So, yesterday I set out on a mission to lighten my hair so I could dye it red and get it like this:
So I went out and bought L’Oreal Super Blonde (#200) at the local drug store and some Garnier Haircolor in Pomegranate.
I followed the directions in the L’Oreal box (didn’t do a strand test, though. Yeah, I’m hard core). I knew I didn’t need to get my hair platinum and my hair already has red undertones in it so I knew it wouldn’t get platinum even if I tried (red hair is REALLY hard to get blonde, at least with box bleach, because the molecules are much bigger. Just a little science for you). I just wanted it lighter so I knew the red dye would be more brilliant. I also didn’t mind that there was some color variation in the end result because I did want high and low lights after I was all done dyeing the crap out of my hair.
I left the bleach in for about 15 minutes, checked it, applied a little more to where it was getting a bit dried out, and then waited another 15 minutes. I could see that the ends were getting lighter than the rest of it (that is where I first started applying the bleach because the ends of my hair were a little darker than the rest, thanks to having dyed my hair before) so I decided to rinse it out and shampoo it with the handy dandy moisurizing shampoo that came in the L’Oreal box.
After coming out of the shower my hair was definitely orange (which I expected) but had some interesting highlighting effects going on. I warned Noah that I would be walking around with strange colored hair for the night (I wanted to wait until the next day to give my hair a break before using the red dye). But after letting it air dry and styling it a little I decided I really like it the way it is!
It is definitely unnatural (to say the least) and has a lot of variation as far as highlighting (the little bit of blonde in the front is because I had bleached that area a while back to get a little blonde whisp) but I’m really really am enjoying it.
I’ve always experimented with my hair color and am not afraid of bold color (I did have bright magenta hair in middle school. My “boyfriend” at the time dumped me because of it lol). Apparently there is a girl in a band called Paramore who has a very similar thing going on. I am not familiar with the band or the girl but I think she looks adorable and do not at all mind sharing a hair color with her.
It is wild and fun and definitely goes with my playful spirit lately. I will also be embracing the style of two of my coworkers who have pink hair and grey/violet hair.
It is a little dry (to be expected) but I am not going to wash it for a couple more days and then do an Olive Oil treatment at the ends before my next shower. If you have dry hair I would definitely recommend piling on olive oil and leaving it in your hair for as long as you can stand. It definitely helps. Also try to get yourself an all natural shampoo and conditioner with NO chemicals in it. If you can’t read an ingredient just don’t buy it. Using hair products without sulphates or harsh chemicals also helps your hair grow longer because you’re hair is happy and not being beaten up by chemicals on a constant basis (says the girl who just bleach-attacked her hair…) Aubrey Organics is REALLY good and really healthy for your hair.
Anyways, what do you all think??