Dyeing dark roots lighter (blonde) …

Now, you might be suprised to hear that as much as I love messing about with my hair, I absoloutley loathe going to the hairdressers!! I feel uncomfortable trying to generate awkward small talk,I feel as if they can never get my hair to the colour I wish, and half the time I go in for a trim and come out with a bob … (!!)

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The biggest reason I loathe the hairdressers however is the price. On average it can cost me anywhere between £65 – £130 just for a full head of highlights. I think this is crazy when I could easily do it myself!! I’ve never felt brave enough to ever dye my hair lighter at home, however as I have recently started a new job, I’m a bit low on cash and couldn’t afford the £65 to have my hair dyed profesionally.


I researched extensivley (as I do best) which hair dye to use, I came across this box whilst browsing in Boots. The ‘Dark and Lovely’ brand I thought would be perfect as I struggle with combination hair and L’oreal blonde does not work on my hair.

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I have read many conflicting review of ‘Dark and Lovely’ online however I adore it! It turned my hair a gorgeous ‘bronde’ colour, and it was a fantastic, affordable price. It left my hair feeling gorgeous and soft, not brittle or dry like I read online. I think as long as you maintain great hair care before and after dyeing hair, it will produce a fantastic colour.

As I wear micro loop extensions I found it simpler to use a tinting brush and dye the root around the extensions; this helped caused minimal dryness when dyeing the extensions. If you have 100% natural hair the tinting brush is optinoal although it does help with precision!

I used the following tools within this video:

– One box of Dark and Lovely hair dye in colour GOLDEN BRONZE, number 379 (Boots, £3.65)
– 1 tinting hair dye brush (Boots £1.69)
– 1 small mixing bowl
– 1 pair of plastic gloves (came with the dye)
– 1 plastic carrier bag

– Phone timer
– Hair clips/grips

In total, to touch up my roots it cost me just over £5! I will defintley use this method again!

(And PS if you dont believe me with the plastic bag thing, even the gorgeous Eva Mendes uses this trick! http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2011/07/eva-mendes-on-wearing-a-plasti.html)

Do you have any stories of fantastic or freightful home dye jobs? Add them below in the comments section!


After 12 long months, finally hair I can be happy with!

Since last summer I worked out that I’ve dyed my hair 6 times; that’s 6 times in 12 months 😮 … eeeewouch! No wonder its so damaged! But regardless, I have finally managed to get the colour I wanted all along. In the space of a year I’ve gone from jet black to golden brown.

Last year I had my hair completely stripped, it was extremely harsh, and the hairdresser used the cap method on me which I DO NOT recommend as it caused more damage than good!!

By the time my birthday came around it had settled and didn’t look too bad, but I hated the roots!

In March I ended up getting it completely re-dyed blonde again (cost an arm and a leg!) and had my first ever weave put in. (I’ll post another blog on that in a bit!). This was horrible; itchy, uncomfortable, painful – I hated it.

It was removed after one month and I went back to clip in extensions and a choclate-y brown colour.

Now we were in the summer and once again I was bored with my colour and really missed the lighter blonde shade! I researched extensively and decided on a golden brown colour (to be honest the one I’d wanted all along). The hairdresser was excellent, I took in this picture of Alessandra Ambrossi (so beautiful; love her!) for colour inspiration. I highly recommend taking in a picture as its the best way to describe exactly what you want.


After a week of horrible short hair I finally had my extensions (micro loops) put in and I adore them! I had two different colours put in throughout my hair, and as you can see its created a gorgeous golden tonal colour! (Emphasized even more with the lovely instagram filter ;))



I’m finally happy! Haha

(Oh and my hairdresser banned me from dying my hair for at least 6 months! :P)

B x