There’s something about sitting in front of parents during parents evening, where the adult who sits opposite you, frowns that their child’s teacher has green hair. Whilst most students think it’s quite cool, I can imagine most adults not approving that a role model in a school environment should have vibrant green streaks. There’s an unspoken rule of what is/isn’t appropriate for an adult working in such surrounding. Perhaps green (or any brightly coloured hair) falls slightly into the ‘isn’t’ category.
To be fair the choice to change my hair colour didn’t derive from workplace ‘appropriateness’. I was just getting bored of the brightness and needed to neutralise it. I wanted more a natural dip dye/sombre effect. I booked appointment at Bleach in Dalston with the colourist – Brad. Originally I wanted to book an appointment with a certain hair ‘stylist’, she actually deems herself to be more of a ‘youtube celebrity’ hair dresser, and as I am one to fall for the hype I was seriously going to go with this hairdresser in question. But then I was fortunate across to stumble across Farrahs blog, farahtells.com with the tag line of ‘tells it like it is’ which is exactly that. Everybody and I mean e v e r y b o d y needs to read this post. It’s honest and well explained. I fear that the blogging community only has a handful of cut-the-crap-say-it-out-how-it-is bloggers left. Another post on this sometime.
As with any hair appointment, I became super nervous. I’ve never really had much luck with any hair stylists/colourist previously- I’ve experienced the shock horror of getting an ultra-short cut when I only wanted an inch or two trimmed, all the way to having orange streaks which has left me incredibly scarred. Brad on the other hand was extremely attentive, listened to what I wanted, gave his honest advice and talked me through the whole process.
A few things I learnt from Brad:
1.Thick, dark, curly hair and bleach are not friends!!! They hate each other it takes a while to break down the hairs natural pigment. I initially wanted silver hair – but it is almost impossible to get that on dark hair because it ends up snapping. Why do we always yearn things we can’t have? Curly haired ladies want straight hair, dark haired ladies want silver hair, i.e. me.
2.If you want temporary bright hair colour and have dark hair, then go for a warm colour pink/peaches/reds because it will always wash out back to the original colour without leaving a stain.
3.If you want a good job – go to a professional. Ok this is advice I’m giving myself. After many failed years of experimenting with hair myself I am absolutely exhausted of making mistakes and then trying to fix them. I think when you’re younger you have time and a certain curiosity where you want play around and experiment with your hair. Then you grow up and would happily a good professional to just do it for you.
So these photo’s were taken on day 3 post-hair colour, and post-rain, so excuse the frizzyness.
I’ve spoken about my DIY box-ombre job here and my Bleach super cool colour here but the results I’ve gotten at the salon are way beyond anything I could achieve at home.
My hair was bleached, toned and had an orange colour applied to the ends in order to counteract the blue / green.
I absolutely love the final result, the green was quite stubborn and there is still hues of blue/green left. The light brown hair with streaks of washed out green is gorgeous.
Now I’m thinking to add a Cruella Devile inspired streak but infuse it with hot pink – what do we think?
If you want a pro who knows what they’re doing then Bleach is definitely one to check out. There’s 3 branches you can visit, the original one at Dalston, their concession at Topshop or their Covent Garden branch.