So the other day… I walked into Covo wanting to go lighter than this head of blonde-ish looking hair that I already have.
I really like this hair colour!! But I also wanted to see how light my hair can go and still look like real hair hahaha.
Yknow, not the kind of dry and grassy bleached hair.
This was after 4 bleaches for the lower half and 2 bleaches for the upper half! My roots were not bleached because my stylist Yoshi advised against it.
My hair bleaching journey started last year sometime in Sep/Oct.
I never thought that my hair could be bleached because it is super fine and thin compared to other people. And I've heard tons of horror stories about bleached hair just breaking off and disintegrating into bits.
But I really, really wanted to do something different to my hair other than the usual reds/browns.
So Yoshi started me off with babylights last year when I told him I wanted a hair change.
Babylights basically is like taking small sections of your hair and highlighting them while making sure that they stand out slightly from the base colour.
If you're unsure about bleaching… You can try doing babylights first to see how you like it!
Got bolder after that and asked for larger bleached sections.
It's an addiction, almost.
Side note, I'm having such a tough time having to scroll through my thousands of photos hahaha. I guess it's true whenever guys comment that girls take way too many photos LOL.
The next hair appointment after I asked for larger bleached sections… We decided that we can start doing some interesting colours which look good or are only obvious on bleached hair.
Yoshi thought that grey makes an interesting colour so we went for grey! By now, I think most parts of my hair have been bleached twice.
The grey wasn't as obvious as I would have liked it to be because I think you need at least 3-4 bleaches for the hair to look really grey.
This only lasted for about a week before fading back to blonde.
And also, I didn't really know how to take care of it then.
LOL. I REALISED THAT YOU'RE GONNA SEE SO MUCH OF MY HAIR IN THIS POST LEH. Don't say I didn't warn you!
This was the start of the fading back to blonde.
The thing about having my hair done at Covo is, even after the hair colour fades or the haircut grows out, it still looks good. Not every salon/stylist can achieve this! Which is why I'm happy with Covo after close to 4 years of working with them.
Oh okay found it! This was when my hair still had a bit of grey. You can see that there's a nice mix of blonde, grey and ashy brown!
I actually really like it at this stage. Hahah. The ambiguous stage, I call it. 😏
When tied up into a ponytail!
It's unbelievable how Yoshi is able to make sure that the colour looks amazing at every stage and with most hairstyles I do my hair into.
Okay break time. Continue later!! After this I'm going to show you all my most 夸张 hair colour ever. Hahaha.
Then. For CNY I thought I wanted a more huat colour. Hahaha.
I actually showed Yoshi some photos for reference that I found off Pinterest. But the hair colours that I found were more like.. Muted. Compared to what Yoshi did for me.
The colours on my hair when I first left the salon were a bit too strong and vibrant for my liking.
I guess my stylist knows best. Because after just a few washes, it faded to exactly what I wanted!
See the colours really damn strong!! This was during CNY. Just 3 days after I got it done.
Looking like an anime character or something. Hahahha.
I think also because I'm not used to having such loud colours. It was a really good conversation starter though. I would have strangers coming up to me asking me all kinds of questions about my hair. Hahaha.
This hair colour is nice in its way also la. Makes me feel like a unicorn.
But I loved it even more during the fading stage!! It's like I would have a different hair colour every week or so, without having to visit the salon. 😂
My hair when I was in TW. One week after CNY!
When your hair matches the flowers in the background.
Wa I miss this hair colour!!
This is probably my craziest hair colour so far. Lol. No regrets. The transition period was so interesting!
Still in TW, but you can see from this photo that the colours are turning more muted and pastel-y!
I don't think I'll ever be going back to this colour again, at least not in the near future so I'll post one last photo before showing you guys what it faded into. Hahaha.
Faded off into a darker blonde laced with lilac strands leftover from the purple!
And then it faded into an even lighter blonde shade.. I LOVE. It went so well with my post Bali tanned skin.
So this was the original bleached base which my stylist dyed the colours onto, actually.
It looks extremely bleached but somehow it still looks healthy with a coat of shine all over.
Miss this hair and bronzed tan look. Sigh sigh sigh. Hahaha. Maybe I'll go blonde again before my next beach vacay??
Some of my friends commented that this look is very SPG but whatever lolol. 💁🏻 I don't care! Hahaha.
Yes it's possible to have your hair bleached and still have it look healthy and glossy.
This was still from the crazy loud purple hair! I didn't do anything in between the purple and this colour.
So amazing right.
I'm so grateful that I go to a salon with stylists who know what they're doing and also have a sense of a balance when it comes to keeping my hair healthy but having nice and outstanding colours at the same time.
I could bleach, use heating tools on an almost daily basis and not have fried and damaged looking hair.
I don't think my natural hair condition is very suited for bleaching as I mentioned at the start of this post. But I did some research on how to take care of bleached hair and will share them here later!
Also, it helps that my salon + stylist is very awesome la.
Went to touch up on the blonde hair because my roots were growing out.
Didn't have any idea of what I wanted to do so I left it up to Yoshi! All I told him was that I wanted to maintain the same lightness as when I walked into the salon.
So he gave me a maple and lilac mix! Can't remember if we did bleach over the blonde hair but I think we did.
So this was actually the first time I went back for a hair dye after the purple hair.
And so far I think the lightest my hair has gone.
Hahaha. I feel that it's like once you start bleaching, it's a waste if you stop and then go back to dark hair.
So I kept going lighter. Hahaha. And because my hair was still in good condition after so many rounds of bleaching la. You can compare the second photo (when I first started bleaching) and this photo!
Going through the fading stage again…
This was quite recent, start of May!
And so I thought…. Okay la 够了 la I don't even remember how I look like with dark brown hair anymore. Hahaha.
Time to go back to my roots LOL sorry for the lame pun. 😂
The last of my blonde hair!
This was on the exact day I went to Covo.
I actually walked in not knowing what colour I want. So I told Yoshi to decide for me. Hahaha. I love that I can be so relaxed with him, not having to worry about how my hair will turn out because 100% of the time it turns out looking even better than I imagine in my head.
He told me they brought in a new brand of hair dye and that the grey for the new dye is really pretty. Oohkay soooo grey it is!
Idk why got a bit of lilac though. Hahaha. But I guess it gives the colour a bit more dimension?
For those who have been asking me what I request for when I visit my salon… I think it's hard to achieve the exact same colour even if you go to the exact same salon and exact same stylist.
Because different hair textures "absorb" dyes differently, and the fading of the colour also will differ.
Plus. Mine was built upon many different rounds of colouring and bleaching so it's hard for me to tell you what to tell your stylist.
And sometimes I don't even tell my stylist what I want. Hahaha.
Still getting used to grey but I think it looks good with dark red lips!
Okay take a break first, hair tips for bleached hair later!
In general, colours on bleached hair fade faster than colours on non bleached hair.
If you're looking to prolong the "lifespan" of your bleached hair colours, here are some of the ways I've found effective!
Use purple shampoo
And I mean literally purple.
You can get it from hair salons, beauty shops (those that sell cheaper parallel import items) or from Carousell/Shopee.
I got mine from Carousell and am using the brand Clairol Shimmer Lights. Using the conditioner as well!
I find that my hair colours stay for much longer and even after they fade to blonde, they don't have this brassiness and yellowness to it.
Dry shampoo is your best friend
I try to wash my hair every two days instead of every day when I can, because the more you wash, the faster your colours fade.
It's just the way it is!
Dry shampoo is my go-to on non hair washing days.
I like the Percy Reed invisible dry shampoo because it's the most effective I've tried so far. You can get it from Sephora!
Lessen use of heating tools on hair
I can't quite remember what is the exact reasoning behind this and my phone batt is at 8% now so I'm reluctant to Google.
But I saw a YouTube video on this and using straighteners and hair curlers make your hair turn yellow almost immediately. The effects are also quite apparent.
Didn't notice it previously when I had blonde-ish hair but it's pretty apparent on my grey hair.
So this is all that I have to share about my journey of hair bleaching!
My initial apprehension is now replaced by my love for hair colours that differ from the norm. Hahaha.
Hair bleaching really isn't that scary if you know how to take care of it and have a great stylist who gives good advice! 😉