It’s actually been a fair few months since I dyed my hair light brown/dark blonde but I just never got around to posting about it until now. My hair is a natural dark blonde and I had been dying it a more peroxide shade for a few years now but due to the cost and the constant upkeep I decided enough was enough. I asked my hairdresser to help me go from bleached blonde to light brown with an ombre effect but she didn’t agree that it was a good idea so I threw caution to the wind and took a stab at it myself.
I picked up a carton of Garnier Herbashine after seeing how well Anna from AnnaSaccone.com got on with it. It’s a semi permanent colour that washes out in around four weeks (I find mine lasts longer as I usually only wash my hair once a week). It is ammonia free and contains bamboo extract that promises to leave hair feeling fortified. I paid in and around the €8.00 mark for it in Shaws and then again in Dunnes Stores at one stage.
Did I love it? Kinda of is the not so helpful answer! It’s easy to apply; I just lashed it on after separating my hair into four manageable sections using bobbins. I left the ends untouched as I wanted the ombre effect and it turned out a really nice shade of light brown. The colour was dark initially (I forgot to take photos guys so apologies) and it gradually washes out/fades to the colour I am left with in the “After” picture. I am really pleased with the colour so much so that I have been using the dye exclusively for a few months now. On the other hand however I did find it left my hair slightly damaged and very dry. I combated this by using tonnes of treatments and conditioners but you need to be aware that if you use this dye chances are you might experience the same undesired effect. Indeed a colleague of mine used the exact same colour and complained that her hair felt damaged and dry too. So whilst I love the colour I am not a huge fan of the dye itself. I’m on the hunt now for a decent semi permanent and I picked up a Boots own brand recently that I have yet to try, I’ll let you know how it works out.
I’ll also eventually get around to posting a tutorial on the coloured ends pictured above, its proving to be quite a popular look!