I'm still experimenting with a new blonde look, because I just got tired of the one color or one color with some vague accents. I always use L'Oreal, because it has never let me down. I've let myself down, when I've chosen colors that weren't right for me, but liked the way the model looked on the box.
My hair is mousey brown with natural blonde highlights. I'm fair with blue eyes. Like most women, I take more care about how much sun I get on my face. But, it doesn't take much sun to bleach my hair completely blonde. One area in the back of my head seems to have darker roots - my grandmother had that same darker area. But, the new L'Oreal highlight kit with the fingertip brush may just solve that issue.
What I'm doing now may sound "off the wall," but it's working and giving me a much needed change from the old color.
About every three months, I color all over with - roots first and keep that on for the longest time - with the lightest Ash Blonde that Loreal makes - might be 9A -- it's nine something.
I am using WEN products, but after I use the ash, I wash once with a regular clarifiying shampoo, which gives me a nice all over color.
About three weeks later, I use la Petite Frost all over by L'Oreal in H75, Chardonnay. I do it myself. (My husband tried to help once, with the back, but just sent me into laughing hysterics when I saw him pointing that crochet hook thing at my head and then coming down, down, down.) So, he uses another hook -- to guide me with my hook -- into the every third hole in the cap.
Lately, I've been alternating with L'Oreal's New Frost kit that comes with an application tip that fits on your finger. I use this about a month before I'm going to have to do an all-over color. But again, I concentrate on the roots when I do the all over.
This newer method of applying highlights is easier and I brush (it looks like a "finger brush") it down closer to the roots, if my roots are more than 1/4 inch. I did this last night, and like what I'm seeing. I need to "learn" how to use this highlighting method more effectively. I can see where I could have used thinner hair strands in that back area I mentioned above.
Last night I used a lesser amount of the colorant and brushed - with the finger brush - through my temple hair and on the hair on nape of my neck.
So, I'm using three products, over a three month period, one per month.
So far, I like what I'm seeing. I do have shorter hair - trimmed around the lower part of the nape of my neck, longer on the top and back and with some layering from the longer areas on down. My hair meets in the middle in a kind of subtle point - Best I can describe it.
If you have longer hair, you would have to use (2) of the La Petite Frost Kits. L'Oreal may have a larger kit in the Chardonnay color.
I just don't have the money to spend on salon colorings. A girfriend of mine is going to do the all over frost, the next time I need that done.
Having someone, who is willing to frost/highlight your hair in exchange for you doing the same for her would be an ideal situation.
I think that there is a learning curve, as far as coloring your hair at home. But, I do believe that as long as you follow directions regarding how long a product can be kept on your hair, and that you do not exceed that time, I believe that you can color your hair at home without any damage
Last edited on 7/25/2010
Last edited on 7/25/2010