Today, we continue the saga of When Indian Girls Go Blonde! Last time, I shared with you part one of the blonde lust I've been having for some time and the decision to stop being a baby and just bleach my hair like it's never been bleached before. Now, you're probably at home thinking: Shut up and just show me some before and after pics! Simmer down. Let me give you some backstory.
Going from black (or in my case, black with a wonky ombre growing out from it) to blonde is considered a "double process" color and many salons in NYC require a color consultation. I headed over to Fox & Jane where I have gotten many an ombre, only to be told that they couldn't promise that I would ever be flaxen-haired. Womp womp. Then, I dug through my old emails to hit up Christina Quillen at Serenity Salon, who I met through a Lifebooker Loot deal ages ago. Christina said she could ABSOLUTELY get me to blonde AND hooked a player up with the same price that I paid on Lifebooker. Score. It was meant to be.
On day 1, I hopped into the salon chair and let Christina do her thing. She bleached and wrapped me up in foil and like a burrito, put me under the heat lamp to let the bleach do it's thang. Now the hard part. I waited….and waited…and waited under the heat lamp for what seemed like FOREVER. The whole process took 3-4 hours (so make sure you have a book or The Simpsons on your FXX iPad app like me). I will admit that the bleach on my scalp did sting a little but NOTHING as bad as what some of these bleach blondes are crying about online.
FINALLY, we we rinsed and Christina blew my hair out. I'll admit, at first, it was a shock. My ends were YELLOW, like, Skittles yellow. My roots were also still dark and the contrast had a very Wiz Khalifa "Black & Yellow" vibe to it. Not cute, honey. Not cute. Christina advised that I come back in for a second session the next day to even out the tone. I went home and tried out my new color in a bunch of selfies indoors and outdoors, but I realized very quickly, that I needed another session. Back into the chair I go...
The next day, Christina softened my roots to a chocolate brown and brought the bronde color higher up the sides. This helped blend the whole look together and gave me a beachy, sun-kissed look. You like?
UPDATE: I have gotten SO MANY questions and comments about this post. If you have any questions or just need a supportive enabler to help you take the PLUNGE, tweet me @SowmyaK!