If you know me personally or you follow my blog regularly (shout out to you, you're awesome!), then you probably know that I have very dark brown hair. Or should I say 'had'. For a long time hair was something sacred to my being; I didn't cut it unless I really really needed to and I had only tinted my hair once previously to a slightly warmer colour; and I didn't bleach my hair first. Then a couple of months back I decided to cut most of it off and went from hip-length hair to hair that sits an inch above my shoulders and since that day I realised that hair is something fun, changeable and should never look the same for too long. So of course I got bored of my short hair and decided since I've just graduated high school I needed another major change otherwise my life would surely become a boring, eventless pit (not really but you get the gist).
That's when peroxide came into my life...
I had always wanted to do something totally different to my hair, because the tint I did in the past was rather dissapointing - my hair is so dark naturally, so nothing really looked different after I had gone to all the effort and money of trying to switch things up. I knew I certainly wasn't going to shave my hair - I don't think it would suit my look so that was a no for me. Bleach was the next option. I love the current balayage trend circling the fashion and beauty world so I decided to give it a go. Luckily my hair is short so it took a lot less time and money that someone with my previous length of hair would have taken...
I went into the salon early and I thought I would be there for 2 hours at the most, but boy was I wrong! It ended up taking almost 4 hours to bleach such a short length of hair, but I think that's probably due to the fact that my hair is naturally very dark and it's also very thick so there's a lot of hair to lighten. It took a very long time for the first set of foils to be set in place and develop, but luckily I was given a free cappuccino and a biscuit while I waited, and there was some free wifi for a little while to keep me sane. Also, about 5 minutes into the stylist applying bleach to my hair, I realised that peroxide makes my eyes water quite a bit and gives me the sniffles, so that was an overall fun and unexpected bonus.
After almost 2 hours in the salon, I was taken to the basin where they applied a hearty amount of toner to stop my hair from going brassy and then before I knew it I was rushed back to the salon chair. I hadn't expected to get a second set of foils, but because of how dark my hair was it was needed. The extra foils cost extra money which made my wallet cry a little but it was worth it. This time the stylist left the foils in much longer and she also painted the tips of my hair with bleach without setting them in foils, which gave my hair really nice dimension with a couple of icy white highlights and ends.
Again I was taken to the basin and a bunch of toner was massaged into my hair. The stylist then also added some very nourishing conditioner into the mix, since stripping almost all of my hair of its pigment in such an intense way will obviously ensure some damage to my locks. I then had my hair cut using that amazing technique I'm sure you've seen on Instagram or Facebook where the hair dresser takes a comb and a shaver to chop your hair in a perfectly straight, sharp line. The last step was blow drying my hair, and I was so happy with the end result. In all honesty I had hoped for more roots to show in the beginning, but now that I see the end result I actually prefer the denser blonde and I'll definitely be upkeeping the look for a while!
Now of course there is a little more maintenance involved in hair upkeep if you bleach your hair, but luckily for me my roots are still natural so my hair doesn't have to be touched up every 3 weeks. I will have to get some touch up foils put in every 6-8 weeks to freshen up brassy sections and to bleach new outgrowths of hair, but luckily it will be at a fraction of the original price that I paid for the first time bleach! I also had to invest in a special purple shampoo and conditioning set. This basically has toner in it to keep my hair from going brassy and it nourishes the hair that becomes fragile due to the bleaching. These products are quite a bit pricier than your average, run-of-the-mill house brands but they are certainly still afforable and since I have short hair I don't need that much product when I wash my hair. I also bought a special keratin-infused hair mask. This isn't so neccesary but I just really want to keep my hair looking beautifully smooth and healthy so this will prevent further damage.
If you're thinking about changing up your hair with some peroxide or a fun colour, just go ahead and take the leap - you'll probably end up loving it (just make sure you go to a good salon). The great thing about bleach is that you can add fun colours on top of it later when you feel bored of the blonde, and it's so easy to buy a pretty pastel colour semi-permanent hair dye and just do it at home (as long as you know what you're doing).
Once I get a good picture, I'll unveil the new look on my instagram, so stay tuned!
Until next time
-The Traveling Oyster xxx
P.S. This is just for interest's sake, but if you're like I was, wondering what the difference between 'blonde' and 'blond' is, then 'blonde' is used for females and 'blond' is used for males.