One thing that I have recently found myself really appreciating is a really great Salon. I’ve been dying my hair since I was 16 years old, mainly myself at home, and honestly I’ve been every (natural-coloured) hair colour except black hair. But dying your hair constantly from such a young age is incredibly damaging. And 2 weeks ago I decided that I was going to bit the bullet and go the colour I’d wanted to for years but had always been too scared to do… silver platinum. Now, as you can see from these photos, I’m not quite there yet with that colour as the colourist had to bleach out all the brown and gold tones that we’re previously in there which took 4 HOURS!! But one more colour session and I’ll be silver!
Bleach had always terrified me, I have very thick and healthy hair and I was so afraid of the dry, brittle condition that hair ends up in when massive quantities of bleach are used (I also didn’t want to end up with brassy orange toned hair like Vicky Pollard from Little Britain!). Here’s where finding an amazing salon comes in to it. Do your research and find a good one. The girl in the Mall salon who cuts your hair shorter than you wanted it because she was too busy talking about what “pretty colours my babies would be” yup that happened to me, she’s probably not someone you want Bleaching your locks!
I have been to a few different salons now in Downtown Vancouver and they were fine but never perfect. I did some research on the Web and found the salon that I now go to: Luxe Salon in Port Moody, they don’t use ammonia in any of their products, they’re friendly and bonus, they have wine on their complimentary drinks menu! But seriously, four hours in there and I could not stop smiling looking at my hair in the mirror after it was coloured!!! The best compliment I was given on instagram afterwards was that I looked “very In the Frow” huge compliment there because Victoria McGrath’s silver hair is major hair goals.
Something I learned when I went ash blonde this time was that the drugstore haircare products were simply not going to cut it. Even the sulfate free blonde hair shampoos and conditioners turned my ash hair brassy when I first got my hair coloured, which was so disheartening especially when you pay a lot for professional hair colour. So I advise you to get the purple shampoo and conditioner from the salon, they’re not just trying to make your bill larger, seriously, you’ll kick yourself after a $350 hair colour goes brassy because of the cheap drugstore hair products. I use EVO purple platinum conditioner and Milkshake silver shampoo along with a split end sealant and a leave-in protein spray for the damage and dryness.
I never bothered with a good salon and my hair always took a backseat when it came to beauty and appearance but not anymore. And if you’re in the Vancouver area and need a great salon then I recommend Luxe in Port Moody!