Saturday, 17 January 2015

Bleaching My Hair with Bleach London // Review + After care routine



What better way to head into spring by lightening my hair once again? Lets just say I'm a bit of a hair amateur, and I really have no clue how to do these things. I've been bleaching my hair for about 2 years now (always extensions, never my own hair, I don't think my real hair could hack the amount of mistakes i've made!) and I'm finally getting the hang of it. Shock horror: I only just found out a couple of days ago that if you wrap bleached hair in foil that it works faster, which is probably why when I bleached my hair last time, I got through so many packets of bleach!

MORE: DIY OMBRE BOB

So once I braved cutting my hair (I also did this myself), I used the Bleach London Total Bleach To lighten the ends of my hair - knowing full well that I would have to do this in more than one stage. Being silly though, I used the White toner too early, so I'm going to pick up another one of these when I've bleached my hair again. At the moment my hair is sitting in an almost blonde-with-a-hint-of-ginger tone, but none the less it looks alright once curled. My aim is to get the ends completely white, and see if I can turn this into a silver/lilac ombre kind of thing.

Bleach London's bleach does the job alright, it lightens your hair quite a bit. Tip: if you have really dark hair like me, you're going to need to lighten your hair more than once to get to blonde, and probably around 3 times if you want to get to platinum. You shouldn't do this more than once a week though, I use the Reincarnation mask that comes with the Bleach London pack, as well as Herbal Essences hello hydration conditioner mixed together to condition my hair. After bleaching and washing out, I put both of these all over my hair and wrap in a towel, then head off to watch Pretty Little Liars for the full 45 minutes. That way when I get back, and wash out the conditioner, my hair isn't as dry as it would have been without being conditioned! Through the week again, I condition twice more before setting out to bleach again the following weekend.

One more tip... work through your hair quickly, because I've found that continuously starting on the left side of my hair has made it lighter than the right side, and I've had to switch what side I start with both times to make sure the hair is lightened evenly.

I give the total bleach 4/5. However, I'm not in a position to rate the toner just yet, I'll wait until my hair is the right colour so I can give the product a fair review.

What do you think? If you could dye your hair any colour what would it be?


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  1. Ah it's going to look so pretty when you've got it to silvery lilac!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

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    1. Hopefully I can get there! :) xx

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  2. I've never touched dyes or bleaching at all but this looks fab! X


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    1. It's definitely taken me a long time to get the gist of it.. thank you! Xx

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  3. I used to bleach my hair and I used this a couple of times. Their toner is quite good, but works a lot better when you heat it once its on! I'm trying to lighten my ends but I'm nervous to do it! Yours looks fab!
    Sam xx
    knockoutcouture.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for the advice! I'm definitely going to give that a go, I'll let you know how it works out! And you should go for it I think it would look beaut on you :) xx

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  4. I can't believe you cut your hair and bleached it by yourself, it looks so professional
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  5. As if you cut your hair yourself and it looks this nice! I made so many mistakes with bleach when I was younger, wish I'd practised on extensions! I know you said your ombre is a bit gingery, but I actually think it's more copper and it looks gorgeous!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. Ive lightened it again, I think I have one more bleach togo and I'll be ready to go pastel purple, I'm really excited! Thanks a lot India xx

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  6. OMG, you're so courageous to do your own color. I'm impressed to say the least.

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    1. I've been doing it for a few years with little success most of the times.. I think this is the first time its come out how I properly wanted it too! thanks x

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  7. I haven't really done anything too dramatic with my hair color and usually just get a few highlights at the salon. Your hair looks incredible and you did a great job!!!

    lovejoanna.com

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  8. I have never dyed or coloured my hair! your hair looks great! Fab post!

    hollykatebeautyblogger.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. ive never dyed my hair but it does go a slight yellow colour every now and again so I use my purple shampoo to correct it. You have done a great job with your hair!
    inspiring photos!
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    1. Which brand of shampoo do you use if you don't mind me asking? :) Thank you x

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  11. Amazing! Great post and very nice blog!
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  12. It looks amazing! I'd be so scared to cut/bleach my hair myself. If I could do any color, I'd like to try brown to be a brunette for a while and see how it is!

    Chelsea
    Chowing Down by the Bay

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    1. Thank you! And my blogging partner Luisa did that using a semi permanent dye i think! it looked great :)

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  13. So impressed you did this yourself! I've had some version of ombre for years, but never braved it myself. It looks great!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  14. Hi Joksie. I'm so glad to have found another blogging duo. For a while, I thought Miki and I were the only ones and was kind of bummed. Your blog is so great, keep it up.

    xoxo,
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    1. So great to meet another blogging duo! Thank you for the comment xx

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  15. Thanks for the review! I've been looking to touch up my roots / redye my hair! Love how yours turned out!

    be the plebeian

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    1. Thank you! I'd love to know how it works for you :) x

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    1. Thanks, I'll check out your blog. :)

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  17. Lovely pictures and products!

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  18. Thank you for sharing this review. I love how your hair's looking! If I could dye my hair any colour, I would dye it platinum grey - but I'm not quite ready for the upkeep required for that yet!

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I guess for me one of the perks of wearing extensions is that I don't have much to do with it! x

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  19. I love this post! It's so funny because I just recently bleached my hair (extensions aswell :p) with Bleach London. But it only went to a light brown. I think it looks like a cool brand, but it's not really worth it. Glad I've learnt my lesson.

    Love the cut as well x

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