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It’s taken me so long to get around to dying my hair. I have been bleaching and preparing my hair for over 6 months now to get ready for a pastel candy floss pink colour. It took such a long time to make sure that I had done all I could do lighten my hair safely, evenly and with the right products too. I spent so long on this process this time as in the past I have rushed things, ended up with hair falling out, yellow and just in a truly awful state to be fair.
I really wanted to make sure that I did it right as now that I work from home for myself I don’t have the funds laying around to fix it if I mess it up. Some key things to think about when considering lightening your hair for colouring:
What condition is your hair in? Is it healthy, dry, weak, thin? The way your hair is before you start any treatments or lightning can have a massive effect on how it turns out afterwards. When I decided that I’d like to try something different I was lucky that I had let me hair grow naturally for a few years. It needed the break and honestly, I got a little bored of continuously having to bleach it. When you have such naturally thick, dark hair, changing it can take a lot of hard work and stress simultaneously.
Another thing is deciding on the colour. If you want to dye your hair red, it may not be as difficult when you have brown hair… if like me you want a nice pastel pink, you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you getting ready. Obviously in my case I needed to take my hair from dark brown to almost white blonde. At home, without it falling out. This meant I had to consider a lot of things like timescales, products, researching, going through all my options. Mostly, did I really want to do this at home? I recently wrote a post about my top products for bleached hair, you should check those out.
I did some serious research when deciding to do a drastic change. The bleaching process was pretty simple as I chose the Garnier Nutrisse Truly Blondes D+++ Bleach Lightener Permanent Hair Dye to begin with as it promised to go easy on my hair and condition it at the same time. I ended up using around 3 packs of this over 8 weeks. Unsurprisingly it didn’t take to my hair too well to begin with and I was left with the yellow hair style for around a week. I purchased a few products to even out the yellow tones, my favourite being the Bleach London Silver Shampoo & Silver Conditioner.
La Riche Directions hair colour
I’ve had my heart set on candyfloss coloured hair for over 12 months now, so you would not believe the excitement when I went to the local beauty outlet and stood in front of the hair dye section ready to grab the pastel pink hair toner. I had an impromptu phone call from my doctor mid selection so went off course and got distracted by all the pretty colours and combinations.
La Riche Directions have an amazing array of colours and choices for every adventurous decision. From pastel pinks to bright yellow and purple mermaid hair there is no end to the creativity here. Established in 1981 they have exploded in the fashion scene across the world, starting in the UK growing to become a well known and trusted partner in the hair colour industry.
With no ammonia, peroxide or PPD and a strict in house ‘no animal testing’ policy – Directions Semi Permanent Hair Colour is not only the best fashion shade of choice, it’s also the safer way to colour.
And that’s the story of how I ended up with Turquoise hair, considering that this is actually one of my favourite colours I don’t think I made a bad choice. You can purchase the Turquoise hair dye by La Riche directions here.
What colour would you love to dye your hair?
– Emma x