If you follow me on Twitter or know me IRL then you know that I got my “hair did” this past Saturday. First of all I think I should share with you a little of my hair history. My hair is naturally a darker medium brown with red highlights (thanks a bunch dad). I quite like to be a little more bold and adventurous when it comes to my hair. In fact in the past I have done just about everything you can imagine to my hair at one point or another. I’ve done everything from shaving most of my head to coloring it every color of the rainbow. For the past year or so, I feel as though I’ve been in a bit of a hair rut. For a while I had grand plans to grow my hair out long (which was a bad bad plan), then last September I came to my senses and after seven long months I finally cut it shorter again. I had also kept my hair it’s natural color throughout this time as well in spite of the fact that I received a plethora of grey hairs when I turned thirty. Ugh! Well the past few months I have been itching for a change. Perhaps it sounds silly but I just wasn’t feeling like myself. Instead I was feeling kind of dumpy and boring. So alas, I finally came to a decision and booked an appointment with my hair stylist extraordinaire, Julia.
Upon arriving at the salon, I explained to Julia roughly what I wanted and showed her a picture I had on my phone to give her a better idea. When I showed her the picture, her face lit up and she seemed so excited to do the cut and color, which was nice to see to be honest. I had notified her ahead of time that I wanted to lighten my hair and therefore warned her that I’ve had difficulty in the past because of the red tone in my hair so that she would be prepared. Well let me tell you, it was quite the process to get my hair blond. I was at the salon from 10:00 am to about 1:15 pm and it hardly took her any time to cut my hair as it was short to begin with and just needed a bit of trim and minimal reworking. What took so long was bleaching the hell out of my hair…not once…but twice. I am just so glad I brought my Kindle along. The first round of bleaching pretty well pulled all of the color out of my hair. Unfortunately though my hair was still really yellow so they rinsed me and did one more round of bleach. Boy did that do the trick! Julia was able to get my hair the most blond it has ever been. Then it was back home to finish the job.
You’re probably wondering what I mean since my hair was now a rather nice shade of blond. Well that was not exactly the color I had in mind and trust me, blond hair just does not suit my my red splotchy ghostly complexion anyhow. I had in fact decided to go with lavender. Friday I had gone into town and purchased some shampoo and conditioner for lightened blond hair as well as some violet hair dye. If you’re wondering why I didn’t just buy lavender hair dye (there is a much lighter lilac color available by the way), it’s because I wanted to have more control over the color and the jar of violet will go much further since I”ll only ever be using a small amount of it. I will provide more information on these products below if you’re interested by the way. So what I did was mix just a little of the violet hair dye with a substantial amount of conditioner until I achieved the desired color. I intentionally went really light just to be safe. I figured that if it turned out lighter than I wanted then I could always go back and do it a bit darker. It’s best to apply with a hair color brush as this helps ensure more even and thorough coverage, but I didn’t have one so I slapped on with my gloved hands. I then let it sit for a little over thirty minutes before rinsing thoroughly until the water ran clear. Since my hair had just been lightened I didn’t use shampoo as I normally would have. Instead I went ahead and gently towel dried my hair and added a tiny amount of my new conditioner to leave in before allowing my hair to dry naturally. In fact I do not plan to wash my hair, use heat or any product on it for the first few days to allow the ph levels normalize as well as to allow the natural oils to return not to mention to give my scalp well needed rest. So now that all is said and done, I am quite happy with the results. I will be putting a little more violet hair color on later this week though as I would like it to be just a tad more vibrant and to even things out a bit. As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.
FYI: Toners are typically used by stylists to tone down the yellow or brassiness when lightening hair. There are also special blue or purple tinted shampoos on the market that you can purchase to use at home to achieve this same effect. However there is yet another option, perhaps a less costly and more effective one at that, which is essentially the method I used to achieve my lavender hair color. You would of course use a much smaller amount of purple or blue hair color and significantly more conditioner. With that said though, it is always best to be sure to do some research or better yet, consult a professional before giving this a try just to be on the safe side.
If you live in the Coburg area and are looking for a great salon then I would highly recommend Friseur Julia Göring.
*Mollie Sugden, “Mrs. Slocombe” image courtesy of Aveleyman
By the way, I will post a better picture later this week once I intensify the color and style it better.