I think I had blonde (orange) hair for about three months, before feeling like my hair was too out of control and giving up on the ramen noodles altogether, after I realised that's exactly what my hair looked like.
But three years later, after my ramen noodles were shaved off in a wave of shame, I was ready to jump back onto the blonde bandwagon once more.
This time, I decided to go with a greyish, lavender tone, requiring the same purple shampoo products as the blonde hair.
It's been a couple months since the new bleach and I'm pleased to report that I've learnt from my mistakes.
What did I do differently this time?
Well, instead of waiting for the white hair to inevitably turn brassy a week after the trip to the salon, I pre-empted it, subsequently making sure I was purple shampooing and treating my hair as soon as I got the bleach job.
I then established a routine whereby every couple of days, I'd leave the purple products in my hair for up to 15 minutes at a time, making sure my hair was marinating in the shampoo for as long as possible.
By pre-empting the natural progression of my hair from blonde to brassy-orange and being rigid on my newfound routine, I finally feel like I've mastered the art of blonde aftercare.
Yes, switching to blonde does take a lot of effort, and maintaining your luscious locks can be difficult. However, if you implement haircare routines early on, such as using purple shampoo every couple of days, you won't be playing catch up to your eventual, brassy hair all the time.
There are some incredible products out there, such as Schwarzkopf Blonde Purple Shampoo, that'll help that blonde shine through. For more tips on how to maintain those beautifully light locks, check out Schwarzkopf Blonde Purple Shampoo ($13), specifically designed to keep those brassy tones away and easy to integrate into your daily routine.