[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’ve probably dyed my hair every brown and red shade under the sun. I once cooed over my sister’s dark brown hair colour and asked her what dye she used, and she replied that it was actually her natural colour. So soon after, I started to lay off the box dyes and let my hair be. But that didn’t last long! I wanted to inject some colour back into my hair, and after some googling and youtubing, I gave the Bleach London Beach Lights kit a try. I picked it up in Boots, along with it’s Silver conditioner- good for keeping the orange/brassy tone at bay AND keeping your locks a little less frazzled, and a blonde toner from Jerome Russell just as an added precaution to tone down any brassiness.
The Bleach London kit comes with a brush and a balayage board to help paint the bleach mix onto your hair. A good way to avoid having a definitive line between hair colours, is to just back comb the dye through your hair a little. This helps ‘melt’ into your natural colour a little better. I also just used my fingers to rub the colour up and down the hair strands and a few bits at the ends to avoid making it look too neat. I didn’t want a dip dye effect, I just wanted a melty, beachy look focusing on the layers that frame my face.
I left the bleach in for 30 minutes, rinsed and conditioned with the Silver Conditioner, and then added the toner for another 30 minutes, before rinsing and conditioning that out too. By this time, it was dark outside so I couldn’t tell how well the colour had taken, so I decided to leave it until the next morning. Although I wasn’t sporting an Orang Utan orange tinge, the next day I decided to go through it with more toner and conditioner and the result is a cooler, ashier tone that I’m pleased with.
I didn’t find the Bleach London kit any different to any other box dye that I’ve used before to be honest, but I do think their range of hair colours are really good- although my days of sporting red and pink hair are over, I will admit I did look longingly at the Rose and Blue tints on offer.
Let’s take a moment of silence for my former cherry bomb glory.
And now back to the present.