Most of my adult life I’ve had blonde hair. However, for the last 3 years I have moved over to the dark side and am currently enjoying being brunette. The reason for this was a little bit of boredom, yes, but more importantly, years of bleach abuse had left my locks rather frazzled, dull and staw-like. Sexy.
One Brucie bonus of being a brunette: it gives a shine to your hair I could just never achieve whilst blonde. But the best bit for me, I found, was the massive amount of money I saved by laying off the bleach.
Obviously, it depends on your salon as prices vary immensely, but for a half-head of highlights, cut and blow, I was paying circa £70 every 6-8 weeks. In comparison, for a colour (just on the roots) cut and blow, I now pay no more than £35 every 8 weeks (no nasty roots with brown hair you see).
In this day and age money factors are greatly influencing our beauty choices.
Despite all that I still fancied adding a few highlights to my hair. My hairdresser performed a stand test as she was worried about the many years of bleach (and other colours) hiding under my now-brown hair. The results weren’t great. The bleached strand had turned to cotton wool and just looked terrible. My hairdresser advised me to avoid straighteners and ALWAYS use heat protection. As for returning to bleach – we sacked that idea off sharpish.
In time, my hair started to improve in condition as I can get away with washing my hair only 1-2 times per week (with a little help from dry shampoo). One problem remains however – hair loss!
Whenever I wash / comb / brush my hair, a lot falls out, and I mean a LOT. The amount of hair balls I chase around the bedroom floor could actually be sold for wiggage (not sure if I just created a new word there). I’ve not seen any bald patches appearing so I’m not too worried. I guess I’m just lucky(?!) to have a hell of a lot of hair which is thick and bushy.
The new BC Fibre Force range from Schwarzkopf Professional was of particular interest to me, for all of the above reasons, and when I was invited down to Partners Salon to try out the BC Fibre Force Treatment, it really couldn’t have come at a better time.
Partners Salon is based in House of Fraser; 2nd floor, down a very long and glamorous corridor. In addition to hairdressing, Partners offer a complement of therapeutic and rejuvenating face and body care treatments using products from top European skin care house, Germaine de Capuccini. A wash and blow, which is perfect for the party season, is a very reasonable £20.
The salon is totally gorgeous and I had the lovely manager Louise performing my transformation. The BC Fibre Force Treatment was worked into my towel-dried hair and rinsed out after 5-10 minutes. All this was performed in the dedicated washing section and included a relaxing head massage (I always feel cheated when hairdressers forget to give you a head massage!). The BC Fibre Force Fortifying Treatment reforms keratin bonds in the hair, restoring from the inside out.
I wanted big bouncy curls, and these were achieved with large rollers left in for 15 minutes. Louise told me that there is absolutely no point leaving them in for longer than this as it really doesn’t make any difference – so sorry Scousewives!
I was thrilled with the results. My hair looked bouncy and shiny and lasted for 3 days! When I washed my hair it felt stronger already. As for the hair loss situation I can honestly say I’ve noticed an improvement! I’d say I’m losing around 25% less hair than before, but I really think it would be more than this if I hadn’t been backcombing the hell out of it all week.
My sister (Mrs Clap Hands) also had her hair done, and I was so jealous it looked juts like Ariel's!
I am definitely going to invest in the whole range of Schwarzkopf Professional BC Fibre Force – in fact it is on my Christmas wish list!
If you want to book a blow and go at Partners or check out their treatment rooms, go HERE
To see the whole range of BC Fibre Force go HERE.