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July 30, 2012

Move Over Project Back 2 Blonde - Introducing Project Burgundy Hair!


Ladies, remember I told you in my "Introducing Project Back 2 Blonde" post that I decided to lighten my hair in an attempt to go back to my somewhat blond roots? Well, I lied - OK, not completely - I contemplated going lighter for a long time because I was getting bored of my dark brown hair, but I'm not sure I'm ready to really go back to my natural color, and recently, while chatting with Caterina on Twitter, another idea emerged... giving burgundy hair another chance!

I tried burgundy hair for the first time in late 2006, but I made the mistake of bleaching my hair myself and then apply the dye, which, of course, resulted in an ugly orange shade after about a week and horribly fried ends. Not to mention that back in the days, I was under the influence of a friend who told me you were supposed to wash your hair every single day, which I started doing, and I guess you know what happens when you make this unforgiving mistake.

L - R: me in 2007 and 2008 - emo? Oh please...

I gave burgundy another try in 2007 and 2008, without never going to a hairdresser, of course, so the same thing happened - I kept bleaching and damaging my hair, and the color kept fading. I finally gave up and decided to stick with dark brown hair until very recently.

When I used Revlon Frost&Glow Highlighting Kit for Medium to Dark Brown Hair, I can't say I was 100% happy with the results and I knew I would have to keep using it a few times in order for the highlights to really come out uniform and the shade I wanted. When I found an amazing deal on Groupon for a cut, style and color or partial highlights for only $35 (valued at up to $111!) at Beauté de Calla which is situated a few streets from where I live, I knew I had to buy it!

L - R: before and after

I booked the appointment for the morning of the wedding of my friend Geneviève and Robin without really knowing what I had in mind. I told the hairdresser that I was contemplating going gradually lighter with highlights but that I was also craving burgundy hair, and she assured me that the results of the burgundy dye  results would be cool due to the different shades in my hair - that was all I needed to go for it! We chose the lightest burgundy shade, which was more on the purple side than red, in order for it to properly show up on the dark parts of my hair...and I almost could not believe the results!

Inside, with flash

As the hairdresser was blowdrying my hair, I was surprised at how vibrant the color came out! She told me that the color woul need to be done a second and maybe a third time in order for it to really show up, but I think it looks pretty good just the way it is, so I can imagine the results after a couple more dyes (which I plan to do myself this time).


I love how my hair appears to be a dark purple with hints of dark red in artifical lightning, but outside in the sun, it just glows beautifully! Now I can't wait to continue dying it until it reaches a deep dark purple shade. I know it was maybe not the brightest idea to go for such a high-maintenance shade in the middle of the summer, but this time, I'm really ready for it! I'm careful to wash my hair only twice a week, and I make sure to wear a hat when I'm outside in the sun. Also, I have tons of products for colored hair laying around and now is the perfect opportunity to test and review them. 

19 comments:

  1. LOVE the color <3
    I suits you really nice and you should definitely consider again lip piercing. I definitely miss mine :/

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  2. @ Passing fancy (Sara) : Thank you so much hun, I'm so happy at the results! Yes I do miss my lip piercing though, I'm actually contemplating getting it again, I'm just afraid it will appear as unprofessional in my job search z=

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  3. Absolutely love the colour! Looks so lush and shiny :) x

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  4. Love your new hair colour xx

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  5. This color looks great on you. :)

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  6. ooo i love it, its sexy! it makes you look super tanned too! unless you got a tan? hahah. either way you look gorgeous.

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  7. l love it! The red really warms up your face!

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  8. l love it! The red really warms up your face!

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  9. You look amazing with every shade you have...not fair heh

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  10. I think this colour is perfect for you! makes your eyes pop and suits your skin tone well! lookin' good :)

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  11. pour tout te dire quand j'avais vu tes cheveux sur ta photo avec tes copines sur facebook j'avais dis oh non mais quesqu'elle a fait , mais ta photo avec ton chum j'ai adoré , oui j'adore tes cheveux comme ca ca te va tellement bien et ca fait ressortir la couleur de tes yeux .

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  12. Aww thank you so much ladies!

    @Donna Dell : Ahah yes I got a (fake) tan indeed, thanks to St Moriz Mousse 'Dark', but I do think this hair color warms up my face a bit.

    @beauty combat : Vraiment? Hmm peut-être parce que la couleur ressort plus roux en plein soleil? Tu as du faire le saut ahahah mais merci beaucoup de ton avis sincère, et je suis bien contente que tu aimes ne fin de compte (:

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  13. La couleur te va à ravir. Tu es ravissante et ça met ton teint et tes yeux en valeur.

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  14. I love your new hair color. It suits you very well.

    Xo

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  15. I love your new hair colour Gaby! That's an amazing deal you got on Groupon for the hair salon :) I would love to go a dark shade of burgundy but reds don't hold well in my hair at all - I've done it at a salon and also at home with not much luck...the red seems to rinse out of my hair after a few washes....maybe it's because my natural hair colour is too dark to hold red?

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  16. Tu es sublime ! Cette couleur te va à merveille !

    J'aime énormément ta façon de faire des articles, en nous montrant toujours l'avant et l'après !

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  17. @ Look Inside My Closet : Merci!!!

    @Crazy Brunette : Contente que tu aimes mes "avant/après", c'est beaucoup de travail mais je trouve ça très important, c'est une bonne façon d'évaluer un produit (:

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