I have been trying to achieve the white blonde hair look for years now. Only recently I have felt that I’ve got to a point where I am actually happy with the colour! It’s true, it can take years to get your hair to this colour. It has taken me about five years to get here, which can sound scary, but I have gone through tons of ups and downs over this process.
WARNING: This post contains many low-quality embarrassing pictures of me from my scene phase! Please be kind, I didn’t know any better then!!
My natural hair colour is strawberry blonde (cue the ‘LOL just say you’re ginger’ comments) and I had this colour up until I was around 12 years old. At the age of 12, I had my hair dyed for the first time, to a lighter blonde shade. Nothing too dramatic! Then, when I was around 13/14 I got my hair dyed to a very light yellow-blonde, earning me the nickname ‘sunny’. This was around my scene phase so at some points I had purple patches in my hair, and also blue. Literal patches. Tragic.
Those colours faded quickly, and when I got to around 15 I had the bright idea to dye my hair brown. Originally, I wanted a light, caramel brown, kind of like this. However, this is not what the universe had in mind for me and the dye went very very dark; like the darkest brown before black. It was a huge change, but I loved it for a while. As time passed, I started to really miss my blonde hair, but I knew there was no way I’d be able to get my hair back blonde at home, so I went to the hairdressers to see what they could do for me.
The hairdresser decided the best way to go would be through gradual highlights. Below is the progression of highlights – sorry about the terrible picture quality! I used to love taking pictures on my laptop webcam.
The time between these pictures is May 19th 2012, and October 7th 2013, visiting the hairdresser usually every 6-8 weeks.
*Note: There’s lots of different lighting in these pictures, so apologies that the colours aren’t very clear! The pictures are in chronological order – far left being May 2012 and the far right being October 2013.
In 2014, I was happiest I had been with my hair for a while, but because I didn’t treat it properly, after a while my hair would inevitably go a bit on the yellow side.
Between 2014 and now I’ve mostly focused on growing my hair. Having it dyed so much meant that I had a lot of breakages and often needed a good trim to keep it looking healthy. In 2015/16 I was low on funds and my hair desperately needed my roots touching up. Stupidly, I decided to put a box dye on my hair. It worked but made some areas of my hair patchy, meaning that the next time around I had to spend extra to bleach my ends and try to sort out the patchiness as well as having a toner put through it all. Not worth it.
Note: I used to wear hair extensions all the time at this point to satisfy my desire for long hair. The picture on the left below is the real length of my hair at the time.
Most people won’t have noticed much difference between my 2014 and 2018 hair, but when it’s your own you notice everything that goes wrong. I’ve had troubles with tangles and knots; at one point you couldn’t even get a brush through my wet hair! In the future, I’ll make posts on how to care for damaged hair, or how to make your hair grow faster. If this is something that interests you, let me know in the comments!
Trying to achieve white blonde hair can be a hugely long and tedious process, but if you really want it you have to stick it out the whole way! Here’s the best advice I can give you based on my experience.
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All the products listed above are cruelty-free and vegan. The Touch of Silver Intensive Conditioner is unfortunately not vegan but is suitable for vegetarians. I personally do not use it.
I hope that you found this post useful and informative! If there is anything you want to know that I have not covered in this post, feel free to ask in the comments or direct message me on any of my social media channels.
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Love, Flossie ♡