My new blonde hair color has been looking really drab and brassy lately, so I decided to take it to the next level and really brighten it up.
Although I would normally never recommend doing this, I bravely did it myself at home last Sunday instead of going to a professional salon. I WANTED a professional to lighten my hair, but I really have to pinch pennies right now since I am in the middle of the slowest part of the year for me. Fortunately, I have a few years of experience with lightening my own hair, and I have several old friends who are hair dressers who have given me plenty of tips and advice, so I felt confident that I could once again go blonder with a do-it-myself color job.
In order to eliminate the brassiness and lighten my hair to the next level, I started by VERY CAREFULLY bleaching my entire head of hair. I left the bleach on my hair for 35 minutes while watching it like a hawk. After I rinsed out the bleach, my hair was a bright yellow color with some pale orange and pink tones. If I had left the bleach on for longer, which I did not need to do nor did I feel safe doing, my hair would have turned out a near-white platinum blonde color. A lot of women who bleach their hair blonde simply leave their hair like that, which I call the “porn star” bleach blonde look (coughBrittMchenrycough). But that isn’t the shade of blonde I was going for. So after I bleached the remaining dark tones out of my hair, I then covered it with a medium ash blonde shade of hair color to soften it and give it a more natural blonde look.
What I basically did was double process my hair all in one day, which is not recommended unless done by a professional hair stylist. However, I have done this before many times way back when I was in my early 20’s, so I know how to carefully and successfully do it. And it turned out FABULOUS. I was very pleased with the results. Of course, I did have some dryness and breakage near the ends of my hair from the double processing, but I fixed that by going to a salon the next day and getting about two inches cut off. I decided to go for another change and asked the stylist to cut my hair up to the shortest layer in order to get rid of all my layers and have all of my hair be the same length.
The cut shortened my hair length up to right above my shoulders, so now I will have to re-grow my hair out all over again. But just like with the color, I was very pleased with the results of the haircut. My hair is now far easier to straighten with a flat iron and it lays so much better now. It will look really good once it grows super long again. This is actually the first time I’ve had my hair cut all the same length since I was 18 years old!! I’ve had layered hair for almost 20 years. This is a nice simple change, and now I can focus on growing out my hair again and keeping my dark root growth in check without having to get a hair trim every few weeks to keep my layers from getting shaggy.
In order to keep my hair style from looking too plain and boring, I flat iron most of my hair straight, but I use a large sized barrel curling wand to create backwards waves around my face. It gives my hair sort of a retro early 80’s “Betty Childs” look. I love both the color and the cut!!!
I’ve been patting myself on the back for doing such a great job with the blonde color myself. It looks just as good as if a professional stylist had colored it, and I saved a ton of money by doing it myself. My hair didn’t turn out orange and it didn’t fall off, so I consider it a success!! And keeping the new brown root color in check will be easy as pie. All I have to do is color over it with the same medium ash blonde hair color and then bleach the root area every two or three months when the brassy colored new growth area starts to become noticeable. And to keep my color from oxidizing and turning brassy, I’ve begun using special hair products specifically for blonde hair such as Clariol Shimmer Lights shampoo…a.k.a. “Purple Shampoo”…and Sheer Blonde conditioner by John Freida.
And according to my friends, I look like a blonde Anne Hathaway in the first photo and Katherine Heigl in the second photo. Both women are favorites of mine, so I say “AWESOME!!” 🙂