I am hoping some of you could give me some pointers and options. I will try to give as much info as possible and see what y'all think could be done after that.
I have been getting my medium brown hair lightened with bleach for approximately 15 years (I am 33 yrs now). I think my natural colour is a 4 or 5.
Initially, I went through the 'Sun In' stages as a teen, then started colouring with drugstore box brands and then by the time I had hit age 25, finally began having my hair properly bleached and toned at a salon. It has been quite light for the past eight years~ an extra light ash blonde I'd say~ and I have really liked and been happy with the pale blonde colour the past five years or so).
This past year or so, I had been travelling down to Mexico for extended periods of time and had to begin alternating with getting my roots touched up (bleached and toned at the salon) and doing my roots myself at home (with Loreal Blondissima).
In June 2005, I tried a new colourist and that is when my mid back length blonde hair fell apart. It seems like the colourist put too much bleach onto bleached hair (and I'm sure I must have damaged it myself too by overlapping the bleach a bit when I did it myself every other month). When the colourist finished with my hair in June 2005, I had some nasty breakage~ basically, the top layer, all the way around my head burned off approx 3 inches from the roots. I had bangs for the first time ever! I was devastated, and cried for days. I did get extensions right away, but found them tough to live with so I only went that route for about five weeks.
Due to the breakage, I had my hair cut to shoulder length and I tried to live with the three inch broken chunks by wearing hats and bought some nice Pucci scarves, etc. I took as much care of it as possible and did deep conditioning, etc.
As of mid December 2005, it had grown enough that I was finally able to have many layers cut in and for the most part, those nasty broken chunks blended in. (Since my hair disaster in June 2005, I hadn't been to another colourist as I didn't trust anyone and I had been doing my roots myself at home.
At the same time as the cut in mid December 2005 (two weeks ago), I arranged to have my roots touched up. I went to a new colourist who is a 'Master Colourist' in Toronto. She said that my all over blonde hair looked 'dated' and that I should get highlights and lowlights to add dimension and make it more current looking. Although she had never done my hair before, I decided to trust her (MISTAKE!!!) and said 'okay, as long as the lowlights were not too dark and that I still had blonde hair with lots of light highlights~ that I really loved my blonde hair, etc.'
Basically what I ended up with was light brown hair with very thin, light blonde highlights (that actually reminded me of the 'frosted' look in the 80s). I was so incredibly upset. I wanted to simply go home and bleach my head of hair and get it back to the blonde I loved.
So here we are. I did wash my hair with Neutrogena Clarifying shampoo and have faded the brown a teeny bit. All I want is my blonde hair again (ultra light ash blonde~ level 9).
Any suggestions, etc?
Pale blonde IS my bleached colour under the brown hair colour the evil colourist put on two weeks ago, so I am thinking of possibly using Color Fix to get rid of all the brown so I will be left with my bleached colour and then toning it again. Then the plan would be that I will re-do my roots with bleach/toner in 2.5 to 2 weeks and basically try to keep my hair the colour it was (which I loved), leave the length alone while touching up my roots monthly AND~ NEVER listen to another colourist again.
My biggest concern is that I had breakage in JUne 2005 and that is my only worry. If I could get the Color Fix done and get the colour back to my original blonde that I loved, I should be able to leave it alone from there on in and be happy, but I do not want to lose my hair either!
Looking forward to comments~ I very much appreciate everyone taking the time to help on this board.