Going Grey(er) With Keri McBride & Pulp Riot

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To meet someone so passionate and confident in what they want to do, is not only refreshing, but reassures me that I'm on the right path as well. I don't think I've ever worked with a stylist as knowledgeable and genuine as Keri. Keri came in on her day off to do my hair for eight hours. I repeat. EIGHT HOURS of her own free time. Just because that's what she loves to do. How amazing is that.


It's great to work with a stylist that truly loves their career because you can trust that they will give you their best efforts and work with you as hard as they can to achieve exactly what you want. Keri was very inquisitive about what I had been done to my hair in the past in the past, what I liked about those past appointments, what I didn't like, what products had been used in the past, what products I used myself, etc. That was all delightfully surprising because no stylist had ever asked me any of those questions, so that gave me a lot of confidence that I was in good hands. 

 

I actually found Keri on Instagram, and saw that the work she was doing kinda of went along with the vibe that I'm going for. So I approached her asking if she'd like to work together, and I'm so glad I did. As you can see, my hair before this looked like a very selective rainbow. My roots were golden (and not in the good way) with a harsh line separating them from the vibrant purple ends, sprinkled with my natural strawberry-blondish color throughout.

 
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color via pulp riot

We were going for a darker root and lighter ends for this look, so at my root Keri used Pulp Riot Smoke mixed with Clear, and then blended in Pulp Riot Mercury into the mid-shaft and ends. Pulp Riot is a fairly new brand on the market specializing in fantasy colors. Unfortunately it is for professionals only, but if you tell your stylist they can definitely order it and apply it for you at the salon. Their Instagram is pretty awesome if you're looking for some daring color inspo.

In it's lifetime, my hair has seen it all; dye, more dye, bleach, color remover, and more dye. Years ago, my hair was great at withstanding all the torture I put it through. Now....not so much. This time around, I really wanted to avoid bleach at all costs, but sometimes you have to compromise hair health for the color you want to achieve. Either way we did do some damage, and although that damage isn't necessarily reversible, there are tons of ways to nurse your locks back to health:

 

TIPS FOR LIFE AFTER BLEACH

 

SHAMPOO AS SELDOM AS POSSIBLE

When dealing with dry, damaged, brittle hair, the absolute best thing you can do is to just leave it alone. The rule is that you should wait to wash your hair until the natural oils from your scalp reach your ends. This will help to get your hair back to the healthy, shiny virgin hair you once had better than anything else.

ALWAYS USE A LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER

I am a little obsessed when it comes to conditioners; leave-ins, hair masks, treatments, you name it.  Below are a few products that have worked best for me, and I've noticed that they work even better when I'm frequently switching up my routine. It's almost like my hair builds up a tolerance to products if I've been using the same one for too long. There are like fifty bottles of conditioner in my shower at all times because I use a different one everyday. 

 

DO NOT SLEEP WITH YOUR HAIR UP

Sleeping with your hair up can cause A LOT of breakage, especially if it's gone through any kind of chemical processing. The best thing to do at night is to put your hair into braids. It creates the least amount of tension, and your hair will most likely look fantastic when you take them out in the morning. 

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Kocostar Split End Mask

$5

St. Tropica Organic Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask

$5

Brite Organix Hair Masque

$12

REDKEN ALL SOFT

$16-$32

FUNCTION OF BEAUTY

CUSTOM SHAMPOO + CONDITIONER 

I haven't tried these out for myself yet, but I plan on ordering some very soon. This looks awesome and for what I just put my hair through I would definitely say my five biggest hair goals would be to deep condition, strengthen, hydrate, protect color and protect against heat. Take the hair quiz here to see what custom shampoo and conditioner would work best for you!  


If you'd like to see a tutorial of the braid Keri and I created, let me know in the comments below! (Even though I'll probably do it either way) If you made it this far down the page, you're awesome and thanks for checking out this post. I hope this was informative and inspires you to freshen up your look for Spring!