I'm a little late to the party with this post seeing as I dyed my hair months and months ago now! I thought I would just chip in with my experience and the products I used in case anyone else is a little unsure about doing it (as I was).
I also decided to paint this little watercolour to go alongside the post - it was actually based on the model Montana Cox, who won Australia's Next Top Model because I think she's pretty fab at what she does.
Anyway, I was a little worried about bleaching my very dark hair, and in the end had to do two bleaching sessions (a couple of weeks apart) to achieve a very blonde look. I decided to only do a small streak because I really didn't know how it was going to turn out, but my idea was that I could change the dye colour I used on it whenever I got bored. I used Jerome Russel Bblonde, and would definitely recommend it - it worked a treat. So yes, it did damage my hair slightly, but I think everyone would expect that to happen, as long as you seriously condition your hair afterwards the damage isn't particularly long lasting. So yes! If you are on the fence about bleaching, my advice would be to just do it! Especially if you intend to just bleach a small streak like me. Sorry that my hair looks extremely dishevelled in this photo but it was just to give an idea of how bright I actually managed to get my hair.
As for the colour itself, I used LaRiche Directions (I'm sure many of you will be familiar with these little pots) and they are essentially like little pots of goo! I mean that in the best possible way, they are very fun and easy to apply! I used my fingers to smooth this product all over my hair and left the dye in for around 20 minutes. The dye is semi-permanent, and you will notice some fading after 4 or so washes, so if you get bored easily, this might be a good dye to try. I used a combination of pastel and flamingo pink, the pastel helps tone down the intensity of the really bright pink, but still gives good colour pay-off. Sometimes I try and get an ombre effect by using Flamingo pink at the top of my hair and fading out to pastel, I'm not exactly an expert though, so that's slightly hit or miss for me! These little pots usually retail at around £3.99 and are available from Ebay, Amazon, and stores like Blue Banana.
Have you ever been tempted to try bright hair? Let me know!