If there is one part of my body that gets badly treated, it’s my hair. It’s also the one feature I am most proud of and love. I know it sounds weird to put these two statements together, but hear me out. I was born with stick straight hair in a rich dark brown/black shade. I have teased, coloured, curled and bleached my hair since high school. Now all of this sounds pretty harsh, but I’ve never taken any shortcuts in making sure I use the right products to keep my best feature in check.
I went through a phase where I was longing to sport a long silvery mane. This phase went on for over a year and a half until I started noticing actual grey coloured hair creeping out of my roots. Colouring my hair is my favourite thing to do, but seeing my hair turn into a colour that I would usually get from a tube was not!
If there is one thing my life that is lacking, it’s time. I haven’t found time for the last several months to visit a salon to get a haircut, let alone a session to hide my grey. So when I was introduced to Schwarzkopf, I am sure you noticed a change in my Instagram stories and photographs. Think bye bye grey….
I basically survived using the Schwarzkopf Root Retoucher for a few weeks until I found some time to try Schwarzkopf Keratin Color with K-Bond-Plex technology to get salon-quality results at home! I usually shy away from box colours because I’m loyal to my hair colour guy, but after taking the plunge and trying Schwarzkopf Keratin Color in 3 easy steps, I was pleasantly surprised by the colour results and texture of my hair!
I remember the last time I used a box colour, it was over two years ago (I know because my hair colourist sent me an Instagram message pointing out my betrayal >_<). I remember how strong the odour was coming from the bottle when I mixed the peroxide and colour cream and how dry my hair felt afterwards. What stuck with me the most was how weak my hair felt and how my strands were so prone to breakage. Fast forward to last month when I coloured my hair using Schwarzkopf Keratin Color with cutting-edge anti-breakage technology, and I instantly recognized the difference between this product and traditional box colours.
For starters, unlike most at-home kits, Schwarzkopf Keratin Color helps you colour your hair in three easy steps, including a pre-colour serum to ensure even colour results (even on my normally dry ends). The main thing I noticed after colouring was the texture of my hair — it felt strong and healthy, from root to tip. Not only did I say bye-bye to my ugly grey patch, I also didn’t have to worry about my hair falling apart and breaking on me thanks to Schwarzkopf’s K-Bond-Plex conditioner with anti-breakage technology. Admittedly, my hair looked and felt amazing from using this box colour.
For my colour, I wanted something dark and rich — and if you follow me on social media, you know I have a weakness for coffee. What you don’t know is that I have an even bigger weakness for espresso. Espresso will never make it into my Instagram feed because you really can’t take a pretty picture of a cup of espresso (trust me, I’ve tried…flat-white is the way to go). So what better way to bring my favourite beverage into my feed than selecting a colour that will transform my hair into my favorite concoction? Just kidding, I chose the shade Espresso (3.0) because I can’t remember what I looked like with my natural hair colour and my style has shifted to selecting pieces that are classic and effortless.
I love the shade I chose — it was fresh and perfect for the late spring season. I’ve noticed a huge change in what I’m drawn to when it comes to style (you will see this in the coming days and weeks), and this has made me reassess my life (mostly my finances) and see how far I’ve come from the girl who spent hundreds of dollars for a salon colour visit to now using box that gives me fabulous salon results at home (and cost me less than $16!!). I can use the savings to upgrade my espresso machine! I am absolutely in love with the coverage (no greys!) and how it’s formulated with keratin to keep my hair feeling healthy, soft, and shiny.
How did I maintain my new colour? I was skeptical about swapping my salon shampoo and conditioner for a drugstore brand…but at under $10, what would be the harm of trying it out, especially when the brand has already given me amazing results in hair colour. So I started using the GLISS Hair Repair Color Guard line by Schwarzkopf (shampoo + conditioner) after colouring my hair. GLISS has liquid keratin to help repair and protect my hair, and it’s been the perfect complement to help me maintain my colour and give my locks that extra dose of shine I wanted. I’m admittedly in love with the results, so I also started using the GLISS Color Guard Express Repair Conditioner to help maintain the longevity of my colour (up to 12 weeks!) and get that shine I associate with salon hair. GLISS Color Guard also contains UV filters to protect colour from fading, and this came in handy on our recent trip to the Bahamas!
It’s been over a month since I coloured my hair at home and yes, even though my colour is vibrant and lasting, my grey patch is starting to creep back in at the roots…it’s time to sign off and go find my Root Retoucher!
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Schwarzkopf but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Photography by Tyler Dillman