Since I wanted something on the subtler side, Cindy sectioned off a few, fine strands of hair around my neck to bleach to a pale blonde. (Note: Brighter shades won’t show up on dark hair unless it’s lightened first.) While my hair was processing, she mixed a palette of red, orange, turquoise and indigo blue gloss with an ashy grey gloss to tone them down a bit. We were going for an “oil-slick” effect rather than a Lisa Frank one (though I see that in my near future).
Several hours, a thorough shampoo and one masterful blowout later, I emerged from the salon with cascading mermaid waves and a hidden surprise of highlights that reminded me of a desert sunset. The colors blended in seamlessly with the rest of my hair, making a quick appearance only when I moved or tucked my hair behind my ears.