A Tale of Dry Dull Hair with a Sebastian Pro Review
Let’s talk past, present, and future hair real quick.
A few years ago my hair had been taken down to a pixie cut for damage due to over processing with bleach. If you scroll far enough back in my Instagram profile from when I started it to now, the transformation of my hair story has been ever changing. I seriously look different every month with various extensions, styling, or color. The only consistency is my bangs which I've tried to grow out and end up cutting back to short again every. damn. time.
I’ve always liked to see juuuust how close I can get to the blondest of blonde and not being too cautious as to how I applied the bleach. Please do learn from my mistakes and seek a professional if this is a concern of yours. Honestly, to maintain healthy long hair it’s always best to go to a stylist who can be sure to not cross over damaged hair while lightening and most of all, is a trained professional!
I can't stress this enough.
The reason I personally don't go to a salon is because of one of many reasons.
First, I have what I call "chair anxiety".
To be fair, I have any anxiety involving locking me into place for extended amounts of time...so planes, hair salons, nail salons, etc.
Second of all, it's expensive and I get very VERY bored of my hair quickly so the reality of going to a salon every time I want to tone or change it up would be an expensive habit and unrealistic.
Third, I don't trust anyone else to do my hair the way I like it so I have nobody else to blame if it sucks.
I’m at the length where I can color it again but no more bleach. My bleaching days are over (or so I say).
I’ve been able to go to a deep gray with a demi-permanent hair color and it just fades into blonde
which I hang with for awhile until it starts to look dull and more warm toned, then that’s when I grab two more bottles of the Chrome color from Ion, mix it with some level 20 developer, and slap in another round of gray to omit the orange undertones.
Note: It takes about a month to fully wash back out gray to blonde if you use my care advice below
HAIR CARE/WASHING ROUTINE
I wash my hair once a week when I first color it to prolong the gray since I love it so much. The stages of gray once it washes out slowly are still really nice if you use the right one. As I mentioned before, I really like the Demi Permanent since it's non-committal and fades away naturally.
I usually curl it after the first wash so I can slowly let the curls fade into just a looser wave over a three day period and using dry shampoo by day three. By day four it’s bun time. Pulling it up into a high top bun or two low messy space buns have been my recent fave. I may even bun time it two more times if I’ve got nothing really exciting going on for work or home but it starts to look REAL scraggle-muffin by then so I have to pull a bit more self confidence from within to work that with pride in public, ha.
Sometimes it feels like I’m in my own contest to see just how long I can go without washing it while avoiding looking like I was pulled through a hedge backwards.
I use extra moisturizing rich hair products. When I’m busy with work and making some good skrill I get the Redken MEGA All Soft shampoo & conditioner which is $25 a bottle (so $50 for both, yikes!) and when I’m broke I get the Herbal Essence Moisturizing conditioner and use whatever organic shampoo I can find. I have dry hair so I like to really feel the softness of either of these products and honestly, I’ve treasured that Herbal Essence for YEARS and it costs under $6. It’s a defo default.
Tip: Ulta has a Jumbo bottle sale once or twice a year where all of the gigantic shampoo and conditioner bottles are half off and you usually get a free pump with it too. Every single person I’ve talked to whose gotten these said it is enough for them to last an entire year in one jumbo. AN ENTIRE FRIGGIN’ YEAR. That means for $40 a year you have shampoo and condish…that's unreal.
I recently purchased the Kenra Platinum Silkening Gloss which I work from root to ends while damp and it’s been a nice extra boost of softness for my brittle ends.
LET'S TALK SEBASTIAN PRO
They do put time limits on the review campaigns so I haven't been able to use it as long as I generally would for a super in depth review but this is my third time using it so here goes.
Ever since this was sent to me I’ve worked it into my regimen. Ideally it would be a twice a month deep clean with the Preset to clarify the product build up and I’ve gotta say so far it’s been great.
My hair feels light and super clean.
It also suds up hard core so you get that clean feeling right away.
The Reset, which is a conditioner, is so lightweight I still have to add just a tad of my All Soft in with it to get some moisture but again, it does feel lightweight like it’s helping lighten my hair for more lift. I’m quite a visual being so the fact that this is also clear like the shampoo gives me the impression that it’s not as hydrating but I could be totally spoiled by heavy cream conditioners.
The Shaper ID "lifting spray" is AHHmazing
You now when you get something you didn’t know you needed and once you receive it you realize you’ve needed it all along? Well that’s this hairspray for sure. I always needed a lift at the root but didn’t like the feel of most mousse products I’ve used. Dry shampoo worked great on day four of not washing but what about one through 3?
This stuff is spectacular because it just fades out of the hair shaft at the end of the day so I don’t feel like I have to re-clean my hair after using it. It just lightly dusts the root and hair shaft to give it lift without sticky feelings or residue. LOVE IT.
It sprays out with a burst of product and dissipates into the hair to the point that you can work it in then it’s just feather lite. Out of all the things sent, this is my favorite without a doubt. ❤️
Well that's it!
I would love some questions or comment from you guys regarding any of the things mentioned, I love an open convo about hair care and how to maintain healthy hair while not letting it just being natural which I find boring. Not on other people, just myself, no offense.
Thank you once again Influenster for sending me such awesome stuff and thank you to Sebastian Professional for letting me be your hair muse for the moment. I truly enjoyed it!
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