One of the few things that I knew early on about my wedding was that I wanted to have blue hair. There weren’t many traditions that I felt the need to adhere to, however The Four Somethings (old, new, borrowed, & blue) was one that, for reasons unknown, I felt a deep desire to do.
I didn’t tell many people about this decision as my usual hair stylist flat-out refused and I received a rather tepid response from the groom himself (“Like blue blue?” “You know what else would look good? Your normal hair color.”) (he eventually came around to the idea).
As I searched for a new stylist/colorist, I hit a few dead ends before my sister came through with a solid recommendation: Tricia at Urban Style Lab. (Not currently living in DC, she came upon this recommendation because the salon uses Wella products, which are the same used by her former, much-loved stylist.) They didn’t flinch at all when I described my request and could accommodate my short timeframe. Appointment made.
So it began. With bleach:
We were forced to bleach my hair twice before moving on to coloring. (Here’s another process shot from the Lab’s Instagram feed.) I had erroneously believed/vainly hoped that my lighter brown hair color would mean that only once would do the trick.
After drying my hair, I did not like what greeted me in the mirror. I felt like Draco/Lucius Malfoy or, a happier comparison, Daenerys Targaryen.
Needless to say, I was ready to add color. Tricia mixed up a bunch of different shades of blue and did a few test strips on my hair before proceeding. She ended up using a few different shades which made the blue look killer and also gave it a lot of depth.
A mere 4 and 1/2 hours or so later, I was done. I love this “after” shot taken by the Lab, but here’s one of my own:
And, because everyone likes a good before & after shot…