|Before swatch of my permanent dyed blonde hair|
It took me a while to get the hang of it, to learn about the different kinds of hair dyes, and how to pick colors that can be done realistically at home. Since I did not go to beauty school, it was really a trial and error process for me. The best advice I can give you is to follow the directions! Not following the directions can result in some pretty big surprises like dark brown instead of light brown hair!
The moment of the disaster took place a couple of weeks ago when I noticed that my roots were getting a bit ridiculous. I didn't have time to go to a salon, so I decided to do a demi permanent dye at home to go a few weeks longer before getting it done.
|Ion Demi Permanent Color Brilliance in 9NG $4,|
Sensitive Scalp Developer in 10 2$
I used Ion demi-permanent dye in 9NG and a 10 developer. (for permanent blond color, you would typically use a level 30 or 40 developer, demi-permanent cannot lift color so you only need level 10).
I purchased my hair dye/developer at Sally Beauty Supply.
For a couple of great DIY videos, you can check out Kandee Johnson's "How to Color (dye) Your Hair like in a Salon at Home!" video on Youtube or Anna Saccone's video on The Style Diet channel "How to Dye Your Hair At Home" . They show two different methods and they're both great.
|Level 9 Natural/Golden|
This is where I went wrong--
I decided to dye my hair after work and make dinner while my dye processed because I was starving. I used the same brand, so I knew the instructions and even read them again, which makes it all the more embarrassing.
By the way, I do recommend the Ion brand! They are not expensive and as long as you follow the instructions, you're hair should come out fine. It is important to keep in mind that demi permanent hair color does tend to come out a shade or two darker in general, but since it washes out completely [unlike permanent hair dye], after a couple of showers your hair should technically be at the color you wanted. However, I left the dye in for about 10+ minutes longer then I was supposed to because I lost track of time and it came out a kazillion shades darker. I would have never intentionally gone so much darker (at home) with permanent blonde dye as my base, and I'm honestly surprised the color came out as nice as it did.
Here's my hair today:
I hope you all can learn from my mistakes. It was really just me being silly and forgetting to set the timer, but I also didn't think leaving dye in for a couple of minutes longer would matter. Now that I know what a huge difference 10 minutes make, I'll definitely be doing a strand test from now on and following the directions (should be a no brainer, right? haha). I actually like the color a lot now that I'm used to it and think I'll keep it for the summer. May be it was meant to be.
If you have any DIY beauty tricks, feel free to leave them below or post a link to your blog.