MY HAIR JOURNEY

 Today's post is a little different, as you guys can tell from the title of this post, i'll be turning back the clock and showing you guys the different hair styles and colours i've had from my early teens to early twenties. I thought it would be a great opportunity to also let you guys know what I used to do with my hair in terms of dying it, as well as how I (tried) to keep it in a healthy condition, compared to my current hairstyle, haircare routine and colour. I'll also be telling you guys what products I've used for a long time, and which styling techniques I love....

Let's start from the beginning! The first photo from 2008 is the first time I ever dyed my hair. My natural colour is dark blonde, so I went quite a few shades darker to experiment. I got it done at my local hairdressers which back then was called Revive, and absolutely loved it! As you can see, I've had long hair for as long as I remember and kept it that way for a while! In terms of styling it back then, There wasn't really much I would to do apart from brush it!

From 2009 to 2010, I had the famous side fringe that everybody had in high school. In addition, at the beginning of year nine I decided I wanted blonde highlights, which then led to a full head of bleach not too long after. These were the years where my best friend was back-combing. I know it's terrible for your hair, but the whole bouffant look was my thing! Unfortunately I couldn't find any good photos from 2010 which really showed it, but I wore blonde extensions (the longest I could find), and wore my hair curly for a good year or so... The bad thing was I used to not brush my hair for days on end so it made these naturally thick waves. I thought they looked amazing at the time, but boy it was hard when it came to brushing my hair before showering!
In 2011, I thankfully gave up the back-combing and embraced my natural waves. I started to grow out my side fringe and wore it swept to the side. It was the year I started college, so I thought a change in hairstyle was a great idea! It was also the year that I decided I wanted to lose weight, so as you may have noticed in these photos, by 2012/13 I dropped 4 dress sizes. (You can read more about my weight loss here)
2012 was the year that probably everybody experimented with dip-dying, so what better way to experiment than to dip-dye the ends pink?! By this time, my hairdresses was now called Hype Hairdresses, yet it was under the same management. They did a great job with my hair, and this was around the time I started to love loose wavy hair, which thankfully looks great in every colour, but especially long hair!
In 2013, I got down to a size 8, and thought it was about time I had a new hair-do to match my new figure. I decided to ditch the bleach blonde hair go a very dark blonde, which was great for getting my hair condition back into good shape, but also it meant I hardly ever had to go to the hairdressers to get my roots done!
From 2014 to 2015, the bleach blonde started to creep back into my hair. At first, it came in the form of highlights, and then it went to bleached ends with a very natural blonde on the top of my head... And that brings us to 2016! I get balayage done every 3 months, I hardly ever back-comb my hair, and still love to wear it in loose waves! The Primark leave-in foam rollers are a favourite way to keep my curls looking natural yet still bouncy, or a great alternative is to section my hair into two sections and sleep in plaits.
In terms of haircare products, I use the Pantene Smooth and Sleek shampoo and conditioner three times per week, as well as occasionally rubbing argan oil in the ends of my hair and leaving it to dry for 15 minutes before using the hairdryer. Heat protection is a must, and for as long as I can remember I've used the Tresemme Heat Defence Styling Spray which also makes your hair super shiny.
For styling, I make sure I only brush my hair from tip to root when it is dry, and never when it's wet. I also only use heated products like straighteners or curlers about two times per week, and find they give a better effect on day old hair rather than freshly washed.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I know it's something a little different but I love trying new things! If there's anything else you would love to see me write about leave your ideas in the comments below!

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  1. I like and I will continue the trip, until the end...
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  2. Ah I love this retrospective of your hir! Your current ahi is still my fave though, it's so gorgeous *.*

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    1. Thanks Emily! I think my current hair is my favourite too x

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  3. I loved this post so much! I love your current hair but the 09 blond is stunning! I love that!
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    1. I'm so glad you like it! Thanks so much Stacey x

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    1. Thank you! I loved my hair when it was that long :)

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