Buffets and Brunches

Me Asia Long Circular-

             ALL ALCOHOLIC DRINKS, buy 2 Get 1 free, and Free Chinese desserts Everyday !

Also…
Monday free wontons
Tuesday free soup
Wednesday free soft drink or juice
Thursday Order 4 items get 1 free
Friday free cocktails
Saturday free spring roll
Sunday 15% off for dinner

           They also have 10% off on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, except the              buffet on Wednesday.

Lobster buffet every Wednesday from 6:30pm – $265 per person inclusive of all                    taxes

https://www.facebook.com/MEASIA.LCM

Me Asia Dim Sum Restaurant  – Thursday night buffet 5pm-9pm – $168 + Service                                                                          Charge per person

https://www.facebook.com/MeAsiaDimSumRestaurant

 

Samurai – Wednesday buffet from 6:00pm –  includes a soup, 10 handcrafted rolls (new                         rolls every week), a dessert and a complimentary glass of wine – $180 +VAT +                       Service Charge per person

https://www.facebook.com/samuraitrinidad/

 

Jaffa at the Oval – Monday to Friday International Buffet Lunch – 11:45am – 2:30pm –                                            $199 + VAT per person (includes a complimentary glass of wine) ,                                            Sushi and Sashimi added to the buffet on Fridays (same cost)

                                   Sunday Brunch – every Sunday 11am – 2:30pm , $275 plus VAT per                                          person

https://www.facebook.com/jaffaattheoval

 

 

KraveWednesday Italian Buffet – $315 per person (inclusive of all taxes)                                           All you can eat Soups, salads, classic Italian dishes, desserts and Pasta, Risotto                     and Seafood prepared your way!

              Sunday Brunch –  11am – 3pm , $372 per person, all taxes included

https://www.facebook.com/kravetrinidad

 

Haley’s Buffet and Bar – Daily lunch buffet , 11:00am to 3:00pm –$110 per person                                                            including a non-alcoholic beverage with 1 trip                                                                                to the buffet

                                               OR

                                                $175  per person including a non-alcoholic beverage and a                                                        dessert with unlimited visits to the buffet

Sunday Buffet  – $200 + VAT + Service Charge per person –  unlimited trips including a non-alcoholic beverage and a dessert

 

La Cantina – 

Every  Tuesday , All you can eat pizza (10 to choose from) for $99 + VAT + Service Charge per person at both Trinidad locations  , Victoria Avenue POS and C3 Centre in South .

Every Wednesday , All You Can Eat Wings! Wings buffet with 7 types of                                 wings , $99 + VAT + Service Charge per person , 4pm-10pm

Every Thursday , Taco Thursdays Taco buffet, $99 + VAT + Service Charge per person , 4pm-10pm (Beef , Pork, Chicken and Fish ) includes one free Carib or Stag draft

https://www.facebook.com/LaCantinaPizzeria

 

Rasam – Every Friday and Saturday Dinner buffet from 7pm , $275 per person , all taxes                   included ,   variety of Indian dishes including dessert

https://www.facebook.com/Rasam-Restaurant-627274304046816/

 

All OutDaily lunch buffet , Monday –  Friday 12:00pm – 3:00pm – $100 per person all                        taxes included

https://www.facebook.com/allouttnt/

 

Hilton Trinidad and Conference CenterSunday Brunch 12pm – 3:30pm , $354.82 per                                                                                  person all taxes included

https://www.facebook.com/HiltonTrinidad/

 

Normandie Hotel –    Friday Fish Fry – 7:30pm – 11pm , $99 \ $139 per person VAT                                                       inclusive, your choice of 2 meats or 2 meats and seafood plus                                                   buffet style sides and desserts

Sunday Breakfast – 8:30am – 1pm , $185 per person VAT inclusive

https://www.facebook.com/HotelNormandieTrinidad/

 

Hyatt Regency TrinidadSunday Brunch – 12:30pm – 2:30pm , $325 per person                                                                   exclusive of all tax and service charge

https://www.facebook.com/HyattRegencyTrinidad/

 

Rituals\ Vie De FranceSunday Brunch 7am – 1pm – $150 plus VAT and Service Charge                                                  per person

https://www.facebook.com/RitualsCoffeeHouse/

 

Lighthouse Restaurant Crews InnSunday Brunch $199 plus VAT and Service Charge                                                                        per  person

https://www.facebook.com/crewsinn/

 

Texas de BrazilSunday Brunch – 10am – 3pm , $245 per person plus VAT and Service Charge

Food , Food, Food – Specials and Afternoon Tea

Hey guys, so everyone has always told me that I always know where the best deals are when I’m shopping and this is no different for food, somehow I seem to know where has the best deals for food and when…go figure.

Anyways, I decided to compile all that I know of into one place, for everyone’s benefit , including my own. I will try to update as often as possible so it’s up to date, feel free to add in your own in the comments if you know of any, I would gladly add in more!

These are the permanent offers at these locations, the special offers that randomly pop up and last a week or two will not be here, I don’t have time to be updating this constantly ,sorry ! But I did put a link to each facebook page so you can check for yourselves .

Stay tuned for another post on the various Buffet and Brunch options in Trinidad as well as Great “cheap” food options!

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PIZZA

La Cantina –    Every Monday it’s BOGO , buy one pizza, get a second one free of equal or                             lesser value , 11:30am-2pm, 5pm-10pm

Pizza buffet EVERY TUESDAY for $99 + VAT + Service Charge per person                                 at both Trinidad locations  , Victoria Avenue POS and C3 Centre in South .

Every Wednesday , All You Can Eat Wings! Wings buffet with 7 types of                                 wings , $99 + VAT + Service Charge per person , 4pm-10pm

Every Thursday , Taco Thursdays Taco buffet, $99 + VAT + Service Charge per person , 4pm-10pm (Beef , Pork, Chicken and Fish ) includes one free Carib or Stag draft

https://www.facebook.com/LaCantinaPizzeria

All Out – Every Monday – $100 for any pizza, all taxes included

Dominos –      Two For Tuesday – Buy any large 3 topping pizza and get a                                                          FREE large 1 topping pizza

Daily Lunch Specials – personal one topping pizza and a drink for $35.

https://www.facebook.com/sharedominostnt

Papa John’s –   Monday Madness – purchase any Large Specialty pizza and get a Medium                             one topping pizza free

https://www.facebook.com/papajohnstt

Pizza Hut –      Weekday Lime – 1 Large stuffed crust pizza, 10 breadsticks and  2L Pepsi                               for $149 , Monday – Thursday

Triple Treat Box – 3 Large Specialty pizzas OR 2 Large Specialty pizzas, 10                              breadsticks + 1 Hershey’s cookie OR 1 Large Specialty Pizza , 1 pair Tuscan                            Pastas , 10 breadsticks and 1 Hershey’s cookie for $299

Quik Slice –      Monday Madness – Any slice of pizza for $19.99 or any Whole Pizza for                                    $99.99

Lunch Special – 1 slice of pizza and a drink for $30 , offer only valid on                                    DDI, Red Woman and Ash Wednesday slice.

https://www.facebook.com/quikslice

Mario’s – Sundays – Purchase one Family Lime and get a one topping Family Pizza for $15

https://www.facebook.com/mymarios/

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TEA

Hotel Normandie – Every Wednesday 4:30pm-6:30pm

                                     $30.00 – 1 sweet & 1 savoury item
                                     $75.00 – 3 sweet & 3 savoury items
                                     $95.00 – 5 sweet & 5 savoury items
                                     $125.00 – 9 sweet & 9 savoury items

https://www.facebook.com/HotelNormandieTrinidad

Caffe Del Mare$80 + VAT +Service Charge per person includes 2 beverages and one of                                    the following options:

   OPTION 1 – Smoked Salmon and Veggie mini Quiche, Tuna Sandwich,                                      Mushroom and Cheese purse ,  Rasberry and White Chocolate eclairs                                      and Cinnamon Crunch Scones

   OR

  OPTION 2 – Chicken and Veggie mini Quiche, Ham and Honey Mustard                                   sandwich , Mushroom and Cheese purse, Lemon tea cakes, Cinnamon                                     Crunch Scones

There is also the option for a Cucumber sandwich for vegetarians.                                            ..fun..

P.S You need to make reservations 48 hours in advance and has to be                                      a minimum of 4 persons.

https://www.facebook.com/crewsinn

Dianne Tea Shop$135 + VAT + Service Charge

Surprise bread selection of open or finger sandwiches, smoked                                                 salmon, cucumber or classic egg salad

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OTHER

Chaud – Tuesday to Friday prix fixe lunch menu – 12pm – 3pm – $295 + Service Charge                       per person

Includes your choice of a  Starter, Main Course and Dessert , glass of Wine,                           Coffee or Tea

https://www.facebook.com/chaudrestaurant/

Krave – Meal of the Month – prix fixe menu – $225 + VAT + Service Charge per person

Includes your choice of Appetiser, Main Course and Dessert

https://www.facebook.com/kravetrinidad/

Sails Restaurant – Weekly daily lunch specials, different option each day  – $50

https://www.facebook.com/Sailstrinidad/

All Out – Daily lunch buffet , Monday –  Friday 12:00pm – 3:00pm – $100 per person all                        taxes included

https://www.facebook.com/allouttnt/

 

Caffe Del Mare –  Weekend Special – $99 per person plus VAT and Service Charge                                                 Entree – Pink Salmon Quiche with Fruit Salsa OR Quiche Lorraine with                                   Garden Salad

Dessert – Guinness Cupcake with Cream Cheese Frosting OR Caramel                                      Apple Crumble Cheescake

Drinks – Innocent Mai Tai OR Sparkling Mocktail

Breakfast Battles

What should I eat for breakfast?”

I’m sure everyone asks themselves this question Every.Single.Morning. There is a constant battle on trying to decide if to splurge and have that bagel with cream cheese or those pancakes with sausages or… dare I say it,  try to be healthy!

I know what you’re thinking,  healthy is boring,  which means your choices are either oats or cereal of some sort, but this isn’t completely true. There are many healthy AND tasty options out there that you may have never even thought of before! As you may have noticed from my previous post on how to attack a buffet , (see link below in case you haven’t):

Eat , Win or Lose – Buffet Strat 101

you would notice that I absolutely LOVE food. I am not one to sacrifice taste for my health,  ever, my motto is everything in moderation.  Therefore , I try to find a balance because although I love food,  my health does come first . Here are some ideas for some pretty healthy breakfast options that also taste fantastic, I can attest to these because I have actually had all of them myself already =).

INSTEAD OF

Fruit flavored yogurt – I know it’s so easy to convenient to pick one of these up in the grocery or from the fridge and go but they contain so much sugar that it realy isn’t that healthy.

TRY THIS

Plain Greek Yogurt with fresh fruit e.g banana, strawberries, apples etc. you can even throw in additional items like raisins, granola, chia seeds , I could go on and on, the possibilities really are endless, if natural fruit is not sweet enough for you , you can add a bit of honey, although personally,  the fruit provides enough sweetness for me. My personal favorite is plain greek yogurt with some fresh mango and some granola sprinkled on top! It’s soooooo good! seriously one of my favorite breakfast options ever! Greek Yogurt also packs a great punch of protein. A typical 6-ounce serving contains 15 to 20 grams of protein! Greek Yogurt is also very low in carbs , it has approximately half the carbs as regular yogurt.

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INSTEAD OF

Bagel with Cream Cheese – people seem to think that bagels are “healthy” , NO, they are not , bagels are an arsenal of carbs  and cream cheese is pretty substantial serving of fat, and not the good kind!

TRY THIS

Whole Grain bread with peanut butter and banana or for an even more satisfying option, whole grain bread (toasted is my preference) with chocolate peanut butter and banana. Simply toast the bread, spread with chocolate peanut butter and slice the bananas on top . This option is so quick and easy to make and tastes awesome, not to mention the added protein from the peanut butter and potassium from the banana which also makes it a great pre-gym snack!

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INSTEAD OF

Pancakes with Syrup – ah yes, the typical comfort breakfast food, so nice and warm….ok here’s your reality check, a typical serving of pancake syrup has a whopping 210 Calories, 32g of Sugar and 52g of Carbohydrates!

TRY THIS

Banana pancakes – this one is super simple, basically you slice or mash bananas into your  regular pancake batter then make as normal pancakes. The banana makes the pancakes sweet enough that you don’t need any syrup. I also like to add some cinnamon for some extra flavor! I have also replaced the bananas with sliced apple before and it also works very well, any kind of berry would work here as well. A nice twist to these is to add some nuts for texture or even chocolate chips!

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*Banana pancakes image from http://www.crazyforcrust.com

INSTEAD OF

Flavored Oats – these are over laden with sugar and high in calories and carbs , with an average of 13g of sugar ad 33g of carbohydrates per serving.

TRY THIS

Overnight Oats – For people who don’t have alot of time in the morning, these are perfect for you , they are full of fibre  and are a good source of healthy carbohydrates and fat. Here’s how to make them :

Get a mason jar (a regular container with a cover can work as well) and put the following into the jar :

4-5 tablespoons of raw quick oats

1/2 cup milk (I use almond milk)

Dash of cinnamon (optional)

1 tsp flaxseed (optional)

1 tsp honey wheat germ (optional)

1-2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt

3 tablespoons of granola

Close the jar and leave overnight in the fridge,  the next morning,  it’s ready to eat! The oats absorb the milk during the night and make them soft,  all the other ingredients also “melt” together overnight and make a wonderful,  healthy breakfast on the go! Oats are known to be full of fibre and so they should keep you full until lunchtime.

You would notice that most of the ingredients above are really optional and this is what makes Overnight Oats so convenient and easy. Overnight Oats are completely customisable to everyone’s person taste,  I have made it with chocolate peanut butter before and it is delicious. Here are some other ingredients you can try adding to your overnight Oats: bananas,  strawberries,  chis seeds, mango,  almonds,  honey,  peaches  even coffee!  you can literally put anything in these babies and it would taste great!

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INSTEAD OF

Chicken salad sandwich  – Yes I know these are “oh so good” but the mayo used to make chicken salad has no nutritional value. In comparison, chicken has more calories , fat and cholesterol than turkey .

TRY THIS 

Turkey breast deli meat on whole grain bread with lettuce and tomatoes.  Turkey is a much leaner meat than chicken as mentioned above , whole grain bread is much healthier than white bread and it’s pretty obvious why tomatoes and lettuce are a good choice.  Whole grain bread provides a number of vitamins and a healthy dose of fiber, which makes it quite filling as well .For some extra flavor,  try to resist the urge to spread mayo all over your sandwich and instead try sprinkling some dried parsley,  garlic powder and dried cayenne pepper flakes (OK, a little mayo is permissible,  I’m not that hardcore).

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This list was meant to give you some simple , quick ideas for breakfast and hopefully it inspired you to try your own person twists on these to make them your own. I am not a chef nor a nutritionist , just someone sharing what works for me in my constant between my love for food and trying to be healthy.

Feel free to share your own fun and healthy (but tasty) breakfast options in the comments! =)

Eat , Win or Lose – Buffet Strat 101

Hey guys

So as many of you may or not know, besides shoes, hair color and weights (kind of) my one TRUE love is FOOD! I can’t help it, I’m a self confessed Foodie, and by that I mean I love trying new foods , all types and fashions  (except for live animals, I draw the line there.) One of my favorite things to do when I travel is try the local cuisine, I’m also a strong believer in “street food” , it’s where you get the authentic, real experience.

Since I am a huge fan of food, it should be expected that I love buffets right? Damn right I do! Buffets are my absolute favorite (good ones of course) and for good reason ,  a wide array of dishes, all in one place at one convenient price! What’s there not to love? Buffets can be quite daunting for many people as they are faced with such a large number of options and not quite sure how to maneuver their way to get the best experience possible. Since I was a teen I developed a “buffet strategy” if you will that enables you to experience everything the buffet has to offer and get the best value for your money (leaving the buffet without feel sick is also a plus).

Here goes my lesson on Buffet Strat 101:

BEFORE 

  • Don’t go on a empty stomach, you should eat something small in the morning (if it’s brunch that your’e going to) or have a small lunch if it’s dinner . The reason for eating something before you go is so that your stomach is “expanded” and you are able to eat more , I find that if I go somewhere to eat on an empty stomach I am not able to eat as much as I would have normally.
  • Wear comfortable shoes (ladies I’m talking to you) , because you will be making multiple trips to the buffet and walking in heels when you are already stuffed is not a good idea.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, guys do not wear slim fit shirts or tight pants and ladies do not wear bodycon dresses or you will instantly regret it . I think it’s pretty obvious why I’m advising against tight clothes ….

WARTIME – I have attached a handy war map at the end which summarizes the below!

  • Generally a buffet has an average of 6 stations , these consist of  1) Bread Station\Salads 2) Soups\Appetizers 3) Live Entree Station – usually pasta or another carb like Noodles 4) Live Meat Carving station – usually large meat items and that are carved as you request it e.g baked whole turkey , roast beef , pork ribs etc. 5)Entrees\Sides – usually a mix of rice\potatoes\vegetable\meat dishes and lastly but definitely not least , my favorite 6) Desserts!
  • Drink Water as your beverage of choice, juice, soft drink or cocktails only distract and interfere with the real flavor of the food
  • The rules are pretty simple , tackle each station (except number 6! ) in the order above, one station at a time ,but be careful to only take small amounts of each dish , this enables you to taste everything you want to and choose which dishes you absolutely love and must have more of, yes I did say MORE.  N.B – do NOT try any dishes you aren’t even remotely interested in e.g if you don’t like beets , don’t try the beet salad . I know this seems like common sense but sometimes when you’re surrounded by so much food, your taste buds tell you to try everything but don’t. This only takes up precious space in your stomach for much more satisfying delicious items.
  • After you have  finished sampling from all the stations and figured out which dishes you like the most, you make one more round and ONLY choose those favorite dishes  , it’ll be like heaven on a plate.
  • Once you’ve had your fill of savory , you can then celebrate your victory with dessert! Again, the tactic above is repeated with the dessert station, try one or a very small piece of whatever looks absolutely scrumptious to you, decide which you like best , then go for round two of desserts of only those items!

That’s it! Victory is yours!

Below is an example of what I have eaten at a buffet before, I combined 2\3 station trips together so I only did 4 in total .

N.B This is what works for me, as I said before I do eat more than the average female , feel free to leave out rounds 5 and 7 if you want (I normally combine 2 rounds into one plate so I don’t have to walk back and forth too much ) . I do not take responsibility for anyone who ends up feeling sick! you should know your own capacity =\ .

WAR MAP

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Enjoy and remember , life is too short to not eat what you want , always in moderation of course , being healthy always comes first.

Purple Hair Don’t Care

So let me start by saying that Purple is one of the most gorgeous colors I ever put in my hair, I will follow that comment with ,it is also the HARDEST color to maintain. The reason is simple really, according to basic color principles, purple is made from mixing red and blue together. By logic it would stand that when purple starts to fade it will fade to whichever color pigment is stronger in the particular purple that you used.

In my case when I decided to go purple I mixed two colors , Ion Brilliance Purple and Ion Brilliance Tanzanite, see colors and swatches below:

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If you are not familiar with this brand , let me be the first to tell you that their main advantage is the variety of colors that they offer, they have everything from pastels to bright vivid colors and everything in between. The other great thing about this brand is how affordable it is, I bought these on sale at Sally’s where it was buy 2 , get one free. The regular retail price was somewhere around $6US for one.

The downside of this brand is that the color is very thick and therefore hard to apply in your hair, when I say “thick” I am  not exaggerating, the texture is something similar to Pravana or peanut butter. In order for the mixture to be at a consistency which I can apply to my hair without driving myself crazy I had to mix it with conditioner (which also dilutes the color unfortunately).

 

The reason I decided to mix these two colors is that I wanted a true deep purple, something more along the lines of violet. The color result was amazing! I was self proclaimed Psylock from the X-Men .

 

The color was rich and my hair felt great, although conditioner dilutes the color, it’s fantastic for your hair, I left the color in for about 2 hours before I washed it out.  This particular shade lasted for a couple washes, but after a while started to fade to a kind of dark lavender color with some other shades of blue and green in between , which I actually loved as well…

Less than two months later I colored it again in the same exact shade of purple using the same colors , however nor more than 2 weeks later which included 3 visits to the beach and 2 pools, the purple has completely washed out and now my hair is a blue\green\grey color, which is why I say it’s the hardest to maintain (after the grey I attempted to do a while back).

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This particular purple faded to blue really quickly because it had more blue pigment than red. If you are trying to decide if to go purple, by all means, try it, it’s really beautiful, just be prepared for a pretty quick fade out!

I did a write up on how to maintain your hair color here – Color Upkeep Do’s and Don’ts which I would suggest you read if you want to keep your color for as long as possible!

Good Luck and Happy Coloring! 

Color Remover 2.0 – Product Review of Loreal Effasol Color Remover

Hey guys! So I got a “VAPS” last night (here in Trinidad that’s when you decide to do something on a whim without much thought of the consequences) and decided to use a color remover on my hair around 11:30 pm =\

I’ve been wanting to change my hair color to Lilac for a while now and despite my brain telling me it’s too late at night to start that process, I decided to do it anyways.

The last time I used a color remover was in September , which was actually very good , see my review Product Review – Beyond the Zone Radical Hair Color Remover . Since then I dyed my hair purple, which faded to blue , then to blue green….

I decided to try a new color remover since it was cheaper than the Beyond the Zone brand and it got higher reviews,  in a nut shell, it worked but the Loreal effasol was a bit harsher on my hair than the BTZ.

Here is what it looks like:

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This product is really for Professional Use only , so it is not readily available in your usual pharmacy, I actually ordered mine on Amazon.

The instructions tell you that you can either mix with water of with 20 volume creme developer, according to how much color you have in your hair, if your color is already light, you can mix with water, if it’s dark, you will need to use the developer.

My hair was medium blue mixed with teal and shades of green (pic below) but I did not have volume 20 developer, so I used a mixture of water and 30 volume developer. My exact mixture was :

2 packs of Loreal Effasol Color Remover

2.5ozs 30 volume creme developer

2.5 ozs warm water

This was the result :

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Do not apply this to clean hair! you need your hair to be at least somewhat dirty so that your hair’s natural oils can protect it from some of the chemicals in this product, it’s the same idea as using bleach .I sectioned my hair into three parts and applied the mixture with a tint brush  then left in my hair for an hour and rinsed out with a gentle shampoo followed by an argon oil treatment. Check out the before and after picture below.

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Overall , it worked very well, but it definitely dries out your hair, I slept overnight with a hair masque and my hair still felt “strawish” the next day and it is still a better option than bleaching the color out.

Tonight we go lilac! or we try to at least, I’ll post the results in my next entry!

Product Review – Beyond the Zone Radical Hair Color Remover

A few weeks back I visited Orlando on vacation and of course I had to make a visit to one of my favorite stores, Sally’s!

I went with the intention of getting purple hair dye since that was the next color I wanted to try but at the time my hair was blue and I would have needed to get the blue out before I put the purple in to get the true color.

I asked the girl at Sally’s to recommend a color remover and she gave me this one, Beyond The Zone Radical Hair Color Remover :

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Please excuse the fact that the packs are open in the picture, I forgot to take the picture before I used it.

Anyways, I used 3 packs for my hair (my hair goes down to my lower back) , there are two different ways to use this product, you can either mix each pack with 2oz of water OR 2oz of developer. You mix with water if you want a light lift, and with the developer if you want a couple levels of lift or for maximum color removal. I mixed it with vol 30 developer but that it because my hair was green by the time I was ready to use this. Always remember that the higher the volume of the peroxide , the more damaging to your hair, so depending on the health of your hair you might want to go with a volume 10 or 20 instead.

When you mix the remover with the water or developer you will get a thick creamy consistency, you then apply this on you this on your hair with a brush in sections. After applying you leave it in between 15 – 45 minutes, keep checking your hair until you see your desired level of color removal , then rinse out completely, followed by shampoo and a deep conditioner.  I left it on for about half hour after I finished applying to my hair, do NOT exceed 45 minutes.

You can see my before and after below:

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As you can see, this product worked really really well, it got out alot of the blue and green although I do still have patches of “olive green” still on my hair. I highly recommend this product , its easy to use and it WORKS, and my hair felt fine afterwards, just make sure and shampoo and condition.

If you live in the United States and have access to a Sally’s Beauty Supply, you are in luck as these only cost $3.99 each, however if you live outside of the US the only place I have seen it online is on Amazon for $3.94 per pack but you have to pay shipping of $5.90 .

I have not tried any of the other brands of color remover so I cannot compare it to anything else , but this worked really well for me and was inexpensive . If you go to a salon to get color removed , this process would cost alot more. I just wish I had bought more packs =( .

 

True Blue

After my red phase , my hair had faded to a copper\auburn with blond highlights, see below, which I didn’t necessarily hate, but I didn’t particularly love either..

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As usual, I got fed up of this color and decided it was once again time for  a change, and what would be the perfect color to try? My favorite, of course BLUE!

I didn’t want to do a bright blue and I also wanted a blue that I know would have covered  my auburn hair, since I did not want to bleach my hair , so I decided to go with Manic Panic’s After Midnight.

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This particular blue is very dark, similar to a navy, but your eventual color all depends on your starting color, for me it turned out a beautiful dark blue, which looked FANTASTIC in direct sunlight.

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Darker colors tend to make your hair look healthier and as I mentioned before, Manic Panic colors actually condition your hair so I was quite happy .The blue unfortunately washed out with every shampoo, and I did a recolor a few weeks later but added in Manic Panic’s Shocking Blue , and Ultra Violet with some Jerome Russel Atlantic Blue because I wanted the blur to be a bit brighter than before.

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As the color faded , it faded to a gorgeous teal with shades of blue and blond lol , due to the blond underneath.

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I loved having my hair blue, it somehow made me feel like a “badass” , but word of warning, when the blue starts to fade and wash out, your hair WILL turn green! It will go from blue → teal →green → olive green , essentially your hair will start looking like sewage lol, and you will hate it, or at least I did.

P.S If you are contemplating changing your hair color to blue, note that the eventual green that your hair will become, is the hardest color to get out of hair. It took me forever to get the green out and I also was never able to get it out 100% , not to mention over processing my hair and damaging it in the process. You can check out my post on how to get fashion color out of your in the link below:

How to Fade Color

After the blue I decided I wanted to go GREY! But that’s a whole other post, that was an extremely long and tedious process, stay tuned!

How to Fade Hair Color

If you’re anything like me, you get fed up having the same hair color for too long and need to change it quite often!

The good thing about “fashion color” , which is any color out of the ordinary, is that it comes in many different temporary and semi-permanent brands. Once a color is temporary or semi-permanent, it’s possible to fade your color much quicker than having to wait for it to grow out.

There are quite a number of ways to do this, some of which I have already tried and which I am going to explain below:

  • Anti-dandruff shampoo – This is the “safest” way to fade your color, you just replace your regular shampoo with anti-dandruff shampoo such as Head and Shoulders . The good thing about this method is that it’s pretty harmless on your hair and you can repeat it as much and as often as you want. This works best when your color isn’t too old, the longer your color has been in your hair the harder it would be to fade. browse_24_collections_retina2
  • Vitamin C tablets – For this method you need to crush vitamin C tablets into a fine powder (I used the effervescent type) and mix with you shampoo, then apply to your hair and leave in for about 30 minutes before you wash out. I have used this technique numerous times , but I only left it in for about 5 minutes each time, I have also combined the Vitamin C with the Head and Shoulders shampoo for extra “power” . The major downside to this method is that Vitamin C is VERY drying to your hair , you hair will feel dry and brittle after this method , so what I would do is , after washing out the shampoo and Vitamin C from my hair I would apply a deep conditioner mask and leave for a few minutes before washing out.packs
  • Clarifying shampoo – This is the safest method to fade your color, clarifying shampoo is a special type of deep cleansing shampoo, it cleanses and “detoxifies” your hair from all styling products and everyday pollutants like smoke , dust etc. Since it’s made specifically for hair, you can be rest assured it safe to use and will not damage your hair. In order to use this to fade your color you shampoo like usual but leave it in for about 30 minutes before washing out, make sure to use conditioner afterwards as some clarifying shampoos can be a bit drying. I actually combined the clarifying shampoo with the vitamin C as well. This method works really well on recently dyed hair , I used the Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner and my hair felt pretty good, but it just wasn’t strong enough to use on my blue hair (I ended up using all of these methods to get my blue dye out, more on that in another post!)
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  • Bleach Wash  – Personally, I think this one was the most effective BUT it’s also the most damaging, I mean, the name says it all, Bleach . The reason it’s called a bleach wash is that it’s not pure bleach and peroxide that you are putting in your hair , it’s diluted with  shampoo, thank goodness! For this, you would need regular hair bleaching powder, I used half 20 vol and half 30vol peroxide (but you can use 10vol as well but, the higher the peroxide volume level the stronger it is, but also, the more damaging) and shampoo , your regular shampoo is fine but clarifying is better. The mixture for this is 1:2:1 . i.e equal amount of bleach powder and peroxide and twice the amount of shampoo e.g 1oz bleach + 1oz peroxide +2oz shampoo . After making your bleach wash mixture, dampen your hair, do NOT shampoo, your hair should actually be a couple days old so that the natural oils can provide some kind of protection for your hair from the bleach. Apply the mixture and let it sit in your hair , you would need to keep checking it and wash out at the desired level of lightening\fading. However, do not leave in your hair for more than 30 minutes and after rinsing be sure to apply a deep conditioner.                                                                   Do not use this method often or you will definitely end up with dry, over processed hair that when wet feels like elastic (yes , I have been there , done that and it was terrible). I would advise that if you are going this route, wait 2 weeks in between bleach washes.

There are other methods you can use to fade your color but since I have not tried them myself , I prefer not to write about them.

Here are some general tips for fading color:

  1. Always wash your hair in warm\hot water
  2. The sun or chlorine helps fade color really quickly so if you can get to a pool, you can do double duty on your hair!
  3. Salt water is also very good to fade color, so make a trip to the beach!
  4. Always, always DEEP CONDITION after every fading treatment, every single method mentioned above is very drying to your hair
  5. Wash your hair often, clarifying shampoo is best

The first pic below is when my blue hair started fading and turned teal\green, and the second pic was after numerous fading treatments and toner !

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Color Upkeep Do’s and Don’ts

Let me begin by saying that this is going to be list of general Do’s and Don’ts to help resist color fading as much as possible and I’m going to be doing a review on the products that I use , feel free to try another brand and you can even leave your own review in the comments!

Do’s

  1. Use Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner , sulfates cause your color to fade much quicker , there are different lines that do Sulfate free shampoos and conditioners. Initially, I used the Loreal Sulfate Free system, both the EverPure and EverSleek lines but honestly I did not really like either. I trusted this line because it’s Loreal, and they are experts in hair care, but both of these left my hair feeling “heavy” and I never really got that really clean feeling, not to mention that the shampoo itself never really got “sudsy and foamy” so maybe that’s why it never really felt clean. It was also a bit pricey but comparable to other sulfate free lines.loreal-hair-sulfate-free I recently discovered a new line of hair care products called Hask . The range includes shampoos, conditioners, deep conditioners and shine oils based on the key ingredients of Argan Oil, Monoi Coconut Oil, Charcoal Citrus Oil, Macadamia Oil, Keratin Protein Oil, Bamboo Oil, Kalahari Melon Oil, and Mint Almond Oil. HASK Shampoos, Conditioners and Shine Oils are free of sulfates, parabens, drying alcohols, phthalates, gluten and artificial colors. I am in LOVE with this product, I use the  Kalahari Melon Oil Color Protection shampoo and conditioner. This has been a lifesaver for me,  it smells so yummy and my hair feels fantastic after, it’s soft, feels very “light” and my hair feels clean! AND it’s very affordable! Definitely cheaper than the Loreal line, I honestly cannot say enough good things about this line, if you are looking for a sulfate free line of products, I recommend these. hask-melon-oil-shampoo2
  2. Wash your hair in cool or cold water as much as possible, as mentioned in a previous post, hot water opens up the “pores” in your hair and hence your hair color goes down the drain. Cold\Cool water seals up those “pores” and your color remains intact.
  3. It’s a good idea to use a pre-wash primer in your hair to help protect your color while shampooing . Pre-wash primers are usually  contain different oils to create a barrier between your color and water (as you would already know, oil and water don’t mix) . I use two different primers, not at the same time, one was more expensive than the other so I use that one sparingly. The more expensive one I use is called the Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash primer , it’s part of their sulfate free system.nexxus_colorassure_prewashprimer_900x900It seems to work very well in preserving color, it also has very good reviews online, I bought this one in Walgreen’s (I think) or maybe it was Burlington…the point is , I cannot find it here in Trinidad so I try not to use it too often. Anyone who is familiar with Nexxus knows that it’s a trusted brand for haircare, can’t go wrong here. The other product that I use is much more economical and I was able to get it in my own country, it’s the Garnier Fructis Color Iliuminate Marvelous Oil . This product is actually a “5 action Hair Elixir” which means it can be used 5 different ways: 1. Pre-Shampoo Treatment: Apply to hair (wet or dry) before shampooing to help prime hair locks for gentle cleaning.2. Boost Conditioning: Add 1 or 2 drops to your conditioner to help get rid of pesky knots and tangles.3. Blow-Dry Protector: Apply to damp to help protect when blow drying.4. Finish With Hi-Watt Shine: Apply to damp or dry ends to help smooth split ends and tame flyaways.5. Treat Hair Overnight:To restore softness while you sleep, work into wet or dry hair and leave in overnight.

    Honestly, I have only used it as a pre-wash primer and to smoothe out my ends, and it works great for those purposes, I can’t speak for the others listed above.p0066_packshot

     

  4. Protect your hair from UV rays. For this I use a product from the Loreal EverPure Sulfate Free line, called UV Protect Spray, you spray this on dry or damp hair to protect your color from harmful UV rays which will fade your color. I normally spray this on my hair right after I wash it.957167

Now for the Don’ts!

Don’ts

  1. Do not wash your hair everyday! This is a no-brainer, try to minimize washing to every 2-3 days , I understand that everyone’s hair is different and your hair may start to look oily or dirty by the day after washing, but that’s what hair bands are for! Trust me, if you want to keep your color as long as possible, dry shampoo needs to become your best friend. Basically , dry shampoo “refreshes” your hair, it’s a spray which has a powdery consistency that soaks up oil from your hair, so it does appear as flat. They also smell very pleasant so people think you just washed your hair,  haha! Seriously though, if you want to maintain your color , get one of these!  I use one by Garnier called Volume Extend Instant Bodifier, it works well enough, not as much as I would like but I want to finish this can before I try another brand.a6fcfd1d-256e-415c-a5e6-4cc58c99cf57-w960
  2. Try as much as possible to avoid getting your hair wet, either in the rain , at the beach, in the pool etc. Pretty much everything, everywhere will make your color fade (not to mention make your color run like crazy). Word of warning, when your hair gets wet, the color will run on EVERYTHING, your clothes, your pillow case , your towel etc. What I recommend is, if you wash your hair before bed, sleep with a towel on your pillow, if you are going to the beach, tie your hair up in a bun on top your head and do not submerge your head into the water ,you can also wear a swimming cap if you like, but personally I’m too vain for that. If you happen to get caught in a downpour, RUN FOR COVER! By the way, your color will also run when you sweat, I have ended up with my white gym top turning pink on many occasions, so you can wear a headband to avoid this.
  3. Limit your use of hair styling tools like curling irons and straightening irons, heat damages your hair . If you have colored your hair chances are that you already bleached it previously or used some sort of chemical in your hair, which means that your hair already has some level of damage. Using heat on your hair (including hair dryers) will damage your hair further and make your color also appear dull. I know it’s pretty impossible to not use styling tools sometimes , so if that is the case , use a heat protectant spray, I use  Suave Professionals Heat Protection spray , this is the only brand that I have tried so I can’t compare it to anything else, but it seems to work well, my hair does not feel “fried” or “crispy” when I style my hair.apiosrtsi__69441-1383525226-500-500

I think that’s about it for now, if I remember anything else I will add them in =) . As always feel free to ask any questions or comment  !