FROM BRUNETTE TO BLONDE IN ONE SESSION!

FROM BRUNETTE TO BLONDE IN ONE SESSION!

A couple of years ago I decided I wanted blonde hair and I wanted it THEN! ¬†I posted about it, but somehow that post got lost ūüôĀ GRRR! ¬†So for those of you out there than want to try lightening your own hair (oh yes, did I mention I did this myself with a couple of my girlfriends?) ¬†I letting you know what steps I took and what products I used.
Now I will say, that if I were to do it again (which I actually might do soon….) I wouldn’t force it in one session. ¬†I would be a little more patient and split it into two or three. ¬†That way the I would have kept the integrity of my hair better. ¬†I’ll also say that the upkeep is very tedious and difficult. ¬†I ended up going back dark after only a few months because I didn’t dare continue bleaching my roots alone, and to get it done professionally would come out to around $100+ each time….so I would have actually done more of a highlight + lowlight style in order to allow my roots to grow out while still looking pretty natural and buy me more time before needing to color it again. ¬†Just some things to take into consideration.

 

:: PRODUCTS USED ::

1. The key to all of this is OLAPLEX.  What is Olaplex you ask, in lamest terms, it makes it so you can go lighter without inflicting much damage.  For a fuller description go HERE.  Now you can only purchase this if you have a professional license.  So either find someone who uses it, (but that does get more expensive$$$) OR if your really lucky, you may know someone who will give you a bit to try out.

2. Flash Lift lightener-There’s really no particular reason why I use this brand. ¬†It just has good reviews, many of my friends use it, and some Youtubers I follow like it….I’ve just always used it.

3. Wella Charm toner- I combined T11 & T18

 

So for those of you who are braving this venture with no experience or have any idea what toner is…I’ll explain it all here. ¬†Now first thing to remember is to NEVER, EVER, EVER, NEVER ¬†lighten your hair with boxed dyes…actually NEVER use box dye PERIOD! ¬†Color DOES NOT lift color. ¬†AKA you cannot take a box of blonde dye from the drugstore, put it on your brown hair and expect to magically come out with BLONDE. ¬†It just doesn’t work!. ¬†You need to REMOVE the brown in order to get to blonde. ¬†You with me so far?
So here is what I did.  Now remember I was using Olaplex, which is why I dared go for blonde in one sitting.  Other words, I would have spread it out into 2 or 3 as mentioned before.

STEP ONE:  I sectioned my hair into 4 sections so that I could better manage the time.  Also I had two of my friend come over to help apply the bleach so that it we could move faster.
Mix the bleach with a 30 or 40 volume developer. ¬† I like THIS one.¬† Then do a light weave (don’t just apply bleach to entire head otherwise there will be no dimension). ¬†I also left the bottom layer of my hair alone so that I would have dark beneath…I just like that look is all.

STEP TWO:  Let the bleach sit.  I waited until the hair turned to a banana like yellow.
STEP THREE:  Apply toners.  Toner helps balance out the colors.  For example mine was a little yellow/orangy after washing out the bleach.  So I combat that with a toner that is violet based (T18) But I also wanted a bit of an ashy blonde so I added the T11 as well.  After doing this I had my ash blonde color.  It was an adventure and quite the funny experience.
It was almost 2 years ago now, so I’m probably missing some interesting details. ¬†But basically I followed my fav Hair Youtube sensation Mandi, and everything I did I referred to this video. ¬†I linked it below.
XOXO

 

 

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