I have returned... to the dark side! After months of lusting over photos of beautiful brunette hair, ombre hair, and balayage highlights, I finally took the plunge. I am a bleached blonde no more.
There's no question, the bleached blonde look was fun for a few years BUT I had to face the facts... my hair hated it, it was over highlighted, damaged, breaking, lost it's natural shine and started reminding me of steel wool... it wasn't looking good folks. That's when I decided it was time for the change and it needed to happen pronto!
I had already spent months mentally preparing and obsessing over photos of how I wanted my hair to look. I knew I wanted to start growing out my natural roots but I also knew I didn't want just a typical dark brown dye job. Been there, done that (this is the second time I've gone dark from blonde), I didn't love the look of grown out roots and faded dye when it's suppose to appear as if it's all one color. Fading on me is guaranteed, it happens remarkably fast when you spend a lot of time in the intense tropical sun and surf.
So what's the plan of action? How do I fix this hot mess and hot roots I've gotten myself into?
Ombre! A brilliantly low maintenance style. Where roots can grow out in peace, where dye can fade as it pleases and highlights can be easily maintained at the ends with regular trims.
Of course this had to happen in two parts. First, ditch the bleached blonde that took over the top of my head like a brown hair eating bacteria. So I went to my local beauty supply store and picked up Wella Color Charm 6N/611 Dark Blonde, Clairol 10 Volume Developer and Neutral Protein Filler.
It's important to let you know why I chose each of these products, which I also explain briefly in the video.
Mixing Bowl, Tinting Brush, Hair Clips, Rat Tail Comb.
*Measuring/mixing, application & sectioning hair.
Chemical Cape & Gloves
*Protect clothes/body & hands from dye and chemicals.
(I started out with a towel around me but switched to a cape, they're lightweight, easier to work in and worth the investment if you plan on doing your hair yourself regularly.
Colorful Neutral Protein Filler & Spray Bottle
*Helps color adhere more evenly and predictable on porous bleached hair. Spray bottle makes application easier.
Wella Color Charm 6N/611 Dark Blonde
*I chose to go a couple of levels lighter than my actual goal since porous light hair can pull too dark. I chose a neutral tone because an ash tone would have turned my hair green/gray and a gold tone would have been too warm, since I already had a lot of gold and warmth in my blonde hair.
10 Volume Developer
*For depositing color only, not lifting it any further.
Step-by-step video on how I went from bleached blonde to brown at home.
Continued in the next post, Part 2: Balayage Highlights
Have you gone from bleached blonde to brunette?...or from brunette to bleached blonde? Was it a success or a trial and error learning experience? Share in the comments!