Get your hair glowing

I recently had the opportunity to try out some new hair products, and here’s my experience!

Up until this point I had never owned or purchased any of Clairol’s products. I was REALLY excited to give the new Color Crave line a go, and I’m happy to say I came out of this experience feeling pretty great about the brand.

In the mail I received two products for free, courtesy of Influenster. First up is the less hands-on color applicator, the brilliant amethyst hair makeup.

“Hair Makeup” is seriously such a perfect name for the product. I’m a big fan of the easy-to-use sponge applicator, and the colour I picked, brilliant amethyst, is just SO gorgeous. After applying it I seriously wished it was permanent.

If you have tons of thick, dark hair like I do, it’s going to take some time to apply enough to cover the strands you want covered, as well as enough to get the colour payoff you want. This step can feel tedious, but it’s well worth it. It’s easier to braid or style your hair first, and then apply the product directly to a braid/specific strands.

I also figured out some tips to maximize the intensity of the colour you’re applying, without having to re-do the same strands over again.

First tip! Use a diffuser when you’re blowdrying to set the colour. It will stop you from turning your hair into a tangled, frizzy mess that when you comb it out, actually removes a little bit of colour from your hair. It also lets you manage applying heat a little better to your strands, and you’ll be able to more easily see when your coloured hair is dry.

Secondly, after colouring and blow drying your hair, you might find it’s a little “crusty” to the touch. To get back it’s orignal softness, take a wide-toothed comb and run it gently through your ends 2-3 times. If you use a regular brush, or a many toothed comb, you’ll find that a little bit of the colour comes off.

Even with dark hair I can say I’m impressed with how this looks and how long lasting it is. The brilliant amethyst is beyond pretty. ❤️ Check it out for yourself, it’s available at Walmart and many other places!

Next up is the Color Crave semipermanent color, which I got in ‘scarlet’. If you have ZERO experience colouring your own hair, I would definitely recommend watching some tutorials or reading a little bit more about colouring techniques before you try it out on your own for the best results. My ends have been preciously dyed lighter more than a year ago, so it was the perfect time to try out something a little more bold. The instructions that come with the kit were more than enough to get me going, and I imagine a total beginner would figure it out pretty fast too.

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BIG fan of the result. The red colour that this product gives is simply sooo beautiful. The next day after taking the above picture, I immediately went back and applied more to more sections of my hair.

I was initially a little disappointed that the brilliance didn’t last 15+ washes, but I did adore the rose-gold color that my hair was fading too as the color washed out more and more. I know it’s guaranteed 15 washes, so I feel like I should be more annoyed by this, but the color it was fading to was just SO pretty that I can’t even bother with be mad.

Next time I get my hair dyed, I do plan on dragging myself into a salon. But if I ever got the urge to do another dye job at home, I would totally purchase this again. Don’t hesitate to go to town on the color if you decide to check this out for yourself, it really is beautiful!

My tips for hair and lashes

I want Carrie Underwood’s hair. Perfect curls and shine for daaays...Speaking of curls, curling your hair isn’t too hard if you own decent curling iron. But shine is something that some people struggle with, and its not always something that you can just buy. I’ve  gotten compliments before from random people on how shiny my hair is, so I’ll share my techniques for achieving that healthy Pantene commercial shine.

If you can stand it, rinse it in cold water. It’s really not the most pleasant end to a bath or shower, but it adds instant shine to your hair. 

Tip number 2! Keep up on your vitamins. It really helps that new hair growing in to stay shiner and strong. 



 

Now I want to talk eyelashes.

 

I think we’ve all owned that horrible eyelash curler before. The one that takes 10 tries before you’ve actually managed to get some curl? Yeah, I know I have. Lots. But if you’re unable to go out and buy another, and need a quick ASAP fix, just get out your ol’ straightener, preferably one that heats up to hot temperatures quickly. I use the BaByliss Nano Titanium straightener at home. (P.s. It’s one the best straighteners I’ve owned. Professional salons use this brand, and for good reason!)

So take that eyelash curler, and heat up the “head” by clamping it in between the straightener. Right now I am using the Revlon Extra Curl Lash Curler. I do not recommend it, it takes plenty of extra effort to get a decent curl. It’s straight-up shitty. One of the worst eyelash curlers I’ve owned.

My straightener is typically set to 390º F. I have the eyelash curler clamped in between the plates for 10 seconds or less, wait a moment, and then gently touch it to the area underneath my eye. Gently. Be cautious. You don’t want to burn yourself in this area, trust me.

And then, I simply curl my eyelashes normally. The heat causes the eyelash curler to act as a mini curling iron, and so there you have it.! Be careful not to overdo it though, or you may “kink” your eyelashes, which looks awful.

Ciao, Shavonne.

Done!

Edited.

And here is the result! I’ve touched up the photo of the girl in the last post, you can see a dramatic difference in her smile, and around her eyes. Her hair is also a tinge more red, and her skin tone is more flattering.

This is fun.

(P.s. Click the photo for a more clear version.)