Bangs, Blondes & Pony Tails: The Hair Evolution of Eva

A post in collaboration with TRESemmé

When I was sixteen years old I worked as a tea & tidy girl at a hairdressing salon. I got $40 from the till every Saturday for working 5 hours. As much as I loved getting the pay at the end of the shift (it seemed like so much money at the time), I just couldn’t stand washing greasy heads of hair, mopping the huge salon floor by scooting around on old towels, dehairing brushes and sweeping up numerous piles of hair. One thing that was a bonus of the job though was the free haircuts and free hair colour!

It was Christmas holidays of 1998 and after my Saturday shift, I decided to defy my private school’s rules and go from a natural brunette to a platinum blonde (all done free of course). I remember enduring the couple of hours or so it took for the bleach to set wanting desperately to scratch my head that was being made itchy by the bleach penetrating my raw skin. When it was done, I loved it, it suited the beach bum I was at the time. But little did I know the pain that my new and dramatic hairstyle would bring. 
I got to show off the new me to all my ‘surfie’ friends in Byron Bay, but after numerous root touch ups and a head of hair that was breaking and felt like straw, I was back at school and in quite a bit of trouble. I went to an all girls Catholic private school you see and hair colouring was definitely a big no no. What on earth was I thinking? I was ordered to change the colour back to brown immediately, but little did they know that going from blonde to brown wasn’t that simple and in the end, my new hair colour showed me as more of a red head. My hair had received an absolute battering!
It took a VERY long time for me to get my healthy hair back after this hair colouring escapade. The most I’ve ever done since has been a half head of foils (as seen in my hair evolution), but this didn’t last long either because it’s so damn expensive and continued to ruin my hair. 
Since then I’ve kept it pretty simple, I do my own non-permanent colour and get it cut regularly, I can’t really weigh up spending any more money than that on my hair or time styling it. I’ve tried the bangs, but they always ended up getting pinned back because I couldn’t bother blow drying. I might run the straightening iron over my hair once in a blue moon but it’s usually about keeping my hair looking presentable natural and healthy and having a style that’s easy to maintain whip up in 10 seconds. Being a Mum has also seen me being greeted by strands of shiny grey hair and moments where I’m surprised I’m not bald with the amount of hair I’ve lost. Poor Mr. G, I think he’s a bit envious that I can lose hair but still have lots there…he has the opposite problem the poor bugger. 
A part from these follicular challenges,  my hairdresser always boosts my confidence in saying that although I have fine hair, I have a lot of it and that it’s very healthy hair. Well I must be doing something right and really, it’s not that fancy schmancy:
  1. I get a good trim every 8 weeks (a great opportunity to leave Elliott with Mr. G and get some me time)
  2. I use baby spinach in almost every meal. The iron, beta carotene, folate, and Vitamin C in baby spinach helps to keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.  
  3. I rarely use heat on my hair like straightners or hair dryers and let it dry naturally.
  4. I only use colours that wash out, no permanent colours and definitely no more bleaching. The colour rinse gives my hair a boost and shine and is more gentle. 
  5. When using hair elastics, I make sure I use ones without the metal bit because these can catch your hair and split it. 
  6. I shampoo and condition my hair a couple of times a week so I don’t strip the natural oils (or maybe I only wash it once every often because I’m either sharing a shower with a toddler…but I prefer the former). 
I may not have a fancy hair style but I do have a practical hairstyle that suits both the Woman and the Mum in me. It also beats some of the horrid hairstyles I had when I was younger. Gone are the days of intense colours and heat styling, who has the time or money for that? These days my life is made so much easier by sticking to the basics and it gives me more time to do what I love doing best – changing nappies, dealing with tantrums and playing with toy cars!

What regime do you have to keep your hair healthy?

This post was in collaboration with TRESemmé and run in accordance with my disclosure policy.

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.

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  1. Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me
    May 15, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    Love the hair evolution. You are lucky to have the complexion where you can be either blonde or brunette. I get my hair cut regularly also to keep it healthy. My hair has changed in the past five or so years going from dead straight to wavy bordering on curly. Totally crazy 🙂

  2. LydiaCLee
    May 15, 2014 / 9:19 pm

    Wow – you’re hair really changes how you look…interesting to see.

  3. Author Bek Mugridge
    May 15, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    What a wonderful way to see how your different hairstyles have suited you, looked etc! I think you are on to something there and every woman should do that!
    I am just on the verge of a new hairstyle make-over but cannot decide what I want!

  4. Kira @ BellyBubba
    May 15, 2014 / 10:36 pm

    This looks delicious and very easy to make. I love a good homemade pie. Will give this a try for dinner this week. Thanks for sharing on Fabulous Foodie Fridays.

  5. cath
    May 15, 2014 / 11:23 pm

    Nappies and pins are my two must have things.

  6. Natasha Atkinson
    May 16, 2014 / 1:10 am

    Wet wipes, they can be used for several things and Nappies

  7. Mellie Jane
    May 16, 2014 / 2:23 am

    Wipes and a change of clothes cause we all know how messy babies can get

  8. May 16, 2014 / 3:40 am

    I buy the hairbands without the metal bit but because I have thick hair it still rips my hair out (so frustrating!) I actually use TRESemme products 🙂

  9. Grace
    May 16, 2014 / 4:14 am

    Isn’t baby spinach great? I try to eat it at least once a day. Love seeing all your different transitions!

  10. TheMorleyReport
    May 16, 2014 / 5:11 am

    I loved seeing all of the pics of your hairstyles over the years! I always think that haircuts/colours remind of you good times 🙂

    I actually met my ex-husband at the hair salon as he was their apprentice back in the day and so for many years had to wait to get my hair cut by him!!! I have always
    believed in having a good haircut and using good products on my hair, even when I am broke! Because having nice hair makes me feel good!
    Thanks for the post, I loved it 🙂 xxx

  11. Pinky Poinker
    May 16, 2014 / 6:05 am

    I think the carefree and the pony tail Eva looks the best. You are one of the lucky ones who can get away with no fringe. I’m a fifty something woman with long straight hair like a teenager. It probably looks out of place but I don’t care anymore, as long as it’s healthy and all those tips you provided are excellent advice for keeping it that way 🙂

  12. May 16, 2014 / 8:48 am

    This look great Eva, just the perfect comfort food to make on a rainy day. Thanks for linking up with us x

  13. May 16, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    I just bung it up in a messy bun these days. I am so nuot fussy with my hair but it is think and wavy and does not really neet to be styled. I loved seeing your changing hair. You look good with a fringe but I know what you mean they are such high maintenance .

  14. May 17, 2014 / 3:50 am

    Some great tips here! I used to nanny for boys and they hated crafts! But they did enjoy collecting sticks and making collages. So we did that instead.

  15. May 17, 2014 / 4:30 am

    I only recently got my hair done for the first time in about 10 months. I just haven’t had the time or money to get it done since Zee was born, but oh my dog, the difference! I decided to spoil myself and get a half head of foils too and they’ve turned out pretty well I gotta say. My hair was in desperate need of it, after the post-baby hormonal hair madness and I am seriously wishing I’d done it sooner!

  16. The Plumbette
    May 17, 2014 / 5:04 am

    I used to be blonde but the cost and time to maintain my colour ended up having me change to red and brunette which is my natural colouring. You suit all styles and colours! I bet you enjoyed experimenting different styles. And a great tip about the baby spinach too!

  17. May 17, 2014 / 7:02 am

    What a fun roundup of all your hairstyles over the years…. it got my thinking of mine… a couple which were not my best choices at that time (WHAT was i thinking). One things for sure though looking through all your photos, in every hairstyle I still saw you shining through!

  18. May 18, 2014 / 9:07 am

    Fun post! Easy and manageable and generally up is about all i do
    now lol just not enough hours in a day for me to worry about my
    hair! i pull it back most days and that’s about it 🙂 i
    do however occasionally pull out the straightener … i need it.
    Thanks for linking in for Sunday Brunch! great to see you bel