Over the weekend Adam and I were busy. We made some great progress on more house projects that we’ll be sharing this week. And he was sweet enough to work on painting and taping so I could go and get my quarterly salon time in. Breaking news: my natural blonde has been getting darker over the years, so I’ve been lightening it. Otherwise it would not be this awesome, it would be dirty blond. And let’s be real, I am not a dirty blonde.
Here are a few before shots to show y’all where I’m going with this.
Bye bye roots. Hello nice neat trim.
Say what? Where did all that frizz come from? When I left the salon, it was not with the sleek, blown out head of hair I normally leave with. In Philly, stylists seem to like giving you a light blow dry then going to town with a straightener. That doesn’t work for my super-fine hair, so I prefer an old-school blow out. It’s easy to see that my stylist and I had a couple of communication issues (I’ll be going back this week to sort out the splotchy, dirty roots I left with.).
Enter my new BFFs: honey and olive oil. I knew I needed to do something to try and see how much damage was actually done at the salon and try to repair pronto. So I slathered on about 1/3 cup honey with 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.
Then I decided it was a good idea to do some painting while my homemade mask settled in for about an hour. Thank goodness I thought to put on a shower cap, I bumped into an air duct and would have gotten my hair covered in grossness.
The olive oil made the honey a little drippy. Ok, a lot drippy. It got everywhere. So while I was painting, I was also trying to keep honey off my face and off my floor cloth! There were paper towels everywhere. But my floor cloth is in great shape (aside from the few miniature paint drips).
Finally all done and time to rinse! I followed up with a sulfate-free shampoo for color-treated hair from L’Oreal and a solid conditioning with some intense repair from John Freida. Then a Redkin leave-in conditioner and my normal smoothing and straightening balms from Aveda.
I ended up looking like this. Excuse the Victoria Beckham pose, I was super frustrated trying to get a good photo to send to my mom so she could stop freaking out about the second round of irreparable damage to my hair this year (I had a horrible time in April involving zebra stripes and leaving the salon with highlights still in my hair! Ahh!).
Post honey, I saw an immediate improvement. My hair felt super soft and supple for the first time all summer. I may do this mask once more before I go to get my hair fixed this week. Otherwise I’ll definitely do it before we leave for New York on Saturday.
Hopefully any further crises can be averted and my new stylist and I can make this work… And I will definitely not try new hair masks while also working on a big picture project. Next time, I think I’ll soak in a bubble bath instead.
What did y’all get up to this weekend?