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!

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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