Wow. I have some serious nostalgia going on right now! In case you haven’t already guessed – it’s a hair dye ‘How to’ / ‘What I did’ post! If you’ve been around here a while, I’m guessing you’ll remember a time when I dyed my hair and blogged about it almost every week. Like many people, no doubt you most likely found me through one of my many, many, many hair dye posts.
It all started back in 2013 with this: ‘How to get fire engine red hair’ post – I urge you to click the link for some serious lols. From a personal point of view, I’ve been messing about with my hair since I was around 11/12 years of age and do I regret it? Sure, to some extent, I’d love to see what my natural hair colour actually is, however, experimenting with my hair is a way of expression for me and I love to try new things, whether it be pink hair, lilac hair or blonde hair. That being said, I’d say that I’m most comfortable and most ‘me’ with some kind of reddish toned hair. And that is exactly what prompted me to try something new this week… Copper auburn hair.
You’ve already had a sneaky peaky of how it turned out in the picture above…however, if you want to know the steps I went through to achieve it, keep reading! Keep it in mind though that everyone’s hair is different and what worked for me, (which let’s face it, it was a total blag!) may not yield the same colour outcome for you. Without stating the obvious, I’m not a pro hairdresser I just muck about pretending I am. 😂
So what prompted me to have a little hair change? Well, I was feeling pretty uninspired by my hair which was a flat, dark brown with tones of pesky burgundy/purple-red tones in. For summer I wanted a more coppery/auburn vibe with orange tones as opposed to the dark berry red tones.
Having looked over my ‘Hair inspo Pinterest board‘ – there was a general theme of colour coming up time and time again. Copper Auburn. This, of course, was going to require bleach.
I’ve used Jerome Russell products before and always got on quite well with them. So I bought the Jerome Russell Bblonde Maximum Blonding Kit (£6.00) and the Jerome Russell Jplex Maximum Colour Technology (£13) from Sainsbury’s. I’m not entirely sure I needed the Jplex formula, as my hair wasn’t in terrible condition (wow, who knew?!) but I was curious to give it a try.
Using bleach powder, 40vol developer and clarifying shampoo
I started by wetting my hair with cool water and letting it air dry to a dampened state. I then proceeded to mix the bleach powder with the developer, the Bond Builder (which apparently reinforces damaged bonds during the bleaching process) and a good slosh of clarifying shampoo. Any will do, I used a cheap and cheerful clear one from Herbal Essences.
After applying the bleach/shampoo solution all over my hair, I put on a rather sexy plastic cap (included in the kit) and left the formula on for around 30 mins. I kept checking how things were progressing every 10 mins or so. I choose to ‘bath’ my hair in bleach due to it being a more gentle way to lift the colour if like me you’re not looking to ‘go blonde’ and just wanted to eradicate the purple/red tones this is a great way of doing it.
As I was moving on to toner and a semi-permanent colour post bleach bath, I skipped conditioner which explains this knotty mess that you can see above! You can, however, get a glimpse of how much the bleach bath lifted and in which areas it did the most work. For me, these coppery orange tones are actually a good thing as they are the kinds of hues I want in my copper/auburn hair. No need to panic here!
Charles Worthington ‘Toning Blue Shampoo’
Scott Cornwall ‘Cool Ash’
As you can see from the last pic, there’s a lot of uneven pigment throughout my hair, so I went ahead and used two toning products to try and bring the volume of orange down a little and prepare my freshly bleach hair for colouring with a base that contains some ash.
And finally, I completed the process by using the Nice ‘N’ Easy – Demi Permanent Colour in ’75 Light Ash Brown’ this was simply to even out my roots and the ends of my hair, as well as give my copper auburn more depth of colour. After rinsing this colour off, I used part two of the ‘Jplex Kit’ the ‘Bond Maintainer’ which is comparable to a deep conditioner. I also lathered my hair in coconut oil to restore some hydration and softness.
I took these ‘after pictures’ in bright daylight in front of my window so the copper tones shine through. In dull, daylight my hair has a subtle glow but nothing overly luminous.
On the whole, I’m really pleased with it! The whole process didn’t cost me much, it was just a little time-consuming. I’m really interested to see how this colour fades over time and how the tones change. Sure, I could go to my fantastic hairdresser to have this done professionally…But where’s the fun in that?! Until next time!