Journey to pastel with Stevie English HairDecember 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.
After 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!