I Dyed My Asian Hair Blonde

I Dyed My Asian Hair Blonde

What it was like to go from virgin black hair to ashy blonde in one 9 hour session.


A couple of weeks ago, I saw an Asian with blonde hair walking around campus and thought "dang, that actually looks really good." Within a few hours, I had scoured Yelp and spontaneously booked an appointment with Tom Tran Hair for the next weekend. I picked him because he had stunning reviews, great photos, and most importantly - a lot of experience dying Asian hair, especially to blonde.

I was so excited but nervous for the appointment - dying my hair was something I had never really done in the past. I had no idea how I would look as a blonde. I spent a few hours looking through photos of blonde Asians and picked a couple of reference photos for the colors I wanted. The color I chose was basically an ashy blonde with darker roots to make the transition during hair growth easier.

This was my hair before (natural, virgin black Asian hair feat. my puppy):

BeforeJennifer Zhang

I arrived at the salon with my laptop, chargers, and snacks for an 8-10 hour session. Tom checked out my hair, looked at the photos I showed him and got to work. The first step was a quick trim of my hair, which hadn't been trimmed by a professional in years. He then applied the first round of bleach.

After the first round, Tom did two more rounds of bleach to completely lift the color from my hair. One thing no one ever told me about was how much bleach hurts. It felt like my scalp was being burned for the hours that it was on my head.

After the bleach was washed out, Olaplex was treated on my hair three times. Olaplex is a bonding treatment that helps minimize damage from bleach. Thank God for Olaplex - my hair surprisingly came out with 0 damage. There were no more split ends in my hair than there were when I began the treatment. I had fully expected my hair to come out with at least some damage, but there was very little. The only difference I can detect is when putting my hair in a bun now, it feels slightly more crisp than it had in the past.

Once bleach was out of the way, Tom began toning my hair. He applied the lighter toner to most of my hair, and then the darker toner to my roots as I had requested. He washed, dried, and trimmed my hair one more time and it was complete! 9 hours in the making

I washed my hair a couple of days after it was dyed, and the water surprisingly grew murky with toner. I didn't really know that toner washed out like that, so I got purple shampoo to keep brassy colors from coming up. Purple shampoo will be used once a week to keep it at an ashy blonde!

Overall, I'm in love with my hair color and would highly recommend anyone in LA's area to visit Tom Tran, especially if you want to bring dark hair to a very light color. He's so experienced and gave me such a great outcome. This was like nothing I had ever done before. If you're considering a dramatic change like this, I'd say go for it! You're only young once and this kind of thing must be done when you're still young!

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20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

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What To Expect For Your First Brazilian Wax

Be informed and do it right the first time!


It's going to hurt like hell, you're going to swear to yourself you're never going to go through with it again, and that you've betrayed your razor. Just like the pain, these feelings will subside.

Before The Appointment.

First things first girl, you must let your hair grow out very long. Ideally, it should be longer than a grain of rice. Absolutely do not shave two to three weeks before since the wax will have a harder time gripping onto short hair, likely leaving it behind. When I hear Brazilian, I think bare. Hairs left behind defies the whole point of a Brazilian, so please just wait.

Next, you should exfoliate the area a day or two before your appointment. Exfoliation will remove the dead skin around the follicle, making hair removal a tad easier.

Right Before.

Now, it's the day of your long-awaited Brazilian appointment. Shower, which is self-explanatory and a nice gesture for your dignity and much appreciated from your esthetician, though do not exfoliate. That will irritate the area before the waxing even begins. It will help to take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. Yes, it will still hurt, but it will help.

During The Wax.

During the session, relax. Your esthetician should guide you in deep breaths and knows techniques to minimize the pain.

Personally, I love going to the salon because it's like a free therapy session. You can vent and talk about anything and they'll likely listen and give you their opinion, or silently judge. They're already seeing every bit of you, so nothing seems off the table, but proceed with caution and just be yourself.

When the wax is over, they will apply a cooling crème, gel, oil, or other product to soothe the stressed skin.

After Care.

After the appointment, it's crucial to be aware that everyone's skin heals at different rates. It's also likely you will develop little white bumps from waxing. To inhibit ingrown hairs from forming, I've found that applying Thayer's witch hazel, or another witch-hazel toner without alcohol helps the healing process immensely. Then, top it with a hydrocortisone cream. It helps with redness and swelling. If you don't have witch hazel, that's perfectly fine. Just proceed with hydrocortisone cream and an ice pack if needed.

I'm aware that these after-care instructions make a Brazilian sound like a terrible self-inflicted experience, but I can assure you'll be going back for more. After the bumps subside, you will love the smooth skin, the ability to hit the pool without the worry of "Did I shave?" In a way, I'd compare the experience to giving birth, but way less painful. Yes, it hurts, but women are strong. They become pros at childbirth, and soon, you'll become a pro at Brazilians.

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