My daughter, Christina, is an artist. With that, I guess I expect her to come home with rainbow colored hair and to veer off from the “norm” of every day plain and simple when it comes to appearance.
She wanted to do something different with her hair and has naturally colored auburn hair. She had an idea to do some sort of two toned hair with blonde in the front, and red in the back. I’m not a hairdresser, but I do love to save money, and I was interested in trying to assist her achieve the look she wanted.
We purchased two boxes of hair coloring. One was called Super Blonde. I thought this would be a good choice because, whenever Christina has made an attempt to make her hair blonde, it NEVER works. In fact, any past attempt has looked like she did NOTHING to make the blonde happen. I’ve never seen anyone put a bleaching agent on her head without a result at all. This seemed to be a guarantee to achieve the blonde look.
The next color chosen was L’OREAL Paris Ruby Fusion. It had a beautiful red color without making her into a Ronald McDonald contender.
She chose how much hair she wanted to be blonde. I carefully parted it with a comb where she wanted it and paid attention to how it would fall. She wanted it to be placed in such a way that she could pull her hair different ways and have different effects. I know this seems impossible to do, but when you’re looking at the hair, you can visualize it.
Then, I took the portion that was going to be blonde and tied a ponytail holder around it to keep it away from the part we wanted to be red.
I started to put the red dye on while being extremely careful not to go to the area that was going to be blonde. Using the brush tool Christina bought, I could carefully brush the color near the part so I had all the hair covered, but didn’t unnecessarily dye the part of her hair that she wanted to be blonde.
Once all the color was on her hair, we followed the directions on the box. However, we were extremely careful not to get the red dye anywhere near the other section to a point that Christina was having to lean backwards to have her hair rinsed out to avoid the other part of her hair. We waited to use conditioner until everything was completed.
After the red part of her hair was done, we tied it into a ponytail while it was still wet. I rinsed out the application bottle that came with the red hair dye because I didn’t want to use the entire bottle of blonde on her hair. I divided the blonde ingredients in half and mixed them in the applicator bottle so we could reserve the rest for another time (this means the other half was left completely unmixed so there’s no danger of it rupturing). I released the hair from the ponytail in the front, and, ever so carefully, used the cleaned off brush tool to brush the blonde onto her hair. I made sure it reached all the way to the roots and avoided the red part of her hair. I wrapped her hair up lightly with foil to keep it out of her face. I don’t know whether this is the right thing or wrong thing to do in hair land, but it kept the hair from dripping, and it permitted her to see without affecting anything. Due to Christina’s hair being so difficult to lighten, we waited an entire hour (the instructions said up to 60 minutes) for it to lighten, and we met with success!
After the blonde was complete, she leaned forward so we could rinse it out. We used the conditioning shampoo that was provided in the box. After that, we applied the conditioner that had come with the red hair dye, waited two minutes, and rinsed it all out. The result was exactly what she wanted, and we did it for less than $25.00.
Seriously, the girl could have pink and purple hair and still look awesome. Then again, I’m a biased mom.