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