Yep, you read right. I'm going blonde. It's definitely been both a learning experience, and a process.
Before I started this process I had colored my hair to a dark/medium brown level 4 or 5 with lots of red and violet undertones.
Before one of my best friends made the suggestion to go blonde I had already thought about it, then when she suggested it to me I decided to go ahead and give it a go.
First things first. Where do I start? I already have red and red, and violet which are known for being difficult to break through. So my first thought was to use a product to get as much of the “color” out as possible without using bleach on my hair. I definitely didn't want to do that.
The product that I love to use for this specific purpose is called Vanish and it's by Scruples. They have awesome products!
Well, my Cosmoprof doesn't have Vanish, so I had to settle for something else. I had heard of a few others, but I wanted to get some advice from someone who had used a product like this so I asked a lady that worked there.
She pointed me in the direction of Paul Mitchell's Backtrack. I was very skeptical at first, but hey, if I'm gonna do this I have to start somewhere right?
Before I started this process I had deep conditioned my hair a few times with my Sebastian Penetrait to ensure my hair was strong and ready for what it was about to endure.
I read the directions and proceeded with the process. I have to say that product wiped about 60% of the previous color in my hair. Now, I still had some violet and red undertones, but I was very happy with the results.
The package said you can attemp 3 more times, but I decided to stick with one and follow up with a deep conditioning treatment for that day.
About a week later I was at it again. I used the Paul Mitchell again, then proceeded with Scruples Blazing 10V for what you see in the picture.
It's important to know if you're going or trying to go blonde, it's a process. If my hair was virgin with no color, I could have used a high lift color and gotten pretty close to where I wanted to go, but because I previously had color in my hair it was a lot harder to get even this far.
I'm still getting there the safe way and will continue to keep you posted on my progress.
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