As I’m a gal who’s had dyed blonde hair for a few years now, I’ve done a bunch of testing of products supposed to banish the dreaded ginger tones that can come from bleaching your hair. In this post I’ll tell you all about my hair-dying history and the products I love to use currently!
I first got blonde ombre when I was around fifteen, going for a blonde that was a couple of shades lighter than my natural hair colour. As a girl that was completely unaware of all things hair at the time I didn’t realise how ginger this would make my hair look and as the hairdresser didn’t fancy telling me, I was stuck with hair I wasn’t all that happy with until either I could afford to change it or mum would very kindly offer to pay for it again. Seeing as mum got ill it wasn’t really a priority so I just ended up growing it out and then when it got to the tips, dying my hair back to it’s original colour with a box dye. This didn’t go too well either and was a lot darker than I intended (I’m having good luck with my hair right?! haha) but when the colour had mostly washed I attempted to do a blonde ombre on my own hair using some hair bleach and a blonde box dye but as you can imagine, this wasn’t as good a quality as it would have been from a salon. So when I started going ginger from the box dye I decided it was time to book myself in to a good quality salon to get the hair I always wanted.
So from around 2016 I’ve had blonde balayage in my hair and I love it. I’m still not sure what the difference between balayage and ombre is so let me do some research. So apparently in ombre there is a clear fade line (something I always hated but just assumed my hairdresser didn’t do a very good job) between the two colours and with balayage the aim is to blend the two colourless seamlessly using highlights and a gradient freehand technique. So for me, balayage is totally the way to go as it’s just a lot more natural and in my opinion, pretty as there is no line between the two colours. When I first got balayage done I was a little scared seeing as I had had some hair catastrophes in the past but the lady I had was so so lovely and I went in for a ‘hair consultation’ a few days before to help put my mind at ease. We decided on a slightly ashier blonde than I was used to which I loved and from then to now I’ve stuck with the same kind of vibe but daringly (or not lol) gone a couple of shades lighter each time. My hair now is an ashy pale blonde with my natural hair at the top and it’s definitely my favourite hair colouring I’ve ever had!
So, onto the products I use. After tirelessly trying the PRO:VOKE Touch Of Silver range (mainly because it was cheap) and a couple of other dud silver shampoos I found whilst doing some research I finally went out on a whim and tried the BLEACH Silver Shampoo and let me tell you- it is A-MAZING. After the first wash my hair was looking a lot less ginger and more the colour it was when I had stepped out of the hairdressers. I started using it once a week along with the conditioner and while it was making my hair a lot less brassy, long-term it was drying my hair out so I stopped using it as after wrecking my hair with curling it too much in my teens, I’m very conscious of protecting my locks. I put up with the more brassy look for a while until it was about time I got my hair dyed again (about a year and a bit later for me because it is priceyyy). This last time was in August and was the brightest blonde I’ve gone just yet. After forking out a lot of money I decided to really try and look after my hair and colour this time and have been using the BLEACH silver shampoo once a week ever since.
For my personal routine I like to take the shampoo and apply it onto ever-so-slighty damp hair and work it through every strand. This takes around fifteen to twenty minutes and then I leave it on for around five to ten minutes before washing it out and washing my hair as usual. For my shampoo I use anything that’s hydrating but not too heavy, my favourite at the moment is the Dove Intensive Repair range. I can also suffer from a flaky scalp (ew to the words ‘flaky’ and ‘scalp’) so I use a calming Head and Shoulders shampoo along with my moisturising shampoo and conditioner just to make sure everything is tip-top healthy. To reduce frizz and protect my hair from heat I have been using the Garnier Ultimate Blends Smoothing Hair Oil for years and it’s my all-time fave.
Even though I now use the silver shampoo sparingly it can still make my hair dry so I like to use the BLEACH London Reincarnation Mask which just helps to lock in that bit of extra moisture. This is the first hair mask I’ve ever used so if any of you have any fab recommendations please let me know! But for now this baby does the job and I’m overall pretty happy with how my hair looks and feels.
I think for the future I’ll be keeping with the blonde as I do love it, but who knows, maybe one day I’ll go back to my dark tresses.
All my love as always,