On June 2nd Halsey released her much anticipated album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. After exploding onto the music scene with her single Ghost and later her collaboration with The Chainsmokers for their catchy, 2016 Summer song Closer, I for one couldn’t wait for what she had in store for us next.
True this is mainly a fashion blog – and I will get onto H.F.K. from that point of view – but first I want to comment on the actual content of the album. Halsey is really branching out with this new collection of songs… and it shows. Catchy bangers like Bad at Love juxtapose with raw, emotional numbers such as Sorry; although through a quote of her own on Twitter H. states that the whole album links to the same subject – dealing with a toxic relationship:
The music on the album as a whole is a win for me and it stands to reason that many listeners will find the music relatable and therefore will find help in it. Moving on though, to the fashion of the H.F.K. era. Although all of the music videos are yet to be released, the small amount that has been seen, and the clear Romeo and Juliet vibe of what has been viewed so far, means it stands to reason that the fashion direction evolving here will be one that nods to Luhrmann’s 1996 film based on the play; a sort of edgy, catholic chic. I predict that leathers and reds will be adorned with roses, gold and religious symbols throughout the videos released for the album cycle, to create the romantic, yet dangerous world that love often inhabits.
Of course this could be completely wrong and Halsey might have a completely different plan, just thought I’d through my theory out there. If H. decides against this style, please will another artist go for it? I think it sounds pretty great!
So a couple of months ago I finally braved the bleach and dyed my hair rose cold. The only problem? My hair was red before I dyed it and therefore the result was more like if a strawberry and a peach reproduced – but I’m cool with that! The second problem is how quick colours like pink tend to fade and so I invested in a bottle of Bleach London Rose Shampoo and the matching conditioner. After a couple of months use I thought I’d write a review based on somebody who doesn’t have platinum blonde hair – as many will know that it works a dream on white hair.
Firstly, here is a picture of my hair as it is now:
(Photo: Privately Owned)
As you can see I have some root growth which means my hair isn’t freshly dyed and there has been quite a bit of time allowed for my hair to fade. That being said, I think the colour looks in pretty good shape – especially as my hair had an overall reddish hue after bleaching which made it quite difficult for the colour to take. I was my hair two or three times a week with both products, leaving each on for around 3-5 minutes and I have to say it really has made a difference to my hair colour. Yes the orangey parts are still quite orange, but the lighter parts hold the pink pigment remarkably well and, like I said, overall the final appearance of my hair has been quite a conversation starter.
My only qualms with this product is the price, both the shampoo and the conditioner will set you back £6 a piece in Boots – more expensive than just buying a new dye. As well as this, my hair doesn’t feel in the best condition after I use the product, although this is to be expected when you bleach your hair and using the shampoo and conditioner will undoubtedly be better for your hair than constant dying.
Overall I have just one question to ask Bleach London about this line: When are you going to make this shampoo in other colours? Take my money!
Pastel hair has been the Summer trend for years, this year however it’s all about Rose Gold everything. Rose blond hair is different yet classy and looks effortlessly flawless – when done right. Luckily there are a few different ways to get this look in various intensities.
Rose shampoo: For those of you who don’t want to risk damaging your hair with bleach or dye there are tinted shampoos. Products like Bleach London Rose Shampoo and matching conditioner are perfect for those of you easing yourself into rose hair. Designed for almost daily use these products allow you to control how much your hair is tinted, as the effect grows with each use. The only downfall of this product? As can be expected the effect is lessened the darker your hair is.
Conditioner and dye: Another way to control the pigment of your rose gold is to combine a darker dye with conditioner. Directions Pastel Pink dye can be a good base to start with here. When mixed with a white conditioner and perhaps another dye like Apricot you can achieve a customised rose gold dye of your choice. The only catch here is that when mixing dyes it can be hard to make more of the dye next time.
Rose Blonde Dye: The other day in Superdrug I saw a product which has definitely been a long time coming. Colour Freedom have released a hair dye specifically to achieve Rose Gold hair. By using this dye you are guaranteed to achieve the colour you are aiming (as long as you have a pretty much platinum blonde base). However this option can be a little pricier as the tubes are quite small and cost £6.99 each whereas cheap conditioner and Directions will probably work out a little cheaper.
Of course you could skip out on all the doubt and go to the hair dressers for your new colour like I’m sure all the celebrities showcasing the regal look have done. The only setback here is of course that it is the most expensive option, it really just depends on how daring you’re feeling. All I know is I want to be a Rose Gold princess please.