Foiled Again: The Shortcut to Salon-perfect Hair

Since my allergy to peroxide made itself known (read more about it here) my hairdresser has had to bleach my roots in foils extremely carefully, ensuring none of the compound has the potential to touch my scalp. This takes aaages, but thankfully my hairdresser is extremely patient, and we’ve even become friends from spending so much time together. Needless to say this is when we tend to have a quality girlie catch-up.

Prior to my appointment I also do a patch test with each individual coloured dye – even if I’ve used it before. I generally find Manic Panic to be the kindest on my hair and scalp.

After the bleach my hair is usually dyed in crazy-coloured streaks, which means yet more foils. Since I like a trim too, this becomes a lengthy process, resulting in almost a day at the salon.

Well, I don’t know about you, but between work and kids I don’t have a day to devote to my hair – especially if I want the colour to last. Add in a chronic illness which means I’m not great at being upright for any length of time, I’ve had to come up with an alternative system to speed up the process.

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Going Electric Bananas

I like to keep things fresh, and in an effort to try something completely different, back in April I decided to dye my hair yellow. After all, I’d been every other colour under the sun, so I reckoned it was time to finally be the sunshine.

Being a huge fan of Manic Panic I chose their Electric Banana tone, firstly because of the colour’s hint of neon (fun), its lime tinge (double fun), its silly name (more fun) and lastly because of the dye’s glow-in-the-dark attribute – well OK, glow-under-UV/black light (but still, quadruple fun!). There was even an accompanying Electric Banana hair gel to enhance this final feature. Amazing. ‘Girls just wanna have fun’ indeedy…

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