I've gone through some interesting hair color phases. My early college years I did everything to look like Jlo. Hoop earrings, Frankie B jeans, studded belts, attempts to be a fly girl, and of course mimicking her bronzed highlighted tawny hair. Working for Mac I then went through the "my hair must look like an eyeshadow color palette" which meant bright colored "hair blocking" with ruby red, blonde, bronze and sometimes plum streaks. But alas, when college ended so did the monthly allowance from my parents and my part-time cocktailing job was funding EVERYTHING including my hair. In my attempts to cut costs I decided to simplify and go back to my roots....literally. Having my dark hair back I thought I'd channel my inner Penelope Cruz and maybe appear more enigmatic, with more substance, or maybe just appear more in need of a sandwich. In due time the itch for colored hair returned. I eased my way into colored hair again with a low maintenance light brown ombre with hints of bronze highlights, but that was like that first puff of weed, just a gateway fix till I needed to go lighter... and lighter.....
The good, the bad, and the wtf??: My hair evolution
The problem with brunettes going blonde is the transition has to be gradual and can take FOREVER. I have yet to reach my desired hue of blonde. As most brunettes I'm sure can relate, when I keep adding lighter highlights to my ombre I'm also battling the almost inevitable orangey emergence that happens in the last two weeks before I go in for my touch up. Bless his clueless little heart the hubby complimented me on my new "brassy do" and I almost choked on his choice of words "BRASSY" bleh.
Hair Goals- Always obsessing over these two
My hair dresser of 15 years and my transformation consultant, Paris, suggested I try a blue shampoo. While looking like a "Sun-In" and lemon juice tangerine-hued throwback I scrambled and searched till i found the highly reviewed Joico Color Balance Blue Shampoo and Conditioner. This is a brunette girl's savior for those cool blonde highlights we've been dying for that you see above on the lovely Jamie Chung and Hair Goddess Khloe K. The directions: use 2-3 times a week (which is honestly how I often I wash my hair) where the shampoo you let sit for 2-3 minutes before rinsing and the conditioner 3-5 minutes before rinsing. The result after a few uses is less brass, more blonde and a little bit more time before I have to race back to see Paris to tone and touch up my mane. Unfortunately these don't come in Costco value size, however you can often find the shampoo/conditioner set on Amazon for $35 dollars or Ulta on deal.
If my inspi-hair goals idol Jamie Chung is using it than it must be good!! I'm almost done with my first round of bottles and I'm loving the results. I'll post some before and afters once i get through this first set! PEACE OUT