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I Bleached My Hair To Achieve This Cool-Girl Color — & Here's What I Look Like Now
No matter what sort of dye job you're looking for, it's best practice to do your homework first. Before you even think about booking a session, find a colorist you think will be able to bring your hair dreams to life. Scour the internet, read reviews on Yelp, ask friends and colleagues, and scroll through Instagram to check out a prospective colorist's work.
According to Garrett, the one thing she makes sure to let her clients know is that a double process will take time — especially if you have very dark hair like mine. Don't expect to be in an out of a salon in a couple of hours. My entire dye job took six hours — which is short — and even then Garrett explained that we were lucky that my hair happened to lift easily with bleach. According to Garrett, everyone's hair bleaches differently (as a rule, virgin hair is easier to bleach whereas previously-dyed hair can be more difficult), so expect to spend a good chunk of your day (or even a couple of days) in the salon.
You might love your hair as soon as you walk out of the salon, but don't freak if you don't. Garrett says most clients take three to four days to fully adjust to the shock of their new 'do. "You'll look in the mirror and you might not even recognize yourself," Garrett warns. After a few days, if you're still not happy with the color, don't hesitate to reach out to your colorist for an extra round of gloss to soften, lighten, or darken things up.
Having what Garrett calls "fashion hair" — that is, creative colors like pink, blue, or red — isn't easy. It requires a lot of upkeep and monthly touchups. With every wash and dry, your color will fade, so Garrett suggests investing in a dry shampoo (Klorane's non-aerosol dry shampoo is a new favorite of mine) to keep your hair looking fresh between washes. When it's time to wash your hair, reach for color-safe shampoos like Ouai's Repair Shampoo and Conditioner. You can even purchase colored treatments like Uberliss' Bond Sustainers that you can mix together and apply to wet or dry hair to revive your color.
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