THE EPIC JOURNEY
FOR THE RIGHT SALON
WHO COULD TURN THIS GIRL
BLONDE? – Vincent James
Roughly a year ago, I made this dreamy post about CSS’ “City Grrrl” and going blonde. Fast forward to summer of 2014 and not only did I see CSS in concert—and was serenaded by Lovefoxxx herself to that song—I am now, finally, blonde.
Right after I got it done.
The decision to go blonde occurred early in January, when my ex-manager (of all people) encouraged me to do it. I immediately sought out a salon and made an appointment. Four hours of bleaching later, I was a lovely brunette. Since it was my first try, I wasn’t too upset.
Two months later I went back to the same salon asking to go blonde, only to result in more or less the same color (though less red, the stylist assured me. As if that’s all I had asked for). Another two months passed and I decided to try my luck at a different salon. My hair was now a lighter shade of brown with green bits. It’s safe to say I will never go back there.
I realized my mistake: I was asking for referrals by people who had pretty normal hair color. By normal I mean highlights and brown coloring; nothing crazy. And what I wanted was crazy. I decided to ask my friend who’s gone through multiple hair colors since I knew her this past year: blonde, pink, purple, grey. She directed me to a salon in Wan Chai, very close to my office.
I went in on a Friday night and Danny, my stylist, asked me to come back on Sunday because it wouldn’t be enough time to lighten my hair. I left disappointed but hopeful, as he was the first hair stylist who was actually honest with me. When I returned on Sunday, Danny and his assistant immediately got to work. After six hours in the chair, I was blonde! My hair was a lot more yellow than I had liked and he kinda messed up when he plopped a bunch of yellow onto my bangs, but I’m just happy that I’ve finally left Brunettesville and am now in Blonde City.
Due to my financial situation and not wanting to continuously destroy my hair, I plan on getting touch ups every two months, as I’ve been doing this past year. Besides touching up my roots, I’m definitely going to tone the crap out of my hair as my goal is to become a platinum blonde. I personally think that works better on Asian skintones as the yellow makes my skin look a lot pinker for some reason. I’ve also been using purple shampoo/conditioner to help with the brassiness. My roots are showing now and I love the look. Can’t wait for my next session!
In case any of you are interested, here’s the info for the salon: