Bad Apple Hair have made my lavender hair fantasies come true. A few weeks ago I went in for a consultation on how to update my virgin dark brunette hair to something more fashionable and fun. George, a senior colour technician, was happy with the condition and strength of my natural hair and confirmed that he could give me the lavender hair of my dreams.
I had a skin allergy test done before I left the salon and then spent a few weeks researching the kind of colour and look that I wanted to achieve. If you follow me on Facebook then you might have seen my mood board. The ideas came from a combination of Instagram and Pinterest. I spent hours looking for women with similar skin tones to me with purple hair. I wanted to see the hair in situ against Asian skin, rather than just the back of the head. I felt that this was the only way to find a shade that would truly flatter me as well as make me happy. Though I have to say that this was more difficult than I had anticipated.
Last week I went in for my five-hour transformation and I couldn’t be happier with the results. Firstly I had a chat with George about the final colour and look that I wanted to achieve. We took into account that Instagram filters and Photoshop are the devils when it comes to showing off hair colour sometimes but we came to an agreement about the overall look and feel that we wanted me to walk away with.
As my hair was completely virgin hair – not coloured or chemically treated in any way – the bleaching process was straightforward. I want to experiment beyond lavender hair in the future so George agreed that we needed a light as base as possible for pinks and rose golds to be a possibility.
This drastic colour change was only possible as I was honest with the salon about my hair history; everything including the use of colourants, henna and bleach as well as how often I get haircuts and use heat styling and my home care routine. Without this honesty, you risk your hair turning strange colours, being unnecessarily damaged or not getting the result that you desire. I always was a little afraid that my hairdresser would judge me for what I do to my hair unsupervised, but it turns out not to be that scary to admit to all my hair sins. This kind of honesty in the consultation could make the difference between walking out of the salon happy or not. And there really isn’t any blame to be had for the hairdresser if they didn’t have the full picture before they start processing your hair.
The bleaching process wasn’t too uncomfortable but I did distract myself with some glossy magazines, Twitter and a scroll through Instagram. My hair seemed to be lifting really well without any weird orange tones, though there was a scary canary yellow phase that I had to get through!
After lightening my hair to a light blonde, a blend of colours was then mixed to create the lavender hue that George and I had discussed. George added some Innoluxe to my hair colour to help deep condition my hair during the process. This concoction was left on my hair then shampooed away before I was then returned to the chair cutting and styling.
I am happy with the way my long bob looks when worn natural or styled so when I was chatting to Hannah about what I wanted from my cut, I knew that I wanted to keep as much length as I could. Thankfully despite all the chemical processing, my hair had just undergone, it was still in a good enough condition that we could leave most of it. Aside from taking a few inches off to tidy the shape of my lob and to reintroduce the layers back into my hair, the only change was to cut in a deliberate outgrown fringe to blend into my hairstyle just past my cheekbones. This helps to frame my face and add shape to my overall hairstyle.
I love how there is so much dimension to the colour. It changes under different light and in real life you can see all the shades of mauve, pink, purple and ash blonde that make up the overall lavender shade of my new lavender hair. I am looking forward to seeing how the colour evolves over time as the semi-permanent toner will wash out over time. George advises that toners last around three weeks depending on your at home hair care regime so I am aware that I will need a top up well before I return for root regrowth or a trim.
I have to invest in some deep conditioning treatments and learn to treat my hair differently now that it has been heavily bleached. I’ve stocked on a few products from Liz Earle, Kiehl’s and eSalon though Bad Apple Hair was kind enough to gift me some Tigi products designed to look after dry and damaged hair. The only thing on my shopping list is some toner to apply at home to keep my lavender shade as vibrant and impactful as I love it.
If you’re interested in taking your hair from dark brunette to vibrant pastel then it’s a good idea to find an experienced hairdresser if you don’t want any surprises or compromises. I am so happy with the end result of my cut and colour with Bad Apple Hair, who have made a lot of effort to keep my hair looking and feeling as good as possible throughout this process.
I am really looking forward to all the different hair looks that I’ll be able to achieve over the coming months with my lighter base colour. But I want to keep my lavender hair for a while yet. I am still getting used to it and often forget that my hair is bright lavender until I catch sight of myself in the mirror.
The next thing I have to do is to experiment with my clothes and makeup to see what works best against my new hair colour.
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