New Hair For AutumnThursday, September 15, 2016
Like most basic girls, I'm all about that lighter hair in the Spring/Summer and darker hair for Autumn/Winter. Let me just grab my pumpkin spice latte and we'll talk more. Nah I'm just kidding, and remember like I've said before, there's nothing wrong with being basic okay? Anyway, I've been on the lighter side of brunette for a little while now, with my first experience of baylage in March 2015, I've had lighter bits in my hair since. However, recently, I've been craving a little change, and with of course September now being here, I was ready to trade my faded, a little brassy blonde ends for something a bit warmer, richer and darker.
Of course this has nothing to do with the fact that I kinda want to be Kendall Jenner too ;)
I visited the seanhanna salon in Putney to have an Autumn hair refresh, which is just a short train ride out of Central London. I had my hair done by Lloyd, who is one of the country's top hair colourists, and I felt totally at comfort and ease as soon as I stepped into the ultra modern salon. I usually hate hairdressers, I find them scary for some reason haha, but Lloyd was so friendly and took the time to talk to me about what I wanted which was really nice. I'd decided I wanted to go darker, and took my Pinterest board (which you can see here) rammed full of inspiration pictures.
The salon was really lovely and modern, it had amazing lighting which made a change as usually I sit in the chair at hairdressers and think 'is that my actual face? Have I always been hideous?' and was given a drink and biscuit straight away. It also wasn't too open either, so I felt quite comfortable and not too exposed cause I hate having my hair done right in the window! We decided to go dark and rich with my hair, Lloyd said he wanted to add a few different tones to give my hair a different dimension and I was quite happy to let him do his thing.
He first of all added a pre colour to my ends as he said because they were blonde, they'd need a two step process. This was added for about 20 minutes before rinsing off, drying my hair and then adding the colour. Lloyd added a gloss colour called Chocolate biscuit and some mahogany tones which has given my hair a slight warm plum tone in the sun which is so perfect for Autumn/Winter. This was blended using their colour melt technique by using different tones. He also mixed this with Smartbond which is L'oreal's version of Olaplex. This meant that my hair would be healthy and soft although being dyed. Lloyd used a Demi dye which is in between a semi and permanent hair dye, he told me that you should always go for a semi or demi as permanent stays around for a long time and you don't actually need that. He said you should pop in to get your hair refreshed every 6-8 weeks, and that should keep you going.
After about 30 minutes, it was time to rinse out my hair, then Lloyd treated my hair to a hair treatment which would ensure my hair would be left shiny and soft. I couldn't believe how shiny my hair looked, I could practically see my face in it. My hair had felt dry and dull before, so I couldn't believe the difference.
Cut wise, he took a couple of inches off and gave me some long layers which I'm so happy with. This is the perfect length for me, long but not too long. My hair was way too long before and I was struggling with the upkeep of it. Maybe one day I'll be brave and go shorter, but I was super happy with how un scissor happy Lloyd was, as that's always a worry with new hairdressers!
My hair was dark and rich, and once Lloyd blow dried and then curled it with the ghd Curve tongs, I couldn't believe it was my hair. It felt amazing and looked so healthy. So many people have said how shiny and healthy it looks so that's really good! It's taken me a little while to get used to having really dark hair again, but I think it's perfect for this time of year, and it brings out my eyes a little more?
So until Spring next year probably, I think I'm going to keep with the dark hair, I'd missed that shine that you get from having dark hair, and it kinda makes me feel a little more like Rachel Zane from Suits and her hair is amazing so you know.
A big thank you to Lloyd and seanhanna salons for the lovely experience and my new hair, the cut and colour was complimentary but as always my reviews are honest. I would totally recommend the salon if you do fancy changing up your colour, they are also amazing at baylage, so I think I will be heading there next summer probably when I do my usual ' I wanna go light for summer!' But yeah a huge thank you, and cannot recommend Lloyd and Seanhanna enough :)
Are you changing your hair up for Autumn?