. The Split End Repair protects against environmental, chemical, heat and physical damage so it's a quadruple whammy (if that's even a thing) and the Nangai Oil helps to draw split ends back together. My hair has grown so much since I started using this and it's just looked a lot healthier so something like this is essential for keeping hair healthy. 

Together these products make my hair look and feel absolutely amazing and they're how I've kept in such good condition. Other than these, I brush my hair with a Tangle Teezer and I also style it using surf spray and there we have it!

Amy x


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  1. Your hair is such a pretty colour, I might have to steal the idea and do it myself hehe


  2. I LOVED Chesnut Honey Casting Creme but I simply can't find it anymore. They introduced a shade called Cinnamon which was similar, but that isn't easy to find either. I like the brown-with-a-hint-of-ginger look best on me, but you definitely suit fully copper! x

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