The last time I blogged about changing my hair color was in March 2013, when I went blonde and well, stayed blonde. I’d add a few streaks of pastel here and there but I avoided dyeing my full head because MATURITY.
Nearly two years and a new-ish boyfriend later (Joey and I have been together 14 months but I still think we’re a young couple k), it was time for a change. I missed having dark hair and everyone’s blonde these days, anyway!
I was aiming for a gunmetal gray. Like CB, but a bit more human.
A bit of research led me into purchasing three tubes of Pravana Silver because it was supposed to be on the steely blue side. I got them a month later and after some strand tests, I knew I was going to have to lighten my blonde a bit more.
I wanted to look super extra cute for Valentine’s Day so I whipped out my hair stuff last night and got to work. First, I bleached my hair and brought it to a level 8 blonde. I didn’t want to tone my hair anymore because it was late and I figured the worst that could happen is I get a head of patchy grey-silver-green hair. Then, I mixed Pravana Silver and a tiny bit of Adore Blue Black with Crazy Color Silver (useless, never buy. I got 4 bottles years ago and just use it to cut other dyes) and slapped it on my head. I put up my hair in little buns and went to bed at 1am.
I WOKE UP LIKE DIS.
(JK, that’s what I look like after makeup and doing my hair.)
Hmmm. It’s patchy……….. and I kinda look like an idiot………..
but I guess I can show up at work for a day looking like—
DISASTER. I COULD HAVE TITLED THIS BLOG ENTRY “50 SHADES OF GRAY!” Fuck it, I’m still going to.
The Pravana Silver basically just toned the blondes that weren’t light enough. Had I not left it on overnight, I would have had a lovely ash blonde instead of a green mossy mess.
Too embarrassed to leave the house looking like I foolishly rolled around in moss and seaweed, I sent the office a message saying I WAS GOING TO SIT THIS MORNING OUT and got to work.
Jaw clenched, eyes closed, I reached for the bleach. I muttered a little prayer to the Patron Saint of Hair, slapped some coconut oil on, and did a quick bleach bath (which oddly left me with some pink bits).
I decided to not use Pravana Silver and just make do with the old bottles of dye I had: Special Effects Wildflower (blue/purple based), Special Effects Purple Smoke (just a tiny bit because it looks pink-based), Crazy Color Violette (purple/gray based), Crazy Color Silver mixed with lots Adore Blue Black. The Blue Black is a bit risky because have no idea what this dye’s base is; I’m guessing it’s green, like most blues and blacks.
I kind of like it!
I double processed my hair in a 12-hour period and even though I used coconut oil and K Pak, I’m pretty terrified of the bleach damage.
I hope it fades to gray.
Half of me wants to order more gray dye (found a brand with rave reviews) but half of me wants to hold on to my money and just stick to more natural colors after this. God, I hate ageing.