Last weekend I finally took the plunge with something I have been wanting to do for quite a while! I went from beach blonde to BLEACH blonde. I figured, if I can commit to something as permanent as a tattoo, then I could take a risk with this. I'm happy to say it paid off! This post is just a little information about the process and how I am now looking after my hair, as I never had to worry about it as much before, but the aftercare for bleached hair is pretty essential.
In my own personal opinion, something major like this needs to be done in a salon, I wouldn't risk attempting to bleach my own hair at home. That's a bit too much responsibility for me. It was worth investing in a trip to the hairdressers, because my hair needed cutting anyway and it made the whole process into a less stressful experience. It feels more like being pampered when you have someone else do your hair for you. I also worked out that with the cost of two boxes of bleach (because I have longer hair), two boxes of toner, silver shampoo & conditioner (not to mention the time it takes to ready all the instructions and not destroy my towels in the process), it wasn't any cheaper anyway!
After a quick conversation with my hairdresser, who I know from previous trips to Hair & Beauty Link (Rainhill), she started mixing the bleach. I had gone in for a skin test a few weeks earlier and shown her some photos of what I was looking for, so it was easier to get started when I arrived for my appointment. I've never bleached my hair before and I know it's not the best thing for you, so aftercare is important. I got some tips from my hairdresser, because this was a long visit taking in total about 3 1/2 hours.
NO GOING BACK NOW
The bleach was applied (which took quite a while because I have pretty long and thick hair) then once most my hair was covered we played the waiting game. It's no fun when you don't have wifi or data on your mobile either, lesson learned. After reading multiple magazines and editing photos on my phone, I began to see the colour lighten, this was when panic set it. Had I made the right decision? I'd been dreaming about white blonde, platinum silver hair for the past few months so I tried to ignore the doubt and thought if the worst happened, I could just go back darker. It's not like trying to get light hair back once you've dyed it dark, I did this in high school and it took years to get my natural 'baby spice' blonde back.
After the bleach had been left on for about an hour and we could see that it had lightened my hair enough, she then mixed up more of it too bleach my roots. Now, because these were completely 'virgin' (untouched by any hair dye products) the bleach took to these a lot quicker and they ended up virtually white (in no time at all). This is why she didn't put the bleach on the whole of my head because we were aiming to get an even colour all over. It's also not recommended because bleach on your skin can get uncomfortable, so I've heard. I didn't have any problems luckily, if anything it felt like a normal dye job, just like my previous experiences when dying my hair at home in the past.
Another 20 minutes later, my hair was finally ready to be washed. She used plenty of conditioner and silver shampoo to tone down any brassiness that was left. There was some slightly blonde parts that hadn't fully lifted (my own fault for all the colour experimenting over the last 12 months. Did you know, pink is difficult to shift out of blonde hair), but all together it was a pretty even tone. This is one of the most difficult things to achieve yourself, especially as you can't see the back of your head.
I only wanted a little trim to get rid of any split ends and a quick cut in the front to frame my face a bit more. It wasn't until she began drying my hair I realised just how light it had actually gone. The colour was very bright! I think now it could have done with some toner on it but I had plans to go out afterwards with my sister. I decided against it because this was something I could work on at home. I didn't take a photo after just leaving the hairdressers because there were still some strong blonde tones, but it was completely fine to go out around Liverpool with in the afternoon. (The pictures below are from the day after). Once it had a couple of washes with the BLEACH LONDON silver shampoo and conditioner, as well as an overnight treatment with some hydrating hair mask by MARK HILL, I was officially a 'Targaryen'.
I'm super happy with the finished result (for now). I can be quite impatient which was why I spent the following two nights shampooing and conditioning to get the colour right. I didn't realise the difference the products would make! Having never used silver shampoo before. I got the BLEACH LONDON silver shampoo & conditioner from Boots, along with the Mark Hill MiracOILous 2 Minute Mask. The mask smells sensational, very tropical and has Moroccan Argon Oil in it.
Now the silver shampoo says to leave on for 5 minutes but I left it on for closer to 15 (for a more intense colour). Then I used the silver conditioner afterwards and these worked wonders on toning out the remaining brassiness. In certain lighting there are still more blonde bits than I would like, I'm hoping that by using more of the silver shampoo and conditioner in the coming weeks, I can get it to the silvery finish. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with the process, it wasn't as complicated or nerve wracking as I had been anticipating. Bleaching can seem like a daunting experience and after watching some blogs were people had struggled to do it at home I opted for a salon, and found it to be an exciting makeover. I've since slept in my MiracOILous Mask a few times and it really has helped the silky smooth condition of my hair. I can't wait to get out and take some photos for future posts with my new do.
Not going to lie I do feel a little like a member of 'The X-Men'. I've already had one friend tell me it makes me look like a superhero, another call me Casper and the obvious 'Game of Thrones' reference (Daenerys Targaryen). You always worry with this stuff you won't like it but wheres the fun in life if theres no risk involved. I would definitely recommend both the Mark Hill Mask and Lee Stafford Coco Loco Hair Mask (with coconut oil). I've invested in both and they've worked wonders for me, I tend to alternate and use the Mark Hill one to sleep in once a week. I'm using the silver shampoo for every wash (at the minute) but will begin alternating to keep the colour from getting a purple tint. This lighter, blonder me does mean that I can now experiment with colours. The temptation is strong but I'm staying blonde for now, just excuse me while I go browse the BLEACH LONDON colours collection.
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Aby, 24. Northerner.