Monday, 17 September 2012

Going Copper!

I've been wanting to go red for a while.  I had decided to take the plunge just before Cheryl Cole went red so that stopped me in my tracks.  I started thinking about it again six months or so later but Gray proposed and we booked a date so that stopped me again, I didn't want red hair for my wedding day.  Finally after wearing the pink wig at Bestival I remembered I really wanted to do it so I booked an appointment and started getting really nervous! I found it hard to decide what shade I wanted and was so worried that it wouldn't suit me or mean I couldn't wear some of my favourite dresses that I almost talked myself our of it!  I am really glad I didn't. 

Changing my hair colour is a pretty big deal for me.  I am naturally blonde and have only ever been blonde or really dark, being the latter for approx. 3 years now.  Getting the dark out of my hair was quite a lengthy process so I thought I would document it for those wanting to do the same.  I do not dye my own hair after one very unfortunate experience a good 5 years ago (ended up with orange and yellow roots... on Christmas Eve, eeekkk!!) and strongly recommend you go see a professional if you want to keep healthy hair!

And so it begins.  This is a reminder just how dark my hair was.

 Laura applied a product called Colour Eraser which strips out as much of the dye as possible without using any bleach.  This process is lengthy and the product stinks of eggs but it is very gentle on the hair.  You can do this process a couple of times, Laura did it once on my hair.
 
 I had to sit with a little plastic cap on which was gently heated to help the process along.

After the Colour Erase has been washed out - you can see that the dark has lifted out a lot, my hair is normally black when wet.

Next Laura applied a bleach bath to lift the hair further.  This can damage the hair due to the bleach so you need to be careful how long it is left on for.  It also contains 3% peroxide which gave me roots similar to those I gave myself all those years ago ;)

 After the bleach bath had been rinsed off.  More stubborn bits of dye have now been removed and my roots are yellow, nice!

 Before applying the colour my hair needed to be dried, this shows how much colour had been stripped out of my hair in one sitting!

 Not sure why this photo is so blurry, sorry guys!  A base colour was then applied to my roots.  As I said before I am naturally blonde and without a base colour my roots would pick up too much copper and I would end up with a ginger glow.

 L'Oreal 7/44 was applied to the rest of my hair with 8/04 being added to the ends to ensure an even colour.  (Looks like a quiff Gem, does that mean you fancy me now?! haha!)

The end result!  Quite a big difference from the start photo!! I am going to go brighter with the addition of a few foils next time but it was important to me to keep my hair nice and healthy and not try to do it all in one go.

Have you made a dramatic colour change? Link me to your photos, I would love to see :)
A big thank you to Sarah for all the hair inspiration, helped me finally make my mind up

**edit** wanna see a blonde Sarah?! Click here!!  Don't laugh, it's from 2008 ;)
 
 

24 comments:

  1. Is it weird to say that this is fascinating? Seeing your hair transform, like magic. Except with dyes and stuff. The red suits you so, so well - your beautiful eyes just pop! can't wait to see outfit pics with the new colour :) x

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  2. Love the new hair colour Sarah, it looks fab! I love changing my hair, I used to dye it myself all the time when I was younger. I've had it black, pink, copper and everything in between but now I'm happy to stick with the bleach blonde.

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  3. I love the new colour - it really suits you!
    I've never really been one for dramatic hair changes, I secretly really want candyfloss lilac or something, but I know that much like a tattoo (my other desire at the moment) I would be bored of it far too quickly for it to be worth it.

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  4. It looks absolutley amazing! You need to channel some Joan from Mad Men in your dress choices now! xx

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  5. It looks lovely and really suits you :) xx

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  6. Ah you look amazing, I am so jealous!

    Maria xxx

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  7. looks amazing, can;t wait to see the final colour! I;ve only dyed my hair once and it came out black and a cried... not touched it since x

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  8. It looks great, I can't believe you're a natural blonde though, would love to see you with blonde locks too!! Can't wait to see the final look once you've gone even redder, because I'm a natural blonde I daren't dye it in case I ruin my natural colour, would love to be able to experiment though!

    allaboutthegirlblog.blogspot.com xx

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  9. Absolutely love it! I wouldn't have guessed you were a natural blonde either - you are so lucky to be able to pull off so many colours. x

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  10. how gorgeous even though the photo is a bit basic haha :P xx
    it makes your blue eyes pop. love love love love!
    liloo/@tsunimee xx

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  11. I can't believe you are able to may so many colors work. I like the sade you choose, it looks very natural with your coloring (a huge compliment coming from a natural redhead)!

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  12. Looks amazing! I went through a stage of wanting red hair too, one day i'll do it like you have! xo

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  13. I have naturally red hair & I hate it! I always like it on other people though & it looks lovely on you. :)

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  14. I never knew you were a natural blonde!

    This colour suits you so much, it looks amazing and really healthy considering how much it went through to get there! xx

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  15. Red really suits you! It's amazing how quickly you can change your colour with the help of a skilled hairdresser! (: xx

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  16. The red does really suit you. It was nice of you to document each step as some people don't realise just how much effort it takes to go from dark to light! I've had many a hair-dye disaster in my time. My hairdresser got a bit angry with me when my friend dyed it black back when I was 15 and then I asked her to strip it out. I've also had green hair at one point courtesy of a trainee at Tony and Guy. The woman who was supposed to be checking one everyone didn't think there was anything wrong with it, and I'd been there 4 hours, so I just left! It was a really weird shimmery green/grey. Not good!

    I'm currently growing out my hair colour so it looks like I've ombred it, which isn't too bad!

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  17. it looks gorgeous! really makes your eyes sparkle xx

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  18. The colour really suits you! Absolutely beautiful :) Xx

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  19. The red really suits you! You look beautiful blonde, dark and red you lucky lady!

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  20. Wow it looks like a long process.... but you look amazing Sarah! It really suits you! Where did you have it done? I deffo agree with you about getting hair dyed properly, it's not so bad when you have short hair because you can lop it off in a couple of months and not worry, but long hair is SUCH A ball ache to get right! ♥ Claire @ Jazzpad

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  21. I think the red looks amazing on you! I went red about 3 years ago and I have never looked back. I even stayed red for my wedding day (I debated that one a little, but red just feels so right). I'm amazed how many people think I'm a natural red head. The great thing about red is that you can change it up so easily. I've been strawberry blonde, auburn and a deep purply red. The only downside is it fades so fast. My hair is seriously in need of a colour on it since I got back from honeymoon, but I just haven't had time. x

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  22. Copper hair really suits you! did you get used to the change by now :)?

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