Going Brunette…

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Don’t worry, I haven’t actually gone brunette. It was just for the day. I think that me going brunette would be a little drastic, and my lovely bookers at Models1 would probably have heart failure! I’d have to re-do my whole portfolio

I often have to have temporary changes made to my hair – usually it’s extensions because they want more length, sometimes it’s hair pieces because they need a gigantic amount of thickness and volume to play with. Now and then, they want to make changes to the colour, and that’s what happened at my last shoot. I’ll tell you more about the actual shoot nearer to the time when you’ll see the pictures, but to cut a long story short, the clients wanted a girl with brown hair. And mine is blonde. Dying it wasn’t an option and so the lovely hair stylist Jon Chapman had to find a way of making it darker without staining it or ruining my existing highlights. In the end he went for a whole load of hair extensions in a sunkiss brown (they were Lauren’s Way ones I think) and then sprayed my real hair with coloured hair powder.

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I have to tell you, the Bumble & Bumble hair powder is amazing! If you ever wanted to change your hair colour for the day then this is the way – forget messing about with mousses and wash-out this-and-that; the spray powder is instant and so easy to use. For touching up roots, too, it’s just wonderful. It does add quite a lot of volume and oomph to the roots, which I’m guessing is its actual purpose, rather than as a hair dye! You can get it at LookFantastic.com – they sell it for £23.80 with free delivery. (Ouch. Is it me or is that actually quite steep for what is basically a dry shampoo with tint?!) Jon used the brown version on my hair. You could also have a go with Batiste’s dry shampoo with colour – they are £3.99 at Boots.com, but I can’t vouch for the final effect!

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In terms of colour transfer and messiness: you wouldn’t want to get caught out in the rain with this hair powder in! It would be fine if you just had it in your roots, but my hair was saturated in it. It didn’t run or streak when I was shooting, and I reckon it would just about withstand some light drizzle, but if you got very wet then you’d have brown rivulets of swamp water running down your face and the back of your neck! It does wash out completely though, which is good if you have lighter hair – there’s no residue left after shampooing and my blonde was back to being blonde instantly.

For anyone wanting to go darker with their hair colour and not wanting to commit to a semi-permanent (which often don’t fully disappear from lighter hair anyway) I think that these hair powder sprays are pretty good. Obviously the shades are few and so you’ll never be able to get a full idea of how your colour would look, but it gives you some kind of guidance as to whether you’d like the change. What do you think – does anyone use hair powder to touch up their roots? Any problems? Anything to add?

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  1. March 28, 2013 / 2:05 pm

    Sorry to say this but you look tonnes better with blonde hair! The brown in the picture (maybe it was just the picture?) made you look washed out and drained? I think you suit short-mid length hair better also, The long hair makes your face look long and drawn? Gawd I sound like a right bleep bleep don’t I and I can’t talk as i’m not even pretty unlike you Ruth hun! So sorry if I sound awful I didn’t mean too and please forgive me xxx

  2. Ellie Lansley
    March 28, 2013 / 5:09 pm

    When my hair was blonde, i had really dark roots and i used batiste for blonde hair to touch up the roots and it worked really well. Probably wouldn’t work quite to the extent that the one in this post worked, but great if you’re inbetween hair appointments! x

  3. Antigone
    March 28, 2013 / 6:15 pm

    I agree with Natasha ! Brunette i don’t think is a flattering look for you Ruth you are a gorgeous blonde with great bone structure and a shorter cut would definitely flatter your facial features more !!

  4. Noelle Marie
    March 29, 2013 / 2:35 am

    I LOVE!!!! bumble’s hair powder!

  5. Jane S
    March 29, 2013 / 2:52 am

    Rita Hazan makes an amazing spray for covering roots, but it’s essentially like aerosol spray paint so you could add streaks or do your whole head! Worth a try–very natural looking (you can even use a shine product on top) and the color lasts until your next shampoo.

  6. March 31, 2013 / 4:52 pm

    Lip gloss is a nice cosmetics.Without lip gloss anybody’s beauty has been incomplete in my thinking.So lip gloss complete the beauty of anyone’s face.

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