Sunday, 7 June 2015

| Balayage Summer Hair Tutorial | How I lightened my dark brown hair to dark blonde

Hey guys! This post will briefly explain how I took my hair from dark brown: 

To a balayaged dark blonde:

Firstly, I had to bleach my hair. I did this twice, using the Jerome Russell B Blonde High Lift Bleach Powder. This is for use on dark to medium hair and I got it in Boots or Superdrug. (Linked). Worth nothing that when you buy this, you also need to buy the lotion to go with it. (I used volume 30 but for stubborn hair maybe try the 40.) I mixed it up in a ceramic bowl and bought this tinting brush from Superdrug as well, and then applied it using the technique illustrated in this Youtube video. My boyfriend kindly did the backs for me!

I bleached my hair twice in two days, leaving the bleach in for 45 minutes each time. The end result was a yellow/orange mix which I knew would happen. Your hair will always go orange if you are bleaching it and it has been dyed previously. It's unavoidable. I left my hair for 24 hours to rest, before adding the toner. The only way to get the orange and warm tones out of bleached hair is to use a toner or purple tinted dye. Any hair dye with the words 'cool' or 'ash' in the name will be purple tinted. To take my hair from the picture on the left to the picture on the right below, I used a permanent Clairol Nice 'n' Easy dye in the shade Natural Dark Cool Blonde #7 (formally 106D). As you can see below this eradicated any warm tones.

The dye was not put on my roots, only on the ends and where it had been bleached. I'm not going to lie and say that my hair wasn't damaged because it was. This was done after I had about 5 inches cut off so my hair was in a stronger condition to take the bleach. If I hadn't had my hair cut I'm not sure how it would have survived. It is now pretty dry, but not breaking or to the point where I can't use heat on it. I'm using various products on it at the moment to strengthen and condition it which seem to be working. I'll do a blog post on this soon so keep your eyes peeled! I think the colour came out well though and is much better for the summer. Let me know if you decide to try a balayage/ombre effect too!

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joyce goes said...

Looks beautiful!

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