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Blonde Envy

aka “How to go from dark brown to light blonde at home for under $50.”

I do admit that from time to time, I feel a pang of inadequacy because of my natural dark hair, skin, and eyes. Especially since two of my closest girlfriends are gorgeous blondes, I often find myself feeling so mediocre next to them. I suppose society’s standard of beauty is to blame, but I genuinely enjoy bleaching my hair every once in a while for a change of pace. :)

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There are varying opinions of Asian women with blonde hair. The general consensus always  seems to be,”It’s just not natural.” I disagree. Sometimes, it’s pulled off well. And other times, it’s just a disaster. It all has to do with skin tone, and finding the perfect shade for you. This time, I wanted to reach a cooler almost-platinum blonde instead of golden/strawberry blonde.

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The new Fèria Absolute Platinum in Extreme Platinum sounded promising when I first laid eyes on it. Unfortunately, it only lifted my hair a few shades lighter from dark brown to a medium orange-brown. It was at this point that I was getting frustrated with my reluctant strands, and went for a brand I’ve been wanting to try out forever.

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Palty is known for being very effective on dark, thick, Asian hair. It doesn’t hurt that the packaging is downright adorable, as well. I’ve read tons of online reviews, and was thankful to find a huge selection hidden in a beauty store at my local “Chinatown”, Flushing. I thought the most appropriate shade would be Super Flash Sparkling Blonde.

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It was a bit pricey at $13 per box, and I needed two.. but my hair successfully lifted more significantly. I have to admit that I felt a mild burning sensation on my scalp during the process. But I suppose that’s the price you have to pay for beauty. It came out a lovely golden blonde with brassy undertones. As you can see in the photo below, my ends are already getting fried. :X

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Unfortunately, I’m very hard to please and wanted to get rid of the orange tones completely. So I counteracted it with a cool blonde shade, Garnier Nutrisse: #82 Champagne Blonde (Champagne Fizz). I was going to get the lighter, White Chocolate shade, but couldn’t find it anywhere. :/ I was happy with how it came out, though. I got a lot of compliments at work. :P

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But after a month, my roots were already growing out and the brassiness was coming back. So I picked up two boxes of Garnier Nutrisse: #100 Extra Light Natural Blonde (Chamomile) to touch it up a bit. And to be honest, I’m in love with the results. It’s the perfect medium between warm and cool, and matches my skin tone pretty well.

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As you can see in this photo, I’m almost as blonde as my beautiful friend Kristiana. <3 I’m in dire need of a trim, though. My strands feel like straw, which I’ve been trying to nurse back to health with lots of deep conditioner and by only flat-ironing my hair on the weekends and special occasions. Next month, I might just get my roots and highlights done professionally. Because the bottom line is that as much as I love doing my own hair, I could have just saved myself all the trouble and went to a salon. The extra money would have been well worth it, given the hassle I went through. x_x

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TRESemmé Color Revitalize Shampoo & Conditioner

Because I’m a BzzAgent, I’m often given the opportunity to try out new products for free and share my opinion of them with people like you guys! : ) In partnership with TRESemmé, I was sent two free bottles of their new Color Revitalize Shampoo & Conditioner. Now, believe me, I’m no stranger to TRESemmé products. I’m a long-time fan of their Moisture Rich Conditioner. So imagine my excitement when I was signed up for this campaign! :D

Did you know that the number one reason for hair color fade isn’t exposure to UV rays, salt, chlorine, or pollution? It’s wash out from daily cleansing, which strips the hair shaft of dye molecules and natural oils. Chemicals in water also alter the tone of your color!

This product claims that it will bring the shine back to your color-treated hair and protect it from further fading. Because my hair has become really brassy and dull since my last bleaching, I was hoping this would help me out. The color in this next photo might be a little exaggerated because it was taken with my iPod, but this is basically what my hair looked like:

After two washes, I had already noticed a slight difference in my hair color. Because the Color Revitalize Shampoo & Conditioner does not deposit color, but instead cleanses your current shade, the blonde in my hair has become lighter and less “yellow”. It’s also shinier! Unfortunately, using the shampoo and conditioner alone dries out my already damaged hair and leaves it more tangled after a shower than my Aussie Moist Shampoo & Conditioner. I would definitely suggest following up with a deep conditioner and/or leave-in conditioner afterwards if you have overprocessed hair like mine.

I also received a ton of coupons with my package! Although TRESemmé products are already quite affordable (about $5 for a huge 32-oz bottle), an extra dollar off just makes it better. :P If you know me in person, feel free to ask for one! : )