Since posting a photo on Instagram of my new lighter locks, I have had quite a few questions about how I did this at home. I have posted about my hair adventures previously (here and here) and started this particular process with a dark blonde/light brown base with slightly lighter ends. I still wasn't quite at my Kate Bosworth inspired hair goal though (see here). To achieve this without returning, tail between my legs, to a hairdresser I did what most internet addicts do best: I turned to YouTube.
So rather than share my own awkward and very unladylike hair processing photos, I give you this wonderful instructional video posted by CHIC.TV. The clip is clear, well lit, simple to follow and gave me wonderful results. What more could you want?
These are my tools. I bought everything from Priceline and would recommend the lot of it. This Ultraorganics Clear Henna Wax Treatment is a whopping $6 for the pot and is hands down the best treatment that my hair has ever encountered. I have tried many high end products that don't even come close to the softness and manageability that this baby brings to my hair. Also, the Fudge Clean Blonde Toning Shampoo is highly effective, but dangerously potent. Don't make the mistake of leaving this gunk on for too long, or else you may well end up with lilac ends (this is a look that is trendy on some, but extremely blah on me). The 'After' picture above shows my hair right after toning. I actually prefer it slightly more golden, and in my previous post you can see what it looks like when the toner has washed out.
And here is your tutorial. Enjoy! Thanks to CHIC.TV for your priceless advice. Well, actually the last time I had my hair balayaged in a salon it cost me $295 in total, so I'd say that this video is worth close to 300 beans a pop. Yay for YouTube!
Disclaimer: I am quite reckless when it comes to colouring my hair and have experienced both good and bad results doing so. YouTube truly is not a definitive source and my positive results should not be taken as gospel as for how any home bleaching will turn out. Please don't try any at home colouring unless you are OK with the idea of it all going pear-shaped.