When Indian girls go blonde! Part 2

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.

Before the bleach...

Before the bleach...

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.

Why am I mean mugging tho?

Why am I mean mugging tho?

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...

Unsure how I feel about my new color

Unsure how I feel about my new color

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?

Voila!

Voila!

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!