The sign of a beauty blogger who is in a different class? The ability to write a review of a boxed hair dye that genuinely makes the reader think.
Of course, excellent photography doesn’t hurt either.
Trona, who blogs at Aye Lined (and who, full disclosure, is a previous contributor to LYG), is just that sort of blogger; and her review of Garnier’s Olia Hair Colour from a few weeks back struck a chord. In it, she talks about how as somebody who lives with chronic pain, visits to the hairdresser aren’t often possible for her meaning that she is more reliant than most on at-home treatments that give salon-quality results.
I think the reason that post has stuck with me is that for years I struggled to get to a hairdresser. I don’t have chronic pain, thank god, but one of the ways in which my anxiety manifests itself is a dislike of being in confined spaces with strangers. As human beings, it’s natural for us to want to make small talk – but it’s something that stresses me out, and that I find incredibly exhausting. If you have your hair professionally dyed (which I do – the joys of being dark-haired but also prematurely grey) you can be stuck in the stylist’s chair for anything up to four hours. That’s a lot of small talk.
Which is why I love – and pay more than I would at other places in town to go to – Rebel Rebel. Glasgow city centre’s self-proclaimed “pioneers of barbering” are my kind of people. We don’t make small talk while I’m in Gemma’s (or, laterally, while Gemma has been off on maternity leave, Chrissy’s) chair. We talk about politics, our families, music, coming out. It’s still often a long day, and I’ll never be one of those girls who’s immediately able to take her new ‘do out for a night on the town, but at the age of 34 I have finally mastered being able to get my hair done without worrying about it. Sometimes, I even look forward to it.
Formerly of cult Glasgow salon #BLOW, Chrissy (@ChristopherHuttonHair) knows his stuff when it comes to colour. For years now, I’ve been gazing in envy at all of the Pinterest-worthy hair trends – rainbow roots, balayage, petrol hair – only to be told whenever I have asked that these things will take more time and money than I have to recreate on my hair. I’m 34 years old, and have never been bleached – and no salon to date has had the guts to take me on when I’ve asked. Not Chrissy. After our first meeting – re-scheduled in haste when my beloved Gemma had to take maternity leave earlier than expected – I re-booked in for a four-hour slot six weeks later.
While petrol-inspired streaks of blue, green and purple remain my current follicle fantasy, we decided to start simple with dark roots that would gradually brighten to red at the ends. This required some bleaching, but less than I anticipated and lightening my hair slightly will stand me in good stead should I decide to take it a bit more adventurous in the future. Chrissy used a mixture of cruelty free Kevin Murphy and Manic Panic colours to create the two-toned effect, and finished up with cult hair perfecting product Olaplex. I actually purchased a bottle of the at-home Olaplex No. 3 hair perfector (mixed with a little red dye) to strengthen and rebuild my hair between treatments, and it’s as good as everybody says – my hair has never felt more healthy.
I may not be even my own #hairgoals yet, but I’m happier with my locks than I think I have ever been.