Back in November, I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. I dyed my hair a crazy color.
I don’t change my hair a lot, but when I do, I always get the urge to do something ‘out there’. If I’m going to make a change, it better be noticeable!
I looked around for a good (affordable) hair stylist who wouldn’t make me look super trashy. In my (personal) opinion, there is a fine line when you’re dying your hair an ‘unnatural’ color. Maybe it’s because I live in the south and half of the hair jobs I’ve seen tend to lean more toward ‘trashy’.
I’m a stay at home mom on a pretty tight budget so these stylists charging over 250$ just weren’t going to work for me. I also tend to make a decision and then want it executed IMMEDIATELY.
I used to have a good friend to dye my hair with who lived nearby. We were constantly dying our hair together! She up and left and since I definitely don’t trust my husband to do a good job (sorry babe) I have to wait until I visit my sister.
SO, in November, my niece and I set to work! She is 16 and could easily be a successful beauty blogger. She’s amazing with makeup skills! But on the other hand, she could be a scientist, doctor, or astrologist. She’s basically a genius.
That said, I trust her with my hair. And my face (makeup). We got our supplies from Sally’s, then looked up balayage techniques on YouTube. We drew up the diagram on the mirror for easy reference (in dry erase marker) and set out our tools.
Here’s what we got:
Here’s my ‘BEFORE’. Don’t judge my crusty frizzy hair. It’s bad. I know. In my defense, this was post mom bun.
My niece first applied the bleach solution to my strands in the ‘V’ formation that we learned about just moments before.
We let that sit a while, washed it out, and then got started on the blue dye. We bought two different colors of Manic Panic. A darker blue and a lighter turquoise. Looking back, I wish I’d have just gotten two of the darker blue. The turquoise would look a lot better if my hair had lightened more, but instead you can kind of see the yellow through it.
These next two are post bleach/blow dry:
After carefully painting the blues on the bleached portions (darker blue up top, fading into the turquoise), we realized that it was streaky in places. Our solution was to just take the remaining dye that was in the bowls and rub it in all over my head. Not professional by any means (and at this point my niece’s best friend was there to help, so there were three of us doing this).
Once I’d washed it out and dried it, it actually looked pretty good! That is, considering a bunch of amateurs did it with amateur supplies.
I think this was the day I got back from my sister’s house.
I have seen ads on Facebook about Overtone conditioner and it was always in the back of my mind as something I wanted to try. Now was the perfect chance!
Overtone is a vegan formula that deposits color gently to either keep your current colors bright, or add a little color to your natural locks. They have reps to chat with on their site whenever you need help, too. I spoke with someone, sent her photos of my current hair and what I had wanted to achieve, and she gave me her best recommendation. She suggested I go with vibrant blue, so I did!
It took a couple of weeks to arrive (high demand/holidays I assume) which was hard for me because I am spoiled by Amazon Prime.
Now that I have it, I try to use it sparingly since it’s basically gold and I don’t want to have to buy it once a month.
I got the pack that includes an 8oz conditioner, 2 oz travel conditioner, and 8oz deep treatment. I don’t wash my hair every time I shower, so it hasn’t run out TOO quickly.
This photo is my hair today, after taking a shower with both hot water AND regular shampoo and conditioner. I’m stretching out my last bit of Overtone! Obviously you can see a lot more fading here, without using my Overtone! I didn’t notice it was that bad until I took this photo.
I try to alternate between using the conditioner and the deep treatment. When I use the deep treatment, I apply it to dry hair and let it sit for 15 minutes before I shower. For the conditioner, I apply it after shampooing and let it sit for 5 minutes (or less if my hot water is running out).
One of my favorite things about Overtone is not having to rinse my hair in cold water. Apparently, this is what you’re supposed to do to keep your color from fading too quickly. Well I’m sorry, it’s the middle of winter and this mama is NOT about to take cold showers. I’d lose my color before I took a cold shower. So thanks, Overtone, for helping me keep my color and my hot showers!