Brunette, to Blonde, to Silver at Home: Bleach London & Colour Freedom

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Colour Freedom Silver Blonde

First and foremost, I am not a hairdresser... just some who is very careless with their hair and takes a lot of risks. I get bored pretty easily and decided I wanted to go a blonde/grey colour from brunette. I knew this would cost me a fortune to do in a salon, so I decided to try it myself and if it went horribly wrong, I'd go to the hairdressers then. As you can see I had dip dyed brunette hair, with green/blue at the ends (this was meant to wash out however it has been stuck there for 2 months). I probably had around 1cm of roots coming through. 

The starting point... Brown/Blonde/Green
Bleaching and First Toning Products
Bleack London Total Bleach
After bleaching
First, I used Bleach London, Total Bleach to do the task. I put it on my hair as the instructions stated and waited for 45minutes, I tried to avoid the ends as much as possible (therefore there is green/blue still there). It lifted well, however, due to the different shades of my hair, it was very uneven and had a lot of orange where the darker brown originally was. Then I moved on to Bleach London, White Toner. It did help a little as you can see, but there was still a lot of yellow within it. I had to deal with this for a couple of days, sadly!
Toning Products
Bleach London White Toner and Silver Shampoo
After Toning
Then I purchased the Colour Freedom White Blonde Toner, I used this along side the Bleach London Silver Shampoo, which I already owned. I left the toner on my hair for around 30 minutes and then followed with the Bleach London Silver Shampoo which I left on for about 10 minutes. This is the outcome. There is a lot less orange and yellow tones, thankfully! It is pretty bright, but not ashy enough for me.

Silver Hair Dye

Finally, after waiting a few days, I purchased the Colour Freedom Metallic Silver Blonde dye. I did expect it to go slightly more grey than this and I definitely should of got two boxes. Saying this, I love the colour and it made it a lot more 'ash' toned which is what I was after!
Final Outcome
I'm really happy with the final colour. There are some patches that didn't quite take, but that's mainly because I only used one box of dye instead of two. As I said, it is a lot safer to go to the hairdressers to do this... my hair is quite robust, this would probably kill a lot of people's hair! I also trimmed my hair after this as the ends were super dead from the dip dying anyway. This post is just a visual and short review of these products if you were thinking of using any of them. 

Products overall:

Bleach London, Total Bleach: If you want to lift your hair a few shades, this is a really good product. The pot it comes with to mix in is pretty small, so perhaps get a bigger one. It comes with a brush to apply the product with which is pretty helpful. Saying this, be prepared to tone your hair afterwards, especially if it is quite dark before hand. 

Bleach London, White Toner: I liked his product, and for maintaining a white look, this product would be great. I think my hair was too yellow/orange for this to make a dramatic difference. But for more subtle toning, this is a good product.

Bleach London, Silver Shampoo: I've had this product for a while and it is awesome. I leave it on my hair for around 10 minutes, and it turns it a great white/silver colour. However, if you leave it on for too long, it can leave a purple/blue tint to your hair (which I don't actually mind). 

Colour Freedom, White Blonde: This is semi-permanent so is not a long term fix, however, it definitely did give my hair a white tint to it and brightened it up quite a lot. The bottle is quite big so you can top it up over-time, which is a plus! 

Colour Freedom, Metallic Silver Blonde: I'm really happy with this product. I should of used two bottles, which meant that it is a little patchy, but that is my fault rather than the product. The product produced a very light silver sheen, if you are after a dramatic silver or grey, then I wouldn't recommend this shade (but there are lots of other ones available), however, if you want a starting colour or to have a very ashy colour blonde, then this is a great one to go for.



  1. Honestly you did the hair bleaching the right way without completely destroying your hair! This is such a great guide for anyone thinking of going silver! :)

    xx Heather |

    1. Thanks! Took ages but I like the final colour so I'm happy :)

  2. You did a fantastic job! Love the final look!

    Renee | Life After Lux

  3. Wow I love the result!!! You had guts, I don't think I could do this alone at home, I think I'd be too scared xD xD

    xoRosie // Rosie's Life

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