Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    coinxoperated
    I want White / Lilac Hair!
    • #1
    • 24th Dec 12, 10:09 AM
    I want White / Lilac Hair! 24th Dec 12 at 10:09 AM
    Hi all! I was just wondering if there were any hairdressers on here that could give me some advice?

    My hair is currently a Dark Brown / Deep Red colour which I've dyed the same colour for the last 10 years. It's time for a change, and as a natural dirty blonde, I'm hoping to go for something lighter...

    I'm dying to turn my Dark Brown / Deep Red hair into this..



    I understand that there will need to be some stripping, bleaching and what not. My hairs in fantastic condition and bleaching it to an inch of it's life isn't really a worry of mine. If needed I would chop it all of to start again... But hopefully that won't happen!

    Can anyone suggest the best way to do this? I know about Toners, Bleaches etc etc, but in what order and really how much should I space them out between different things (a week between bleaches? A month?)

    P.S I know this is bad for my hair, and it won't be in any decent condition afterwards, but I've got the itch... It's happening! Help me not go too bald!
Page 1
    • heartbreak_star
    • By heartbreak_star 24th Dec 12, 11:36 AM
    • 7,821 Posts
    • 17,274 Thanks
    heartbreak_star
    • #2
    • 24th Dec 12, 11:36 AM
    • #2
    • 24th Dec 12, 11:36 AM
    Don't do it yourself. Go to a hairdresser.

    And remember it'll cost you a fortune in upkeep!

    (ooooo and post pics when you do it - I haven't got the face or figure for a hairstyle like that and will be jealous when it looks awesome on you )

    HBS x
    "I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."

    "It's easy to know what you're against, quite another to know what you're for."

    #Starmer4PM #Bremainer
  • shane002
    • #3
    • 24th Dec 12, 11:54 AM
    I want White / Lilac Hair!
    • #3
    • 24th Dec 12, 11:54 AM
    If you have a yellow base then the lilac will tone your hair, but not always dye it, so start as light as possible.
  • coinxoperated
    • #4
    • 24th Dec 12, 1:23 PM
    • #4
    • 24th Dec 12, 1:23 PM
    Don't do it yourself. Go to a hairdresser.

    And remember it'll cost you a fortune in upkeep!

    (ooooo and post pics when you do it - I haven't got the face or figure for a hairstyle like that and will be jealous when it looks awesome on you )

    HBS x
    Originally posted by heartbreak_star
    Thanks for the reply! I do intend on getting the first stripping and bleaching done at a hair dressers, its just the spaces in between the different treatments that I'm a bit worried about!

    I have a friend who had lighter hair than me originally and has achieved a similar look - Upkeep is surprisingly cheap!!

    Go for a bleach every 6-8 weeks to keep the roots looking good. Tone it to silver / white. Then 2 parts Manic Panic semi-perm dye in 4 parts of hair conditioner, and shes got this but with more of a pink tinge to it rather than lilac (that was her intention )

    I'm just conscious that the red in my hair is not going to want to let go easily!
    • arbroath lass
    • By arbroath lass 24th Dec 12, 1:33 PM
    • 1,572 Posts
    • 3,848 Thanks
    arbroath lass
    • #5
    • 24th Dec 12, 1:33 PM
    • #5
    • 24th Dec 12, 1:33 PM
    I had deep purple hair (think Cadbury's, lol) that faded/washed out to that kind of colour. I felt it looked grey. If your older than 21 I'd say be very careful!
    • thehappybutterfly
    • By thehappybutterfly 24th Dec 12, 7:07 PM
    • 1,713 Posts
    • 6,109 Thanks
    thehappybutterfly
    • #6
    • 24th Dec 12, 7:07 PM
    • #6
    • 24th Dec 12, 7:07 PM
    I had my hair white-white a couple of years ago and people absolutely loved it! Problem was because I'm in my 40's, I felt like I had to explain that it was white-blond not white-grey!

    I never attempted it myself even after months of having it - I always went to the hairdressers. I would suggest that you get silver shampoo which is deep purple in colour. This will keep it looking shiny and white - not brassy. You'll notice the difference if you stop using it for a few days - you go a bit yellow. BUT.... don't use it straight and certainly not every day - it'll go silver. My hairdresser suggested mixing it with my usual colour saver shampoo.

    ETA: My hair was in great nick afterwards. As long as you condition it every time you wash it and treat it well it won't ruin your hair!
    • heartbreak_star
    • By heartbreak_star 24th Dec 12, 10:13 PM
    • 7,821 Posts
    • 17,274 Thanks
    heartbreak_star
    • #7
    • 24th Dec 12, 10:13 PM
    • #7
    • 24th Dec 12, 10:13 PM
    I hear you on red - seems like it's hard to keep a nice bright red but even harder to get rid of the last vestiges of it!

    Let me know if you manage in case I decide to have a change!

    HBS x
    "I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."

    "It's easy to know what you're against, quite another to know what you're for."

    #Starmer4PM #Bremainer
  • Christina1982
    • #8
    • 26th Dec 12, 5:03 PM
    • #8
    • 26th Dec 12, 5:03 PM
    Mine is that colour but afte a few washes the lilac tone washes out but the silver/white tone stays in (yes the roots come in tho!)
    If you do do it try and get a hairdresser that has wella lumina (colouring technique it's new) and buy wella sp blonde shampoo beautybay is the cheapest - you can put this on dry and leave for a few mins to boost the colour
  • coinxoperated
    • #9
    • 26th Dec 12, 5:44 PM
    • #9
    • 26th Dec 12, 5:44 PM
    Thanks for the fab advice!!! I'm half and half between doing it myself and getting a hairdresser to do it! What do you guys suggest? X
  • Christina1982
    Hairdresser!
    • busiscoming2
    • By busiscoming2 26th Dec 12, 7:13 PM
    • 4,336 Posts
    • 11,522 Thanks
    busiscoming2
    All I can add is once your hair is blond if you use the purple shampoo and conditioner (Lee Stafford do a good one) then your hair will have a purple tone the more you use it.
    • thehappybutterfly
    • By thehappybutterfly 26th Dec 12, 8:05 PM
    • 1,713 Posts
    • 6,109 Thanks
    thehappybutterfly
    Hairdresser!!
  • coinxoperated
    Hairdresser it is then! thanks all!!

    Can anyone recommend any really good deep conditioning treatments for after?
    • heartbreak_star
    • By heartbreak_star 27th Dec 12, 9:53 AM
    • 7,821 Posts
    • 17,274 Thanks
    heartbreak_star
    I find henna wax is great - it doesn't contain any henna colour, just wax - or coconut oil (just don't slip in the bath if you use the latter!!)

    HBS x
    "I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another."

    "It's easy to know what you're against, quite another to know what you're for."

    #Starmer4PM #Bremainer
  • coinxoperated
    So! I pre-lightened which stripped most the dark reds an browns out of my hair. Did a strand test for a bleach (just to see how light it would get it) and it did nothing. So I decided not to bleach it again as it seemed unnecessary if it wasn't tuning it yellow! I do have the brightest blonde roots but the gingerest lengths lol!

    So I've brought an ash blonde colour today, it's supposed to tone down orange and put a cooler pigment on, so hopefully this orange will be gone soon!

    Without a doubt, this will be a long process, but I can't wait to get to a blond colour!

    A hairdresser looked me dead on the face and told me it was impossible. As she stood there with black eyebrows and peroxide hair.

    Getting the orange out is gonna be the hardest bit, but as I can see frontage lengths even now, I've got some very blond streaks. It's certainly not impossible!

    My hairs also in great condition. The pre-lightener was definitely nice to my hair than bleach ever was!
    • MrsTinks
    • By MrsTinks 28th Dec 12, 5:27 PM
    • 14,995 Posts
    • 23,049 Thanks
    MrsTinks
    More than likely her eyebrows are tinted though and she may have been a light/ash blonde to start with My husband on the other hand has DARK blonde hair but nearly white eyebrows... if it wasn't for the sneaky grey hairs people would easily think he dyed his hair I'm used to it now but it use to bemuse me
    I interestingly wanted this look too and asked my sister (a professional hair dresser, worked at an equivalent to Tony and & Guy abroad and has done TV work and won international competitions for some VERY outrageous hair creations) - she told me to not do it... and I'm a medium ash blonde to start with... so being siblings I asked my local and usual hair dresser... who also told me to not do it PMSL...
    So now I'm going back to what I usually do... high lights and low lights but with more extremes and some copper chucked in too for variety
    DFW Nerd #025
    DFW no more! Officially debt free 2017 - now joining the MFW's!

    My DFW Diary - blah- mildly funny stuff about my journey
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

74Posts Today

1,944Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • 10 ways you should act now to beat April bill shocks - council tax UP, stamp prices UP, TV licence UP, energy bills? https://t.co/WiOWiogCCA

  • I have a confession to make... I think I now prefer Young Sheldon to The Big Bang Theory (or at least to the recent series). Am I alone?

  • RT @TDHPhotography: Thank you @MartinSLewis After seeing your show on Council tax exemption for severe mental disorders, after a brief batt?

  • Follow Martin