In case you missed it last week, I was transformed from a long-haired brunette to a silver blonde with a bob cut. After months of deliberating and debating my decision, the makeover, which was done by Hairroin Salon‘s Artistic Director Luis Payne, initially took my hair from long and brown to a pale blonde with raspberry at the ends where we couldn’t lift all the color from my hair due to a long history of bleaching, dyeing and destroying it. On Wednesday, I went back to Hairroin Salon for the second half of my transformation. This is Sam’s Makeover 2: The Re-Blondening (coming soon to a theater near you, if anything is right with the world).
Here’s what my hair looked like when we finished up our session last time:
I was thrilled with the results, but Luis is a perfectionist (a quality everyone should value in a stylist) and wanted to see how close to my original ideas of blonde we could get while still maintaining the integrity of my hair and keeping the look edgy.
When I showed back up at Hairroin, Luis consulted me about my experience so far as a blonde. We talked about what I’ve been doing to take care of it, how I’ve been treating it (masques! So many hair masques!), and where we were going to take it that day. I wanted to go even more platinum, sort of along the lines of a cooler toned Rita Ora look (as opposed to the James Franco hair inspo I’m sure you expected). And guess what? We were able to do just that!
Luis started removing the sort of peachy brassy tones from my hair with carefully placed bleach in order to target those areas without damaging other parts of my hair. After 15 or so minutes, Hairroin’s awesome assistant Dutch Foy once again shampooed my hair with some sort of magical potion that smelled like heaven and added back in a bunch of moisture. Luis checked my hair and voila! Tons of the darker peachy colors were made even blonder, which evened out my hair quite a bit.
Then, Luis added a blue cellophane all over my hair, using a slightly darker bluish-purple (blurple is one of my favorite words, by the way) to specific parts. He explained to me that a cellophane is a semi-permanent color gloss that allows the stylist to add in specific tones that will tweak the color a bit and give it tons of shine. That way, my hair was able to have a more pure, icier look to it–and actually look glossy, which I wanted very much since going through tons of processes can make it look duller.
Luis popped me under their drier for about twenty minutes, then turned it off and gave it another ten minutes to cool down. He and Dutch rinsed my hair very thoroughly, then conditioned it to give it lots of hydration.
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It won’t stay so purple permanently because it’s the result of the gloss he applied, but it will add a fun, pretty tint to my hair (and it makes me want to experiment with colored glosses nonstop now).
But that’s not all–we also cut my hair more! Well, Luis cut my hair; I watched excitedly like a kid waiting for Christmas morning. He rough dried my hair, then snipped here and there, taking so much weight out of it with just a few quick cuts and allowing it to have tons of movement. While I was previously excited to have a bob, it still had quite a bit of bulk to it simply because my hair (A) is very thick and (B) gets frizzy when it’s humid, which New York is basically all the time in the summer.
After chopping my locks a bit more, Luis applied a bit of Oribe Creme For Style to it, then blew it out smooth. He asked if I wanted him to flatiron it–something I never really do because I’ve had such long and thick and bulky hair. I agreed, as I think this new hair color and cut is very conducive to going straight (and because I knew watching him would show me how to actually do it properly). He spritzed on a bit of Sebastian Trilliant to protect my hair from the styling tool, explaining that when you apply a thermal protecting spray, then that’s what evaporates as you run the straightening iron down your hair rather than the moisture in it. Otherwise, you wind up with dry, sad hair rather than having it shiny and stick-straight.
In fact, here’s just a rundown shot of all the products they used on me, just to give you an idea of how high-maintenance blonde hair can be (even though it’s totally worth it):
Finally, he applied the Davines Ol Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion for a glossy, healthy-looking finish (which I wound up buying because it was so effective, and because the scent was positively divine). Here’s what it looked like when I got home:
Here are a few more shots in the daylight from today:
Since going blonde, I’ve been experimenting with different hairstyles, makeup looks, clothing trends and just general things involving my appearance that I wasn’t necessarily comfortable with before. Sure, I’ll always go for my Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery, but I’ve also loved how this looks with my metallic Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Technopagan:
I’ve been pretty self conscious about my ears for the past few years, so I didn’t put my hair behind them for a long time. Now, I absolutely love how that looks…and kind of want to send a photo of it to my stupid ex who said my ears stick out too much, but I digress.
In conclusion, I am so happy with these results. I can’t imagine going to a better salon for this type of transformation, and I am infinitely glad I decided to actually go through with this change. With NYFW coming up and my nerves at an all-time high, I think this will be the year I feel like I’m actually put together enough to be there. Thanks again for all your feedback and help on deciding WTF I should do with my hair, Gloss readers–you guys are the absolute best, and your input helped so much.
If you’re interested in checking out Hairroin Salon for yourself, visit their website! And if you have any questions for myself or for me to pass onto Luis, let us know in the comments!