With my first attempt I really had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know how light I could go or whether it would even suit me, but this time I felt like I’d done the hard part and all that was left was to take it to the next level. I didn’t bat an eyelid when Ben mentioned swapping the reddish brown colour for a dark blonde and adding a white blonde element in, I was super chilled throughout the whole process and didn’t even worry when the foils started being removed (usually my point of panic when I can’t see what’s going on). I threw in a few mentions of lighter, lighter, lighter and I finally want to see a blondie looking back at me, and then sat back, had a cuppa, read Vogue and generally chilled as the sunshine shone through the windows around me.
Despite my chilled demeanour however, I really couldn’t have predicted just how subtle, natural and soft a colour I would leave the salon with. Although after my very first consultation, I was a little unsure as to whether I’d made the right decision going for a gradual build up of highlights rather than a quick fix all over bleach, I’m now so glad I made the more sensible decision. It’s not at all like me if I’m honest – I’m generally impulsive and impatient when it comes to things such as this and once I’ve decided on something, want it to happen right that very second – so this decision is very out of character (maybe this is what happens when you reach your late twenties?) and probably all but aided by the resounding and genuine advice from the Sassoon team. It was sound advice too, as I don’t think I had realised just what bad condition my hair was in following the year long red abuse and more bleach just wouldn’t have done it any favours. Even though I’ve had to change my haircare routine significantly to combat the damage of the highlights (you can read about my current favourite products and routine here), on the whole it’s still soft and manageable most days and I know much muchbetter than it would have been had I opted for the hardcore bleach route.
I’m really pleased with my current shade, it feels summery and light, yet natural and non brassy at the same time, which was always a worry for me going such a stark contrast from my natural colour. I also got a lovely cut from Mario at the Covent Garden salon after my colour, who managed to take my jumble of Pinterest pics and nonsensical words and create exactly the kind of choppy layered style I was aiming for. Not quite graduated but not all one length, choppy and textured to add movement but still enough length to be able to create different looks day to day.
I’m still not sure whether I’ll stay on the light side forever, lately I’ve been looking at old photographs and hankering for my natural colour once again (typical me!!) but for now I’m enjoying the summer in my lighter locks and experimenting with new styles, colours and fashions to boot.
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*I was given a complimentary visit to Sassoon Salons in order to write this review, but as always the opinions are all my own.*