|My poor, unsuspecting hair, pre-dye|
Last weekend I was kept inside by the yucky Sydney weather. With the boyf busy doing up his resume, I very quickly got bored off my tits and decided to dye my super blonde virgin hair in order to bring out some highlights. Obviously I had no idea what the shit I was thinking, as after a half hour dalliance with a box of the lightest colour (I won't name the brand, but I also won't buy it again) I could find at the city Priceline, my previously totally fine hair was a Gaga-esque yellow. I looked like corn. There were also dark patches around my hairline where I'd not applied enough dye. To make it worse, I re-read the instructions, and in the teeniest print at the bottom of the leaflet it said NOT FOR USE ON VERY LIGHT HAIR. Shut.The.Frick.Up! I then spent the rest of the afternoon sobbing into a mixing bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough.
|Post dye - black and gold awfulness|
Getting ready for work the next day, I worked out very quickly that hats and headbands are my new besties. Time to beret it up!
The Vogue forums recommended washing with a violet toner to cut down on the brassy hues. Luckily I had a new bottle of Celique's Blonde Shampoo that I snagged at a office beauty sale that I could test out.
After shampooing twice with it, followed up with a treatment conditioner, I could def notice the bright yellow patches had been toned down to a more natural shade. But I was still worried about the leopard patches near my ears.
|Better,but still not happy|
I wanted to lighten the dark patches, but was wary of trying a permanent dye again. Vogue forums and Make Up Alley users recommended Goldwell's Colorance as a good semi option. I picked up 10-P, a pastel pearl blonde to try out. In the meantime, I worked a headband at the office.
|Fighting leopard hair with a leopard band|
The instructions (which I read about twenty times) said to leave on for 5-20 minutes. I kept it on for about 7, not wanting to get too light.
|The final effect|
|My soft, bouncy hair!|