Last week the kids were in Chicago staying with Grandma. On Tuesday night I got a text from Skyler:
Can i die my hair blonde
I have never been one of those parents who really cares if my kids dye their hair. Keaton got blonde highlights a few years back. Last summer we dyed Caleb’s mohawk blonde (or, um, brassy). If dyeing in their hair is the worst thing they want to do then I’ll consider myself lucky. So I had no objections.
Skyler BEFORE the blonde hair with her brother at the parade on June 26th. Skyler performed in the parade with her cheer team.
However, there is no way I was going to spend $65 on a professional dye job for a 10-year-old. So I did some research. And by research I mean I asked a friend who’s recently dyed her hair blonde. She told me she did a Google search and found out you need to bleach and then put on a blue toner to get out the orange.
So I went home and scoured the internet for some tips. I read articles. I watched YouTube videos. I memorized photos. Who needs beauty school when you have the internet?
Friday afternoon I headed over to Sally Beauty to pick up supplies. The clerk pointed out the bleach and the toners and I spent the next 20 minutes studying the different brands, eyeballing the samples, reading the directions on the back of bottles and trying to decide between blue toner or blue-violet toner. I settled on some powdered bleach, 20 Pure White developer, and blue toner.
Around 7:30pm last night the kids finally got home. After almost two weeks without them it was awesome to see their huge smiles and be on the receiving end of their big, warm hugs.
Within an hour the boys were off playing with their friends, Keaton’s girlfriend was over, and Skyler was ready to dye her hair.
I went to mix the bleach and discovered you have to add the developer in my ounces. I have nothing that measures things in ounces. I was trying to decide whether or not I should wing it (um…that would be a big fat NO with me) or go to the store for something. Then I realized the toner was in a 2 oz. container. So I dumped out the toner and used that as my measuring tool. Using my noodle thar, yo.
I mixed up a small amount of bleach and went to town on Skyler’s hair. I was such a wild woman I kept dropping plops of bleach on the bathroom floor. Clearly I’m a true professional.
I got the bleach on her hair, put a processing cap on her head (that is no different from a shower cap, so why it’s not called a shower cap I have no idea), and got out the blow dryer. Google says that applying heat makes it work faster. Since I don’t have one those fancy hair dryer chair things you see in salons I figured the blow dryer would do. But, dude, standing there blow drying her hair for 10 minutes sucks big hairy donkey balls. So eventually I just gave up and told her we’d wait it out.
After 20 minutes I realized we could be waiting all night. I obviously didn’t coat her hair well enough with the bleach.
So we rinsed, blow dryed, and repeated.
The first attempt with the bleach lightened the hair, but it definitely wasn’t blonde…YET.
This time I mixed up a much bigger batch of bleach. I smothered her hair with the goop. We put another
shower processing cap on. And waited.
About 15 minutes later I took a peek. And it was finally starting to go blonde. It was brassy. But blonde nonetheless.
A few minutes later we ripped off the cap, shampooed and deep conditioned her hair. I applied to toner. And we waited. It was really, really, really brassy, so (being a complete beauty novice) I wasn’t totally convinced this blue toner would take it all out. But I had high hopes.
After 15 minutes I could really see the difference. The orange was totally gone. All that was left was the bloney-yellow. That’s when I started kicking myself for not going with the blue-violet toner. But you live and your learn.
It still seemed a little dark, but I was ok with dark blonde.
Again we shampooed it and deep conditioned it. I towel dried it and it looked lighter. Then I got the blow dryer back out and completely dried it. When dried it looked a lot lighter. And Skyler LOVED it.
The final look. It’s definitely blonde. And Skyler LOVES it.
I still think it might be a little too yellow, but I’m pretty impressed with my beauty skillz. Plus Skyler thinks it’s awesome. And that’s all that matters.
Skyler didn’t tell anybody but me that she wanted to dye her hair. So when Caleb saw it his chin practically dropped to the floor. “WOW,” he exclaimed.
Spencer said, “Where is my sister?” He was a little shocked too.
Spencer and Caleb with Skyler and her new blonde hair. Beautiful!
Tonight we’re going to dinner. I can’t wait to see my mom and grandma’s reaction. Should be interesting.