Friday, 18 March 2011

Go Go Ging-er!

Warehouse army jacket // Primark black top // H&M leopard print leggings // Doc Martens

So here's the big reveal. I've been literally gagging to go ging-er for ages and today it finally happened! I was more nervous than I expected to be as I sat on the bus on the way to the hairdressers this morning. What if it all snapped off? Fell out? Went BROWN??

Vivienne at GVR was an absolute star. She had already done a good strand test for me back in February and resassured me she'd be able to bring it up to a really good shade.

Step 1:

A good dollop of bleach and a lot of TLC. Vivienne bleached each section separately so that it was nice and even. This took about 90 mins in total.

Step 2:

Rinse, dry and check what colour it turned out - practically there already! A few of you have asked me to document the colour change, so I thought this was the most important part. There was NO WAY it was gonna lift any lighter, so if you have visions of going blonde, forget it. I think a ginger stage is pretty much  unavoidable - sorry ladies!

Step 3:

Vivienne used a bright orange stain to darken my roots (about an inch). They had obviously bleached up to a very light blonde. Next, she used another bright orange (this time a proper dye with some peroxide in it) to add some highlighted sections (hence the foils). Finally, she used a slightly darker tint all over to try and match up the lighter root sections and the longer bits which hadn't lightened up so well.

It took 4 hours in total, but that included the cut as well. It feels in great condition and I'm chuffed to bits!

All that's left to do now is sort through my wardrobe and make-up to see what still suits me! I'm looking for some good tips from all you beauty bloggers out there.

What shade of blusher/rouge should I be using?
Any good lipstick shade recommendations??

Hope you all have a great weekend,

Madame Ginger x


  1. You look fantastic ginger! I reckon you could go for fuschia/magenta lips - how about MAC Girl About Town?


  2. Oh it looks wonderful, the cut and the colour!!!!!! That is the exact colour I have been dreaming about, and it didn't look to traumatic to go though. Wonder if I will get brave enough to do it!

  3. Gorgeous <3 it suits you to a tee xx

  4. So bloody gorgeous!! You give me hope that I'd be able to go red! Did she bleach it straight from the black? Or did you do one of those colour B4 things to strip out some of the black dye? And please please PLEASE wear red lipstick- I absolutely adore it on redheads!

  5. omg you look divine!!!!! great choice, perfect for spring! xxx

  6. I absolutely love it! It suits you so well and it looks so clean and glossy and I love the cut too, would love a choppy fringe like that.

  7. Wow you look great! It suits you so well!


  8. oweee you look gorgeous
    the colour suits down to a T
    I think green, plum and purple shades will contrast your hair beautifully.
    Like Poison Ivy :P


  9. LOVE that outfit!

    Your hair looks lovely, totally suits you :) xx

  10. looks absolutely stunning, I am in love with it- so fresh mrs! bxx

  11. Thank you all for your kind comments. Writing this blog and reading all of yours for just over a year now has really helped me understand my own style and take steps to grow and change. This is a pretty big one, so thank you ladies (and gents) xx

  12. Will be experimenting with fuschia/magenta, greens, plums and purples. Watch this space!

    And keep those suggestions coming! What will I wear??

  13. Seconded Girl About Town - that would look ace! When I went ginger I went to mac and asked for a red that would work and they recommended Russian Red. wee bit dry texture but a fab shade.

    Or just go matchy matchy and get an orange lippy!
    It looks wicked hon xx

  14. I've got Illamasqua lippy in Underworld:

    and Flare:

    I'll definitely give them a go, but they are really dry, so if the colour is good, I'll try and match them up to MAC instead. - Warning to all: Illamasqua products are ALL really dry - and I have greasy skin.

    I've also got a bright blue MAC lipgloss that I want try!

  15. Very nice color and haircut, enlightening these dark days...



  16. Oh this is such a fantastic change for spring - I love the eye make-up at the hairdressers and thank you for taking shots throughout. The colour "took" really quickly didn't it? My hair guzzles red dye too. I don't feel qualified to give advice on make-up colours - I wore red lippy when I had red hair last year and I think it looked great:)). You're amazing and I can't wait to see outfit pics with your new hair. xo

  17. The cut and colour is amazing...where did you get it done?

  18. You look absolutely gorgeous! x

  19. Wow, it looks amazing! It really suit you!

  20. LOving the new do and colour, you look fabulous, makes me wanna take the plunge masel, had the same raven locks for too long!

    Sleekit x

  21. Wonderful, wonderful! Nothing more amazing than a ginger, I'm tempted to go ginger at some point again soon! It looks great with your haircut.

  22. That haircut and hair color look amazing on you.

  23. I've been meaning to comment on this post for a few days now miss - absolutely LOVE your hair! Really wow, you look gorgeous :) lovely cut too xx

  24. Your hair looks AMAZING! It would look really cool with some bright blue accessories in it.
    4 hours in the salon must have been a bit of an ordeal, I hope they kept you supplied with tea and biscuits!

  25. The cut and colour is stunning it really suits you especially your skin tone <3

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