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There is no way of saying this without sounding revolting: I hadn’t had my hair cut in a year.

It’s not that I’m particularly precious about the length of my hair, I am just so freaking hair-lazy. It’s easier to make excuses than to actually make a booking (I can’t get my hair cut this week! I’m too busy laying on the floor and pondering life). When I let my hair down and my hairdressers eyes widened, I knew that I’d taken it too far.

If you recall, I had balayage highlights (NOT the same as ombre, read the distinction here) through the midlengths and ends; a gloriously low-maintenance option that renders no regrowth.

Got the hair did: Before & After

But balayage is so yesterday, Karima! Not a single shit was given, I would still recommend it over conventional highlights. But I was getting bored. And my hair was starting to make that awful-crunchy-straw-noise. Ignore makeup-less face…

Got the hair did: Before & After

Snip snip, off went 15 centimeters (6 inches, I know you didn’t want to google it) and I probably could have taken another 15 but that’s for next year. The shade was a mix of ashy browns (level 6 and… that’s all I know), taken only through the highlights so I’ve restored my hair to it’s virginity, a darn close match to my natural colour.

My hair. It feels like hair. Why did I put this off for so long?

Unable to resist the ‘Ohhh! What’s that product you’re using there?’, I also purchased…

Got the hair did: Before & After

Sachajuan – Dark Volume Powder // A quasi dry shampoo that claims to volumise hair without making you look as though you’re prematurely salt and pepper. You had me at ‘volume’.

Wella System Professional – Colour Save Mask // Healthy locks and stuff, I dunno. Why not.

If you’re in the Sydney region, I highly recommend Sonia from Dario Salon. Be prepared to drop some serious cash and look like an absolute rockstar.


Complete list of products mentioned

Colour Save Mask
Colour Save Mask
Dark Volume Powder
Dark Volume Powder
* Denotes products sent for consideration. Iā€™m always honest with my reviews :)

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    1. Ohhh noooo! I was actually interested in the Oribe product… dammit šŸ™ First impressions of Sachajuan: it definitely works but I have to plan carefully and use it on the day that I plan to wash my hair because I have white sheets. And I’d like to keep them that way šŸ˜› The transfer of the tint is really minimal but I’m just particular about my bedsheets. LOL. x

  1. Looking GORGEOUS!!! I’m off to the hairdresser coming Saturday & there’s a big chunk going off as well.. Suddenly feel like it. If it looks as good as you look with 15cm less, i’ll be happy šŸ˜‰

    Merry Christmas Karima!!!! Hope you have some lovely days filled with lots of joy, family & friends ahead.

  2. Oh, this reminds me that I should probably make a hair appointment since I haven’t had my hair cut in a year and a half (also hair lazy, and like to spend my $ on makeup instead of hair, and can’t ever decide what cut I want…) Oh, and I should probably get out my box dye since I’ve neglected to re-dye my hair for 3 months ;). The balayage was lovely on you- but I like it all one color even more!

    1. Deb, you WIN LOL. A year and a half, is your hair very long? And I can totally relate, money spent on hair versus makeup? No brainer.
      I liked the Balayage too but new year, new look šŸ™‚ Have a happy new years eve! xx

  3. Lying on the floor and pondering life is one of my favorite things to do! Hmm…I also need to get my hair cut…

    Your hair is beautiful and so are you, with or without makeup!

  4. the last time i had my hair cut was sometime november 2011. i cut it very short, one of the shoetest i ever had. it is now down to my waist. i still dont know what i want to do with it….

  5. Ooooo I know how that feels! Two cuts a year is good for me. I’ve just had balayage done – dam i thought i was on-trend šŸ˜‰ – but the benefit is I can probably hold off for a cut until next Christmas! Looking gorgeous, love the long layers šŸ™‚ Any long hair maintenance tips?

  6. I love your hair, both the balayage and after. I have only recently just moved to Sydney so was wondering if you have any recommendation for a hair salon that does a good balayage?

    1. Hey Erica šŸ™‚
      I got my balayage done at Dario Salon, by Sonia (as mentioned in the post). HIGHLY recommend, they’re experts at balayage (frequently done wrong, IME). Mention me if you end up going šŸ˜‰ xx