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It’s been a crazy year for my hair. In June 2016, I decided to go blonde in some weird attempt to camouflage my grey. I’m a natural dark brunette and the grey hair was getting out of control. The result was not blonde, you guys. But more on that in a bit…
My mother took me to the salon for highlights when I was 15, and I never looked back. When I started greying prematurely, I switched from highlights to all over color, trying to keep my hair dark. Finally last year, I thought it was a good idea to transition back to highlights. I went to a stylist I knew well and left with highlights I hated. No worries, though! My receptionist was a licensed cosmetologist and assured me she could get me blonde in no time.
Smash cut to me, blonde but with my hair breaking off and falling out of my head. It was as the stylist cut 4” off my hair that I decided never to let another stylist color my hair.
Over the last 12 months, I’ve been blonde, strawberry blonde, all over grey, pink, purple, and teal. My hair has been slowly recovering, and recently I decided to go back to dark for good. Enter Schwarzkopf Keratin Color, stage left.
I’d been eyeing up Schwarzkopf Keratin Color at my Walmart for a couple months, since before I went teal. On this particular visit to Walmart, I saw a color I hadn’t noticed before. It was called Ruby Noir and part of their Luminous Blacks line. It was the exact color I’d been wanting, so I snagged a box and headed home.
ADVENTURES IN HAIR COLORING
Schwarzkopf Keratin Color is professional quality hair color at home that offers flattering colors while caring for the hair. And I have a secret to share: I only attended cosmetology school briefly, leaving when they told me I had to actually cut the client’s hair. (Color can be fixed but a bad haircut is forever! Or at least until it grows out.) Meaning, I am not at all a professional, but this color came out perfect!
Schwarzkopf included everything you need to get even, rich color. After you complete your strand test, throw on your gloves and get to gettin’!
Up first is the pretreatment. I credit this 100% for my even color. As you can see in the picture to the left, my hair was faded, uneven and had a lot of regrowth.
Then you mix 2a + 2b together and apply to your hair. While I was shaking the mixture, I lost my protective towel (which may or may not have come home with me from a hotel pool), so if you’re clumsy like me, make sure you have a shirt on that you don’t mind ruining.
Or, ya know, you could just clip your protective towel back on. But where’s the fun in that?
Once you apply the color fully, leave it sit for 30-45 minutes (I left mine on for 30) and rinse. Follow up with the included conditioning treatment. And added bonus! For my length hair, you only use about 1/4 of the tube! I still have at least three conditioning applications left.
I am obsessed with my results. The Keratin color came out so rich and even! I was really worried because I was starting with such an uneven base, but it’s beautiful!
FIVE MINUTE HAIRSTYLE – POMPY DUTCH BRAID
It was so beautiful, in fact, that after my hair dried, I filmed a tutorial. This truly is a five-minute hairstyle, and to prove it to you, I didn’t speed up my video at all. You can watch the full video below.
Step 1. Section your bang area in a U shape.
Step 2. Flip the section back and push forward to create a pompadour. If your hair is especially silky, you may want to backcomb to add body.
Step 3. Pin pompadour in place with two bobbie pins.
Step 4. Begin your Dutch braid. If you’re unfamiliar with a Dutch braid, it’s essentially a French braid but inside out. So, instead of adding pieces of hair and braiding over, you’re adding pieces and braiding under.
Step 5. Once you complete the braid all the way down, tie off. I used a clear elastic and recommend using the same if you intend to tuck the hair.
Step 6. This is completely optional, but I like to pancake my braid a bit and then tuck the hair under the Dutch braid. To pancake, just loosen the braid up a little bit. If you have short hair, be aware that loosening too much will result in random hairs poking out. Once your braid is how you like it, you’ll notice a “pocket” under the braid at the nape of your neck. This is where the end can be tucked.
Step 7. Assuming you tucked in step 6, using a single bobbie pin, secure the tuck. I insert my bobbie pin straight up into my braid, parallel with my spine.
AND THAT’S IT!
I hope you loved my five-minute hairstyle as much as I did. And if you’re looking to change up your look, I have a deal for you! Right now, Schwarzkopf Keratin Color is offering a rebate so you can get a box of dye FREE after rebate!