After doing my own hair and then Julia’s hair, tonight I also did Jamie’s hair.
She’s a natural blonde who went red about a year ago. While it looked great on her, red is a lot of upkeep – fades the fastest and costs an awful lot professionally – and she’d been toying with going back to blonde for a while now.
She added some blonde highlights not too long ago to break up the outgrowth, but her roots have still been showing. Yet even with those, you can’t really go from red to blonde in one step. So we did the in-between step and tried to sort of de-redify it.
There was much discussion about what shade to choose for the intermediary phase between red and blonde, but we ultimately decided she’d definitely need a cool shade to neutralize the red tones. Normally I try to stay as far away from ash as I can, but in this case, the coolness of the ash was what we needed to minimize the red a bit.
Ended up with L’Oréal Preference 7A: Dark Ash Blonde (about $10 at your local drug store). And after?
Sure, there’s still some red in it, but the brightness and brashness of it has been greatly reduced, which is exactly what we were going for.
Ain’t she cute? Next time I think we’ll be able to go from this dark/strawberryish shade to a lighter, more golden blonde no problem.
I should really start charging. Or friends can just keep paying me in food and assorted sugar mama services. I’m easy that way.