So, this post is less about style more about hair and how to keep up the appearance of lightened/bleached hair. I recently chose to dye (bleach) my hair and attempt to go grey – a decision I decided to put off for the time being as you can see from my sea green locks.
At first, I was going to get my hair done professionally at a Bleach London salon but after being 20 minutes late to my appointment (oops) and having it get cancelled, I made my mind up to go about it myself. After careful deliberation and being given advice by friends I decided to use a mixture of Bleach London and Lush products to achieve the vision I had for my hair.
From previous posts you can see that the tips of my hair had quite warm caramel-like tones and the first step I took was to apply Bleach London’s Total Bleach to them. I kept it on for about 25 minutes and it did severally lighten my hair about by about 4-5 shades but it was still quite brassy and not quite light enough to be toned grey.
This is where Lush’s hair treatment Marilyn comes in. Marilyn is a pre-wash treatment that aims to gently lighten hair over time through use of natural ingredients such as lemon, saffron and chamomile infusion amongst other essential oils. I applied this an hour or two after bleaching my hair and kept it wrapped up for about 30 minutes before washing it out. It did slightly tone my hair to be less of brassy orange but definitely works better if you put it in on a hot day and sit out in the sun which would aid the lightening process 🙂
I’m a bit of a Lushie at heart (happens to anyone who works there – some products are honestly magical) but I’m being not biased when I say this treatment is the bee’s knees. Apart from naturally lightening your hair in a safe way that isn’t going to cause breakage, Marilyn also includes olive oil which aids in strengthening and moisturising hair follicles. Definitely, a product I am going to keep using over the next couple of months in order to get my light enough to go grey!
I use Lush’s Daddy-O shampoo and Bleach London’s silver conditioner as part of my ritual hair aftercare. The former helps to keep my ends toned and blonde through use of violet leaf absolute and lots of organic lemon juice whereas the latter is a silver based conditioner that again, tones my hair to keep it light and bright for longer but is also heavy enough to keep my hair feeling super soft and moisturised. Something I especially need after bleaching my hair and leaving it so dry and damaged.
The green blue colour you can see on the ends of my hair in these pictures was facilitated by using Bleach London’s semi-permanent dye in colour Bullini. It’s a simple leave in and rinse dye that is a lot brighter and blue-ey on first use but washes out and fades to a light green over time. I think these semi-permanent dye’s are incredible to use if you want a hair change but don’t want to commit to it and I aim on trying more of Bleach London’s semi-permanent colour range (I think pink is next) very soon 🙂
So, for anyone that thinking of dye-ing their own hair and reads this, I hope the info and my own experience helped. All the products I used are really lovely and managed to keep my hair feeling quite healthy and nice to touch despite bleaching.
And if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a comment xx