Monday, 23 January 2012

How to get pink hair.

Now one question I constantly get asked is "how did you get your hair that pink". Getting pink hair is obviously pretty simple if you already know what you're doing, but for those of you that are unsure how, I shall tell you right now how you can get your hair like this:
Carnation Pink by Directions, a few days after dyeing. Bear in mind I put Directions over 'golden blonde' hair, not platinum, so mine is slightly orangey. I recommend to try and go platinum.
Step 1: Bleaching.
First thing I am going to say about bleaching is DO NOT ATTEMPT TO BLEACH IT YOURSELF. Please go to a professional at a salon. I cannot stress this enough. I know so many people who have attempted at bleaching themselves with salon bleach that they have bought form Sally's, and have ended up burning their scalp, and really damaged their hair. Bleaching is a difficult thing to learn, you have to get the measurements just right, and get the right percentage. Also, please do not attempt to lighten with boxed dyes. Yes, they may be cheap, but boxed dyes contain a lot of metallic salts, which completely destroy the hair in the longrun.
So please, go to a professional. If you really want a colour like this, it is worth paying a professional who knows what they are doing.

Step 2: Conditioning Treatmeant
After you have gone blonde, I recommend that you leave it at least 6 days before you apply the pink. As bleach does damage the hair and the elasticity of the hair, before applying the pink, it would be ideal to do a conditioning treatment. This will make the hair very soft and repair a lot of damage to the hair. You can get it done at a salon for fairly cheap, or you can look up how to do it yourself here (it's quite easy to do).

Step 3: Colouring the hair.
The questions I get asked most is: "what hair dye do you use?". There are quite a few brands out there including: Special Effects, Manic Panic, Directions, Crazy Colour and Stargazer. (You can also use a salon pink and mix with conditioner to get a pale pink, but it's a bit difficult so I recommend going with a ready made dye.)
Out of the dyes above I have only tried Directions so far. I have 3 bottles of Special Effects which I will be using in the week and will do a review on them.
I have heard a lot of negative reviews about Manic Panic, Crazy Colour and Stargazer, so I would stay clear of those.
I recommend starting off with Directions, as the colours are very bright. My colour is Carnation Pink. Directions is also a conditioning hair dye, containing quite a bit of conditioner so it's hardly damaging to the hair, and I've found that after dying my hair with Directions, my hair turned out very soft and shiny afterwards. If you're not sure of where to buy the dye, they stock it on
If you are not sure of how to apply the colour yourself you can get a friend to do it or watch many many tutorials on Youtube, Youtube videos certainly helped me learn how to do it myself.
Also, you must be prepared for a lot of re-dyeing, as colours like these only come in semi-permanent unfortunately. I re-dye mine every 2 to 3 weeks, but my hair was previously golden blonde and not platinum blonde. So it will last a little longer, and not be as orangey if you go platinum blonde. It is definitely worth spending the money on re-dyeing every couple of weeks though as I love my hair.

Carnation Pink after 2 weeks.
So that's all there really is to it. I hope this was somewhat helpful. I will also be doing a haircare post on how to look after pink hair soon, so look out for that.

Kelli xo

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Primark SS 2012 Collection.

Now I just want to start off by saying that I've personally never been a huge fan of Primark like most people. I think this is due to the fact that the Primark in my town is very small, and we never get all the amazing stuff that the branches in the Cities get. We just tend to get plain or floral stuff, and we have literally had the same jewellery in our store for what seems like forever, so I would usually just head there to buy tights, underwear or pjs. Also I think that the prices usually aren't worth it, for the poor quality of the clothes, although of course, that is my personal opinion.
But, after seeing their latest Spring/Summer collection for this year, I was very impressed. I'm so glad that the Boho/1970s trend that was around for last Spring/Summer, is now over as I found 2011 a very poor year for clothing, I found it very difficult to find clothes that I really liked last year, which I why I didn't buy much.
But I think I can safely say that there will be many Haul posts this year, so look forward to that.

I think that they have definitely improved on their collection this year, I'm looking forward to seeing them in stores, if they will hopefully be in my towns store. I love how there is a small touch of Vintage in there too, a mix of modern meets vintage which is what I love about this.
Here's a few of my favourite items from the collection:

 So, opinions on Primark SS Collection?
You can view the full range here.

Kelli xo

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Outfit of The Night - 10/1/12

I went out to the pub with a few friends last night, as I do every Tuesday, and since my new Siouxsie and The Banshees shirt arrived on Saturday, I thought I'd wear some of my other new clothes too. I got the black pencil skirt for Christmas, it's only a tiny bit loose so I have to wear a tight belt around it. I also got my bright green leopard print cardigan from Ebay, shame the actual colour isn't showing up very well on here though, excuse my awful webcam. I will try and do Outfit posts with my Nikon in the future.
Cardigan - Ebay.
Siouxsie and The Banshees shirt - Ebay.
Black pencil skirt - Primark.

Kelli xo