Back in July I blogged about my Blondette Hair Inspiration before I took the plunge and ventured into lighter hair tones I'd yet to experiment with. I'd intended on going to the hairdressers for the change and had collected an array of images ready to illustrate the look I was after. Then I read a blog post and I was delighted to find that ombre hair (the hair colour I'd always envied but never knew the official name of!) could be achieved DIY stylee for a fraction of the price.
I've never been precious about my hair, I regularly chop at it myself and I've experimented with red and plum shades à la Cheryl Cole as a teen, so luckily the thought of slapping some bleach on the ends of my hair didn't scare me and I was raring to transform my locks. My bleach of choice was L'Oreal's Perfect Blonde Highlighting Creme. The whole process of mixing the formula was simple enough, and before I knew it I was scooping up globules of the lilac foam and applying it to my hair like an old pro.
I didn't want to go too blonde or have too much of it, so for a more subtle look, I thought it best I leave the bleach on for small increments of time so I could keep an eye on the colour.
For the first step, I applied the bleach to the lengths of my hair starting just below my shoulder and left for around 15 minutes. Then I washed off, dried, and reapplied to the last 4 inches of my hair to get the ends a more intense shade of blonde. I then washed off, dried again, and as it still wasn't looking much different, I applied bleach for a third time and left for another 10 minutes. A bit of a pain but I've now learned that brunettes need to leave bleach on for at least 25 minutes before any kind of bleaching effect takes place.
I was very pleased with the results and got the look I was after - a subtle change in tone from light brown to dark blonde. I'm also glad the blonde was kept to the very ends of my hair, rather than reaching up further towards my face.
When the colour begins to fade, I just repeat the process. When I re-ombred, I decided to go a little blonder and this was the result...