new old hair

i’m not sure when it exactly started, but for years now i’ve had quite a lot of white hair. yeah, i’m sure you’ve noticed them in my pics. 😀

when it started coming out, i tried picking them out. but then they started to grow everywhere on my head, so i couldn’t keep picking them out!

i tried colouring my hair. it was great… for about 2 weeks. the colour went away in the blink of an eye, and i was back with my white hair. i gave up trying to colour it, because no matter what brand i tried, the colour wouldn’t stay longer than 1-2 weeks.

so i tried living with them. it’s nice sometimes because though my face may look young (which means at work some customers may think i’m a junior) my white hair tells people that i’m older than i look. or so i hope, at least! :p but most of the time it bothers me because the white hair look so striking on my deep black hair! too much contrast, even for my taste.

so i then decided to do it the other way around: bleach my hair. i figured that if i bleach it, at least it will ‘forever’ be lighter coloured and there’s no risk of the colour running out after 1-2 weeks… because it’s not really colouring! it’s bleach! ha!

since i would be doing it at home, to minimize the risk (in case i turned too blonde… which is actually quite impossible) i decided that i needed a haircut first. of course that was also done at home.

hairbefore

the haircut result, before any bleaching.

i chose the same hairstyle i had 6 years ago, since i had run out of ideas on what other style i can do to my hair! so as you can see from the pic, the white hairs are quite visible… and that is just from the front. the sides are much worse and i will spare you the nightmare.

after doing some research, i found that DIY bleaching kits tend to make your hair turn yellowish, so i needed to counter that by adding cool colour to my hair. even though i had my doubts that my hair would turn any lighter than just light brown, i fell in love with the packaging of this Finnish brand KC Professional’s Color Mask and decided to buy the Pearl tone–which is actually meant for seriously blonde hair–before even knowing what my new hair colour would be!

haircolourmaski just didn’t want to risk having to go out of the house looking like a freak (in case the bleaching failed) just to get a tube of this hair colour mask. isn’t it always good to be prepared? (plus it was on sale and was 7€ cheaper than usual, so with that kind of bargain i just couldn’t bear to miss it!)

anyway, for the DIY bleach kit, i went to get the extremest blonde set i could find. plus i have used this brand many times in the past, and they seemed to always work fine.

hairbleachif you see on the pic, the small images on the left, how black/dark brown hair’s result after the bleach should be (blonde enough), you would think it’s the perfect solution for me, right?

ah, except that you don’t know my hair’s structure. they’re quite bulky (like 1 string of hair is already very thick), and quite stubborn like the bearer herself. :p

the instruction says whatever happens, DO NOT let the bleach stay longer on your hair for more than 45 minutes. i, of course, obeyed this. the result, which i unfortunately did not record, was a somewhat reddish orange light brown hair. nowhere near the blonde that was shown on that packaging’s image, at least.

thanking the stars that i had bought the hair colour mask, i put it on right away. it’s basically like a conditioner: you put it (with gloves) on clean hair that has been dried by towel, and leave it for a while before rinsing it off. it says on the packaging that 5-10 minutes should do the trick, but i believe that is for blonde hair. since mine was a strange shade of light brown and i did want the reddish orange tint to go away, i kept it on for 15 minutes.

and finally, i was quite pleased with the result!

hairafter1

this is as blonde as you can get, darling!

i would say that even when the DIY bleach kit was almost a total flop, the hair colour mask saved my day. it makes my new hair colour look much more natural than reddish orange, and i am still very pleased with the fact that my white hair is now almost like some highlights on my hair. they look like they’re meant to be here & there and to look that way. yaaay!

the Color Mask is something i would need to re-do after some washes. the tube i bought was a 200 ml size and i only used about 3 tablespoons of it for that first time. so far i’ve washed my hair 3 times after applying the hair mask to my hair, and this is what it currently looks like:

hairafter2

still healthier looking than reddish orange! 😀 i’m gonna see how long/many washes it takes until i finally would need to re-apply the mask, but i can warmly recommend the Color Mask product to anyone who needs healthier & more natural looking hair after a possibly disastrous hair colouring/bleaching experience.

and then, we’ll see which comes first: buying a new tube of the Color Mask or my hair’s grown too long that i would need to re-bleach it! oh, this vicious cycle.

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8 thoughts on “new old hair

    • you’re not the only one thinking it was cute! 😀 lol… my husband and some of my co-workers were bewildered when i told them my plan to bleach my hair, maybe they thought it would get quite blonde. but after seeing the result, i think they changed their minds. though i also sometimes miss my own hair colour, i am very happy for now to see the white hair blending more nicely with this current hair colour. 😉

  1. Fabulous look!
    Yeah, I’m also in the vicious circle now…. I use hair dye that says on the cover that it has good gray hair coverage 😀 and my hairdresser adds some other “base color” that she says helps to cover the gray hair better/longer. Before, I always looked like i had highlighted parts of my hair where the gray hair is (and for me that’s a strange look because my gray hairs start from the roots all along the hair parting and the sides of my head, hahahahaha)
    Hope the colour mask lasts for many more re-dos, so it will save you the trouble of having to buy again and again 😀

    • thank you! i do have to use the whole tube of the Color Mask before it ‘expires’ after 12 months, let’s see how long it takes to finish one tube. 😀 also i’ve noticed now after 3 washes that my hair colour may look a bit more dull compared to when i had just put on the colour mask… so it was really a good move to use the mask!

    • really? we’re different this time, again! haha! i used to colour my hair all kinds of colours back in Jkt, at home with my sister and mum (i think it was our way of bonding as well, LOL!). but i was too exhausted to do that here on my own, and black hair is something special here, isn’t it? 😉 that’s why i hadn’t done it for years.
      but i agree: ombre blue purple hair is also something i would love to try, except that i don’t think i can do it on my own! 😀

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