DIY Hair Colour Update: Balayage correction part 1

Hi everyone!

Just a quick hair update. On friday, I decided that I wanted to do something about my hair colour, and (since I had somewhat of a shocking salon colorist experience recently), I wanted to try my hand at doing it myself at home. .

I had a snoop around Hairhouse Warehouse during my lunch break, and with some help from the instore colorist, I picked up some professional grade hair dye and developer (what they use in their own salon). I think it turned out to be just over $20 in total, and would last me 4-6 applications for my purposes.

DISCLAIMER: I’m not at all experienced in hair coloring, I’m just completely reckless and willing to take risks with my hair. If you are more risk-averse I suggest you go to a GOOD colorist instead of attempting this at home.

At my previous colour appointment I wanted to go dark brown, with a subtle balayage that started from the ear line. Instead my hair was over processed, over bleached, and I got blonde green patches starting from the eyebrow height. I got it corrected somewhat, but I was still a lot more blonde than I liked, and I just kept getting blonder as the brown pigment at the top faded. At the same time, the very bottom of my hair was darker than my midlengths- to me that is a failed balayage. 

I was going to make an appointment to get the top darkened down to my ear line, but I couldn’t get a week day appointment that suited so I though- TO HELL WITH IT. I’LL DO IT MYSELF.

On thursday night I did a test strand- it went well, so last night I went ahead and did the entire process.  It urned out pretty much how I wanted. Not a huge change, but now I’m more balayaged brunette (as I had originally wanted) rather than blonde with roots 😛




I basically just mixed half developer and half dye. Applied it with gloves to dry hair taking care to start at the top and slowly drag the colour down over about 20mins so that the colour transition is smooth.

Then I washed it and applied a colour locking conditioner in.

In the last few weeks since, my blonde at the bottom started getting a little bit brassy so I might get a blue toner to combat the orange tones. I might even consider lightening the bottom a little to make the balayage more dramatic.


Posted by on Jan 19th, 2013 in Hair | 253comments

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Red, red wine: new hair by Oscar Oscar

burgundy hair by Oscar Oscar salon

burgundy hair by Oscar Oscar salon


One of the first orders of business after moving to Melbourne for me was to do something about the skanky roots and touch up my colour.

I took myself to Oscar Oscar salon in Chadstone a few weeks ago for my colourist appointment. I loved my previous colour, which was a dark red mahogany, but this time I wanted to amp up the colour a notch.

I was surprised and impressed that before I said a thing, my colourist (the lovely Gabby), and the salon partner (Jackie) already knew all about my previous hair history at Oscar Oscar. So they knew that my natural hair colour was not going to lift very much  with the permanent dye and I was going to need a bleach cleanse.

This kind of service is not easy to come by.

burgundy hair by Oscar Oscar salon

burgundy hair by Oscar Oscar salon


And the COLOUR. Oh my goodness I love the colour.

I find that I need to rethink some of my makeup and outfit choices with the new hair colour, as many new red head have before me, but I don’t mind.

The total cost came to around $300 (I got a small VIP discount) , which is a lot for me to spend on my hair; but with a colour like this I would prefer a really good colourist to handle. Also, I guess the next touchups won’t require root to tip treatment so it should be significantly cheaper.


Posted by on Jul 31st, 2012 in Hair | 167comments

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