I feel pretty sheepish whenever I talk about my hair color…
cause it’s been quite the miniature saga. One I’d like for other people to be able to skip the crappy parts of (if they are brunettes or fake brunettes who are wanting to go light like I did) so I want to share my experience of doing it the wrong way and then doing it the right way. For those of you who haven’t been following along, I’ll catch you up real quick!
I was born blonde. Dyed it dark in my 20’s (REALLY DARK) stayed that way for 7ish years and decided I wanted to go back blonde.
I was rash and impatient. I bleached it all at once and toned it all and when we were done it looked really good! BUT.. it didn’t last. I spent the next few months fighting the orange that came rushing back in as soon as I’d shampooed my hair. I tried taking it lighter to get rid of the orange which didn’t work but did give me a chemical haircut. Meaning I lost about half my hair.
Finally I got sick of fighting and feeling like my hair was going to fall out and by then it was way too light for my comfort so I colored it back dark so I could let it recover.
I gave it a year in a half, didn’t touch it with a blow dryer or lather, and slept in coconut oil weekly.
I still hadn’t given up on getting back to my natural color but I was determined to be extremely patient this time and do it the right way.
This time we started by putting fine highlights through the whole thing. This way we could get the color past the orange point without damaging all of the hair at once. After that I didn’t love the color because it was a little streaky and unblended but I knew that was part of the process. I then waited a couple of months and we did the same thing again (avoiding the prior highlights) Now it looked a little more blended but still wasn’t great. I decided to wait as long as I possibly could hold out to do the process again and nurture my hair in the meantime (which was pretty easy because I’d been pregnant and pretty sick anyhow so not having fantastic hair wasn’t making me that stressed.) After a few months I felt like my hair was ready for another round. So I had and amazing stylist Danielle White work her magic with the blending and lightening.
We made a little video of the process:
Here’s what she did:
Heavy bleach weave 2 inches off the scalp to avoid hot roots and give a smudged look. Tone at the shampoo bowl, leave of the ends around the face.
Tone 5 minutes with 8n and 7nb. After you rinse you may need to soften any line or smudge roots more with 6n, 7nb
My advice to anyone trying to go light who is terrified of brass do it with foils the old fashioned way and HAVE PATIENCE! You might feel like you’ve been transported to the Britney era for a while with your not-so-cute streaks but it’s only temporary. If you lighten too much at once and end up orange it’s gonna take a miracle to fix it.
Funny thing about mid-toned colors is how much the lighting can change them! The photo below looks more blonde than it does in real life I think.
Before and after Danielle did her Magic (and added some LacedHair Clip-ins as well the Ombre 3/8 are SUCH a gorgeous wheat color that look so natural and the ombre blends really well!)
Danielle is based out of Laguna Beach CA but she also does online education for stylist get all the info here.
I also made Danielle over while I was there, I’ll post that beautiful before and after next monday!
I’m so excited about the low maintenance upkeep of being able to grow my roots! When it was dark I had to touch them up every two weeks or else I’d look like I was balding:)