Happy New Hair

It's 2012 how I have been counting down to this year for the last 3 years....I was pregnant with the twins and had wished the time away to reach this date - Curly Haired Beauty would be firmly established at school (loving it) and the twins will be starting pre-school (tomorrow). I would be over that small child 'bump' and gain a bit more me time and hopefully its a home run to this parenting lark.

But life has a way of biting you on the bum! I am still in a 'have a job, got no job' and facing redundancy (boo hiss). For the last 4 years I have had the most amazing flexible working hours and had truly experienced that work/life balance that most working women would kill for. This job has given me the chance to earn my own money to feed my Net-a-Porter habit, spend real quality time with toddler, its even given me the opportunity to go away for 9 months to have twins and return to work with even better hours and benefits. But due to a change in senior management I am no longer required *weeps*.

I know I am going to find it really hard to find something comparable working for a dynamic buzzy media company, doing a 5 hour day, lunch breaks/shopping in W1, I was able to do the school morning run and be home in time for the golden hours; 5pm-7pm feed, bath and bed the kiddies.

And to top it all I had to cope with a major hair diaster - my crowning glory which I had been painstakingly growing long, so I could have lovely swishy hair for my 40th.

I had tweeted about getting my hair dip dyed blue - I'm so Jessie J and down with the kids (not). I went to my regular salon (a top quality one) and the colourist said he could bleach the last 7 inches and then colour it peacock blue. Ladies and gentlemen it was a disaster - the effect was great but he had used Krazy Colour and when I left the salon, went back to the office, left the office ...it RAINED. I got dye down my neck, ears, scarf, jacket. I looked like a smurf. I was so upset and ANGRY. I called the salon the next day and the rather unhelpful receptionist recommended I use washing up liquid to get rid of my blue skin. Everytime I touched my hair, my hand would be covered in blue, it was all around my nails and cuticles and took forever to scrub off. No way was I told this would happen, I have never seen Emo's with har colour run in the rain. If I had been told properly about the high colour transfer onto everything I would have declined the idea and asked for another suggestion. After all the colourist is the colour expert.

This is my hair after I had washed it 4 times with detox shampoo to get the excess colour out. Note the greenish tinge.

Exhibit A

When the colourist responsible failed to return my call, I rang the salon again and luckily I got the Manager M, he got his ear bashed but was very sweet and said he would do what he could to rectify the problem. Later that week he used a solution containing ammonia to scrub out the blue but it left my hair a very pale dirty green. He then put a violet toner on top which left my hair looking like it did before I had the colour treatment. I had paid £112 and the results was now I had dry ends.....

 People, I had to deal with dry ends during party season and facing redundancy; I was not a happy bunny at the end of 2011. M said my hair had been through a lot so let it settle and he would take some swatches of my to test and see what he could do to give me the high colour impact I had so wanted. So I waited, waited and waited. Finally yesterday I headed back to the salon and was told that the already coloured hair was not possible to treat, M's experiments produced a dirty dishwasher colour and the recommendation was to apply the violet toner again to keep the ends dark (the colour was already fading and was going orange/gingerish - not a good look). He would try another dye to lift the cuticles and give me a high impact shiny bright colour in one step. No bleaching and then applying a colour and assured me no colour would run in the rain! So deep breath I took the plunge and went for Fuchsia red.

I'm happy, so very happy, the colour isn't where I had wanted it but he could only treat the virgin hair and not the coloured hair. It makes me 'dare I say it' more youthful looking. That pop of bright red when I swish my hair it gorgeous. Curly Haired Beauty is inspired and wants pink in her hair but understands she has to be a grown up before she can go to mummy's salon.

Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous 2012 - DM me if you know of any jobs going!

love twosp xxx


  1. Sorry to hear about your job honey, make sure you get me as many DVD's as possible before you go! lol! Glad the hair outcome was positive, I would have been livid. Mine is more ombre than dip dye due to allergy to hair dye, gutted!

  2. no Downton. I've had Bridesmaids, Senna, State of Play, Public Enemies can't remember others and too lazy to get up, one was one Charlie loved x

  3. Hi my dear-wow, what a story and I'm so pleased it had a happy ending, your hair really does look shiny and vibrant too!


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