When we do a complete makeover, click on the link to spot the difference as seen on MTV Australia
Swapping out my natural chestnut locks for a lighter do is something I’ve been banging on about since Olivia Palermo did the same thing on the MTV show The City.
Sure, she was painted as the show’s villain compared to ~angel~ Whitney Port, but gosh darn, did she have GOOD hair.
Fast forward nine years and my loved ones were growing tired of me lusting over a blonder version of myself without ever actually doing anything about it.
So, here I find myself. Sitting in a salon chair in the beautiful, light-filled RAW hair salon in Surry Hills with clammy hands and stomach doing flip flops.
The nerves were unnecessary, as an initial consultation with head colourist Stella Greenwood had me excited and daydreaming about the kind of cool, choppy, sand-coloured cut I had seen on the likes of Carmen Hamilton.
After a strong coffee and little self-talk, I was ready to take the plunge.
Stella started by framing my face with a lighter, icy blonde then took thicker sections beneath, painting on the colour in big brush strokes for a grungey look.
She explained that each layer of dye was combined with Olaplex, a ~magical~ product which bonds the hair. While the bleach lifts the colour, Olaplex fills in the broken shafts.
After sitting under the heat for 20-30 minutes in layers of plastic I was taken to RAW Salon’s EPIC wash stations.
Located in a separate, sound-proof room, stylists wash out your strands against a backdrop of ambient tunes and a hypnotic fire. You’re even offered a blanket if you’re keen on a quick snooze while you’re washed!
It was at this point of my brunette to blonde transition that I breathed a sigh of relief.
The ends of my hair were a lovely biscuit bronde, the perfect summer hue.
Celeb hair stylist and founder of RAW, Anthony Nader, took over from this point onwards and began by snipping off my dead ends.
He gave me a blunt, choppy cut and seamlessly integrated my pesky baby hairs into the rest of my new look, adding stylish layers along the way. Drying naturally would never look SO good, he assured me.
After blasting my hair with hot air and adding some effortless waves, I was a NEW WOMAN.
OK, so it’s not 100% Kimmy K blonde like my friends thought I’d go….but, I can happily say as a first-timer at being blonde, I am happy as Larry.
And I can now firmly agree with the sentiment, blondes DO have more fun!