So, I did it. I booked the appointment, and actually went, and actually did the unicorn hair thing. Instead of taking a month or two to decide if this was the right decision for me, I did the whole thing in 4 days – idea, consult, booking, appointment, expected panic attack, and expected joy.
I had another 20-minute consult with my super talented stylist, Maggie, on top of the 2o minutes I spent with her essentially hijacking someone else’s appointment (thank you, super chill balayage girl!) and even after all that I was still nervous about how it would turn out. I think I had pretty realistic expectations… but you really don’t know how it will turn out in real life.
It took about 45 minutes to apply the lightener, and then about 20 minutes to lift. The back part of my hair was rinsed out first.
A fashion toner was applied to my hair very, very thoroughly. It was on for about 20 minutes. You can see this colour appears more fuchsia than purple.
This is the result of today’s session. The lighting in the salon is so different from outside… I had a bit of a panic when i saw this as it’s not the purple I was hoping for and it is so much darker than I expected – especially when I saw how blonde I had lifted earlier.
This was also taken inside the salon. Very red/pink versus the icy purple/lavender I had hoped for. I do like it, though. But – it’s almost too normal, lol. It’s not as “out there” as I wanted in terms of the brightness and vividness of a pastel colour. Now, this is the first time I have done colour like this in a long time, so I’m not sure what I could have expected for this one session.
I only did one process of highlights instead of all over lightening, and overall was in the chair for 2 hours versus a 6 or an 8hr day that can achieve the lighter looks like these:
Both of those looks were created by Maggie, and the left one was an 8hr day :/
Here is my finished look in a different light. It really changes the colouring on my face, don’t you think?? I have been told how much it is going to fade, so I’m going to post an update after a few washes 🙂
Total Time: 3.5 hrs including consult and blow dry
Total Cost: $200 including blow dry