Peachy Keen- transitioning Dark to Light Hair

I’ve been on a bit of a journey with my hair these past couple of months. Despite yearning for raven locks since January and sporting ruby-red tones in their stead, feeling better post op and seeing summer on the way has left me feeling ready for change.Geenie april circle

I thought a hair cut might do the trick. I’d been growing it and had some residual damage and split ends that could do with trimming. I booked a hair salon visit as a post recovery treat. I wasn’t planning on anything radical but the hair stylist had other ideas (which is I normally why I cut it myself). Rather than a smart bob, in her infinite wisdom she gave me a mullet see below. Just what is it with hairdressers who don’t listen?

90s shag haircut

Not sure about this one…

Needless to say, it didn’t last the week. It reminded me of the haircut I had at 16 while growing out a dodgy home perm. So I cut it into a bob myself and with all bleach damage gone I was able to dye it properly dark. I finally got what I wanted, except, it wasn’t what I wanted anymore. Somehow it reminded me of feeling poorly.

shag layers vs bob haircuts

You can just make out the bleach damage on the ends.

With my recovery period drawing to a close, the cloud of exhaustion and pain has lifted. I feel physically, if not mentally, lighter and I found myself wanting to reflect that in my look. And if I’m brutally honest I seem to have gone grayer from this experience, all the more obvious against my vampy tresses. Time for a change indeed, so I have begun the gradual process of lightening my hair.

Dark to Light - bleaching hair

Which means of course dealing with the impossible ginger stage, which is what you get when you lighten dyed dark hair. As I didn’t want to completely wreck my bonce from over-bleaching, I am resting between lightening treatments. Instead of panicking about my patchy yellow and orange base colour, I thought I’d have a bit of fun with it and I’ve been using a conditioning wash-in pink to blend it all together. This past month I’ve been rocking a peachy tone that ranges from neon to pastel as it washes out.

Peach hair circle 2

It’s been pinky peach for 4 weeks and now it’s time to consider the next stage in my plan. I’ll need to wash out all the pink to assess how much brassiness is left that still needs lifting. Then I’ll do a bit of baylayage on the darker bits, before covering my whole head with a mid-dark blonde shade. That’s the plan anyway.  I’ll be sure and keep you posted on how it goes!

I’ve been dying and cutting my own hair at home for over 20 years now, so I’m sure I’l work it out. I always find a way 😉 So what about you,  do you have any hairstylist horror stories? Or are you planning any style change-ups this summer? Tell me about it in the comments!

You can find other hair related posts here:Properly Pink Holiday Hair, or check out How not to dye your hair Purple!

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3 comments

  1. The peachy tone is lovely. Very apt for early summer. I can’t wait to see what you do next.

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    1. Thanks Anne! It’s taking ages for the pink to fade. I’m ready to move on to the next stage already 😉

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  2. You found a great solution, that peachy color looks great on you! As for bad hair salon experiments, A LOT! from cheaper to high price and well recommended stores, I usually end up with some horrible experience (from an incredibly intense different length in my long hair to overbleached hair that fell out, cuts that didn’t look like what we both agreed on, horrible color results and whatever.) So I have done everything by myself for yeeeears now as well and always have a bad feeling in my stomach when a friend asks me to come with them (even when only watching…) I guess that explains the fear I had when I went to the barber just for re-shaving my sidecut at this years WGT, he did a great job but I was scared (even when I was pretty drunk XD) I guess he will have to do it again next year but everything else, DIY!

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