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If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know I started out with Red hair. Then I bleached my bangs and some framing hair white blonde. I missed being blonde so much, after being red for over 3 years I decided to go all blonde again. It's semi close to my real hair color a dirty blonde. I had all the bleaching done in a salon by a professional. I suggest that's how everyone does it. I personally do not feel comfortable bleaching my own hair. It's super hard to see how far your hair on the back of your head has progressed.
It's been quite a few months as me being all Blonde. Since the end of May. I decided at the end of August I would do my own roots. I originally bought pale yellow Blonde from Ion's color hi-lift, it didn't turn out right. It was much too yellow for my taste. I waited exactly 6 weeks from that day, then dyed it again, this time with Ion Color Brilliance Hi-lift Ash Blonde HL/B-12.1. I am super happy with the results.
I mixed 4 oz of 20vol sensitive scalp developer with 2 oz (1 tube) of my hi-lift dye. Shook it all up in a tube applicator. Applied to my roots only. Let that sit for 30mins. Then I applied it to the rest of my hair hoping to cancel out all the yellow. It turned out really well. Canceled all the yellow. My bangs did get a grey tint because my bangs are a true white blonde, while the rest of my hair has yellow in it.
A picture of my roots, with flash.
A picture of my roots, without flash. You can see my roots rom my last dye job that where too yellow.I do like the results this time a lot better. The roots are still a bit darker than the rest of my hair. I'm okay with that. Next time I'll use 40vol developer instead of 20, and I'll get lighter results. I like this alternative instead of spending $60 dollars at the salon to get my roots done. I also feel like my hair likes me a lot better now that I'm not bleaching it anymore.
A picture with flash, you can barely tell that my roots don't exactly match the rest of my hair.
WIthout Flash, you can tell that my roots don't match, but it looks pretty natural.
The dye itself has ammonia in it, so watch out this stuff stinks. It is also harmful to your hair so be careful when using it. DO NOT leave it on longer then it saids to. It's also harmful to your lungs so have a fan running or be by an open window while it sits on your head. After awhile ammonia bothers my eyes.
Who should use this: I buy this from Sally's and the sales people there are always super helpful, so ask their advice. I really don't suggest this for those with Dark brown hair, or black hair. It won't turn your hair blonde, it might lighten it, but not to a color you might like. For those with light brown hair it won't make your hair a true ash blonde, but it will have some yellow tints in it.
VERDICT: If you have light hair, and want to try and go a light ash blonde, I suggest using this. I always had such good experiences with this brand. I never really had any complaints. So if you wanna save some money at the salon, try this out. It sells for around $5-$4. It depends if there's a sale at Sally's or if your a card member, or buy here. I know I will repurchase this for my own use.
WARNING: I am not a train professional. I've been doing my own hair for quite some time. I suggest when using what I say you consider how it will work for you. Are you willing to try it on your hair without knowing how it will turn out? If you're not sure please spend the extra cash at a salon. It's better to get it done right, then to have to get it fixed for twice the money. Once again, I'm not a train professional, this is all my opinions and from my experiences. If unsure, go to a professional - which isn't me!