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Blonde on a Budget

I used to spend
between £50 and £90 every 4-6 weeks on the upkeep of my blonde hair. I’m
naturally quite dark and my hair grows quite fast, so it is an expensive look
to keep up. 

Now that I’m a
student, there is no way I can justify paying that every month. 
Of course, it will
never look as good or as even coverage as a salon, so I will get it done
properly as a treat every now again, but for now I like the blonde colour
results I get with these two products. 
I use a pre-lightener on the roots, just because my hair is so dark, if you’re not, then I would just go straight to the colour. 

# Step one:

First off, I empty out all of the pre-lightening box and as I will explain in a minute, I use tinfoil to protect the already coloured hair to prevent damage. I prefer to put the mixture into a a bowl, rather than using the bottle and then I can apply the product with a tinting brush for better precision.

I first apply the pre-lighter. As my hair is already blonde and I just want to do the roots, I apply the product only to the roots and use tin foil to protect my hair (this stuff is so strong it will snap hair if you use on already lightened hair!). 
 I divide my hair into little sections starting from a section from my left ear and apply only to that section, then cover with tinfoil and then do the same to the next section in strips and so on until I get to my right ear. I also find tinfoil helps it to develop faster. 
Leave the pre-lighter for a maximum of 40 minutes. I usually find it’s done in around 30/35 minutes, so really take care to time this part.

Looking very attractive indeed here!

#Step two:

I then wash off the pre-lightener and apply the colour. I apply this firstly to the back of my hair, which I don’t bleach with pre-lightener, then leave for 20 minutes. 
I then apply the rest of the bottle so all of my hair is covered. Again, be so careful to check the time. This one takes a maximum of 30 minutes to develop.

I then wash off and voila blonde hair!

I use blonde enhancing shampoo and conditioner to keep the colour vibrant. However, I alternate the conditioner with a repairing conditioner every few weeks (as I am doing at the moment), as I find using both blonding products continuously really dries out my hair and starts to irritate my scalp. 

Also, remember serum and heat protectant as your poor hair will be suffering now. 

Has anyone else experimented with colour/going blonde at home? Any top tips or bad experiences?

Thanks for reading! 
Lots of love, Helen xoxo 


Hi, I’m Helen! I’m a wellbeing and lifestyle blogger. After years of letting anxiety and a lack of self-confidence get in the way of achieving my goals. I’m now all about finding tips and tricks to boost confidence, personal growth, self-care and productivity. I’m on quest to live my best life and hopefully help you live the life you love.

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    Amy Amynmore
    7th March 2015 / 4:49 pm

    I started having my hair dyed a year ago but I won't be able to afford if I get into uni so I'll have to grow it out or home dye. Thing is I only have semi-permanent. Sure it fades, but not as much as I thought it would! Xx

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    9th March 2015 / 8:52 pm

    It's amazing how long semi-permanent lasts isn't it Amy. If you aren't going too light, you may get away with some nice high/lowlights that will last you a while to save pennies? H xx

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