I have been having some obsessive thoughts recently and they involve going blonde. Argh! Not platinum blonde but I think I'm ready to become more strawberry blonde than bright red anymore. Have you fainted in shock?! I know! I know.
So blonde. Yes I'm really writing this. Basically I'm a bit tired of my red hair. I went red first way back in 2011 when I had a complimentary hair experience at a salon and it came out darker than my Amy Childs-esque request, but it was my first foray into hair dye. I remember a time when I hair modelled and had 'virgin' hair, aka never-dyed hair; the gold for all hairdressers! The colour faded out nicely and subtly over time and I was back to my original ginger within six months. I personally hadn't had many bad experiences of being ginger until I was more like 16/17 and dressed quite alternatively for 2005, and that's when I started this blog! Yes I have been blogger for over eight years... anyway, enough shocks for one post!
So throughout uni I was confident enough with my hair but in my final year I did experiment with richer tints, just to add some depth. The element of my lighter red hair that I wasn't keen on was that it's hard to wear colour with bright copper hues, and I just wanted to break free from the look I'd had all my life. I've just had a dusty dig through some very old blog posts to source this photo of my natural colour and my God, I wish it was five years ago! Not in comparison to my current life but for the fact that things were so much more simple back then. The only social network you bothered with was Facebook and I didn't feel like I needed a fancy camera to blog. Oh to be a student again!
Fast forward to May 2012, around eight months after my first bright red salon dye, and I picked out my first box dye. I had experimented with vegetable dyes in uni that left a nice tint, but the pillar box red, off-the-shelf dyes give that bright shock of red. Cheryl Cole was red, Rihanna was red, it had to be done! I had heard SO many times that red fades and washes out so quickly, so permanent dyes were a habit right away, when in fact the dyes never seemed to fade. Over the past two years, the only challenge has been doing my roots every month or so, and then sometimes coating the rest of my hair for 10 mins for a colour top-up. Unfortunately the multiple root applications of harsh permanent dyes meant I've been re-dying the top section of my hair constantly, so have colour build-up for most of the top half as it has grown for two years.
When I worked in fashion, a vibrant look was perfect for an 'absolutely anything goes' dress code, but now that I work in a more professional setting, my hair just feels too brash and dark. At Motel I wore crop tops and short hemlines all the time, but they are most definitely a no-no now, so there's no point in me using fake tan every week. I find a tan helps balance my darker hair, but it's just a waste of time and money if I'm covered up constantly! I'm also a little bored of the same style I've had for two years, and hope to look a little more professional at work. I'm still battling the fact I can look about 21 and fresh out of uni, rather than a person with three years in the biz, after a four year degree.
So here I am, contemplating going lighter. I'm hoping to travel back to my original colour and then almost pass to the other side of strawberry blonde. Looking at fellow redheads like Jessica Chastain, Isla Fisher and Nicola Roberts, a warm blonde is a smooth transition and still suits the pale skin/light eyes colouring. I'd almost like a pink/peach blonde too, ready for summer.
Here is my recent inspiration from favourite Instagrams @sarahashouri and @janebelfry and some snaps from Pinterest. Are you feeling where I'm wanting to go? The only issue is, I wasn't sure if a hairdresser will!
I've visited three top salons so far and had three different consultations. If I get an idea in my mind, I don't wait around. You only live once! The first salon is my usual hairdressers and they let me know that I had colour build up and it may go brown before it goes lighter. They said they would try a light lift and then a stronger lift of colour, then a base colour with highlights. It was suggested I started washing my hair with washing-up liquid, washing powder, and Head and Shoulders on dry hair, which I have been doing bizarrely this week! They also took a strand test but I haven't heard from them yet.
The second salon looked very dubious, said they liked the red anyway and suggested I would have to go brown. I said I'm afraid I'm just not a brunette! They also did a strand test but called me a few hours later saying the colour had lifted and they were happy to go ahead but it would be expensive. The hesitation in the answer machine message was enough to tell me they were not confident.
Onto the last consultation, where I was starting to deliberate if I should stay red but try to brighten it up, as now it is quite dark. They again said they weren't sure which colour it would go and said it may go pink, and I may have to revisit to reach my desired colour. There was no strand test here though and the price was reasonable for a colour-specialist salon, and they went straight in with the strong lift so no cost for a light lift.
HMM what should I do! My thinking is that I can always dye it back to red easy peasy, so it's not a detrimental change. I don't want to try the ColourB4 treatments as I know my hair will come out very patchy, and I'm in no way skilled with dying or treatments. I'm going to book a week off work in May and I might just go for it. No hairdresser guaranteed they would reach the colour I want in the first session, which makes me dubious at agreeing to pay for something that might not be what I want, but I can't be this red forever so it's a long time coming anyway... What do you think?