2016 was an incredible year. I jumped in with the blog and hit the ground running, took some big risks and made it a year of “yes,” because why not? I decided I wasn’t afraid of risks and I went after everything I wanted.
What did I want?
Among other things, I wanted Instaworthy hair. I’d never done anything I deemed different or fun with my hair. I’ve always bounced between blonde (because it’s cheaper to grow your own color) and red, which I love best. With envy, I watched the hair color trends on Pinterest and Instagram for several months. I even found an app to try on the looks.
I was hooked. No turning back. I decided to do it. I had never inflicted these chemicals upon my hair, so it was a gamble. Sure I would no doubt have less healthy hair than before, but how bad could it be? Maybe my hair will handle it with grace. Right, because I have magic fine hair, resistant to damage.
I’ve never been one to back down from a challenge or change my mind after it’s set.
The first step to achieving the myriad of Pinterest-made-popular hair colors is bleaching every last bit of natural color right out of your hair.
Here we go!
Platinum hair is the jumping off point. After two rounds of bleach, we achieved it.
My hair was still pretty light with too much blonde showing through. I was going for a rich silver color. There’s a limit to the amount of color hair is capable of absorbing after rigorous bleaching.
Lighting matters. Bright salon lights and fluorescent lights brought out the blonde. As soon as I got home from the salon, I snapped a photo in natural light. There’s a huge difference. Problem is, don’t you want your hair to look the way you intended in all lighting? Turns out, most of those gorgeous photos you see on Instagram have filters and adjusted color. Check out the difference below.
I learned to adapt and embrace the filters. It was fun. Even when my hair was clearly silver, I would boost the blue and show the world that I could rock blue hair for a day. Do I have you thinking twice about all those gorgeous pastel hairstyles? Good, you should be.
Notice the difference in the wall behind me with these two different color adjustments from the same shoot.
Unnatural colors fade like crazy too. Remember the bleached hair? Color runs right off it with every wash. In addition to limiting washes at home, my colorist boosted my hue every 2 weeks, but some weeks, I just couldn’t make it to the salon. Depending on the shade of fade, he adjusted the formula slightly to a keep the color consistent, but there were times when different undertones would show through and certain colors faded differently than others. These are a few of the magnificent shades I rocked between processes.
I’m not sure what color one would even call this.
Straight up blonde.
A little on the green side.
A lot on the green side.
Yikes! Not even a filter could help that shade.
After about four months and a few more bleach sessions, the damage was showing. Deep conditioning treatments, Olaplex, trims, and silk pillow cases were just no match for bleach. My hair started breaking and my split ends had split ends.
I didn’t cut my bangs, they broke.
I’ll be waiting a while for my broke bangs to grow back and look like real hair again instead of fuzz.
I donned hair extensions in an effort to give my hair a break and alleviate some of the stress caused with every glance in a mirror.
I was happy with the outcome. It was difficult to tell that beneath this gorgeous mane was a brillo pad. The extensions served their purpose, but not without their own set of hangups. I’ll fill you in on that another time.
Currently, I’m toughing it out and letting my hair grow.
Still enjoying those filters though.
I’m really glad I went for it and did something crazy for once. The experience was liberating. Deciding I didn’t care what anyone thought or if anyone liked the fade of the day was exhilarating. I also learned to care for extremely damaged hair and I’m excited to share with you the products and care tips which worked best.
What’s the craziest hair style you’ve ever rocked?