14 Sep 2015

UK based plus size fashion blogger AmandaApparel shares her favourite toners for platinum blonde hair, and looks back at her journey to a bright, white blonde.

As many of you know from my Instagram, I've been getting down & dirty with a LOT of peroxide lately! I'm getting pretty comfortable doing my own bleach process, but it's still a learning experience for me. I'm thinking about potentially doing a bleach tutorial (or at least sharing what products I use) but there are already SO many of them available. I mean, that's how I figured how to do it on my own! If you'd be interested in a tutorial, let me know in the comments below!

Hi, my name is Amanda and I make the same face in EVERY photo! I've become a LOT blonder since April, huh?! I had a LOT of boxed colour buildup on that hair. It wasn't particularly damaged, other than split ends due to waiting too long to go for a trim. I wanted to go a bit lighter before my wedding in July, so I went to my friends at Charlie Miller Salon for highlights! I loved the look, but I just get bored so easily! I wanted to change it up.


In August...I messed up. I impulsively bought a boxed blonde kit. You know, the type that promises to lift hair up to 9 levels in one process? I know, shame on me! It came out SO patchy you guys! Like, ridiculously so. And it could have been easily avoided had I waited just one day and done a teeny bit of research before diving in to bleach town. *SIGH* Patience is a virtue I still have an itty bitty bit of trouble with. Live and learn, right? Since then I've been trying a few different techniques to even the colour out, and lift it to the lightest (safest) blonde I can without completely wrecking my hair. 


You can see in the September photo, my blonde still isn't quite "iced platinum." I don't love the warm blonde I'm working with at the moment. It's almost ginger in places, but I've started a good toning regimen while my hair heals between bleaches. These are the three main products I use, and how I use them! 

In the shower: Colour protecting shampoo just isn't enough for maintaining cool tone blonde hair! All this processing is (obviously) very drying, so I definitely don't wash my hair every day. When I do, I shampoo with this Lee Stafford toning shampoo (1). It's designed to be used weekly, but I use it 2-3 times per week. See the dark purple colour on the bottle? That's not the packaging. The bottle is clear, the product is ACTUALLY that violet! It's so beautiful when it lathers into a foam! I leave this on a bit longer than I would with other shampoos to make sure it gets a chance to soak in. 


After a shower: I towel dry my hair and divide it into four quarters. The instructions say to apply one or two pumps of Charles Worthington mousse (3) into each section, but my hair is pretty long and thick so I usually use three pumps. This is actually MUCH more effective than I was anticipating, but if you overdo it you WILL end up with violet hues in your hair. Recommended usage is 2-3 times per week, which is generally how often I wash my hair anyway! 


Immediately after bleaching & occasional top up: This Scott Cornwall toner (2) isn't techncially violet; it's actually a deep blue shade. This is my go-to after a fresh dip in peroxide. After shampooing, I towel dry and apply the same amount of toner as I would if it were conditioner. Then I clip it up and wrap in cling film before applying heat with my blow dryer's diffuser attachment. There's not a set amount of time I wait before rinsing. I just keep an eye on my hair through the cling film and rinse when my hair is as toned as I like! 

BONUS! Vintage photo from the MySpace era! Back then I had absolutely no concept of toner. I could do with a bit more black eyeliner, right? I was SUCH an emo kid in high school. This photo is from 2007/08. To get my hair this light I invested about $300 in a local salon and they absolutely TRASHED my hair. It was so fried and britle that it was breaking off & falling out. I was devastated! It's bad enough when you wreck your hair doing a DIY job, but I paid a lot of money and still ended up with butchered hair. 


On the plus side, I've managed to achieve a lighter (and more toned) blonde this time, and my hair is still in great shape! Like I said before, I'm still learning my way around bleach and toner, but I'll continue to share the results with you here and on Instagram


Shop the products:
1. Lee Stafford Bleach Blonde Shampoo

2. Scott Cornwall Colour Restore Iced Platinum

3. Charles Worthington Colour Revive Violet Toning Mousse


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Plus size style and fat positive blogger. Born in Kansas City. Matured in Edinburgh Scotland. Feminist killjoy, Instagram fanatic, and avid user of the sparkle emoji. Expect outfit posts, fat activism,
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