Accidentally In Love: Lavender Streaks

In case you are not a Twitterer, let me introduce you to the course of events this Sunday…

So here’s the background story. I am a natural blonde. As a kid, I had white-blonde hair. That has always stayed pretty much blonde, but it has darked in areas over time to a more ashy blonde. I get highlights/lowlights for dimension every six weeks – and I love my colorist. She’s phenomenal with blondes. Amazing. If you’re a Houstonian, I can give you her name and number.

Anyway. I have little time these days. What with studying for the USMLE Step 1 exam and fashion blogging, I have very little time to drive to the other side of town every six weeks to spend most of the day on my hair.

So I decided to take matters into my own hands – I wanted to quit with the highlights and go for an all-over, summery, beachy white blonde (like I was born with). Enter: drugstore blonding kit. It was $14.99 and worth every penny.

I loved it! Here’s a good before picture from one of my outfit posts

Super easy to apply, and 30-45 minutes (total prep + application time) later I had this result:

Slightly too buttery-yellow blonde, though it was acceptably light enough for me, considering I had years worth of expensive highlights/lowlights – I think it handled the multi-dimensional color differences pretty darn well.

I’m lucky enough to live a few blocks away from a Sally Beauty Supply, so after doing a bit of YouTube research, I learned that a toner (to tone down the inevitable “brassy” tones that come with blonding) was just what I needed. It sounded scary (mix toner + 20-volume developer? I guess I can do it!) but watching others do it on YouTube allayed my fears.

The purple/violet counteracts yellow tones, so prepare to be amazed (aren’t you glad I’m not afraid to make myself look like a total fool on my blog?)…

(after the jump: the AFTER pictures!)


I got a kick out of the temporary purple hair (sadly, only 30 minutes) – I have been coveting pastel highlights for months but have been (a) afraid of being scorned by hairstylist if brought up, and (b) medical professionalism prohibits me from having any overt, unnatural hair color. So unfair! Same goes for nail polish. But I ignore that detail.

Proof I’m not making the pastel-streaks trend up: (Obviously, this is not me. Do not be alarmed.)

After rinsing out the toner, shampooing, and deep conditioning (for the second time that day), I was shocked and flabbergasted to find that I had accidentally created the most perfect, subtle, barely-there version of the lavender highlights I was so coveting:

The cool thing about this is – you can’t even tell unless you’re about five inches from my face. It’s the coolest accidental hair episode that has ever happened to me! Next: I will purchase the toner that tones down orangey-brown tones (to counteract that residual lowlight brown) – it will still be dark, just a cooler, more neutral color.

The way I see it, this candyfloss “hint-tint” I am accidentally in love with is the Junior Mint to pastel-streaks’ Altoid.

My first thought?

I am so blogging this.

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  1. 05.16.2010 / 7:59 pm

    Gorgeous, I love how the streaks look. I am so scared to apply anything 'chemical-y' to my hair, I spend my time appreciating it beautiful people like you who can actually pull it off so well.

    P.S.> Accidental good things are always the best!

  2. 05.16.2010 / 9:14 pm

    What a coincidence! I myself was researching online for highlight youtube videos today, except I stopped it at that. I decided it was too troublesome and I should just leave my hair to the professionals. My current hair is chemical free. After seeing your blog, I might change my mind again. Haha. Your hair looks gorgeous!!! You must be so proud of yourself. 🙂

  3. 05.16.2010 / 9:44 pm

    That looks really cool! A very good mistake. 🙂

  4. Elisa Medhus
    05.16.2010 / 9:51 pm

    Me likey. Nice. Almost like the hair you had when I made you. Oh, that's right, you didn't have any hair. For the first 5 years.

  5. 05.16.2010 / 10:21 pm

    Very fun post. I love your blonde hair, both it's natural color and it's new beach-blonde-and-lavender version.

  6. Sherly
    05.16.2010 / 11:22 pm

    That's way cool. Turned out much, much better than my incident trying to dye my dark brown hair red. Youtube to the rescue!

  7. 05.16.2010 / 11:59 pm

    I'm actually pretty impressed by the results. I like it!

  8. 05.17.2010 / 12:41 am

    omg wow! That is so cool, but umm so brave of you! I love the outfit you ADORABLE always!!

  9. 05.17.2010 / 1:30 am

    Pretty!!! It really suits you!

  10. 05.17.2010 / 3:06 am

    awesome blog, keep it up!

    thanks for sharing as always

    you provide great inspiration!


  11. 05.17.2010 / 4:58 am

    Wow you're very brave! I too have blonde hair that has been highlighted and lowlighted constantly over the years. It's definitely alot of maintenance (not to mention $$) but totally worth it. I've thought about giving an at home kit a try but just don't have the gut 🙂 Your results turned out lovely though!

    Ps – just discovered your blog and it's adorable.

    Lovely B.

  12. 05.17.2010 / 8:44 am

    GREAT! Can't wait to see it after you do the other toner too. I get highlights every six weeks in my brown hair and my colorist always uses a toner all over mine at the end too. It really makes a difference. Good work!

  13. 05.17.2010 / 10:28 am

    I loooove it! What a happy accident!

  14. 05.17.2010 / 10:32 am

    You're brave to bleach your own hair! I did that when I was in college (for part of my Cruella DeVille Halloween costume), and we ran out of bleach halfway through. My then-roomie and I had to make a Target run while I had orange hair.

  15. 05.17.2010 / 3:27 pm

    My at-home hair dyes never turned out so pretty! le sigh! 6-8 weeks to cover the gray my momma gave me!

    I love it!

  16. Nina
    05.17.2010 / 3:59 pm

    Your hair looks fantastic! Not at all like you did it yourself ( more along the lines of paying top dollar at a NYC salon!). The lavender looks fantastic!

  17. 05.17.2010 / 5:10 pm

    Now you have me thinking about "taking matters into my own hands"! With Michael going into school soon, it would be nice to cut out that $$ I spend on professional highlights.

    I need to email you about this. 🙂

    • 05.22.2010 / 10:48 am

      I emailed you back!
      For everyone else, here are the names of what I used:

      L'Oreal Dream Blonde in Glistening Magnolia

      Wella Color Charm Toners in White Lady and Silver Lady

      20 Volume Developer (any brand'll do)

      Mixing bowl/tinting brush (any beauty supply store has these)

      Have fun!!

  18. Julia
    05.17.2010 / 8:01 pm

    These highlights and the new all-over shimmery light blonde is stunning! I cannot WAIT to see what you have next in store. These toners sound amazing!

    I am obsessed with your blog. Keep it up!!!!

  19. Julia
    05.17.2010 / 8:03 pm

    and i agree with the above commenter. could you please post your steps on what you have done!!!

  20. ohhappyday
    05.17.2010 / 8:15 pm

    Gorgeous! You are blessed to have such lucky hair to start with, and even more beautiful hair after!

  21. 05.17.2010 / 10:44 pm

    They turned out pretty rad!! I might have to do a (very temporary) version of this!



  22. 05.18.2010 / 12:45 am

    So awesome! I wish lavender was ward-appropriate hair color. The color you ended up has a similar effect.

    u've inspired me. u think i could pull off blonde? (u dont have to answer that… i know the answer. =(

    • 05.22.2010 / 10:48 am

      I think you could pull off anything because you have the confidence and poise!

  23. 05.18.2010 / 10:57 am

    Very nice. I dyed my hair a deep brown w/very subtle violet hues last fall, leaving my lifelong blonde behind me. It's definitely the best change I've made in a really long time, but I was telling my husband the other day that if I ever go back to blonde, I would want your color (I referred to you as a fellow fashion blogger that I follow). It's so funny that just after I said that, you would dye your hair. It looks great; have fun with that lavender! Surely there's some color you could wear that would really bring out those lav-lights for a night out. 🙂

  24. 05.18.2010 / 2:39 pm

    Love the blonde! I'm a box bleacher too and it really isn't that hard/scary once you read all the directions… and actually my dad applies it so i don't miss any spots! definitely saves a few pennies every six weeks!

  25. 05.19.2010 / 2:02 am

    Lovely pink bow pins!
    Cute outfit.


  26. Bruce
    05.21.2010 / 6:02 am

    Gorgeous! You are blessed to have such lucky hair to start with, and even more beautiful hair after!xxoo

  27. 05.27.2010 / 9:05 pm

    I love it! Funny how mistakes can turn out positive!

  28. ashley
    08.22.2010 / 11:00 pm

    omg!!! i absolutly love your hair! im actually looking to dye my hair soon i have a weird light blonde 🙁 at least mine aint horrible! anyways ill be looking forward to trying this out and seeing the outcome thanks again for posting this it might be my new forever hair color! lol thanks again!!

  29. 09.30.2010 / 1:29 pm

    Ah! I've been trying to get a hair salon to do this for months now. What did you use exactly? I have the same hair as the model, I want that!!! Thanks!

    • 12.05.2010 / 5:25 am

      Sorry this is so late, but I the products I used are above, in addition I used Wella Color Charm toner in White Lady. I used generic 20 volume developer for the toner. (1:1 ratio). Hope that helps!! I would leave the toner on for about 30 minutes max.

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