Thrifty & Chic – Blonde at Home

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I often do my highlights at home myself… the price, even at the most cost efficient salon (that is still good at obtaining a beautiful blonde) is painful for me to try to justify to myself.  Now that the majority of my hair is blonde, paying the same (full) price for highlights when it is really just root touch up and a slight bleach wash to brighten the color is a harsh pill to swallow.  I used to go back before I figured out how to learn to do it on my own (youtube), and I would stretch out my salon visits to 2x per year, and for $60 each visit, this came out to only $10 per month to maintain great hair (but then you add the tip, and I always tipped really well since the dye and processing – for them – took 4-5 hours – which was ridiculous).  I can manage to do my own hair now in about an hour max (or two 30 minute sessions in two days).  The roots get a little strawberry blondish the first couple of days, but using a purple shampoo gradually removes that hue to a more natural, subtle blonde.

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By far, the most effective method is to do gradual, simple highlights using a Frosting Kit (I use Clairol Frost and Tip – Nice & Easy), and getting used to using a cap which creates the best highlighted look if you’re a beginner.  This is also the best method for not getting any orange hue since the sections are so small and spread out due to the cap, and works even for darker hair.

If you do manage to have a horrible bright orange experience, it is simply because your hair has not processed enough to achieve a greater lightness.  Doing a double process (bleaching again) is risky but doable if you have healthy, strong hair.  Double process (bleach again), it will be a strange yellow or even baby yellow if left on long enough, and then use a toner or simple Champagne blonde/Ash blonde, Natural or Dark color over to come out with a toned down hue.

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4 thoughts on “Thrifty & Chic – Blonde at Home

  1. This color goes beautifully with your eyes. One time I tried dying my hair blonde and it did come out orange. I just took a box dye and went over it with a brunette color to save it. I regretted it so much and haven’t tried again since.

  2. Yes, I totally understand, it can be terrifying! But it simply means that the bleach didn’t lift well enough… and that’s why I mentioned the Clairol Frost and Tip, it’s actually powerful enough to really really lift the color out. Most simple box colors will only give you three shades lighter, which if you have very dark hair (or even brown hair that has a lot of rich beautiful red and orange tones in it), a simple run of the mill box for blonde all-over color will not work. It will lift the color out, but only to reach the orange or red in your hair. You have to use a stronger bleach first (the highlighting boxes), and it’s easier to gradually build up to all-over blonde by high-lighting frequently (every 2-3 months if you’re trying to go full blonde). If you do use the highlighting boxes to make chunkier highlights using foil yourself, you will achieve a more yellow or light orange hue that you will have to tone with a regular blonde box color. I actually like the warmer look once the orangey tinge fades after a couple of days… so I don’t typically use a “cool ash” shade over it… but rather champagne or natural blonde instead. But if you want that platinum, or near platinum look, you would tone with a very cool, ash blonde shade after lifting all the color out to be near yellow/light orange.

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