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Summer has been absolutely wonderful, but all that sunshine has done not-so-wonderful things to my skin and hair. My skin is currently fighting off lots of unsightly sunspots, and my hair has been fading into an uneven copper brown color from all the lake water and chlorine. Fortunately, I’ve been coloring my hair at home for the past few years, so I was able to give it a much-need fall refresh using Schwarzkopf® Color ULTÎME® at CVS. Keep reading for a step-by-step recap of the whole hair color process! Also, in the spirit of maintaining healthy hair this fall (something I personally need to prioritize), I’m sharing 3 cute and easy ideas for how to wear hair scarves– all of which are perfect for 2nd and 3rd-day hair!
Fall Hair Color Refresh
If you’ve never colored your hair at home before, I’ve been there, and I know how intimidating it can be. I started about 2 years ago, and I was terrified I would either cause all my hair to fall out or turn it purple. Neither happened. If you choose the right product (I swear by Schwarzkopf!) and follow the directions, you’ll never go back to $100+ salon dye jobs again.
My go-to color is Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME® in 3.8 Velvet Brown. It’s the most gorgeous and multi-dimensional shade of dark brown, and one application provides up to 9 weeks of color. I also love that color ULTÎME® works on all hair textures, which is one of the reasons I gravitated towards it in the first place. Check out my before/after below!
Another major plus is that Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME® is under $15. Here’s what comes in a box–
As for the process itself, consult the directions in your Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME® box before getting started. If you’re an at-home hair color novice, here are some tips and tricks for your first couple go-arounds-
Step 1: Start with dirty hair. As gross at it sounds, dirty hair creates a protective barrier of natural oils and dead skin cells that protect your scalp. Plus, hair color allegedly also holds better to dirty hair, too! Step 2: Put on the provided gloves and mix the developer lotion. Before applying, make sure your shoulders are covered, especially if you have long hair. Oh, and wear clothing that you won’t mind gets dirty (or ruined) in case the color splashes. Step 3: Apply the lotion all over–I repeat, all over your hair. It always feels like overkill, but it’s important to make sure your whole hair is covered. Step 4: Wait 30 minutes.
Step 5: Rinse out the hair color and promptly apply the conditioning treatment to towel dry hair. The conditioning treatment is good for up to 4 applications, and my hair always feels incredible after using it. So, I recommend milking every ounce of it until it’s gone.
And bam, you’re done!
One of the biggest questions I get is about the texture of my hair after coloring it. I’ve had many bad dye jobs in my life, and my hair has felt like legitimate straw afterwards. It was horrifying. After 6+ Schwarzkopf applications, though, my hair always feels strong and looks healthy. Every time. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
3 Super Easy to Wear Hair Scarves This Fall
New hair warrants new hair accessories, right? I’m the world’s biggest classic movie star fan, so I was incredibly excited to see silk hair scarves make a comeback this year. Not only are they fun and colorful, but it’s also so easy to wear a scarf in your hair, and they complement 2nd and 3rd-day hair like a charm.
Waiting between washes normally makes my hair flat and frizzy, though, so when the weather’s wonky and I want to make sure my curls stay intact, my go-to styling product is got2b® Glued Freeze Blasting Spray. I’m not kidding, y’all– it’s got to be one of the best products on the market. Not only does it give you a strong and lasting hold, but it also maintains that hold through rain, wind, humidity… I’m telling you, it’s a wonder product. Find it at CVS for under $10!
Now, on to how to wear hair scarves this fall! Here are 3 of my favorite ways, all of which work perfectly with 1st, 2nd, or 3rd day hair–
1. Half Up Half Down
Half up half down styles are my personal favorite for disguising greasy 2nd or 3rd-day roots. To get this look, pull your hair back into a small ponytail positioned around the middle of your crown. Probably my biggest tip for how to wear hair scarves is to use small elastics rather than bulky hair ties, otherwise, you’ll end up with a giant knot on the back of your head. Next, tie a cute hair scarf around the elastic and position the knot facing outward. Tame any unwanted fly-aways with got2b® Glued Freeze Blasting Spray.
2. Messy Low Ponytail
Whenever my hair’s feeling kind of flat, I throw it into a messy low ponytail. To get this look, pull your hair back into a loose ponytail and secure with a small elastic. Check out one of my favorite ponytail hacks for faking volume here. Then, pull some pieces of hair forward to frame your face and tie a cute hair scarf around the elastic, positioning the knot facing outward. Finally, tame any fly-aways with got2b® Glued Freeze Blasting Spray.
3. Messy Bun
Messy buns were practically made for 2nd or 3rd (or 4th or 5th) day hair, and I love them for it. To get this look, pull your hair into a messy top knot. Then, tie a hair scarf around the bun and position the knot facing forward. Finally, tame any crazy fly-aways with got2b® Glued Freeze Blasting Spray.
Super cute and super easy, right? Stay tuned for even more ways to wear hair scarves this coming season. They’re my favorite, and I’m a little obsessed (sorry not sorry)!
Where to Shop
If you’re thinking about trying Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME®, click here to check out more info and reviews on CVS.com. You can also visit the hair color aisle next time you’re in CVS to see all the colors in person. If you’re not a Deep Brunette kind of girl, color ULTÎME® comes in over a dozen different shades, including fun metallic colors, too. CVS also carries all my favorite styling tools and products, like got2b® Glued Freeze Blasting Spray, plus a bunch of cute hair accessories, like hair scarves, barrettes, and headbands.
Thanks so much for reading, y’all! If you have any questions at all about my at-home hair coloring experience or about how to wear hair scarves, please leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I’m happy to help!