Brunette to Blonde to Brunette
it's been a long two years...
So after many years of arguing my hair was "BROWN, not black!", I made the big decision to go blonde. Now for a lifetime silky-haired brunette, this isn't an over night step. I'm definitely not the only one who has experienced the struggle of trying to go blonde.
*Queue* very long blog post.
To kick off the process I chose to have my hair stripped then... Uh-oh GINGER HAIR.
The bleach used on my hair, just took the darkness from my hair, leaving it a dark gingery, patchy colour. For £70, I'd recommend staying away from stripping your hair. The whole texture of my hair was completely ruined, and having to have highlights on top to balance the colour, certainly didn't help.
If I had my time again, I'd much rather start with highlights/balayage and gradually build the lightness in my hair up than kill it all in one go.
Unfortunately, I had no choice but to continue with highlights every 3/4 weeks. The highlights didn't really help the ginger colour, and the only way to tone down the brassy tones, was to use a toner. This was the WORST part of my hair journey. The bluey/grey toner, claims to target the brassiness. In reality, it clings to the bleached parts of your hair and remains in blue streaks for 2-3 weeks. The only advice I got for this, was to wash my hair, which made no difference to the blue shades. I did find a product, Herbal Essences' Fresh Balance Clarifying shampoo, that actually managed to take a lot of the ashy tones out. It basically strips your hair of dirtiness, so this excess colour comes straight out... It is very drying, so plenty of conditioner is needed, but this was the only thing I'd highly recommend for toner problems. However, it was extremely upsetting, that every month there was, at most, 1 week where my hair actually looked okay. Then before I knew it, BOOM and the black roots were back soI had to repeat the whole process again.
After a year of this cycle, I left my hairdresser and decided to go it alone. Hours and hours spent on forums, and other blogs, brought me to a product stocked at Superdrug. For just £1.69, I found the gem that is Jerome Russell's B Blonde Cream Peroxide 40 Vol. Mixing this liquid peroxide, with the Maximum Lift powder bleach from the same range, I pasted the mixture onto all the roots around my head. Yes, there is a slight burning/itchy sensation which is expected from bleach, but it doesn't last for long. After about 45-50 minutes, I washed the mixture out thoroughly. My roots were now, illuminous yellow. However, I followed the bleach with Garnier Belle Colour 9.13 Light Ash Beige Blonde, which was my saviour. Applying two boxes of this dye, the ash component counteracted the bright yellow tones, where as the beige counteracted the ashy tones leaving a gorgeous light blonde colour. I finally found the perfect combination!!!
My luck ran out after a 6/7 months, when Garnier decided to discontinue the most perfect coloured dye EVER MADE.
I sadly had to make do with random hair dyes and using trial and error, to test different blonde shades to try and achieve the same look I once had. None gave the same finish. With my hair thickness basically diminished and the overall health of my hair depleting, as of May 2016, I decided that going back to my roots (literally) was my best option.
Layering 2 boxes of the darkest brown hair dye that Tesco stocked, on my head, the blonde was gone. That 2 years of blondeness, was over in an instant... On the plus side, I LOVE my hair back dark, I feel like me again!!!
If you actually managed to get to the end of this post, and you're in the same predicament I found myself in, I hope I've helped in some type of way. Thanks for reading!