Broke Girl Root Touch Up- GREAT SUCCESS!
When I lived in New York, I used to go to the AMAZING Arrojo Cosmetology School to have my hair bleached and toned. At $45 for a full bleach and tone, and the whooole salon experience, it was THE place to get muh hairzz did.
Unfortunately, there is no Arrojo in Los Angeles, and my roots have been getting out of hand. The *good* student salons in LA (ie, Paul Mitchell, etc) are on the other side of town, and more expensive than Arrojo, so I decided to do my roots myself today.
With the advice of Scott, a former Arrojo student that used to do my hair (he now works at Ouidad!) I purchased 20 Volume Developer and L’Oreal Quick Blue Bleach along with a light beige toner to even the whole shebang out.
Sally Beauty was having a sale, so 1lb of Quick Blue was only, $15, and the entire batch of supplies (brush, gloves, bowl, developer, toner, bleach) totaled to $35…enough product for multiple dye jobs for less than ONE student salon visit!
I mixed my bleach according to the directions and sectioned my hair into quarters, pinning each into a small bun. This allowed me to focus on each individual quarter-section during the application process, ensuring that there were no missed patches, and everything could be applied evenly.
DIY PRO TIP: When applying, I hung my full length mirror on the back of my bathroom door, so I could see the back of my head and get the PERFECT application.
I used 20 Volume developer, because it not as harsh as more popular 30 or 40 Volume, so i could take my time during the application process, and slowly check the progress of the bleach, rather than having to rush and remove product before it was done bleaching, being too worried about a stronger developer frying my hair.
After application, I let the bleach sit for about 40-45 minutes, checking my progress every 10 minutes or so. I rinsed out the bleach in warm water, then mixed my developer and toner, which i applied in a more shampoo-ing manner rather than with a brush, and let that sit for about 20-25 minutes.
When rising the toner, I used Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioning Treatment to give my hair some TLC after a double process!
The results are AMAZING. I still can’t believe that MY at-home application came out SO well! I’ll probably get 10+ root touch ups out of this giant tub of Quick Blue, making my cost per process cost less than $5 per session!
I do NOT recommend bleaching an entire head of long hair at home, however, if you can be patient and diligent you can get amazing results on root touch ups for a fraction of the cost at home!