January 11, 2013 | 11 comments so far - join the discussion!
If you’ve been following me for over a year now.. you may be excited by the title. OMG.
So… I loved my ombre.. like, trust me, I really loved it.. it was low maintenance, it was easy, looked amazing in photos, etc, etc… but I had one problem.
I was bored of it.
Being a Gen Y, I’m extremely impulsive, impatient and ever-changing. I can’t help it. We have easy access to a million things in this generation. I can walk out the door, down the road to the closest mall to buy bleach and bleach my hair, or I can buy hair dye on beauty supply stores online, or I can drive down to the closest salon and walk in without an appointment to get my hair done with a picture I save on my phone from Google Images.
Look, the point is, if I want it, I can do it. Now.
So right before my trip to Taiwan on Tuesday, I decided.. I’m going to get rid of this ombre.
My best friend, Joanna (also known the red-head in my photos) was going to get my hair cut so I went along with her.
Here is the before photo.
Ombre, dry ends.. nothing spectacular. You’ve seen my hair like this in a million and one photos in the last year.
The first step to achieving any ash shade unfortunately… is bleach. And for me… my hair can handle it quite well. One bleach session was enough for me. Some may need two or three depending on your current/natural hair colour. Don’t ask me any questions please, I’m not a professional.
Close your eyes..
Because I had to close mine.
It’s so effing bright.
After bleaching.. yes, it’s yellow, it’s bright.. but ofcourse it’s time for a toner.
I used a level 6/7 ash blonde toner for my base colour and I also have 3 sections of highlights which are golden blonde. You can’t really see the highlights from this photo, but you can also see that the tips of my hair is slightly lighter than the rest of my hair. That was intentional but I only wanted an extremely subtle effect.
I am extremely 100% happy with it!!
I initially wanted a dark ash blonde, but decided on the ash blonde in the end and so it’s a little light for my liking and also a shock to my eyes. I think I’m going to get used to it, but I might go darker when I do my regrowths.
Here is a front view in a picture with Jean.
I love it but I’m definitely still getting used to it.
Should I go darker or leave it this shade during my next salon visit? I definitely look much more “gyaru” with this hair (although I still don’t have the reknown gyaru fringe haha) but I think I’m less into the gyaru style as I was in the previous years. Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts!