Now that I’m air-drying my hair and using natural shampoos and conditioners, I figured I’d annoy my hairdresser even more by switching from salon-brand dyes to natural alternatives, like the ones made by Naturcolor. The only problem is that by doing it at home by myself, I’m forced to do an all-over wash instead of highlights (I’ve tried to do this before; it required multiple trips to the salon for repairs).
I went for “Palest Saffron Blonde”, 10R, which you can see here, although in the store it looked a lot more like 8N in tint. For a natural dye, I have to say, it didn’t smell that natural and when I mixed the two solutions together it started getting warm. Then it turned this dark amber colour and started getting hot, which sort of freaked me out.
But I persevered, touching up my roots first, then after 20 minutes working it through the rest of my hair. Finally, I washed it out (I’d post a photo but my hair’s looking pretty gross right now). Basically, it’s very subtle, and more strawberry blonde than golden blonde. I went sailing yesterday with my dad, sister, some friends and then later saw my mom, but none of them noticed, so I’m not sure it was worth the effort.
I’ve read that the dyes used at Aveda salons are a lot less abrasive and chemical-based than others, so in the future I may just make a point of getting my highlights done at, say, Civello rather than Fiorio. I’m predicting a whole bunch of you are going to comment, “You should try using Henna!” but I’m pretty sure that’s only good if you’re going red or dark.