- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2017
So I’ve been dying to do something pretty different with my hair for a while now (I wanted to wait till after my wedding). I’ve tossed up between going really crazy like having bright plum or blue hair but I think I’ve settled on trying for a nice firey copper red, mainly because I think it will be less of an issue finding clothes whose colors wont clash with my hair haha since it is a naturally occuring color. But what I’m stuck on is how to go about it. I know first choice would be to go to a professional, but I’ve recently moved to Hawaii and am GOBSMACKED (gobsmacked I tell you!) at the price of hair salons here, they’re at least 30-50% more expensive than salons where I’m from. I simply cannot afford to throw down 250+ on my hair (it’s very long too so that number will climb exponentially). So, I am trying to figure out if it’s at all possible to get the color I want at home, where is where you lovely ladies come in as I need some serious advice! .
So the 2 options I’ve been looking at are:
A) Get a good quality home bleach and lighten my hair myself till it gets to a blonde shade, and then dye over it with my color of choice. All well and good, but I’m super nervous about wrecking my hair, which I’ve worked really hard to keep long and healthy. Has anyone here bleached their own naturally brown hair at home? If so, which product and method worked best to maintain your hair quality?
B) Try L’Oreal Excellence HiColor for Dark Hair Only. This product so far seems to have pretty good reviews overall, but it’s really hard to tell what color comes out of the box as there’s no real picture on the front, and it’s hard to find good befores and afters. Bonus is it doesn’t require bleach, but I just don’t know if it would get me to the color I’m after. Anyone have any experience using this product?
So, so far those are my two options. I’m totally open to other products or ideas though! Since I’m sure the suggestion of Henna will come up, that’s a no-go for me. I once did Henna my hair a few years ago, and it was a beautiful bright natural red and didn’t fade, but the issue was when I wanted to go back to my natural brunette, Henna was a bitch to get out. Like multiple trips to the salon to bleach it out (henna is the most permanent of permanent, which is great if you know you want to be a redhead forever!). I ended up having red, dark red, strawberry blonde, and my natural brown regrowth for weeks, all at once! It looked ridiculous. So while I know henna is fantastic, it’s really not for me since I know I’ll be wanting to go back to brunette eventually.
Here’s a pic of my current hair color. It’s visually my natural color, but about half of it (the bottom of course) has remnants possibly of henna and bleach and darker color, while the top half is mostly virgin (used a temporary oil based slightly darker brown color for my wedding, but that’s mostly washed out I think).
And these are some examples of the color I’m after:
Any advice from others who’ve done something similar, especially advice from professional hairstylists is greatly appreciated!
Thanks! 🙂 x