Craving a makeover but can’t decide on hair color? Here to help you decide is 22-year-old Pallavi Varma from Cardiff, who’s a hair color buff. She loves exploring different colors and is here to tell us all about it.
I started coloring my hair when I was 18, what initially attracted me to it was Pinterest. I’d always been fascinated with the concept of different hair colors but I didn’t start exploring it until I was in college. I spent countless hours pinning “hair aesthetics” pictures to my Pinterest boards. When the time came, I started out with baby steps, at first a simple dip dye and then waded into highlights, ombre, and balayage. Although I’ve always wanted to try vibrant colors and pastels, I’ve only experimented with blonde, orange, and shades of red, so far.
Now, to all the people who are thinking about coloring their hair, here is an insider tip. One of the most important things to remember is that you shouldn’t be doing this to already damaged hair. Hair dye itself causes a lot of dehydration and splitting, so you want to avoid any further damage. This is one of the main reasons why I wait at least six to seven months before re-coloring my hair.
Another important piece of advice is to invest in a salon that uses quality products – especially if there is bleach involved. You don’t want your hair to be fried by someone with no experience.
Maintaining color vibrancy depends on your lifestyle and the products you use. The more time you spend around dirt and pollution, the more often you have to wash it – which means your color fades quicker. I personally wash my hair at least twice a week!
Products I use for my hair:
Colour Protect Protecting Shampoo and Conditioner, L’oreal Paris (
Colour Safe Ignite My Colour Shampoo, Herbal Essences (
If I’ve only bleached my hair and have added no color then I skip to using this hydrating shampoo and condition. Since I have no color to protect, my goal is to give it as much hydration as possible.
Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner, Herbal Essences ( 4,521)
Once a week, I’ll use a hair mask to nourish and moisturize my hair.
Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask, OGX ( 655)
Cold Pressed Pure Coconut Oil: Another thing I do once a week is to use a hydrating oil before washing my hair. If my hair is really dry in the winter, I put a little bit of Argan Oil (a coin-sized drop for mid-back length hair) in my dry hair every other day and leave it in until the next wash. This really helps my hair.
Also, I try my best to avoid exposing hair to pollutants. I often put on hats, caps or scarves if I’m going out in the sun. Your hair needs sun protection too. I avoid using heat and styling products as much as possible. Once every 2-3 months, I make sure to get the ends trimmed and split ends removed.