So I finally took the plunge! And I went for the DIY approach to balayage – Ombre’ing (?) my Dark brown hair…

I used the *Loreal perfect blonde highlighting kit which cost me around £5.

I wanted the colour to transition randomly I really didn’t want a harsh line between the Dark and blonde. So I applied the colour slightly further up the hair in some areas.

After the first attempt with the bleach, which I left on for about 40 minutes! Really was too long tbh!  I was actually pretty impressed with how well my hair colour had lifted. It wasn’t exactly how I wanted it. There was a definite copper hint that I thought would probably be removed with another 20-minute stint of bleaching!


FML!! Balayage is a bitch.My ends hate me!!

After washing and drying my hair for the second time I was pretty happy with the results. but as it was about 11 pm I was yet to see the full effect in natural daylight. Boy did I get a shock this morning!  I woke up with the sun beaming on my (orange) hair! Which was highlighted to it’s fullest by the white pillowcase background!!

Anyway, to cut a long story short, I sent a picture to my hairdresser friend. She advised that I pick up an ash blonde colour which would take out the brassiness.(I got the *Loreal recital lightest ash blonde)

So after the FOURTH dye job on my hair, it finally looks like this…


So although there is still a bit of a ginger tinge, I am finally pretty happy with the finished results. Which is lucky because my hair definitely can’t take anymore!

I would love to know what you think, more blonde??

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This is a re-post. Posted originally in 2011. I am currently in the process of having a pro balayage. Which is coming along nicely. 🙂 I have a post all about it coming up soon. Follow with bloglovin’ here if you are interested in seeing how it turns out.