My hair yesterday!
But, it was worth it! Because after months of borderline obsessive pinning I finally made the jump to ombre hair!
It had to be stripped in order to take 3 years of red out of it. When I informed the stylist that I had been using Schwarzkopf Live Colour , hadn't had it cut in 10 months and ran the colour through my entire hair every time she looked at me like I was the devil incarnate. And on review, the condition of my hair was pretty pagan. However it only took one search cleanse with the most amazing L'oreal product! Efassor took my 3 year build up of bright red to only 2/3 shades of orangey red after one rinse. Having seen the results of friends at home and salon cleanses this was dramatic for the first time.
Thankfully I didn't stick with this colour!
It seemed relatively easy to use and is available online at incredibly reasonable prices (although after today I'm a total salon convert!).
After this it was simply a case of bleaching and toning my ends to take the 'warmth' ,aka orange, out of it and running the dark brown through the roots and upper layers. The stylist also added a 'horseshoe' of lighter colour up top to take away the shock of going straight to such a dramatic colour effect and to avoid a 'straight line' rather than blended look. The end result is amazing and I am absolutely IN LOVE with my new hair. It looks healthier, more mature and according to the salon owner 'very classy'. They've also said that in a few weeks if I want the upper layers to go darker they'll do it for just £10!
The whole experience was lovely considering I was there 7 hours and I don't think I've ever been so happy leaving a salon. So happy in fact that I am perfectly happy to ignore reports that my hair choices have gone literally, against the trends. Sorry Cosmo!