Dying My Hair For The First Time! – Blonde Ombré Balayage

Hi everyone!

Today’s blog is going to be a one-off and completely different to my other blogs so far, as I’m finally dying my hair for the first time ever!
I wanted to dye my hair a few years ago but as I was an actress my agent wouldn’t allow me to dye my hair incase it would affect my chances of being in a film or a tv show.
Once I finished acting I wanted to dye my hair but I would always back out at the last minuet as I was terrified that it wouldn’t suit me.

PLUS, I never do much with my hair other than brush it or put it in a ponytail.

So as someone who’s never had their hair bleached and dyed before, hearing that its about £80 and will take around 3 hours is pretty nerve wracking. And hearing from friends that bleach burnt their scalps didn’t help! I was a nervous wreck thinking “what if I look stupid?” “What if it makes my hair more noticeable?” “What if it makes me look like a different person” “What if I change my mind?” ETC

Hopefully if you’re currently in the same situation as me, this will help you make up your mind!

Thank You to the lovely Lauren and her assistant Kira at MoodyHair for doing my hair and helping me photograph and blog the entire process!

This is how my hair started!

1. Lightening

This step used to be called “Bleaching” however it’s now called “Lightening” to not sound as scary. The hairdresser will use a lightening product and brush it into your hair with a blending brush, then cover your hair in foils. This just keeps in the heat from the lightener to help it do it’s job, which is to strip all dark tones from your hair. This step usually takes around 30 minuets to complete then has to be left on for another hour or so depending on how light you want it to go. They may even use a heat machine to speed up the process.

2. Rinse

Once that step is complete, the hairdresser will wash out the lightener using special shampoos and conditioners.

3. Trim

While your hair is still wet, the hairdresser may take this opportunity to trim your hair to the length and style that you want it.

As you can see the blonde is already showing in my hair but it isn’t the shade that I want it to be yet.

4. Toner

Once your hair has been trimmed and dried, the hairdresser will show you a book of haircolours. Once you’ve chosen a colour, the hairdresser will us a toner on your hair that will turn your lightener hair to a specific tone.

This is usually in a squirty bottle and the hairdresser will rub it through your hair with gloves to avoid getting it on their hands until your hair is fully wet with toner.

5. Rinse Again

Once the toner has sat and had time to work, which could take another 20-30 minuets, the hairdresser will rinse it out again, then blow dry your hair.

6. Style

Now you have your preferred colour, the hairdresser will style your hair any way you want it to be. And you’re finished!

I’m really happy with my end results and I’m not sure why I put it off for so long!

I’m even considering going lighter blonde in the next few months!

I hope that this blog may have settled your nerves if you’re nervous about dying your hair.

Just remember that we’re only alive in our bodies once, and it’s better to try out crazy colours while you still can. You don’t want to be old and think “I wish I dyed my hair when I had the chance”

I know there are a lot of scary things out there to put you off, e.g. people’s opinions, the idea of bleaching or looking completely different. But if your hairdresser is good, they’ll never let you do anything to your hair that they don’t think will suit you.

It’s your hair and your body, you don’t stop others from changing their looks so you can go ahead and get that short hair cut or go for crazy colours if that’s how you feel!

And if you don’t like it, you can always dye it back and let your hair grow out again

Best wishes ~ Becca x

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