Haircare / Styling

My Hair – the story so far. What do you think?

I get tonnes of questions about my hair – the colour, the cut, the extensions etc. so here is all the details. My mum colours my hair and my dad styles it so I have checked all the details with them.

My hair is naturally about a 7 on the colour scale (see chart below).

Saying goodbye to Mahogany

I had a nightmare of a time stripping the Mahogany dye out of my hair earlier this year.  I don’t recommend blondes to go dark on a whim, the blonde regrowth looks ridiculous and the maintenance costs a fortune. One would think you could just add more mahogany in every time your roots show, not exactly – this means your hair just gets darker and darker from colour build up.

I did love the colour but it was a huge amount of upkeep for a blonde. If I was a natural brunette it would have been much easier to maintain. I used Clairol Nice & Easy Mahogany Red. Like any colour, fading is the devil!

I hated my hair during the colour fading time. I was washing my hair a few times a day to try and wash out the Semi-Permanent dye. Finally my hair resembled it’s initial colour but it the dye did bond with  a few sections of my hair. My mum had to highlight these to lift out the red tinge. I was a funny shade of orange for a few weeks.

I had to use every deep conditioner I could get my hands on for a month or so.

At this stage and before the red hair I used to clip in extensions from time to time. My hair has been very fine since last year when I lost quite a lot of my hair,close to half. It’s growing back now.

My colour now

My mum left my base colour alone and then added a few highlights and lowlights through the T Bar (top layer only).

She adds highlights and lowlights about 4 times a year – mostly during the Winter as my hair lift to a very fair shade naturally during the Summer).

She highlights with a professional colour 8-9 and lowlights with a 6-7. She takes very fine weavings of hair to avoid a stripy look. It just looks like my hair is multi-tonal.

My cut

My dad is an amazing stylist He often razors the ends of my layers, which I love. He really considers facial features before giving me the cut I ask for. Usually I ask for long layers and a trim. I haven’t been having too many cuts lately since I have the extensions in.

Hair Extensions

You probably know by now that I had semi-permanent hair extensions put in during the Summer at Contours of Mind salon. I love them! They’re starting to grow out at the moment and are due to be removed. You can see the bonds growing out a little…

I think I’ll give my hair a little rest for a few months before having them put in again.

Hair Care

At the moment I’m using Yes to Carrots shampoo and conditioner. I spray a little Tigi S Factor into the roots for some volume. I also love Pureology shampoo and conditioner. I have been taking a more natural approach to hair products lately.

Styling & Tools

I dry my hair with a salon style dryer (thank you Mammy). I used to let my hair dry naturally but it looks a little crazy with the extensions. I point the nozzle down the hair shaft and use a large round brush, rotating all the way down. Occasionally I use a hair straighteners on the top layer but I don’t have a good one at the moment. I’m using Corioliss – hate it! Here’s a picture so you know what to avoid!

It was a waste of €100! I recently bought a Babyliss wand and love it (video tutorial coming soon).

What does the future hold for my hair?

Unfortunately it’s time for the extensions to be removed. I’m feeling the need for a bit of a change. I’m tempted to have a little cut, I would feel much healthier and I need a bit of a change. It’s boring having the same hair all of the time. What do you think?

What do you use on your hair? Should I get a little hair cut?


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  • Lydia

    I think you should go for the chop! Into that messy bob you just posted. It’s long enough to not feel like you’re missing loads of hair, but short enough to look like a change. Nice balance me thinks.
    I found the hair chart very interesting, I am naturally a very ashy brown that doesn’t seem to fit in with anything on the chart. I used to be about a shade 7 up untill I was about 11 years old though – I envy you so much for your natural colour staying light! xxx

  • Lyndsey

    I am currently changing my hair – with the help of my colourist every 6 weeks – from a dark brown to blonde. I am currently at the gingery/auburn stage – which doesn’t look great, but I didn’t want to wreck the condition of my hair by sticking loads of bleach in it.
    I am naturally a 4 on the colour chart and loved being a brunette, however, the grey hairs have been a complete ‘mare poking through 2-3 weeks after my colour. Each time I ended up looking like I had a silver halo against the darkness of my hair colour – not a good look!
    I have fine hair buts lots of it, and take care of it by using the Pureology purifying shampoo once a week followed by the Joico k-pak hair treatment. I only wash it and use heat on it every other day. I find taking a supplement helps my hair grow at a fast rate and keeps it strong and glossy too. As for cut’s, I get it snipped every 12 weeks, as I find by not using a lot of heat I don’t get many split ends, so it is purely to keep it in shape.
    If I was brave enough I would love to get an elfin cut like Emma Watson or Frankie from the Saturdays style – would you go for something like that maybe Amy?? I think your style and colour now suit you really well, but I am know how it feels when you get twitchy with your look and want something new!

    • katie

      I just cut all my hair off and its the best thing i have done in so long, seriously it boosts my confidence it goes with everything i wear i get complements all the time and i really really love it if you want to see it go to my youtube katiiee3000 :) do it is my opinion just go for it.

  • Kristin

    I’ve always thought your hair should be in a bob. I think it would look really nice. As for coloring where to begin. I went blond this summer which over my redish hair came out a lovely color but I knew I didn’t want it going into fall and ultimately I let it grow out some before deciding to go Brown. I actually really liked the color it came out but it’s faded now some and I have roots but they blend in nice enough least better then when I had the blond. I think up next for me will be more brown and then I’m thinking of doing some hot pink highlights on the under layers so when I swish my hair little bits poke out. Or I might just keep it brown through winter by itself. Haven’t decided.

  • Joanna

    Many thanks for this post! I really love your present colour and I think you should leave them like that. Gorgeous!!! But we blondes like to dye or hair to darker shades. There’s something in it. I’m a medium blonde, but 2 weeks ago I changed my colour to a dark blonde using L’oreal Excell 10 for the first time. I’m loving it! It’s fading now, though, but it was worth a try. I was a dark brown once, but just like you had trouble getting rid of the ugly, faded colour, which after weeks became orangey-red. So I wouldn’t recommend for all blondes out there to dye their hair to such dark tones. And the dark blonde is not bad. It looks natural when it’s fading. And then I’m thinking of doing some highlights and low lights, similar to yours, cause they just look amazing!!!

  • Tracey

    Yeah I finally changed my blonde hair today!!! Ive always been blonde and coming up to 30 in 3 weeks I wanted a change. I was passing the local hairdressers, which just opened last week and saw a sign for colour 25 euro!!! I went in and asked her how dark i could go. I went for “Purple”, but in fact she mixed that into a dark chocolate brown colour. I absolutely love it. Its kinda Katy Perry-ish…and it still works with my blue eyes. I just have to get the 1940s pin up look right to pull it off. I think its an excuse to depot some MAC products and get a Hot Fuschia Pink lipstick tomorrow and some new black liquid liner tomorrow!!!

  • robyn

    Thanks so much for the hair post! I will admit i am one of the ones that is interested in your hair. I have very fine hair as well and have recently started dyeing my hair red. I used to have red/auburn hair when i was a tike but as i grew older and was outside alot my hair became this light brown/dark blonde. but i loved my red hair and wanted it back…plus i’ve always thought of myself as a sassy redhead :)

    i’m in between a 3 & 4 and shoot for a rich auburn but am thinking of lightening up…this is helpful!

  • Mise

    I’ve never seen the colour chart before Amy. My natural colour is somewhere between a 2 and a 3. I put in a reddish colour about a month ago, but it faded very quickly, and I’m a light brown now. I want to get it back closer to my natural colour now, but don’t know whether to go medium brown or dark brown. I don’t want it to end up black. Had a BAD experience with black hair dye before!

  • Becky

    I’ve got red/auburn/orange/gold/ginger/copper-y hair (I never really know what colour to call it). It’s thick and fine at the same time, somehow, and if I don’t take care of it it turns into a frizzy mess. It’s curly so I always have long layers cut into it and I never cut it too short cos my face is really round, and now I’ve grown it about as long as it’ll go (half way down my back) it doesn’t really go curly anymore without help, it’s now more wavy. I don’t know which way I prefer it to be honest, but the way it is now if I wash it every other evening then put it in bendy rollers, pincurls or a twisted bun overnight I wake up with wavy/curly hair in the morning, so it’s a lot easier than the way I used to have to do my hair to get it in a hairstyle! Plus, it gives me more time in the morning.

    I take care of my hair cos it’s so long and fine. Not using heat except on special occasions helps (when I blow dry, diffuse dry into curls, use curling tongs or hair straighteners), and letting it dry naturally (albeit tied up in some way so it can’t just do what it likes). I use Aussie Miracle Moist shampoo and conditioner even though i don’t have dry hair, just to help, and once or twice a week I use one of the Aussie hair masks. I’ve got the long hair one at the moment, and the 3 minute miracle rescue stuff is phenomenal, makes your hair SO soft and healthy feeling. Have you tried that btw? Then John Frieda Frizz Ease when it’s wet, and curl cream to finish once it’s dry.

    And for your hair, I say go short for a bit! It’s always fun to swish short hair about, it will feel so much healthier and bouncier, and with hair stylists for parents you can’t really go wrong can you?! :D

  • Saoirse

    Heya, I really love your hair, especially since you’ve gone back to blonde.
    I’m naturally blonde and dyed my hair extremely blonde two Christmases ago. Since then it’s been purple which eventually had to be bleached back to blonde professionally.
    It’s now the lightest shade it can go, almost white. I love it but it’s very prone to breakage.

    I use the Redken Extreme range on it now and there has DEFINITELY been an improvement. I always notice a difference in quality when I use a drugstore brand on it. It gets very fuzzy and dry. I like you have fine hair so I try try to bleach it as little as possible and no longer use any heat on it.

    I find when I eat healthy my hair seems healthier too!

    When my hair got very thin I cut a good bit off it, to just past my chin. It helped thicken it and make it healthier, it’s much less prone to split ends now, and that was back in April when I got it cut.

    I do think that a cut could be good for your hair, and also fun! Maybe trying a new style would help improve it’s quality and health depending on the length removed!
    The only downside to that is waiting for it to grow out if you end up not liking it..

    I personally think shorter hair looks very stylish though!

    Good luck!!! :D

  • Dana

    I have naturally auburn hair. I recently bought a home hair dye kit and lifted the color. It now looks like a medium cool blond color with still hints of red. I would say that if you’re a lady who has any natural red tints to your hair, it’s going to be extremely hard to change (unless you want to go extremely darker). Getting high lights is OK but the overall effect will be still be reddish. A lot of times the blond washes out too with at home hair coloring. However, if you dont want to pay a fortune at the hair dressers’ than I think blox hair dye is a good idea and single process is fine. Honestly, the thing i hate about hair dying is the roots that keep coming through!

  • Nikki

    I have long dark brown hair with natural redish/blonde highlights – I never dye my hair !! I use Aussie and Bed Head styling treatments, I use the coolest Dynamica Diva salon dryer its cerise pink and GHD’s if I fancy the poker straight look norm I just let it dry naturally and it works fine for me, I do get trims every 3m or so too to keep the shape etc…. I saw that straightener in the Cara Aer Lingus in-flight cat for €20 !!

  • Aoife Oneill

    Hiyaa Amy, im 15 and my hair is really dark, its probally a 1.5 on your scale, it looks black, but the ends of my hair is more lighter, anyway, my hair is dark, thick and wavy but i am getting tired of having really dark wavy hair, do you think i should dye it or leave it alone? My hair is really healthy to and i dont wanna damage it :Phahaha

  • Boo

    Aghh hair I’ve bein bright red ,blonde ,pink ,brown all in the space of a year I’m a hair dresser n sumtimes to much knowledge is a bad thing the blonde broke my hair leavin me with little bits at the back :( my hair grows so fast I’d have root in 1-2 weeks :( I’ve now died my hair bck brown my natural to give it a break n use sulfate free shampoo all the time as sulfates break down the hair over time leadin to hair loss believe me it’s true !! I’ve fine hair that was cummin out in clumps all caused by sulfates :( it shud be banned !!!! ….. I love your hair Amy it is gorgeous :) good blog for anyone into hair or hair science is killer strands the info is great on it :) xx happy hair days ppl :)

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