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So I went to this awesome lady and we set out to recreate this color. She knew I wanted to keep my hair as damage free as possible because I like to keep it long. So when my color pulled red (due to how my hair naturally goes when it lightens and hormones due to breast feeding) we just went with what we got.
It was actually surprisingly very flattering with my skin tone and eyes. The only problem was that sometimes it looked very blonde-ish orange instead of blonde or red or light brown. I went in search of an awesome purple shampoo.
Purple shampoos help blonde hair stay more cool toned and fight orange or yellow tones by leaving a touch of blue violet in your hair. If your hair is very light blonde you need to be careful to use it once or twice a week or else your hair will start to look purple. If that happens just don't use the purple shampoo again until it is all washed out and has started to go back to almost looking yellow or brassy.
So I choose my favorite shampoo at Sally Beauty Supply based on ingredients and smell read the review here. I felt like it was helping, but it is a gradual change as it builds up. A week or two after I started using it though my husband actually said that he thought the purple shampoo was actually working and that my hair was not as orange. :)
The two left pictures were right after I had my hair done and the right picture is a few months later (obviously they are in very different lighting but my hair looks much more blonde in the right picture).
I am just about ready to go back in and we're going to have another try for more blonde and more like the inspiration, but in the meantime I have loved my new hair color. :)
Thanks for reading! Do you have a fun hair coloring story? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below :)