Back to My Roots



**I’ve partnered with Clairol to create this post.

Confession: I’m not a natural blonde. Or at least I don’t think I am. I’ve been highlighting or coloring my hair in the salon since I was 12 years old, and I couldn’t tell you what my natural color would look like today, but it’s not the platinum blonde color I try to keep up with. Lately, I’ve been traveling so much that maintaining my hair has become tougher than ever. Luckily, a little birdie told me about Clairol Natural Instincts, and now I can maintain my blonde hair from home.

Click on the read more button below to see my step-by-step review on Clairol Natural Instincts Semi-Permanent Hair Color in Light Blonde Sahara (Shade #9/2).



This was my first time to ever color my hair at home, so I have to be honest…I was a little nervous. Thankfully, I’ll tell you upfront that I’m super happy about the results. Keep scrolling through the photos to see my step-by step process of coloring my hair at home.

Here’s a before photo of my hair. I took this photo right at my six weeks mark since the last time I colored it, so you can see how uneven the color is throughout.

What I love about Clairol Natural Instincts is that it’s a simple three-step process, and the directions are very clear too! Make sure to read all the directions and take an allergy test 48 hours before you begin! Before you start the coloring process, wash your hair to make sure it’s clean and free of any product buildup. While your hair is damp, comb it through before you start mixing the color.

Next up, put on the gloves provided in the kit and pour bottle #1 (Color Enhancing Colorant) directly into bottle #2 (Color Activating Crème) and shake until thoroughly mixed.


Then, you immediately start by placing the color mixture from the bottle onto the roots in your part.

After the product is applied to the roots, work the color all the way through to the end of that section of hair. Continue these steps, parting your hair in the same way you would when straightening it, and being sure to thoroughly and evenly cover each section of hair from root to tip. I have to admit; I started panicking when I wasn’t going fast enough to get my entire head covered, but take your time!


After I applied the color mixture to every section of hair, I ran my fingers all through my head/roots to make sure every strand was coated and the color was evenly distributed. The instructions say to leave the color mixture on for 10 minutes, but I ended up leaving it on for 15 minutes because my roots are so dark and I wanted to make sure my color was even.


Last of all, thoroughly rinse hair until the water runs clear and then apply the Color Treat Conditioner (tube #3) provided in the Clairol Natural Instincts box.  Leave the conditioner on for two minutes and then rinse. Voila! You’re finished!clairol-sahara-blonde-after-results-photo

Here are the results! I was SO nervous to see what my hair looked like when it dried since it was my first-ever at-home treatment, but I was pleasantly surprised and relieved with the subtle results. Clairol Natural Instincts in Light Blonde Sahara (Shade #9/2) evened out my color in a natural way and gave my blonde an overall boost. My takeaway? I’ll definitely be keeping Clairol Natural Instincts stocked in my bathroom for those times when I need to enhance my blonde a bit.


Fair-well xx,

**Thanks so much to Clairol for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.

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7 Comment

  1. Reply
    April 21, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Great tips!


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      Lauren Vandiver
      May 30, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks so much Liv!!


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    April 21, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Love it! you did a great job! I color my hair at home but use Loreal Excellence. If I wait too long inbetween coloring my hair lifts and you see a strawberry red blonde and it looks weird. hahah so I have to color sooner than 6weeks. Wish I could go that long in between coloring.

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      Lauren Vandiver
      May 30, 2017 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks so much Stephanie!! I’d never done it before and I was so pleasantly surprised with the results!! 🙂 Ahhh even sooner than 6 weeks is so much!! Glad you found an at-home color remedy too!! Thanks so much for th elove!!


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    June 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Hi, Stephanie! From what I understand and my extensive experience with Natural Instincts, this product is a deposit-only product, it doesn’t lift, the developer isn’t strong enough, more along the lines of a 10 volume developer, at best. It would have to be at least a 20 to do any kind of a noticeable lift. Did you bleach your roots beforehand and then apply this product afterwards to tone it? Your hair looks great, regardless, but I’ve never gotten any kind of a lift with this and my natural color is lighter than yours is and I’ve used this exact color (Sahara, Light Blonde). Thanks!!

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      Lauren Vandiver
      June 16, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Hi love!! Thanks so much for your insight! Color definitely always works differently depending on the color and texture of your hair. I simply used this as a temporary coverup to my roots. It didn’t make them as blonde as my overall hair color that I have dyed at the salon, but ti did make them noticeably lighter, which was a lifesaver because my natural hair color has gotten so dark!! 🙂

      Thanks so much again!


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    September 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    I’ve never given myself highlights either but hanks to this post I’ll definitely be trying this-just in time for my trip to NYC!! 🙂 thanks for sharing!

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