Back and Blonder than Ever – Everything I Learned and Everything I Wish I Knew

So I’ve been planning on going back to blonde for about a year now (If you creep way, way, way back on my Instagram, you’ll find it), but like many of us, I was coming up with reasons why I should put it off. Mostly it was a bit of PTSD from the last time I went blonde which was an absolute disaster. I originally wanted silvery grey hair, so I went in to get it done and the hairdresser ended up just completely botching it up. There were spots with red in it, spots with my natural, mousy-brown hair color showing through, lavender, and even blue patches. After a bit of a panic attack, I went back in to get my hair corrected. It took about five hours and I still walked out with an odd-shade of silver. I was sort of happy with it…until I washed my hair and the toner washed out in the shower. Then I was left with an odd cluster of blonde highlights. From there I just kept lightening my hair and ended up trying to bleach my own roots (they turned about the same shade as a brand new penny), and finally just threw in my towel, raised the white flag, called it quits and dyed my hair back to brown. It’s been brown ever since…up until Saturday.

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My impulsiveness showed itself once again! My mom and little sister had a hair appointment Saturday afternoon, and I woke up that morning with the urge to just go ahead and go blonde that day. It all worked out and I was able to squeeze in an appointment with my miracle-worker hairdresser. It took about three hours in a salon chair, to the sink, back to the salon chair, back to the sink, and a hair treatment worn home. In the end, I am ridiculously happy with how my hair turned out, and I am so excited to continue in the lightening process (aka my roots). Now, with going from brunette to straight blonde, there are some things that could go very, very wrong. Thankfully, I didn’t have too much trouble, but there are of course things that I wish I knew or things that I learned after going blonde.

I normally only ever wash my hair once a week, because my hair is naturally curly, very fine in texture, and I use heat on it every single day. Before bleaching your hair, if your hair texture is anything like mine, I would recommend going at least five days without washing your hair or using any sort of heat on it.  And of course…DO. YOUR. DANG. RESEARCH! Find a colorist that knows your hair type like the back of his/her hand. Thankfully, my colorist (Jessica at Anthony’s & Co.) is an actual genius and made sure to study my hair and really sit down with me before beginning the process to be sure that there was no miscommunication. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure that you and your colorist have a good understanding of the end goal, especially when it’s something as drastic as going from deep brunette to blonde in a matter of three hours.

Obviously, your hair isn’t going to get out scratch-free when you bleach it, so here are some of my favorite products to use when dealing with the aftermath of drastic lightening:

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generic value products conditioning purple shampoo

The Generic purple shampoo is honestly a gift from God Himself. The name brand purple shampoo is half the size of this bottle and twice as expensive, but it does the exact same thing. You can get this from your local Sally’s Beauty Supply store and it’s just under $7.00! I use this to combat any brassiness or yellow tones that could be in my hair. When I use this, I run my hair under luke-warm water (avoiding heat damage at all costs now) and *GENTLY lather into my bleached locks. I do this after washing my face and body as to avoid any of it rinsing out. Then, I chill in my bathroom for about 7-10 minutes while the purple tones my hair! Once time is up, I rinse, towel dry, and THEN run conditioner throughout my hair. I know, I know, I put conditioner in my hair AFTER I get out of the shower? Yes, and I leave it in overnight. Shockingly, it’s almost completely soaked into my hair and there is no greasiness.

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ogx nourishing coconut milk anti-breakage serum

Again, this is an extremely affordable product (under $10.00!) and can be found at your local Target! When dealing with post-bleached hair, the second main concern after brassiness is breakage. I love this product because it’s specifically for fighting breakage, it’s lightweight, and it smells freaking GOOD. But seriously, this serum is great for concentrating on certain spots of the hair, specifically towards the ends. I use this on the little wispy bits that hang down when I pull my hair back, the ends of my hair, and the hairs framing my face. These are the sections that took the biggest hit and this serum has honestly made the world of a difference in the health and look of my hair.

For real though, I absolutely LOVE my hair and I am so thrilled with how it turned out! A huge thanks to my insanely talented hairdresser/colorist for making my locks slay the dang game! If you’re ever in Lynchburg and you’re looking for someone to step up your hair game, she’s the one to visit.

XOXO,

Stella

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