Alright, alright! I’ve been teasing you guys about my new hair color, since two hair colors ago! It took me the two sessions to finally achieve an actual blonde look again, and I wasn’t THRILLED with the in between color I had to live with for a few short weeks, so here we are. I’m BLONDE again!
I’ve colored my hair to almost every shade and hue of the rainbow – blue, purple, magenta, orange – you name it. I even had black with red and white color blocks, where I would pin it back to resemble a mohawk… yea… I used to be a badass (ha!). But I always go back blonde. It’s just my go-to color since it’s closest to my natural shade. With this last color, I was a fiery red wine/deep purple rose that many warned me wouldn’t work with my skin tone. HOWEVZ!!! I totally proved them wrong and rocked that hair color with way more confidence than I have any other!
But alas, I’ve decided to go back blonde. You see, I have a love/hate relationship with the color. Growing up I struggled with the whole blonde cheerleader, bimbo stereotype on one hand, while on the other I loved having the “pretty” hair. And I’m just not ready to give up being blonde completely, and I knew that if I didn’t stop depositing color after color onto my locks, then going back to blonde was something I could kiss goodbye. So here I am, a cool-toned blonde that I’m actually stoked about!
Here’s how I got to where I am from where I was:
We used a cap (GASP! No one does caps anymore, get with the times!) Oh bite me. I love to use a cap when needing to do a full highlight and wanting to lift it all equally and be able to watch it. Using foils you have to take into account that the first one that goes in is more than likely going to be done before the last one – especially when trying to lighten the level I was at (I had been using Redken Shades Cream 05Br and 06RR for several months).
After one round of 30 volume with Redken’s Flash Lift, we did two Redken Cat Treatments and decided to do another round of bleach – still with the same cap on and hair pulled through. Because I had so much color in my hair I lifted to a pretty hefty orange color on the first try, but needed to get it to brighten just a touch more so that when the glaze we decided on starts to fade in just a few weeks, I wouldn’t be left with such a citrus sight
After the second round of bleach, we glazed it with two parts 09Gi to one part 08T Shades EQ.
And a little more than four weeks later it was time for another round of lightening, so I could have fresh color for CosmoProf in Las Vegas!
This time, I caught wind of the Pravana Color Extractor. Although it smells much like the little old ladies who still get the perms at the hair salon, it is like the holy grail of getting rid of color and not frying your hair to do so. Any old school colorists ever use the good ol’ soap cap on a client or themselves?? SO damaging!
I was absolutely stoked to see how much color the Pravana CR got rid of. And, being so gentle on the hair, it’s a process safe to perform up to three times in a row! However, we knew we were going to use Flash Lift once again – this sesh with only 20 volume though – so we didn’t want to push our luck… (And if you’re wondering if we did a cap again and not foils, the answer is YES! The cap is quicker and just easier sometimes)
And then came the glaze, or toner, whichever you want to call it. And before I tell you the formula, just know I forced my mom (she owns a hair salon and has been a master cosmetologist since before she even met my dad) into an absolute faux pas in the Redken and hair color world. We used equal parts Shades EQ Cream Clear and 09V… and Shades EQ Gloss 09P… with 10 volume…
If you’re not familiar with these products, the gloss is supposed to always be used with the dedicated processing solution, which is really about a 7 volume. So what we did was kind of an absolute “no-no” and totally frowned upon by some professionals. However, I desperately wanted to have the new Redken Shades EQ Opal Glow incorporated into my toner, but am just obsessed with how the cream makes my hair feel. So I mixed them anyway, and I’m totally happy with the results!
And yes, I know how bad I just might need botox. And I will definitely get a better photo of men cheveux since this was a selfie in the rockstar minivan (while sitting in the driveway).
The hubs is super happy I’m getting back blonde too, but he’s a little weirded out about the hint of silver the Opal Glow gives my hair. Oh well, I think he’s finally getting used to my ever-changing hair by now.
Next round? Thinking of using some of the opals from the Blonde Idol High Lift Conditioning Cream line… oh the possibilities!