Monday, November 21, 2011

Cut and (re) Color

I went back to see Samantha at Salon Gratitude for a cut & recolor. It's been 5 weeks since my first visit with her. The second visit was just as pleasurable!

Unfortunately when Amy cut it back in mid June, she didn't cut it the way we had discussed during the consultation. I lost about 8 inches (of length).

I explained to Sami that I prefer long layers in my hair, and that I plan to let it grow again. Unfortunately, since my hair was damaged during the overprocessing disaster with Amy back in August, I'm going to have to keep it shorter than I'd like and continue to cut, cut, cut - until all the damage is gone. It's gonna take a while :(

The amount Sami took off varied, some places it was an inch, other places only tiny snips. She trimmed my bangs, asked me twice if I wanted them shorter. I prefer someone to be more cautious and cut more as needed, rather than cut too much. She reminded me to stop in anytime and she'll trim them for me, instead of me trimming them myself. That's a bad habit that I need to stop.

She took care of my roots, and this time used a glaze on top to bring out the red, which really looks great in the sunlight. The sun was behind me (setting) in these pics, so it's hard to see, but even inside the red is noticeable. She brushed it all out and blew it dry, which I watched but for the life of me cannot duplicate.

Overall I was pleased with how well the color from the first visit with her held up. The few overprocessed pieces did fade more than the rest, but that's no reflection on Sami's work. Fried is fried, not much you can do but wait for it to get long enough and cut it off! I like this color - it's very dark inside, and most people would say black, but it's super dark brown and the red really shows up nicely outdoors without being orangey. It's not as harsh as the black, and definitely more flattering. Hey, I'm no spring chicken, which is why I was going to start moving away from the black in the first place.

It's a little messy since I slept on it!


I was quite conservative in my makeup shades since I had something going on at work. Here's what I have on:

NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Siberia
Illamasqua cream blush in Sob
Detrivore eye primer in white
Miuccia on lid and browbone
Izar in crease, applied sheerly
Ephemeral Violet in crease, very sheerly
Butterfly Kisses above crease & blended onto lid
gel liner in black
black mascara
UD Naked palette Creep in brows
Evil Shades lip gloss in Guilty as Sin

Necklace from The Moon Maiden - this particular necklace can be found here. Take a peek through her offerings but don't blame me if you find 20 items you have to buy right away.

Thanks for looking!


  1. Hey not sure if this post will be helpful or interesting. For a long time I had extremely bright violet red hair that was short but when I decided to grow it long I did a lot of research and trial and error with different brands and colors to find a less damaging way to get it to a medium red brown with violet undertones. I also wanted to move away Special Effects and other semipermanents because I was tired of color transfer. I'm mixed race with curly hair that gets frizzy easily if it is at all damaged. This is what I eventually came up with and I'm really happy with it:
    I dye the roots only with:
    -3/4 Redken 7R Color Fusion ( Flame) with 1/4 Redken Hi Fusion R ( Red) which is a bright red color kicker, sometimes I add a smidge of Hi Fusion V ( Violet) but it darkens the color so I don't use much
    -Mixed 1 to 1 with Redken 20 volume pro oxide cream developer
    -leave on only 35 minutes, but I do my greys in the temple area first to be sure they get covered

    I dye the length of the hair with Shades EQ which is very gentle, deposit only color:
    -1/2 Shades EQ RocketFire , 1/2 shades EQ red color kicker with a little violet color kicker
    -mixed 1 to 1 with Shades EQ processing solution
    -leave on 25 minutes , results should last 6 weeks
    Redken has a lot of great shades in the red violet family that are darker but my hair is a pretty dark brown to begin with. They also have Shades EQ Cream and Cover Plus for resistant greys. It comes in a bright burgundy shade called Polished Ruby. It's usually mixed with 10 volume developer so it isn't damaging and you can add the color kickers to it if you want it to pull violet.

  2. Olgiepolgie, thanks!

    Ulula, that sounds like a great mix!

  3. This cut is great on you! And the color is still dark and vampy. I think you look great!

  4. Thanks! I like that it's nearly black. I do like the cut, but can't wait for my hair to grow grow grow!