The Complete Guide To Dyeing Your Hair Grey (Without Losing Your Hair)
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I feel incredibly awful for the long absence but I had good reasons! I finally finished, printed and submitted my second master thesis to my university here in Germany, I started working fulltime for the time being at my old part-time job and I am also working as a freelance journalist for a website called Japanista, which is trying its best to share exciting stories and news about Japan to the world! :) My first article got published this week and I am also finishing up the second one. As you may or may not know, I have been wanting to become a journalist for quite some time (hence my favorite hobby, blogging!) so I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work with these people and share some of my Japan experiences with the world.

Today however, I want to share with you a thorough guide on how I achieved my grey hair color. Ever since I announced the change, many people were asking for the "how to" and specific product recommendations, so I decided to write the most complete guide I could think of. I have read countless blog posts and watched various youtube videos on how to achieve grey hair and what would the best products be to use but I always was left with many questions afterwards, which has been the inspiration for this post today.

In this guide, you will find a guideline on not only how to achieve the grey hair color, but also how to maintain it as well as specific product recommendations for achieving and (more importantly!) keeping the color. Grey is the sibling that always gets into trouble in the hair dye family, so let's get started.

Grey hair is an extremely high maintenance color. And take this from someone who had every haircolor under the rainbow: If you thought a vibrant red or green is hard to keep, this is even harder. It is not, and can never be, a permanent hair color and will fade (quite significantly) every time you wash your hair. If you are not that much into taking care of your hair and experimenting with colors and toners, this hair color is probably not for you.

Grey hair requires extremely light blonde (almost white) hair to turn out beautifully, so if your hair is naturally darker, it will get even more damaged in the process. You totally can get nice long gray hair but your hair will need a lot of patience, even more pampering and a bit of experimenting around. (More on how light your hair needs to be and what to do with yellowish blonde hair, see Step 1 below.)

  • Stop dyeing your hair any color before as long as possible (optimal 6 months or longer; obviously bleach doesn't count as a color here as it doesn't put any pigment into your hair - however, it would be in the best interest of your hair to let it rest in between.)
  • Do a deep conditioning treatment 1-2 weeks prior to bleaching your hair
  • 48 hours before stop washing your hair (the natural oils in your hair will help to protect the scalp against any damage from the bleaching process!)

In order for the grey hair color to be visible and even in your hair, you will need to get your hair to as light as possible. However, I strongly suggest you go light in stages over the course of a couple of months, especially if your hair is darker and has been processed with hair color before. The hardest will be if you have had black/dark tones dyed in your hair and if your hair has been dyed red or has a warm undertone as the bleaching process will go over orange and yellow first before you reach a light ashy blonde. It is crucial to not overbleach your hair too fast or you will not only end with fried ends, but possibly with a lot of breakage that will lead to very short hair. Don't do this. Ever. Be patient and treat your hair nicely if you want to keep it.

As for the lightness, the lighter the hair is, the more true your grey can shine. Ideally, your hair would be almost white to function as a blank canvas for the hair color. However, my hair unfortunately is not white (yet). In fact, my hair is a light blonde on top and a more yellowish blonde with even a bit of light brown left in the lengths. It is totally possible to get grey hair with a more beach blonde hair color, BUT: What will happen are two things: First, almost all grey hair dyes are made with blue tones to cancel out the brassiness of the hair. However, yellow and blue, if you paid attention in art classes, will be turning into....yes, green. So if your hair is too brassy, you'll risk getting a very distinct green hue in your hair. If you hate this, then I strongly suggest you either lighten your hair further or use a white toner in between to minimize this effect. Second, the fading grey hair color will look weird and uneven if your blonde is too dark. If your hair is white, the grey will beautifully fade over every possible grey shade there is (I am consciously not including a 50 Shades of Grey joke here...) but if your hair is yellow underneath, it will become visible after a few washes which doesn't look too pretty in combination.

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Weekend Roadtrip Travel Diary: Hamburg
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I hope you all have had a relaxing weekend to start all fueled up into the new week? I am usually busy with working the weekend shifts at work but I have been looking forward to this particular past weekend all month long: My boyfriend and I took 3 days off and did a little roadtrip to the Hanseatic city of Hamburg up in the North of Germany!

While I lost my heart forever in my hometown of Berlin, Hamburg is the only other German city that I personally really love. Close to the sea and Denmark, the city is full of rivers, waters and ships that cross right by while you are sitting at some sidewalk sipping a cappucchino.

(Road)trips with my boyfriend aren't fun. He is always either reading or sleeping already (he fell asleep shortly after taking these pictures and no, he never knew I made those! Once the guy's concentration is on something, the world could go under around him and he would. not. notice.)

My boyfriend's parents had some business thing to do up there and since they have recently gotten a bigger car they decided to take us along so that we could enjoy the charm of this rough city at the sea firsthand. Niko and I visited Hamburg about 5 years ago together, so it was time to see for ourselves how the city has changed. Our accommodation was the Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall Hotel and my-oh-my was that a pretty stay.

Niko and I decided to treat ourselves to some relaxing massages at the hotel-owned spa! It's been ages since we've last gotten a massage and I just fell head over heels for the spa, I mean, what is there not to love? Since we've been there early we were the only two and could use everything to our full advantage.

The rooms were pretty great too; it was big with a fluffy 2m bed, furniture in all shades of grey as well as a balcony from which you could look over the town in the morning...

That sight on the left was definitely something that I was looking to forward the most in the morning. Well, that and the amazing breakfast. The service was okay I guess - I personally think it was pretty bad at times (I got a very very lukewarm cappucchino which...wasn't even a cappucchino and often things would be forgotten completely) so for such a "high end" hotel, they should definitely work on that. I do think they might have been understaffed though. Top right is the view from the balcony to the other side; bottom was a lovely Mexican dinner that we all shared on the first night upon arrival.

They also had a terrace right next to the river, so you could sip your morning coffee and watch the ships pass by.
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September Wishlist
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I originally meant to post this wishlist in August, but life kind of came in the way and it's September already! If you've been following me around on Instagram, you already know that I received and absolutely loved the DrJart Ceramidin Liquid. I am very intrigued by this brand now and open to explore my other options. I got the ceramidin liquid from Amazon by the way and it shipped insanely fast in a week from the UK. However, I bought it for 28€ and it is now DOUBLE THE PRICE. What the hell. I am not sure if the price goes down again, but it was the only seller to get it from for a reasonable price within Europe at the time.

I'll be travelling to Hamburg for the weekend, so in order to not leave this blog totally dry I finally came around in posting this wishlist. If you want to follow me around on my trip make sure to follow me on Instagram where I post more or less daily updates on what I'm doing :) I haven't been able to have any quality time with my boyfriend lately due to working and juggling my second thesis so I am super pumped to finally relax a bit.

Guess Drama Queen Mint Hand Bag

This would have been the perfect handbag and an instant buy IF IT WAS BIGGER. SIGH. BIG SIGH. I absolutely adore the design; the color, studded details and overdone ribbon is a very unique and clever design in my opinion. Sadly, the bag was really tiny and since I carry around at least half of my household at all times, I probably would have never used it. I am still lusting a bit over it though...

Oh 3CE, how I love your lip products. With the awesome experience that I had with their liquid lipsticks, I am now totally up for exploring their other new additions! I love the lightness of water tints compared to other formulas and to be honest, how can one not want those amazing colors...?
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Get The Glow: Hanyul Luminant Cushion Review in #23
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If you are still waiting on a response from me in the comments or one of the various emails that I received in the past: I truly am. Being busy is no excuse, but there are days when I can barely off the couch and have to force myself to get to work or continue writing my thesis and it all can get too much pretty quickly. I am trying to answer as many comments as I remember but if you don't get a response from me: Just ask again. Please. I am just tired and need a small reminder.

That being said, today I received the official email that I FREAKING PASSED MY JAPANESE MASTER OF ARTS!! The official certificates will be given on September 25th, but since I am not in Japan at the moment, I will miss the official ceremony and all of that :( My Japanese professor might come to Berlin though to give me my certificate in person which would be rad because he is a wonderful person (he also has lots of university business in Germany so he wouldn't only come to see me. Although I wouldn't be too sure as we have a really good relationship. Did I mention how wonderful he is..?) With only roughly 15-20 pages and 3 weeks on my German thesis left I can't wait for when I don't feel this huge pressure on me anymore. I'll probably be sick as soon as I have freedom because that is how my body deals with stress. Afterwards,

Enough boring thesis updates though, let's just cut to the chase! A few weeks (okay, okay, who am I kidding......months) ago I bought the Hanyul Luminant Cushion in shade #23 for my cousin as a present and she was so sweet to give it to me for some serious testing. Hence, the color is a tad too dark for me in this review but this is intended, as my cousin is actually more tanned than I am (but then again, even the walls in my room are more tanned than I am..) Let's just say that my cousin is lucky it's a tad too dark for me because otherwise, she might have never seen this cushion again.

This cushion was extremely tempting for me because for starters, I never tried anything from the brand Hanyul before. The high-end look definitely made it even more grabby hands for me so I am very happy I got a rather cost-effective way of trying this out (as I bought it off a fellow AB skincare enthusiast!)

Official product description: 

Makes your face look small by its 3-dimensional effect

Cares skin tone and makes it shine with natual luster

Brightening, Anti-wrinkle, UV protection functional product

Also, doesn't Lim Ji-Yeon doesn't just look stunning in this Hanyul cushion advertorial?!
(I am totally not influenced by those kind of ads, I swear.)


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Nelumbo Nucifera Germ Extract, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Arbutin, Acrylates/Ethylhexyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Panax Ginseng Root Water, Aluminum Hydroxide, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Mother of Pearl, Glycerin, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Sodium Polyaspartate, Phytosphingosine, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Aspergillus Ferment, CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499, Fragrance

Ingredients from the stellar Hwahae app (Itunes | Android). I was very pleased to see the absence of any oils (especially mineral and olive which tend to break me out lots and lots with regular use) and two physical sunscreen filters at the very beginning. Plus, Hanyul threw in some fancy random extracts like Ginseng that makes me feel like a K-pop star when I use this. 


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