New Hair at BLEACH London

It was safe to say, once I’d dabbled with Fudge’s Paintbox colours, I got the colour bug. In that post I spoke about how much I wanted hair like My Little Pony, and I’d toyed with the idea of bleaching my whole hair in order to get a whole head of pink.

I loved the pink hair so much that I decided I was going to go for the kill and do my whole head. I knew I needed to go somewhere amazing who knew what they were doing – BLEACH London were the first people I thought of. All the session stylists I work with rave about it, and it’s well known that if you want a crazy colour in London, BLEACH is the place to go.

BLEACH has recently opened a concession in Topshop Oxford Circus, but I visited their original Dalston salon to get my pink-on. It’s based in the heart of East London, slotting in nicely with the local vibe.

The salon is lined with glass bottles, once holding soft drinks, now where the magic dye is kept. The colourists mix up their own potions and tones at the back from the nameless containers. Very mysterious and so very cool.

I spoke to Sapphire, the manager, and also the lovely lady that would be doing my hair, about what I wanted.  I have so much hair, that is very thick, and I use straigheners almost every time I wash my hair – all these factors were working against me in my quest for a full head of pink locks. She advised me that my hair would snap off, and would be very coarse… it was all of a sudden sounding less appealing! I was disappointed that I couldn’t have the hair I had envisioned, but at the same time I was grateful that Sapphire was professional enough to notice the warning signs to stop me from ending up with a rubbish head of hair!

She said she could take my blonde up a little further, giving me more area for the pink to work with – but when I thought about how that might look once I’d decided I had enough of the pink, I decided against it. Although now, I’m kind of wishing I did it!

In the end I went for, what they call, a ‘Super Cool Colour’, and boy, is it super cool! I had seen an image of a girl with pastel pink hair, with turquoise and purple running through the ends that I was using as hairspiration. I showed it to Sapphire who said that my hair probably wouldn’t go those tones as it wasn’t quite blonde enough, but she could make it quite strong, which would eventually fade down to a more pastel version of itself. I was sold. 
She took her time thoroughly coating all of my hair, and blending the purple and blue into the ends. It was a much better than what I’d managed when I did my own dye job a few weeks previously! It was left for 20 minutes before being rinsed and I actually said “wow” as I saw it being dried. I was in love.

The only problem is, now I really really want a whole head of it!

To find out more and to book an appointment, visit www.bleachlondon.co.uk

Pink Hair with Fudge Paintbox!

An email popped into my inbox with details of how I could colour my hair like Rita Ora if I so fancied, using Fudge Paintbox hair colour. Well, I’d never thought of copying Rita – but for a while I have pondered having pink or unicorn / my little pony style hair! I would love hair that was candy-floss pink with pastel purples and blues going through it… but definitely not brave enough to bleach my whole head in order to do that. I get bored easily, and well, there’s not much going back from that is there?!

So I replied, saying, actually, yes, I rather fancied going pink if they had anything suitable – and the next day when my Fudge Paintbox in Pretty Flamingo arrived, I couldn’t wait to get it on my hair!

Pretty Flamingo is a bright, hot pink – so I also used Whiter Shade of Pale, the toner with it to try to tone it down slightly.

My hair is ombred, so I knew the bleached ends would take the colour pretty well. I decided to take the colour all the way through to the tops of my hair, even though it wouldn’t turn pink, it would help to blend it in, and any of the lighter parts would pick up the pink. I used the Pretty Flamingo on its own on the dark parts of my hair, and the dye with toner on my bleached ends.

After washing and towel drying my hair, I applied it with my hands while I wore latex gloves, then brushed it through. I then left it to develop for 30 minutes, and as per the instructions, rinsed it out until the water ran clear, then shampooed and conditioned it.

To say I adore it is an understatement! The different tones in my hair originally means there are so many different tones of pink running through my hair. Fudge Paintbox lasts typically between 3-30 washes, so it’s great for experimenting but I am definitely going to keep mine pink for a while. The only difference is I may switch to Pink Moon which is more of a pastel pink shade as, although Pretty Flamingo is lovely, I was definitely hoping for a more pastel colour. I’m so tempted to just go for it and bleach my whole head now – arghhhh!!

Fudge Paintbox costs £9.95 per tube and is available from www.fudge.com

My New Ombré Hair at Eleven Hair

I had been umming and ahhing over having my hair ombréd for ages – yesterday I finally decided to take the plunge, and I am so pleased with how it turned out! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen the picture I added at the time, but if you’d like more details and pics then read on!
In one of the beautiful little streets around Bond Street, lies Blenheim Street, home of Eleven Hair. It was my first visit to this particular salon and was greeted with a round of friendly faces and smiles. 
The staff that worked there were so welcoming and chatty; while I was having my hair done I honestly felt like I was one of their friends – to the point I would be happy going out for a drink with them – that’s how comfortable they made me feel. A little glance round the salon would lead me to believe this is how they make all their clients feel – everyone was having a giggle with each other, kisses on the cheeks when they left – it just all had a lovely feel to it.
One of the owners, Jason Welch, is one of the InStyle Beauty Award judges and was also named in ES magazine’s little black book as the man to go to to get your hair blonde in London. Since then, a lot of his work does involve giving people shimmering golden highlights, but with the current dip-dye trend, a lot more people are asking for ombré.
The gorgeous lady who took care of my locks was Jacqueline Tarlier, a certified Redken colourist hailing from Canada who very clearly loves her job. As we were chatting I discovered she is really into high fashion and she loves doing ombré dyes – perfect! 

After spending the past few years trying to make my hair light after it being black, I was worried about darkening the tops of my hair and it looking too dark overall. Both Jason and Jacqueline agreed that it would be a good idea to give me a few soft highlights around my face to stop it from looking too harsh – so that was done and then Jacqueline set to work on the ombré. 
She bleached the ends of my hair, darkened the tops and then blended the two together to give the gradual colour fade rather than strong contrast line which was something I definitely wanted to avoid.
Once it was done and washed off I had a toner applied to get the correct shade of blonde, then a treatment to reseal my cuticles. My hair honestly feels so amazing now, even after all that bleach – and here is the finished result!
I am absolutely in love with it! The blonde is the perfect, creamy tone, and I love the transition colour between the blonde and brown parts of my hair. It’s going to be so low maintenance too – win! If I had a little black book, I would say that Eleven Hair is the place to go if you want your hair ombréd! 
Eleven Hair is situated at 11 Blenheim Street, Mayfair. For further info, check out their website www.eleven-hair.com 

Garnier Olia – After

Yesterday, I dyed my hair at home – brave, right!?  I was very nervous about it, but it turned out great, and I’d definitely do it again!

I used Garnier Olia, which was really easy to use – just a case of mixing the developer and colourant in the provided pot, giving it a shake and applying it. There were lots of nice touches which made it easier, such as a pop-out hole in the box to stand the applicator bottle in so it didn’t spill, and the pointed spout on the applicator which made it a lot more simple to put on.

My hair, afterwards, is much more uniform in colour – the very bright highlights are now the colour they should be, and the dark section at the bottom of my hair has lifted. I have done a video to show my new hair.

My hair feels surprisingly manageable and was so easy to straighten afterwards – I’d been worried that the condition of my hair would deteriorate, but in actually feels loads better, like I’d had a hair treatment in!
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Garnier Olia – Before

This week, I shall mostly be dying my hair…. at home! Eek!

I have always had my hair coloured in the salon, which can get pricey, and have been in awe of friends that just whip on a colour at home and it looks fab. Over the past two years I have gradually been going from black to blonde – and I like the place it is at the moment, apart from the pieces which are still quite dark in contrast.

Just as I was exploring options, I was asked if I would like to try the new at-home dye from Garnier – Olia, which seemed to be perfect timing, so I took them up on the offer!

It’s the first oil-powered hair dye, which has no ammonia, and it meant to visibly improve the quality of the hair. Sounds good! 

This is my hair at the moment – I’ve gone for the Blonde (8.0) dye in the hopes that my darker areas underneath will lift a couple of shades to blend in a little better with the rest of my hair.
I have just done my patch test so expect ‘after’ pictures at the beginning of next week!
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