Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fresh Look For Spring

I'm so happy that spring is finally here! The weather's been gorgeous here in Jersey.

Feeling the need to freshen up my look, I decided to give myself some red ombré highlights.

Even though it was a very looong multistep process, I love the results and would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

First thing I did was purchase all of my supplies. I bought them from Sally's (S) and Target (T).

You'll need:
•Clairol Born Blonde Maxi Blonding Kit (although the Radical Bleach Kit is pictured below, I did not use it here) - T
•Feria in deep burgundy (or any color you desire) - T
•Latex gloves - S
•Bleach/tint brush - S
•Disposable cup/container (to mix the lightening product in) - T or S
•Vaseline - T
•Protective cape - S
•Magic eraser (optional-used for cleaning up drips and spills on bathroom counters/floors) - T

Next I put on some old clothes that I wasn't worried about messing up. I always have tons of old t-shirts lying around, which worked perfectly.

If you have light bathroom surfaces like I do, you'll want to protect them with old towels and have a magic eraser nearby in case you have any spills or drips.

Don't forget to put your cape on! After all you are...Super DIYer...hehehe, get it? Okay, very corny!

Next I applied some Vaseline around my hairline to protect my skin from any product getting on it.

Now time for the lightening part of the process. I followed the directions on the Born Blonde kit, only applying the product to the lower half of my hair. I used the brush for this part so I could be more precise with the application. Also, the brush helped to "feather" the product so I didn't have such a harsh transition from the black to the red. Since my natural hair color is so dark, I had to leave it on for the maximum amount of time indicated.

After rinsing it out, I fully dried my hair with a hair dryer since the directions on the box of Feria said my hair needed to be clean and dry. At this point my hair was a very light brown color. Not exactly blonde, but that was okay.

Next it was time to tint the lightened part of my hair with the red. Following the Feria directions, I applied the tint to the lightened lower half. I wasn't worried about getting some of the red on the dark part of my hair - it didn't show at all when it was all done. It was important, however, that I fully covered the brown lightened parts with the red tint.

I left the red tint in for the time indicated and voila! I had red ombré highlights! Love the way it looks, especially when I'm standing in the sun because the red looks so brilliant!

What do you think? Not too shabby, right?!

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