How To Survive Highlights

Have you ever had your hair dyed or highlighted? If you have, you will know it takes a long time and if you are having a cut as well, you are often in the hairdressers for up to 7 hours! I’ve come up with some survival tips to prevent that exhausted and drained feel after!

If you are like me, then you will find eating regularly is important for keeping your energy reserves up. It is often difficult to eat whilst at the salon and I often forget to do so. This time when I had my highlights redone I went prepared with various options to keep me going and if I didn’t eat them during I ate them after the appointment on the train home!


1… Smoothies and Milkshakes

I don’t know about you but I find it so much easier to drink when out and about as opposed to eating. It is less messy, much easier and this can be done without moving too much when the hairdresser needs you to keep your head in the same place for a while. I thoroughly recommend milkshakes and smoothies as they keep you hydrated but also give you energy and act like a meal to deal with those hunger moments. I made myself a cacao and coconut milkshake and it was delicious. Recipe below via this gorgeous blog post. I wanted to drink a milkshake without refined sugars and so that’s why I made my own. It worked a treat and kept me full so I didn’t need to eat my snacks until after the hair appointment.


2…. Water

This goes without saying but water is essential throughout the day. It can be hard to go to the toilet at the hairdressers but don’t be afraid to ask to! Drinking water and keeping hydrated is far more important. They wouldn’t want you going faint. I tend to drink more water later on into the appointment though!


3… Snacks

It is often easy to make unhealthy snacks that will make you irritable and lethargic. This time I made some protein balls from my Eat Smart book. The coconut and lemon balls were delicious and really great at boosting my energy. I cannot recommend this cook book by Niomi Smart more for some healthy snack alternatives!

I also packed with me some cheese – excellent source of protein and energy!

Finally, my emergency Freddo went into my bag just in case I needed a little sugar energy spurt. I always carry an emergency Freddo in my handbag just in case I need some instant fuel. I know it is sugar but it is all about the balance and I find a Freddo is just the right size to keep me going until I get home.


4… Take a book and magazine

Enjoy the time you have to sit there and take this opportunity to relax whilst reading a book. I often don’t get time to do much reading but it is nice to get absorbed in a book as the time goes quicker! A magazine is also great when you just want to flick through something but don’t want to concentrate too hard.


5… Notebooks

Use the time to think about what’s on your mind and write your to do lists out so you can get organised. Make notes of future projects or your ambitions so you can achieve them. This is the perfect time away from a computer to get all those thoughts clogging up brain space on paper and feel more at ease!


6… Pamper products

Hand cream is such a lovely thing but I often forget to apply it. Use the hairdressers as a time to have a mini pamper session and get that favourite hand cream out! Give your hands a treat as well as your hair!

8I hope you collected some tips from this blog post. I will definitely be following my rituals next time I get a colour done! Thanks for reading…





  1. 22nd January 2017 / 1:00 pm

    As if this wasn’t me the other day! Luckily I have short hair so I didn’t have to sit that long, but it took some hours nonetheless! Great tips!! I always bring a book too! And then my hairdresser kindly served me some hot chocolate? xx

    • 23rd January 2017 / 1:52 pm

      Thank you for the lovely comment! Haha I think lots of people can relate to having their hair done! Sometimes I wish I was a man and could sit there for 15 mins! Ooh hot chocolate sounds good. x

  2. 22nd January 2017 / 1:23 pm

    This is brilliant! ? I had to endure a 5 hour session to go from brunette to grey about a month ago so I can totally relate. Luckily my hair dresser was on hand to provide sandwiches, endless amounts of refreshments and I had my phone to write some posts! But this is a great idea!

    • 23rd January 2017 / 1:51 pm

      Aww thanks! Glad you enjoyed the read! 5 hours is a long time. Thats great about all the refreshments provided by your hairdresser though! x

  3. 22nd January 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Hahaha. The first time I had highlights I had no idea what to expect and it took way longer than they told me. Plus, the messed it up and I looked like a zebra so I had to go back and do it all over again!! I could have done with a smoothie to get me through!

    • 23rd January 2017 / 1:50 pm

      Haha yeah I know what you mean! Luckily I have never had mine messed up but have had it done with students so takes slightly longer. They still do such a great job though! I don’t think it matters where you go, highlights can be long hehe! I always make sure I have a clear day! x

  4. 24th January 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Used to get tips bleached from brown. Best advice I got was that it takes a few days for you to get used to a new colour so chill and don’t hate it (or yourself!) Kept that look for a long time…

    • 25th January 2017 / 11:13 am

      Great idea. I think that’s important especially if you are having something very different done!

  5. 30th January 2017 / 7:55 pm

    This is such a fun post and so helpful! It’s really not nice sitting in a chair thinking about lunch or dinner when you’re starving! That homemade milkshake sounds delicious, as do the coconut and lemon balls! I’ll have to try making them one day ☺️ Also, your hair looks so so pretty! Definitely worth the long wait! xxxx

    • 31st January 2017 / 12:52 pm

      Aww thank you Millie! I was there for quite a while but they do it so well. I get my hair done at Toni & Guy Academy in London – so much cheaper and they have people making sure they do each step right! I love healthy snacks and you don’t get that sugar low after! Definitely recommend the coconut and lemon balls by Niomi Smart – her recipes are delicious! xxx

  6. 13th March 2017 / 7:04 am

    7 hours is such a long time! I get a full head in about 3 hours, wonder why it’s so much quicker! Xxx

    • 13th March 2017 / 10:59 am

      I’ve got quite long and thick hair but it was extra long because it was done by a student at Toni&Guy Academy – so much cheaper and they still do a great job! Where do you get your hair done?

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