Journey to pastel with Stevie English Hair

December 22, 2016

Do you hate bleach but love light coloured hair? I know I do!

I, like many people, used to believe that natural dark brown/black asian hair could not reach the levels of pastel unicorn hair but boy was I wrong! It turns out I’ve just had the wrong hair dresser this whole time! My previous hair dresser bleached my hair 3 times in one sitting and I remember that awful feeling where my hair would feel like a stretchy elastic when wet but rough as hay/straw when dry. That was NOT a good feeling. I kept telling myself that it was due to my hair being so dark naturally that no matter how many times I tried I would only reach that dirty orange blonde.

It was only when I met Stevie English himself that I was truly educated about hair. Everything that I had previously been led to believe about hair was completely wrong. Our hair can almost go any colour as long as the condition is healthy and well taken care of. This is something my previous hair dresser had never told me because they were more focused on the short term goal of changing colours rather than the long term goal of healthier hair (with the added touch of a unicorn coloured hair palette).
Fast forward to this month and my experience with Stevie English Hair Salon! The salon is located in Glebe and once you enter you’ll be either seated in the first floor or the second floor. I recommend to call and make a booking because they are super packed always! Just for reference here is my hair before any treatments/colour from the salon.

Here’s a run down of the process I went through to get my damaged hair to pastel. The first step was to do OLAPLEX treatments to repair my dehydrated hair and also to put the protein back into my hair. I did one OLAPLEX treatment when I first came to Stevie English Hair Salon.
There’s a total of three steps with OLAPLEX. The first and second are applied at the salon whilst the third is a take home version for you to use (similar consistency to step 2 – like a paste). I did a second OLAPLEX treatment and also a Khairpep treatment which also has a take home hair masque to use in conjunction with OLAPLEX step three. If you see below my hair looks much healthier than before.
After three sets of treatments my hair was finally ready to go through it’s first powder lightening. Stevie is very skilled with colour and he applied the middle section of my hair first then down to the ends and last but not least the roots. The timing of how long the powder lightener is on is very important because hair on the roots change colour so much faster than old hair near the ends. This is why having a skilled colourist is very important.

img_1771After 2 hours of the powder lightener it was finally time to choose my colour. Since this was the first time my hair was getting powder lightened we weren’t too sure how light my hair could go. Lucky for me my hair did great and reached a level 8. This allowed me to go a dark pastel. Next time it will be light and silver pastels!
Stevie and I chose to go with two colours! Pink and purple (my favourite two). It was interesting to see him mixing several coloured toners because before this I didn’t know that you could do that! The final colour was much lighter than the above so I was so so happy! See below for the amazing colour! The below pictures were taken in natural light (whereas the cover photo right at the top of this post was taken using LED lighting).
So what do you think of the colour? Thanks so much to Stevie English (pictured below with me) for saving my hair ! What colour should I go next?? Let’s challenge Stevie with an interesting colour!

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  • Jenelle December 16, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    What a genius!! This guy knows exactly what he is doing!! Your hair looks so healthy I can’t believe it!! The pinks and purples are just beautiful and soft. It’s actually so flattering for the skin.
    Love it! Thank you for talking us through how it all went, I know a lot of girls who would dream of going this colour but aren’t really sure how they would go. It does make me think I should really go get a cut and treatment!!

    xx Jenelle

  • Christine Kong December 16, 2016 at 7:02 PM

    Wow I had no idea that Asian dark hair could get that light and still be healthy too! What an amazing salon and skilled stylist you found! This olaplex sounds amazing and I want to try it. The pink and purples came our beautifully and truly your hair looks amazing and shiny. It’s so wonderful to know that Asians can be unicorns now too! Xoxo, Christine

  • Lady Goldapple December 16, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Oeh, 3 bleachings in one sitting is awful indeed! So good you’ve found a GREAT hairdresser now! My hairdresser loves to use Olaplex too and next week I’m going back for my second bleach actually haha! I love the unicorn Pastel hair on you <3

  • Jo December 17, 2016 at 7:12 AM

    Your hair color looks amazing! Such a cool, pretty color. I had absolutely no idea that dark, Asian hair, such as mine, could reach that hair color. I had my hair lightened quite a while back and it came out a horrible shade of corn yellow. Not cute. Thanks for sharing your hair color experience! If I ever want to change my hair color, I’ll know what to ask for now.

    xo, Jo

  • Vukosavljevic Ana December 17, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Woow, Im so in love with your new hair Mandy! Its freakin amazing, suits you perfectly <3

    I had really bad experience with bleaching so you are really lucky for having good hairdresser.

  • Diana December 17, 2016 at 1:07 PM

    pastel color really suits you so well! My little unicorn!

  • Gina Diaz December 17, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Wow! your hair looks absolutely stunning! amazing change. love the color :)) Xx, Gina

  • Jen December 17, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    OMG I need to dye my hair purple now! I recently got it dyed but since my hair is so dark I feel like I need to bleach it!! It was awesome to read that dark hair can get light and still be healthy!!

  • Samantha Mariko December 17, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    Stevie did such a great job with your hair!! I remember taking my friend to the salon to get her hair bleached and it just looked like so much work and so much damage! that’s great the OLAPLEX treatment helped:)

  • Michelle December 19, 2016 at 3:36 AM

    OMG Mandy I LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair. For some time I’ve been thinking about going pink. Maybe next year…

  • Darlene December 19, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    wow your hair look so amazing! I wonder tho, does it hurt on your scalp?

  • Cece Lam December 19, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    omg your hair is soo magical!! LOVE

  • Atsuna Matsui December 19, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    The pastel hair looks oo pretty on you babe! I love it. 🙂 I actually just got my hair colored again yesterday and have extensions. Hehe we can be unicorn twinzies.

  • gracie December 20, 2016 at 6:11 AM

    Love this color on you, looks absolutely amazing ! Had no idea that you could do this without damaging your hair. Glad you have such an amazing stylist who can pull it off ! SO PRETTY !
    xx, gracie

  • Candace December 20, 2016 at 1:05 PM

    He did a total transformation on your hair! It doesn’t look like it was ever damaged. I personally love the color 🙂

  • samira December 20, 2016 at 4:38 PM

    your hair looks so cool babe !! love it

    xo, Samira

  • Open Kloset By Karina December 21, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Hey Sweetie:)
    Your Hair Look Amazing, he made such a Nice Job:)
    You Look sooo Sweet:)
    Love it:)
    Merry Christmas Sweetie
    Love Open Kloset By Karina

  • Sofia December 26, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    Your hair is seriously a dream!
    I used olaplex too when I bleached my hair, it helps so much! I hope you keep it pink for a while it looks amazing on you!!

  • Maggie January 4, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    So there’s no damage done to hair with this kind of treatment? I’ve always wanted to dye my hair a light brown, but never wanted to bleach it. Does your hair feel the same afterwards or still a bit dry? Please share!

    I think I can see myself with all your resolutions as well! Living in the moment is one of the top things I want to achieve this year. More than food, but with beautiful places that my husband and I travel to, I want to make sure we spend enough quality time with each other first instead of trying to take that perfect photo.

    Maggie S.

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