Let me tell you a brief story about my hair. I've been bleaching and hair coloring my hair at home for the past 3-4 years, which is incredibly bad apparently! I just found out from my hair-stylist that boxed hair dyes from supermarkets and drugstores are very bad for you hair, and they consist of chemicals that are very harmful for your hair. I'm just very glad that I've decided to invest on doing hair color in a salon and done by a professional hair-stylist. I'm just really relieved that my hair is going to be taken care of now. I remember back then when my hair was so silky and smooth before the hair bleaching and color using boxed products, and I hope I can get back to that stage again.
Since I've done damage to my hair with all the home bleaching and using boxed hair dyes, my hair is having trouble grabbing to ash tones. The sole purpose of coloring my hair from the beginning is to achieve a gorgeous ash tone, but with asian hair, it's very impossible to achieve it by using boxed hair dyes. You have to go to a salon and get it professionally done if you have Asian dark/jet black hair. Unless you want that ugly brassy, orangey, yellow tones - it's like a hair nightmare!
My hair will be going through stages of toning every 2 weeks, in able for my hair to grab the ash tone. At the moment, my hair is having trouble retaining the ash tone, and the gradient of tones are not consistent through my hair. It's going to take a lot of time and patience for my hair to achieve the ash tone that I want. My ultimate aim is to have an Ombré Balayage from a Mousy Dark Brown to Platinum Ash. I'm incredibly in love with the transition of those colors, it's absolutely stunning!
For now, I'm still very happy with my hair even though it's not as "ashy" as I want it to be, but of course I need to be patient to achieve the ash tone that I'm aiming for. It's not going happen in one sitting since my hair is very stubborn. My hair-stylist, Kat, is very competent and I'm confident that she can achieve the ash tone that I like in time.