I Color Glazed My Hair, and No One Noticed.

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Well, obviously I went right out and said it in my title. I color glazed my hair, and no one was the wiser.

Friends knew I was going to do it, and mentioned how lovely and natural it was when they saw me. Other than that, I don’t think I got one double take. I had waited a long time to color my hair. I’ve always loved the deep rich brown with slight red highlights that I have, and I never felt like changing that. Until the day I did. Over time, my hair had become four colors.

I have had blonde and grey hairs under the top layer of my hair for as long as I can remember. I’ve kept my hair super long for over a decade, and the hair on the ends has gotten lighter over time, and with sun exposure. A not-nice, two-tone sort of thing. I was sick of it. I was ready for something new for spring. I’m in my 30’s and I’ve always had thick and glossy hair. I thought it would break my heart to get it colored, but the experience was anything but heart-breaking. It was..fun. It was a way to keep my own hair color with a transparent glaze and add some shine as well. My natural highlights would remain, but I would be able to put my hair up again, without people seeing all the grey, blonde and light brown underneath. I was over it!

My stylist talked me through the process and I was happy when she revealed that I still looked just like.. me! Only shinier and with my birth hair color, instead of the four ancient colors. I had begun to call them ancient colors because they had been a part of my life for over ten years. So now I officially have color-treated hair and it’s time to make the best of it. Not only with the fun of it, but with the care of my color-treated hair. Summer is coming, and with it – full sun. I need to keep my hair its healthiest during the warmer months. It all starts with my favorite hair products – Garnier Whole Blends Color Care.

My favorite local Walmart has an entire in-store display of Whole Blends Color Care products.

The scent is intoxicating. I always look for good smelling products, especially during the summer months when I have to wash my hair more than during the winter months. I love the way these products enhance everyday life through wholesome loving care. They work to give you naturally beautiful hair. How do you keep your hair at its healthiest during the warmer months? There are key ways to protect and nourish your color-treated hair, whether you’re a color newbie or you’ve colored for years.

1. Treat your hair like you would your skin! Cover it up from UV rays. If you’re going to be outside for a long period of time, you can wear a sun hat, or look for leave-in treatments by your favorite brand with UV absorbers that filter out the rays.

2. Choose a stylist that will use quality, conditioning hair colors – that will continue to condition your hair as the weeks go by. Natural oils in the color will help retain moisture. Ammonia-free color is another great professional option.

3. Avoid getting chlorine on color-treated hair! If you do spend a lot of time in the pool, wet your hair and apply a protective leave-in conditioner first. The chemicals in chlorine can add buildup to hair color and change it. You can also wear a swim cap. On that note, wear a shower cap in the shower on days you aren’t shampooing, because wet hair can cause some color to fade, chlorine or not. When you ARE washing your hair, the colder the water, the more the color sticks to your hair.

4. Vitamins and supplements can help with the health of your color-treated hair. As always, eat a diet rich in Vitamin C to keep blood vessels in the scalp healthy, and eat Biotin (found in salmon, carrots, egg yolks, sardines) to improve hair strength and texture. You can also take supplements when you are lacking vitamins in your diet.

5. Use a color-protecting shampoo, conditioner and hair mask. As you know, I use Garnier Whole Blends Color Care products. Traditional products don’t necessarily take away the color, but they don’t add anything. When you work with color protecting and extending products, they work by sealing your hair cuticle so that your strands hold on to the dye inside.

Garnier Whole Blends Color Care products are filled with wholesome loving care, for naturally beautiful hair. They are made with carefully-selected ingredients in formulas that are made to nourish deeply, hydrate, and repair your hair:

Repairing – Honey Treasures
Hydrating – Cocnut Water and Vanilla Milk
Smoothing – Coconut Oil and Cocoa Butter
Refreshing – Green Apple and Green Tea
Nourishing – Avocado Oil and Shea Butter
Color Care – Argan Oil and Cranberry Extracts

Garnier Whole Blends Color Care with Argan Oil and Cranberry Extracts contains a color-protecting formula with the esssence of argan oil and cranberry. I’ve forever been a fan of cranberry extracts in my products, and my hair has been shiny and delicious-smelling ever since I made the switch. I’m a big fan of the color care mask. After using the shampoo, I apply a generous amount of mask to my hair and then rinse. I love that people haven’t noticed that I color glazed my hair. I prefer to keep it that way, with the help of these great products!

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  1. I love Garnier products for the hair and honestly think your tips for color treating hair is spot on and perfect. Oh and thank you for sharing your honest experience here with all of us, too 🙂

  2. Your hair is so gorgeous, I think people would only notice if you made it blond or cut it all off! I don’t even know what my “true” color is anymore. I try not to think about it:)

    1. What a good point! I remember getting my hair trimmed once from super long, to only slightly less than super long. My roommate didn’t notice and when I mentioned it he said, “It would only be noticeable if you cut a sizable chunk off!”

  3. You do have gorgeous hair! (and FYI LOVE that hat) I hate having to dye my hair, but i have so much gray. I blame my mother, she went gray in highschool. I used to pluck them out, but those nasty suckers kept coming. So instead of going bald i just broke down and dyed it.

    1. That hat is my world!! I love it so much.
      My mom went gray in her 30’s and just let it flow. I haven’t decided what I’ll do yet, but I think I want the dark for several more years.

  4. Oh I love Garnier! My hair is a hot mess right now and I need these products, plus a really great dye job. Because, um, I turned my hair orange and then black you know trying to do it myself…. No pictures will ever be published of the last few months and hopefully the memories of those who have seen me will fade.

    1. haha… I’ve never tried myself.
      I don’t know if and when I’ll glaze it again, but I have enjoyed it. Mostly I look in the mirror and just see myself. I almost fooled myself.

  5. I got a haircut last week and no one noticed! lol. I do have a bit of grey, so maybe I should color mine too. Yours is lovely!

  6. I just got highlights in my hair for the first time ever. I was worried about a number of things, dryness especially; but none of that has happened. I will watch out to take care of it around the pool this summer though. Thanks for the warning!

    1. I saw the photos! Ooh la la.
      The summer can be tough, although you went lighter than I did, so maybe the sun or water won’t hurt you the same way.
      Beware chlorine, though! Green hair!

  7. I am actually thinking of giving my hair a new color. I saw this rich purple that I just love and think would look great in my natural hair state. I’m thinking long and hard. Your hair has always looked amazing so that might just be the reason no-one noticed. 🙂

  8. I can so relate to the hair color being ahem….several different colors. Shampoo really does make a difference and Garnier always smells so wonderful! Your hair looks beautiful by the way!

  9. I’m glad that you like your color glaze! Obviously I color my hair, but I’ve heard the color glaze is wonderful. I’ve used Garnier products for years, but hadn’t heard of these. I’ll check them out!

    1. It wasn’t obvious to me! I love your hair.
      The glaze is nice if you’re not sure you want to commit to full hair color. It will just wash out and I’ll decide whether or not to do it again. Probably yes.

    1. I think both! And thank you. I honestly can’t tell the difference unless I pull it up and see that the sides are no longer four colors!

  10. I always thought you had gorgeous hair. Pregnancy (or planning pregnancies) has prevented me from coloring my hair for nearly a decade and I keep thinking that I’m going to show up one day and do something drastic! Thanks for all the tips!

    1. My comment just submitted itself. Haha. Anyway, I’d probably do hair color someday but only after putting careful thought to it! This post reminds me though that I need to go to the salon now. My hair’s getting out of shape, I think because it’s too hot here.

      1. That’s funny! It was a worthy comment as is too.
        Do you color your hair, or just cut it? I imagine it’s different over there for hair!

  11. I recently started using henna to dye my gray hairs. So I understand being tired of your gray hair. I’ve never tried the products above, but I have used their facial products.

  12. Your hair always looks fabulous! I love dyeing my hair, but it’s been a while since I tried a major change. People never seem to notice a color change unless the change is extreme 🙂

  13. I’ve been graying SO fast the past few years, and actually do the “nice and easy” treatments at home to cover them. I’m so glad people rarely notice when I color mine, but I sure would like to keep the color in longer. I think I need to get this stuff. I loved your tips, especially the chlorine one with me swimming a lot through the year for exercise. I hate that the color fades so fast- and with what you shared, now I see why it does! Your hair is SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

    1. Yes, I work hard at it! Although all of this color stuff is so recent – only two weeks in. Luckily I can’t even tell much of a difference. I fooled myself!

  14. Well you look gorgeous! I need to try that! How does it feel to have the camera turned on YOU? BTW…your other post about the hospital, I know a woman with a pet therapy mini horse, so cool!

    1. It feels so weird! I always feel like I look terrible in photos. I hate it!
      The pet therapy mini horse thing! So cool!!! I want one!

  15. I rarely get a double-take on my hair unless I do something radical (which isn’t really in my nature – I tend to stick with what’s “safe”).

    I had no idea that “the colder the water, the more the color sticks to your hair.” I guess you really DO learn something new every day.

    You have such gorgeous hair Tamara –

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Yes! Cold water showers can be good for skin and hair. And it doesn’t have to be a cold shower, necessarily. Just a blast of cold at the end or so. Much more doable in the summer..

  16. I think I am due for a good hair mask before the summer months. The harsh cold wind of winter can be very unkind and damaging. I am going to do something a bit more daring and fun on my next colour appointment. Something to take into the summer months. What can happen – it’s only hair right?! *tremors*

  17. You have great hair, Tamara! I started coloring my hair when I turned forty, but would love for the color to last longer. Will definitely check out this product. Thanks.

    1. I would love to wait a few more years before I really start doing it. The glaze will wash out in a few weeks. Although I might miss it. I love the even color!

  18. I’ve been pretty lucky – forty came and went last year and I still have only a few grey hairs on top (as my mother did). I think I’m just going to let it go…unless at some point I decide on a pastel that looks OK…

    1. Awesome! I still have no idea what you look like, although I was wondering when looking at Erma retreat photos. Now I’m picturing pastel hair!

      1. I’m in a couple of those photos…you may have seen me. It was amazing (although I did get sick on Saturday and missed some of it). And nope…no pastel yet – I’m more of a strawberry blonde, except for the sparkly strands (yes…they’re sparkles).

        1. Seriously?? Sick during a conference? There are a host of respiratory things going around.. everywhere.
          I totally have sparkly glitter coming out of my head. Well.. I used to. It will come back shortly.

                1. Oh dear. I have heard about it, but I thought someone said they were sick from the plane. But then that woman’s son got it.. so…
                  Not your fault! The fault of delayed spring.

                  1. It was everywhere. I’m sure if they hadn’t got it from me, it would have come from someone else. Very unfortunate.

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