So every few years I get this crazy idea to bleach my hair blonde. I have naturally quite dark hair so this process can be expensive. This time around I decided to go it alone and bleach my hair at home. The horror, you’re probably thinking and I too had flashbacks to the time I bleached my hair orange at the age of 15 and got stuck with it for months.
I’ve been loving experimenting with my hair colour lately, it’s been made a lot easier now that I work from home and I’ve had a mixture of pastel purples, blues and pinks all together that made me feel all magical. I had every intention of bleaching my hair ready for candy floss pink coloured hair all over. However, I’ve fallen for the blonde a little again so I’m keeping hold of it for a little bit longer then I was planning.
Of course bleaching my hair takes its toll and causes unwanted damage so its important to care for it the right way. I use multiple products throughout the week to attempt to keep my hair in good condition, and so far so good.
Don’t overdo it would be my first bit of advice, I bleached my hair at home 3x over an 8 week period with the shop bought bleach and it was okay, although I hear the recommendation is leave your hair at least 4 weeks in between bleach sessions.
My main issue to begin with was removing the brassiness and the yellow tones out of my hair. I enlisted the help of the internet, google and some friends and collected a few recommended hair products to use.
Purple tones are essential apparently, I managed to grab plenty with violet tones and the promise of whiter, brighter blonde hair. I have to admit they all worked in their own ways but the Bleach London products have to be the best ones I’ve tried so far. I use both the shampoo and conditioner once a week to help keep my hair the right kind of blonde and not to banana-esque.
The Pro:voke touch of silver is great to use too although I find it a little drying so top it up with the Herbal Essences daily detox shine shampoo and conditioner as I’ve been in love with the brand for such a long time now and I’m always tempted by their latest ranges. The colour vibes pastel is great but I feel it would work better on white/platinum blonde hair more then my colour. I think I’ll have to make do with the pinks that I’m planning on doing soon.
A good conditioner is also a must and I’ve been hooked on the John Frieda vibrancy restoring deep conditioner specifically for blonde and bleached hair care for a while. I use it once a week to give my hair a treat and bring back the life and shine to my hair. It helps to beat the straw like feel and restores the all important shine which is what we all want with our hair really isn’t it.
What do you use for your bleached hair care? Anything I should know about? Check back for when I dye my hair candy floss pink, I cannot wait to share it all with you!
– Emma Allen –
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