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From Bright Red to Beautiful Blonde- My (Current!) Hair Story

There are not many things better in life than a fresh haircut and color after taking your sweet time getting your butt back to the salon.

Bright Red to Beautiful Blonde- My Hair Story

As many of you know, I had a major hair change around October of last year. I know, I know- my hair has been so many different colors and shades and lengths that “major” may be a strong word, but anyone who has taken their hair color- especially when you’re going from a bright red (well known to be the most pain in the butt hair color to get rid of) and bringing it to a light blonde- knows that it is not a quick change. 

Bright Red to Beautiful Blonde- My Hair Story

I am super impulsive. This can be a good thing, but can also be a really, really bad thing. When I decided I didn’t want my hair red anymore, the impulsiveness in me came out, and I wanted it done now. Yesterday, even. Let me tell you, this is not in any way an overnight process. For a few days, my hair was a nice shade of this pink, orangey smoothie color, and could be stretched as if it was chewing gum. I gave it some rest and TLC, got it bleached and toned (which gave it a really terrible grey tone for about a week) and finally- FINALLY! got to a blonde that worked. Now, I would never suggest doing this yourself like I did. Yes, I got the results faster than I would have had I gone to a professional, but I really put my hair through hell to do it. This is something that should have been done in steps, for sure.

Bright Red to Beautiful Blonde- My Hair Story

Once my hair was blonde, I wanted to give it a much, much needed break. I didn’t touch it with anything but deep conditioner until a week before my wedding. The roots had grown out quite a bit, but at least my hair wasn’t in the worst shape ever!

Beautifully Blonde- How to maintain Blonde hair

The Saturday before the wedding I set an appointment at Sassoon Salon in Scottsdale. I had looked up a few photos for reference as far as what I was looking for, but bottom line I just wanted my roots fixed and my hair to look less yellow/brassy.

Beautifully Blonde- How to maintain Blonde hair

I worked with Tara Forman, Assistant Creative Director, on my color. She was great! We decided that we didn’t want to take any big risks or changes with my hair, considering the wedding was a week out, so we fixed the roots and color. She processed my hair with Olaplaex, and added a conditioner after it was done processing to help with the damage I had done when I brought it back from red. The color is definitely darker than my usual go-to when I’m blonde (which is always platinum) but honestly, I’m totally okay with it. I love this color and how everything turned out. 

For my cut, Ben Ko was my stylist. I told him I had been growing it out and really didn’t want to lose any more length than I needed to, but was totally okay chopping off any ends that were a lost cause. Thankfully, we didn’t have to take off much length at all, and he really just shaped up the cut and fixed areas that weren’t working. 

Beautifully Blonde- How to maintain Blonde hair

I had a great experience at Sassoon and loved the stylists I worked with! I asked them a few questions on blonde hair care, here’s what they had to say-

How long should you go between salon visits in having roots touched up and a cut?

Ben: To maintain that shape and length, I would recommend a visit every 6 weeks or so.  Trimming really helps not only the integrity of the hair but the finish of the look.
Tara: All over hair color should be maintained every 4-6 weeks. Highlights should be every 10-12 weeks. 

What treatments do you recommend for maintaining healthy hair after all over color?

Ben : Definitely at home care such as the Kerastase Soin Premier Therapiste paired with the Bain Therapist.
Tara: Kerastase Bain Chroma Captive and Chroma Captive condtioner are the best products to maintain color, both are sulfate free but still provide the needed moisture for locking in color.

Any specific tips for blonde hair care? 

Ben : Condition, condition, condition!  Regular haircuts are definitely a must as well.
Tara: Like Ben said, conditioning and regular trims.  Using an at home mask once a week such as, Kerastase Masque Force Architecte,  is best for keeping blonde strands healthy between services. 

What are your favorite products right now?

Ben : As far as styling goes, I am a firm believer in a quality heat protectant before any finishing work is performed.  I really like the Ciment Thermique on blondes because it’s lightweight but is a powerful heat protectants.  The Serum Therapiste does an amazing job of helping the structure of compromised hair.
Tara: I don’t get to do a ton of styling as a colorist, but when I get to do the occasional blowdry, my favorite products are Nectar Thermique because of the benefits of heat protection and Fibre Architecte which is a serum to use after blow-drying but before flat ironing or curling. It smoothes the cuticle and makes for a really beautiful finish to compromised or brittle ends. 

I haven’t booked my next appointment with Tara and Ben, but it will probably be within the next few weeks, as it’s been just over a month since my last appointment. For this next visit, I’m thinking of adding in some lighter blonde highlights (not too much lighter, just something to give a bit more dimension) which I’m hoping will look nice! I’ll keep you all posted on my hair adventures and my next appointment! :)

7 Responses
  • Dana13
    13 . 02 . 2016

    I really like this darker blonde on you!

  • Erin Ortiz
    14 . 02 . 2016

    Your new blonde is gorgeous, it really suits you!

  • Rosy
    14 . 02 . 2016

    Your blonde hair looks amazing, saying that though, the red looked great too :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  • Chris
    15 . 02 . 2016

    I really love this blonde on you, it looks softer and more natural than platinum.

  • Jessica
    15 . 02 . 2016

    Ahh! I ran into Ben Ko one day when he was recruiting models. I knew I should’ve gone to him for my cut! It looks very flattering on you.

  • Katie
    19 . 02 . 2016

    I love the blond. I’ve been a fake redhead for 8 years, works with my fair skin like yours. Also love the new youtube pic for leesha vlogs! You are my makeup and hair goddess. Don’t know how many times I’ve recommended you or used you as reference. My 5 year old niece loved your Disney Princess series and I’m required to do a different princess makeup every time I see her (with mom’s permission of course :D)

  • Eva-Lynn
    24 . 02 . 2016

    I just did the exact same thing! I’m a bit impulsive as well haha! X