DIY: Balayage/Ombre Hair (to eventually go purple)

Coming at you 4 years behind the trend, I am no stranger to messing up my hair. I’ve had very good hairdressers before, and not-so-good hairdressers. Since I am on a budget, it just makes more sense for me to do it myself these days. I’ve talked about my hair history before, and I am very aware of my hair’s limits. Lately I’ve had an itch to go purple, but before I could entertain that thought, I knew I’d have to lighten my hair.

DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A COSMETOLOGIST OR HAIR DRESSER/STYLIST/COLOR EXPERT. I JUST FEEL COMFORTABLE WORKING WITH MY OWN HAIR.

Around Thanksgiving I lightened my hair and added balayage highlights. They came out alright but I was pregnant and tired and fed up with waiting for my hair to lighten so I stopped the process too soon. Luckily, I had a toner, so I didn’t have to live with blorange hair (blond/orange, my worst nightmare for my hair). Fairly soon after, I ended up with very brassy hair. Being heavily pregnant, I could not care less.

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I decided I wanted my mom haircut because I just wanted to full on become a stereotype, thus most of the blonde was chopped off. So this is what I was working with:

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Wear a shirt you don’t care about messing up!

While some pieces were light enough, it wasn’t anywhere near blonde. I found a brand of semi-permanent hair color that does not require a bleach blonde tone to provide the results I’m looking for. Knowing that, I knew what products to get at my local Sally’s Beauty.

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Toner, Hair Protector and Color Sealer, 10 and 30 vol. developers, and Creme Lightener

I’ve only ever worked with powder bleach before, but I’d been reading up on crème lightener and I decided to purchase this instead. I already had the 30 and 10 vol. developer from other hair escapades. The rest I purchased at the store.

I began by mixing the 30 vol. developer with the lightener. Always follow the ratio directions. One thing to note is that it’s a different consistency than powder bleach to developer. It was thick and smelled horrible. I also used the Ion add in to protect the integrity of my hair. I added half, but you can add the entire vial.

I sectioned my hair and worked with about 1 inch thick pieces. Because the consistency of the mixture was different to me, I opted to backcomb my hair and foil it. This is a very old school way of creating the gradient I was looking for, but it works.

Once I was happy with where my highlights were placed, I let it sit for about 15 minutes. This stuff is potent. My hair lightened quickly and I took out the foils. I washed my hair with shampoo and let it air dry.

Once it was dry enough, it was yellow. I followed with Ion’s Lavender Moon toner. I purchased this toner for a few reasons: 1. The purple would cancel out the yellow I was expecting to reach, 2. The toner said if left on long enough, it could possibly turn your hair a light purple.

I mixed the toner with the 10 vol. developer I had. The instructions say 20, but I already had the 10. In hindsight, I would’ve mixed the 10 and the 30, but I was cautious because I wasn’t sure how fast it would work. After 20 minutes, I rinsed it out and followed with Ion’s Color Sealer. While it didn’t tint my hair purple, it definitely canceled out the tones I didn’t want and left me with this:

 

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While this is not the final result, this is a good place to start. I’m letting my hair rest for a bit before I go in with the purple color. Once I do that, I’ll post my review/results. I also still have more of my bleach and toner and can use more if I decide to lighten a fair bit more before adding the purple.

I hoped this DIY helped anyone looking to color their hair at home.

Stay tuned for the purple color and I’ll see y’all soon!

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