Hiya! So as you have probably seen from my photos, I have blonde highlights. My natural hair colour is coffee brown, almost exactly like espresso- without milk :) . Try to imagine your hair colour in edible items >.< so kawaII! As my highlights were more of a "summer" thing, I got sick of them. Fast. I've been researching on ways you can get rid off highlights. I found three methods.
1. Dye your hair all one colour. uhm damaging damaging damaging!
2. Strip away all the colour from your hair (doesn't work for bleaching)!
3. Colour mask your hair! This tints it slightly and boosts it to the colour you mask it!
I considered all three options, but in the end chose 3. I shied away from the first, because I wanted to avoid further damage to my hair and wanted a look that was not high maintenance. I did consider dying my hair its original colour but thought against it. Finding your exact shade from a bottle is quite impossible and 99% of the time, it is a different shade. When it will eventually grow out, your roots will look horrid. Next option 2 would simply not work for me, because I did bleach my hair. Also the method of soaking your hair in acids didn't appeal to me very much.... I wonder why. *facepalm.
Funny enough, I found out about "masking" your hair, when I was browsing Stockmann (Finland's Gallerie Lafayette's or Marks and Spencer or Esetan for my international folks) when I found out about this WHOLE NEW WORLD (sings the song dramatically in about 3 octaves lower).
The brand I used was KC PROFESSIONAL Colour Mask in Cacao. Basically it is a "Tinting and Reconstructive Treatment for Color Treated Hair". It brightens and adds life to your original hair colour (whether real or "fake") whilst deeply conditioning it. If theres one reason you should try this product if that it makes your hair feel HEAVEN. LY. I'm serious. My hair feels soooo soft and smooth. Below I've copy and pasted (guilt as charged) the tint that's suited for you depending on the colour you want and your hair colour. But that no way means you have to follow it. If you want a tint of ginger to your hair, go ahead girl use curry! And may I just say how awesome the name curry is? I mean girl, its v. v. cool.
Cacao: For brown hair
Coffee: For dark brown and black hair
Honey: For blond hair
Silver: For blond and grey hair
Curry: For intense copper hair
Pepper: For red hair
Plum: For violet and cool toned red hair
Mandarin: For warm blond hair
Caramel: For blond and light brown hair
Latte: For light and light brown hair
Vanilla: For light hair
Toffee:For light brown hair
Black: For dark brown and black hair
So I bought the colour Cacao as I wanted to darken my highlights and even out my hair (which had about 3 different dyes in it from previous years). And it did even out my hair tremendously and darken the highlights! My hair is all around espresso colour now with toffee coloured highlights :) . I mean I'm a walking dessert baby ;) . Lol.
I've inserted a couple of dodgy pics on my new hair. Despite my hair being a mess and quite greasy, I hope you can see the colour well. I really like it. >.< a lot. And as you can see on the second pic, I have a fringe now :) A small one.
lots of hugs,
ps. I know, i know I've been quite irregular with my posts and it's suppossed to be on the weekend. But things do get in the way. And I'm working on it :) Please be patient.