When going for a major hair transformation, most people think on it for a very long time. In the case of blogger Carly Cristman’s hair color makeover, she considered the switch for a year. “Gray is my favorite color,” Cristman says. “My apartment is gray. My Instagram theme is gray. If it were up to me, everything would be gray! #AllTheGray #DesaturateMyLife. It was only a matter of time before this happened to my hair. I finally decided this fall was the perfect time to take the plunge.”
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“I came in with a sort of blond ombré—we called it blorange because the base was so much redder than I ever wanted it to be,” Cristman says. “It was basically a color correction because the last salon visit I had somewhere else did not go at all how I wanted. Amber Maynard at Nine Zero One Salon to the rescue!”
Ready to go gray!
Color mixed for the first round of highlights.
The first round of highlights lightened Cristman’s hair as much as safely possible.
“Foils on foils—I had a million foils on my head,” Cristman says. “We rinsed each side as it was put on and then continued to wait under the dryer until the rest was done. This was about three to four different rinses—dry, rinse, dry, rinse again, etc.—to ensure no side was left on too long.”
“After fully rinsing, my hair was mostly light, but some of my hair was still orange-y around the middle. We did a second round of highlighting on these more stubborn parts until I was as light as possible.”
“At this point, Amber busted out some rosé for me, and I Postmated Urth Caffé and had a full-on dinner party in the salon. We were three hours in and onto our second set of highlights—it was time to get real.”
“After the second round, it was official: I was back to Draco Malfoy life. The platinum life is meant for me. Once I was light as can be, we moved onto shadowing darker tones around my base. Then, she lowlighted my base to give me that more natural, rooted look. My natural is an ashy blond, so this will grow out quite nicely and not leave a solid line. After the lowlights were finished, she toned my entire head to be the icy gray.”
“In all it took from 2 to 10 p.m. The highlighting is what took the most of the time—the second round didn’t finish until around 6 p.m.,” Cristman says. But it was all worth it.
“I'm feeling amazing about the change! It's so amazing to see this image I had in my mind come to life. I almost cried during the final reveal because I was so excited!”
Thinking about going gray? Be sure to stock up on your purple toning shampoos and at-home glosses. We love John Frieda’s Colour Refreshing Gloss in Cool Blonde ($12).
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