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D.D.I.Y. (Don't Do It Yourself) Hair

I have gradually been highlighting my hair to go blonder, but I grew impatient.  So I decided to bleach all of my own hair at home.  I thought I would make a blog post about DIY hair color. My mom, who is a cosmetologist, usually does my hair, and I felt that I had seen her mix bleach enough times to do it myself. WRONG.

Now here instead is my experience for a DDIY. (DON'T DO IT YOURSELF)

I wanted my hair to look like Reese. So pretty.

I bought a Loreal "Super Blonde" kit #200, and went at it.  I thought it wouldn't turn orange because my old highlights aren't ever orange. WRONG. I also thought that I had light brown hair, but my mom says I have a 5-6 in color.  I started with my ends first, and then moved to my scalp, but my roots ended up super orange, and the rest of my hair meh-orange-yellow. I tried to use a Wella toner with 20Vol to neutralize the orange, but it barely helped. At this point (at 2 AM) I was going into bad-hair-shock. I went to bed, had hair-insomnia, and hoped that I could fix my catastrophe in the morning.

As soon as I woke up, I started googling hair salons in my town and bolted over as soon as one opened. Michelle, the cosmetologist suggested we bleach more highlights to cover the orange instead of going back to brown.  She used a purple-tinted bleach.

After she highlighted my hair, she used Shimmer Lights (by Clariol) to try and neutralize the super brassy areas. It helped some because it is a dark purple shampoo. I suggested we use a purple/blue toner, but she stated that it would turn my new highlights lavender.  (Lavender and orange hair = sexyyyyyyy... not)

Now my hair is so damaged.  It has breakage and is really dry at the ends. Luckily it didn't fall all out. Michelle helped to blend some of the orange, and for the mean time I bought a Matrix hair masque, and Shimmer Lights (suggested by 3 friends who made the same mistake I did- too bad they didn't tell me before).

I feel the new hair conflicts with my skin tone, but it is tolerable for now. I miss my old color... I am going to wait 2-3 weeks before doing anything else, since my hair is in chemical shock. I did buy a nice fedora and have plenty of scarves to cover my hair in the mean time.

Don't make the same mistake as me, do not DIY hair. I thought it would cost me $10, but it ended up costing just over $100 for all the supplies and highlights.

PS: Mom, I will never ever DIY my hair again.


  1. Did the same exact thing! If you go to a local beauty supply store and use the shimmer lights daily for about a week or so, it should lighten up! I would probably wait ATLEAST 3 weeks, Especially if you use a blow dryer or flat iron or curling iron daily.. In the mean time do a hot oil treatment once and use a hair mask once a week =) should help with the breakage and your hair basically hating you lol. (my cousin is a hair stylist and used to tell me to do this all the time) My hair used to hate me and after that it was great.. Good luck =)

    xo and all that stuff

    1. I bought a hair mask, and I aven't used the Shimmer Lights yet. Should I wait 3 weeks before using the purple shampoo? Thanks for your help!

  2. I always do my hair at home, and it is when I go to the beauty salon that I regret it.
    I think it depends on what do you want to do :) If you want to have your hair blonder, it is better to do it professionally because the only way to get it is by doing blonde lights on your hair.
    I dye my hair at home but as it is a redhead dye, I have never had problems with that. I do my mom's hair as well, she likes it black and we have never had any problem as well.
    Thanks for the post, it is always important to remind ourselves that we cannot do everything by ourselves! Sometimes is better to spend more money to get better results :)!

    1. I used to dye my hair red as well at home for about two years, and that always seemed to work. I always used a semi-perm dye. Going blonde should definitely be left to hairstylists. I was told they have to monitor your roots (which bleach super fast due to the heat of your scalp) and the ends to make sure the color turns out consistent.

  3. I surprisingly do my hair at home with black blonde hair. It did take me a couple tries of orange hair to learn what I was doing though. I'm not sure if y hair is too light, but shimmer lights tints my hair a bluish purple.

  4. (4th try for a continuation..) I am curious how your hair is now? If its still orange I have a few tips though I'm not sure you want to touch it yourself again.. That first time of pumpkin orange is quite scary! :)
    <3 Kehri

    1. The orange is almost gone! I have been using Shimmer Lights every other shower, and brassiness has gone way down. Now, I just have the new problem of dark roots. lol My pinterest shows the my hair color now.

  5. What a wonderful looking hair.I'm totally impressed by your hair style.Your hair is very shiny.

    Zebra Hair Straightener

  6. Aw, this must have been a traumatic DIY experience for you. Hair coloring at home is not as bad as it looks, as long as you are diligent in following the procedures. If you want to do it on your own, you can practice on easier hair styling methods and move on to the harder ones like bleaching when you get the hang of it. Well, I do hope that your hair looks a lot better now, and that this doesn't happen to you again.

    Stela Dimitrov