Monday, August 1, 2011


Mixed Silk & Bigen

Hey chickadees! I said in my Major Haulage post that I would probably dye the front of my hair before the weekend was out. Well, I did, and here's how it went...

#1. I started off with dry hair that had actually been doused with EVOO the night before (I slept with it in my hair as I'm prone to do).

#2. After shampooing with the Silk Elements ColorCare Sulfate-free shampoo featured in my Major Haulage post, I applied the Bigen hair dye in light copper brown to the front of my hair like so:

The dye up close:
#3. So after I slathered that on ever so gracefully (I actually made a complete mess and didn't use gloves. Don't try this at home folks!), I placed the colored portion of my hair in some tin foil just to get it out of the way and allow it to process a little better. I threw a processing cap on top and sat under the hooded dryer for 10 minutes as instructed:

#4. After the 10 minutes were up, I allowed the hair to cool for approx. 5 minutes before rinsing out the color. Next up was the deep conditioning treatment:

#5. I combed some of the Mixed Silk Nourishing Deep Conditioner through towel dried hair, put a plastic cap on, and sat under my hooded dryer for another 10 minutes. Afterwards, I rinsed it out in the sink with cool water and it looked like this:

My hair truly felt like silk, baby!

I believe my curls felt so quenched not only because the product is good, but also because it was the first time in forever that I switched up my moisturizing deep conditioner. I stated in my Q & A Volume 6 video that sometimes you just gotta switch up your shampoos and conditioners because you may find that your hair has gotten used to them, rendering them less effective.

#6. Anywho, after my hair was washed, dyed, and deep conditioned, I applied some of the Just So Curl Activator Gel I also shared in my Major Haulage post to damp hair, raked it through with a wide tooth comb, scrunched, then applied a small amount of the Isoplus styling gel to my edges to slick them down. Once I had finished, I looked like this:

A wet puppy, LOL!
And here's a shot of the texture up close:

#7. Of course, that wasn't the final result, because my hair had to dry. So, after allowing it to air dry for a few hours, my curls looked like this:

Although I loved how my hair looked and felt (soft and silky with a light hold thanks to the Just So Curl Activator Gel), I wasn't all that pleased with the color. I don't know why I continue to kid myself thinking that I'm going to get amazing color from anything less than a permanent formula once my color has grown out. Anyway, you can get a better view of the color here:

True, you can see the color, but it wasn't exactly what I had in mind. This looks more like Dr. Pepper burgundy to me than the light copper brown it claims to be. After all, my hair looked more coppery brown before:

Before Bigen & After

Anywho ladies and gents, that's it for my weekend hair update. For those of you who are in the market for a great moisturizing deep conditioner, I recommend you give the Mixed Silk by Silk Elements a try. It will leave your curls feeling quenched with moisture. Oh, and I'll be doing an update on the Just So Curl Activator Gel after I've had a chance to rock it for a few weeks. You know me, I can't definitively say how I feel about a product, especially not a curly styler, until I've had a chance to use it for a while, so stay tuned...


Passion said...

I like the burgundy color. Are you going to keep it or try a different color?

chika e. said...

i love the color!! it looks chic to me. it goes well against your dark black natural color. it looks great to me!

DPrincess28 said...

@Passion: Thanks! I'm gonna keep it until it fades. Don't want to overprocess my hair, but I'll definitely be lightening the front come fall.

@Chika e.: Thanks!

cutie617 said...

hey girl your hair looks great as always but I agree vibrancy only comes from a permanent color.Unless your licensed and have access to salon colors that may be ammonia and peroxide free. but anyways sorry you werent pleased with the result and i was thinking you should try a dark and lovely color when your hair grows out my mom and best friend use them and there hair always comes out great and no damage.

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