Hi everyone ! First of all, I am from Belgium
My natural color is a dark blonde, and I have lightened it for a few years using a John Frieda lightening spray. I really liked the end result, my hair was golden blonde but I knew I couldn't keep going using that product as it was damaging my thin hair. Recently, I tried to become a strawberry blonde and went to a salon to dye it. I loved the result but I didn't know anything about hair porosity : the colour wore off after 3 days because my hair had become overporous. The hairsalon made me feel guilty for using the spray, saying I had ruined my hair and that I would never be able to hold a colour until everything had grown back, which they told me would take up to 5 years (I have quite long hair). I don't feel like the spray caused that much damage. I have always deep conditioned my hair at every wash, and only washed it once or twice a week. I have some split ends which is normal in my opinion as I have a lot of hair and it is very thin, but it doesn't feel dry, the ends move and aren't stiff. Bleaching or using peroxide isn't that common in Belgium, and hairdressers tend to be very defensive when it comes to dealing with bleached hair.
For the past 2 months, I have let my roots grow and the rest of my hair is back to peroxide blonde. I haven't applied any heat on it and used oils, masks and conditioners. But I still very much wish to be a strawberry blonde. I have done some research and I came upon protein fillers. If I am correct, that product will allow my hair porosity to go back to a more normal state (along with care and deep conditioning), which will make the color hold this time.
The problem is, hairdressers in Belgium aren't really up to date with that kind of product, most salons don't even know what Olaplex is for example. I had a really hard time finding a protein filler that shipped to Belgium, I don't even think there is a french translation for it. Now my problem is : I know that the dye must be applied right on top of the filler so I would need to bring the protein filler with me to my hair salon...
- Will the hairdresser feel offended that I would pretend to know more about hair then they do ? (since they didn't seem to know about protein fillers)
- Will it be weird to ask them to use it before the dye ?
I'm afraid they'll find this product weird and won't believe me about what it can do. "I researched it on the Internet" doesn't really sound serious to a hairdresser... Sorry for the long post but I hope you understand my problem
Thanks in advance !