Tales Of A Long Pink Haired Mermaid - Hair Advice, Dying, Maintainence, Curly Hair Care, // Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger Stephi LaReine


If you’ve been reading my blog for you’re probably quite well acquainted with the pink bundle of fluff attached to my head. I’ve told you my curl secrets, and today I want to tell you a little about long luscious hair.


A little hair history won’t hurt, I’ve always had voluminous, curly hair and throughout my teens was highly unhappy with the way that it was, this was 2006 where I was going through my angsty emo/scene kid phase, to which I’m still haunted by images of those years still on google images, even some with black hair that is going to take me a while to publish on the internet, I’m still a little sore about that phase, but most of us went through it. The ‘in’ thing was to straighten your hair, backcomb it like Robert Smith, and attach ridiculous extensions that didn’t match, even some with racoon tail stripes (who thought this looked good?! Me apparently!)
So I, rebelling from society and my school rules abused my hair, with every colour under the sun, slept in hairspray and rubbed bars of soap into my hair to make it waxy and stand tall (somewhat the worst advice my dad ever gave me from his teen-hood).

You can probably get the picture, my hair was royally destroyed and fucked in every way. Even worse I wanted blonde hair, luckily I have thick strands that just about survived this, so I went from black to blonde and all the gorgeous (not) shades of yucky bleach ginger in between. After 2 days my hair was ice white (yes). Thankfully I never looked back but my days of experimenting were young and with a blank canvas to all the colours in the rainbow I tried every last one of them!


After a few years I learned that extensions were damaging my scalp, leaving me slightly thinner patches above my ears from where they clipped in. I was upset and desperate to try anything. It only occurred to me after years of friends and family telling me that my natural curl was beautiful and gave me character, that I decided to give it a chance, it was the best thing I ever did!

I’m quite aware that a lot of the people that read my blog are teenagers, people of the same age to when I would be on the internet looking at hair tutorials, you’re no doubt still experimenting and finding what you like.  I just want to scream this advice from the rooftops and I want it to sink in early before things get too late! Compromise with your own hair! If you have curly hair, let it curl, don’t like the way it shapes? Let it grow a bit, my hair spirals tighter when my hair is shorter and the weight and thickness of mine turns curls into waves. (No tongs, no styling, nout!)
If you’ve got straight hair, let it be straight, you can get away with edgier styles and choppiness. Your hair is that way for a reason, and probably suits you and your face a lot more than what you think!
I managed to salvage mine before it split at the root (hair has to be shaved to start again) and I took great care of my hair ever since, Remember, you always think the grass is greener on the other side!


I don’t straighten, curl, blow dry or use harsh chemicals in my daily regime. The only things I put on my hair are products to nourish its current condition, tailored to my follicle. Here are previous posts where I’ve talked about products I’ve used here and here! I’m a big believer in natural based products and although you’re probably thinking ‘hang on, but you bleach your hair?!’ The days of intense box bleaching are behind me and my existing roots from now onwards are being catered for in a hairdressers using a high lift, a weaker bleach to strip a small amount of pigment with less damage involved, same colour, less damage, it’s a win-win. My advice to people wanting to explore bleached hair, is to let a professional or someone who knows what they’re doing touch your hair, always do strand tests!
Dye wise, I use Fudge Urbans PaintBox ‘Flamingo Pink which is available to buy here which also is a much more nourishing dye than most high-street brnads, my hair comes out silky soft. I’ve never been so satisfied with a colour, price and overall brand. So much I bought 9 bottles to last me at least a year!

I get a lot of questions and compliments on my hair, more than I ever have, which makes me happy because it shows I’m doing something right, my hair defines me and I wouldn’t want to let others ruin theirs. Hair is beautiful and I really wish I had the guidance growing up to just go with the flow, so stay as natural as you can and be a mermaid with fabulous locks!

How do you have your hair?

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  1. Amy
    February 4, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    you have gorgeous hair!

  2. Terry W
    February 4, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    I found insightful for people who want to grow theirs like me, great hair and the colour looks lovely! xxx

  3. February 4, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    I loved reading this! I have naturally curly hair and used to straighten it everyday when I was a teenager. The last year or so I've embraced my curls and I'm so glad I have! x

  4. February 5, 2015 / 12:32 am

    I absolutely love your hair, it looks so gorgeous in photos. I've only just recently started to love my curls again, had a few terrible, terrible haircuts in my teen years that really didn't suit the way they fell, so I heat-treated it within an inch of it's life. Then changed hairdressers and voila. Perfect. I'm looking into potentially going an 'unnatural' colour, so I'm def going to check out that dye brand!

    little miss fii || Fii x

  5. February 5, 2015 / 8:01 am

    Beautiful hair. You'd also suit Washed out Mermaid (by Bleach hair) 🙂 RW x

  6. Jayjie
    February 5, 2015 / 9:19 am

    I don't think by straightening my hair I'm really doing it any good anymore I really want to grow mine out, maybe to the length of yours and just let it come through natural, I want to look after my hair in the long run and with bleaching it won't grow past my shoulders! This gave me advice on how to go about things, thank you!!!!!! Love the blog!! Jayjie x

  7. February 5, 2015 / 9:35 am

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the read and definitely embrace that natural look 🙂 x

  8. February 5, 2015 / 10:49 am

    I hated my curly hair for years, but I love it now and wouldn't have it any other way! I love the pink in yours, it's so gorgeous! xx


  9. Anonymous
    February 5, 2015 / 10:53 am


  10. February 8, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    awh thank you that is such a lovely compliment, we all go through that phase though! Fudge are really good as they're a lot more natural than most brands, so definitely check them out! 🙂 x

  11. February 8, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    I've been looking into Bleach's colours, I've got some and might try it out! x

  12. February 10, 2015 / 12:57 pm

    I have light blonde hair which i get done at the salon and then occasionally whack a temporary pastel dye in it. I learned the heard way that at home bleaching never works out the way you want it too… the money i spend every month at my hairdressers is the best money i spend! i totally agree on 'compromising with your hair'. My hair is not very voluminous and some styles just dont work on me so i avoid them.


  13. February 11, 2015 / 9:12 am

    I'm so glad you find this helpful, thank you for commenting 🙂 x

  14. February 11, 2015 / 9:13 am

    Awhh thank you lovely, the pink is definitely my fave and glad you went natural 🙂 x

  15. February 11, 2015 / 9:15 am

    awh thank you Gareth, so very happy you like it 🙂 x

  16. February 11, 2015 / 9:16 am

    noooo the days of home bleaching should definitely be over, its a terrible solution for your hair, what you spend in hair care probably balances out how much a proper bleaching at a salon should cost so it's always best to stick to what you know and thank you for commenting 🙂 x

  17. May 23, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    My curls are very simar to yours, for years I also rebelled against my curl and straigtened my hair, everyone would say how lucky I was to have curly hair but I didn't listen, it's only in the last 9 months that I've embraised it and I'm so happy I have! I just need a bit more weight to stop it looking like its growing outwards :3 so glad I found your blog!

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