Blonde Ambition

This last week I made a fairly drastic life decision that would alter my life as I know it and cause ripples whose consequences I still do not know. I hope you realize I’m completely kidding about all of this.

All I did was bleach my hair.

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Granted, I have bleached my hair before, but this time it felt very different. The first time I did it, it was because I wanted to go as Guy Fieri for Halloween (obviously, who wouldn’t?) This time, however, it felt like I was making a big decision to do something for myself, solely because I wanted to. It felt like some sort of liberation to me, that now I was in college, I could make these kinds of decisions on my own (even though this is nothing compared to finding a job or apartment or deciding where to go to grad school). Along with that, going to school at a place that is a bit on the preppier side, not many people decide to bleach their hair or go for a crazy color, so I took it upon myself to do so. To get to this look though, it took quite some time.

T went to my usual hairstylist that T have been going to for years, and got my normal cut, little long on top and clean up the sides. After that, things get wild. First up, we do the bleach. The moment she put that first swipe of bleach on, all I could think was “no going back now!” A key tip if you are going to bleach your hair on your own, make sure you put it on from tip to root because the heat of your scalp actually activates the bleach so your roots take a shorter amount of time to develop.

After sitting under the steamer for a little bit with the bleach, it gets washed out and then shampooed and conditioned with post-color conditioner. Now, we go to the toner. I wanted something that was a little bit more of an ashy, cool blonde and the toner turned out exactly as I imagined. My hairstylist recommend that if you are going long periods of time between touching up the toner, have whoever is doing your hair to use a higher strength toner to ensure it stays in longer.

Another tip from my hairstylist to maintain the ashy blonde look is with the new products from Bumble and Bumble. Their all new Bb color gloss is a great way to manage your blonde for relatively cheap. The gloss is applied directly onto the hair, sits for 4-5 minutes, and then you simply wash it out. Easy as that. Check it out here.

With the toning process complete, I was ready to go. The blonde was back and better than every (despite what my parents thought lol).

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Going blonde is something I think anyone can and should do. For me, it was a great way to start off my new semester of college with a bang. Sometimes, it’s just good to switch up your look and a great place to start is your hair. Whether you change the cut, color, or both, your hair can provide you with so much confidence so it’s important that you absolutely LOVE your hair.

Don’t be afraid to go bold with your hair in 2018 and show me your brand new look by tagging my on Instagram and by using #connexionhair

All photos in this post were taken by my friend, Brynn, who you can follow on Instagram (@brynn_carlson)

Until next time!

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