I started out with my natural brown hair, photo taken in August 2013
If you've seen the video I mentioned above, you can skip this blue portion, otherwise, keep reading!
The video in short talks about how silicones effect our hair. Silicones are used in hair products to coat your hair, make it look shiny, and temporarily seal the hair shaft which makes damaged hair look healthier. The thing is, this is basically like applying a bandage to your hair, it doesn't heal the hair, rather it hides the damage. This is still pretty awesome, that is until continued use of the product causes buildup in your hair. Most silicones (dimethicone being the one most commonly seen in cosmetics and hair care) are NOT water soluble. When something is water soluble, it means that it dissolves in water. Since they are not water soluble, you need a more intensive cleansing agent in order to remove the buildup from your hair. The most common cleansing agent would be SLS (sodium laurel sulfate) which is in a BUNCH of stuff including shampoo, home cleaning products, dish soap, etc. The thing is, SLS ain't good for us. It irritates our skin and dries out our hair. Because of this, I personally use sulfate free shampoo. This also means that if I use products with silicones in it, I don't have a cleansing agent that will strip it from my hair.
Then I lightened my hair in September 2013
I didn't much like the gold so I quickly added more red to it, looking something like this from around October 2013 - May 2014
I know this post is super dense but I just wanted to share this info with those of you who may have seen my video regarding silicones. I still stand by everything I say in the video, but want to add that those with very damaged hair or chemically processed hair can benefit from the right amount of silicone containing hair products.
Then summer rolled around and I wanted a lighter color so more bleaching and dying was involved June - July 2014