You might remember that back in September, I finally decided that enough was enough and started working towards saving my bleach-ravaged hair. Working with the incredibly talented Nat Lupton at The Hair Secret in Berkhamsted, I’ve been really looking after my hair, keeping it a soft brunette with non-damaging, vegan, organic hair colour from the Organic Colour Systems range, and treating it to regular Power Build protein treatments, shampoo and conditioner, all specially formulated to restore protein and repair the structure of the hair. I’ve been feeling really good about my hair recently: the care we’ve been giving it is really showing results and it feels thicker and shinier than ever. The little wispy broken bits are starting to grow down as well. One of the things that Nat teases me about was my insistence that I liked being brunette and would never go back to blonde. Oh, but… summer’s here, and I wanted a little lift, so we had a chat, and I paid Nat a visit for some balayage at The Hair Secret.
Obviously after all our hard work, one of my biggest concerns was that we didn’t undo all our efforts and damage my hair again. Rather than harsh highlights, Nat suggested blending a darker colour down from my roots (my hair had definitely gone a bit warm in the sun), then using a freehand technique called balayage to create some lighter blonde tones towards the end of my hair.
Like me, Nat is really interested in all things organic and sustainable, and we chatted about some new products I’d spotted in the salon called Oway. The packaging is gorgeous (and recyclable – I love the metal conditioner tubes), and the products are luxurious, eco-sustainable, full of organic and biodynamic ingredients and essential oils and smell pretty heavenly too. What’s more, when you’re finished your shampoo, you can pop into the salon and get your bottle refilled rather than having to buy another one, which is a brilliant idea that I’m seeing more and more of. I’m completely addicted to the Nurturing Drops: a deliciously scented, nourishing serum that seals split ends and protects your hair from heat too. If, like me, your hair is prone to being fluffy, these drops are a godsend, and – more importantly – make my hair shiny without leaving any greasy residue.
I was also really interested in SunWay, the Oway sun protection range that protects your hair from stress, damage and dehydration during the summer. The products are full of nourishing essential oils like biodynamic fennel and lemon oils as well as mandarin, sweet orange and bergamot (they basically smell like heaven). I’ll be investing in a few of these for my next couple of trips – especially the after-sun hair mask (again, loving the recyclable metal toothpaste tube-type packaging).
And as for the results? I’m delighted. My hair still feels really soft and as the roots are dark, I won’t need to get my hair recoloured too often, just concentrate on keeping the condition really good (and protecting it in the sun). We might be tempted to go a tiny bit lighter (as Nat reminded me, it’s very rarely a one step process when going from brunette to blonde).
Many thanks to Nat at The Hair Secret Berkhamsted for my hair treatments, endless cups of tea, Instagram messages, therapy and more.