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13.9.11

My brunette to blonde process ♥

Hi there!

Right... I think talking about this process will probably pain me.
But I suppose it could help some people if they were thinking of doing this.
Here are just a few photos of just how dark my hair was before I bleached it to death.
** Just to say I am a hairdresser and had everything I'm about to describe in a salon. I would not advise anybody to have this done over such a short period of time**


I had dark brown hair for around 7 months when I decided I missed being blonde. I didn't however think about the process you have to go through to achieve the perfect 'blonde' colour.



Excuse the faces we are pulling! But hopefully you can see just how dark it was.


My hair was in pretty good condition when I had the first step in lightening it. I work at a salon so I had my hair done after I finished work. (Which was pretty handy) First I had my whole head painted with bleach, it was left on for about 15mins, until we saw that it had lifted the first level of colour. My hair went a peculiar shade of orange. So the next day I had it done again! This lightened it more but it still had a very orange tone too it.



From two head fulls of bleach, I had to have my hair cut, it was very damaged on the ends. I then walked about with this orangey toned hair for a few days and then had a full head of highlights.
I had Colour Graphics which is a bleach with conditioner from Matrix. You can have different toners put into it and I had Spearmint, which softens red and orange tones.

After this it was slightly better but still was just a very strange colour.
I have over the past been every colour -Purple, Red, Black, Brown, Blonde. So it was no surprise that it took this long to get through all the different layers of colours.

I won't go on about the highlighting process because I had about four sets of highlights over 3-4 weeks. I had highlift bleach. After this I was told to leave my hair for a few weeks to let it recover. So I bought lots of deep conditioning treatments and put them on nearly everyday! My poor hair was probably screaming STOP by this point.

This was the colour of my hair after the bleach and highlights.


 It was a dirty blonde with orange and blonde tones throughout. I still wasn't happy and wanted to go blonder.

So I had around two toners put onto it... (Seperatly)
They were
ULM - Matrix Ultra Blonde Mocha
SPM - Colour Sync Sheer Pastel Mocha













After these we decided that the Ultra Blonde Mocha was the best one. So since then every 7-8 weeks I have a full head tint. Its left on for the full amount of time which is 35mins.

After about 3 and a half months I'm finally there! Its been a very long process, the number of times I just wanted to cry and buy a home kit, chuck a dark brown on top of my head and forget it. But Lauren and I (Lauren I work with) kept at it. It was a challenge for the both of us.


So thank you to Lauren for having patience with me.. As I did bloody moan and go on about it!

If anybody has any questions please ask.

Nat
xxxx

8 comments:

  1. You have thee most gorgeous hair - brunette and blonde. Looks lush.

    Helen,
    http://areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

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  2. such a lovely blog you have

    - Mia
    http://naturezfinest.blogspot.com/

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  3. Love you blog babe, newest follower (:

    Effy <3

    tellmewheredidyousleeplastnight.blogspot.com

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  4. wow you look bloody gorgeous with the blonde hair it really suits you! what lovely eyes you have too! xx

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  5. You look stunning with blonde hair :) xx

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  6. SO gorgeous!
    Love the background to your blog!
    Poppy xx
    http://poppydoes.blogspot.com/

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  7. You look pretty with both hair colors, but the blond just goes soo well with you! Very pretty

    hope you'll follow back
    polaberry.blogspot.com

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Hello there,
Thank you very much for taking your time to read my little blog. I'm quite new to this so please be nice! I will try and reply to every comment..
Love Nat
Xxx