Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Avon Advance Techniques Professional Hair Colour

You can tell a lot about a person by their hair and I mean more than "business at the front, party at the back".  Your hair gives a good indication of your health (or so my mam always tells me).  My poor hair has been a little ignored of late, this damn recession has me extending the time between visits to the hairdresser (no wonder people in the 80's had such mental hair). 

A few months ago we received  Avon Advance Techniques Professional Hair Colour to try out, I was a little hesitant at the time.  Firstly I had just gotten my highlights done (bad timing) and secondly it has literally been a decade since I used a box of all over colour.

Don't get me wrong I am not precious about my hair; I have gone from red to blonde to brunette to red again with a bit of accidental pink thrown in between  - after all hair (for the most part) grows back.  I have just found that highlighted blonde suits me best, I have been trying for years to emulate the hair of Jennifer Aniston or any of the Victoria's Secret models.  But its been a while since I have had the funds to get my hair done and the boxes of Avon Professional Hair Colour were calling to me.  It wouldn't be me if I just went ahead and dyed my hair!  I decided that I could use the colours as a highlights - and when I say I - I mean Sile could highlight my hair.

Just before we started I got a little nervous, after all this would be ON MY HEAD and if it was disastrous it could make things become a little "interesting" between us.  Being Sile's friend I know that she is very neat (her writing is immaculate) she always does things properly (rather than my "sure it will be grand" way of doing things) and she has gotten her hair highlighted before - so what could possibly go wrong.  We picked up a few supplies from Terri Sales (highlighting strips and a comb and brush for applying the dye) and off we set off on the adventure to highlight my hair. 

Here is a before picture of my hair as you can see I have about two inches of growth - unintentional ombre hair-


We used the Colours Light Blonde (9.0) and Ultra Light Blonde (12.01).
Whenever I am getting my hair done I am always a little conflicted if I should wash my hair or not- hairdressers say that it is better day old hair but I kinda feel a bit manky expecting somebody to do my hair, the Avon Hair colour takes the guessing out of this as the first step of the hair dye is a protector that you put all over you hair before you apply the dye, this dampens your hair and protects hair from any damage (and removes any feelings of being manky).
Here is the disaster zone mid process.  I mixed the dye myself (you could literally do this in your sleep) cause this was my idea and I couldn't blame Sile if it went wrong.  The kit is extremely easy to use and all the processes are numbered, you literally follow the steps.

We decided to use the two different hair colours to give a "professional" look but had only bought one brush - so we used a old body shop foundation brush for the second colour.
Since it was an adventure I had to wear my Goonies T shirt.
We decided on a T Bar starting at the back of my head, it was quite disconcerting hearing the usual cool as a cucumber Sile curse and have to stop to open the window all the while not really knowing what was going on. By the time we had gotten all the t-bar done the hair at the back where we had started had been on quite a while, we were worried that I would end up with a Cruella De Ville style white stripe so we washed the colour off. 

After you have washed your hair you apply the conditioning treatment. AVON you need to sell this separately - it is freaking amazing.  Usually when I get my hair done the colour has stripped my hair so the hair turns into a knotty mess- this treatment glided through my hair separating and conditioning the hair and leaving an amazing smell (which nicely covered up the aroma of blood, sweat and tears that had filled the room).  The deep conditioner has me really impressed with Avon Hair and interested to try more of their hair products.  Not only did the conditioner remove the initial knots my hair hasn't been as knotty as it would usually be after I get my hair dyed.  I cannot say how impressed I am by the deep conditioner.

Initially when I was drying my hair I though  Uh Oh it's a bit ginger (full disclosure I am half a ginger so it can come through when I am dying my hair) but after a couple of washes the colour toned down and is less ginger more blond.

Wanna see the results

You can see the different tones of the different shades of blonde coming through.



So what do I think ? 
At the start of the process you use a protector and it's a great start especially considering we left the dye on in places too long, the mixture is so easy to mix and I can not say enough good things about the conditioning treatment.  The ginger colour toned down slightly after a couple of washes and I am really happy with the end result.  If you have long or thick hair you will need two boxes of dye (which is normal for me).

Usually when I get my hair done nobody notices, I'll say cause my hair is usually fabulous - but the reality is I get a similar colour in every time so unless its something OTT people don't notice.  So nobody said "WHAT THE HELL DID YOU DO TO YOUR HAIR"  the result was natural looking highlights- I don't want to take away from the training that hairdressers do but Sile did a great job. 

[Sile here: Thanks Mags! To be honest I'm just glad I didn't completely ruin Mags' hair because it is gorgeous - literally her crowning glory. There were a few f-bombs,  it's true that I did have to open windows cause I was sweating so hard but all in all it turned out pretty well. I just did what I have watched my hairdresser do so many times, not as professionally or as speedily of course. I sectioned the hair and took very small sections of hair and 'painted' them with the dye, alternating the two colours and using the highlight strips to separate each section. If you've ever had your hair highlighted, you'll know exactly what I mean ;)]

So if you're looking to dye your own hair I would recommend the Avon Advance Techniques Professional Hair Colour which are currently on offer for €5.00 which is amazing value.  You can find a representative here.
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