Information on Bleaching Hair
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We cover the following:
| Hair Bleach | Developer | Tools | Toning | After-Care | | Maintenance | Bleaching with Hair Extensions | Tips & Tricks |
Hair Bleach and Double Drabbers:
NO, NOT THE KIND YOU BUY AT THE SUPERMARKET!
OMG funny story my friends dad took her to a salon inside a gym, She wanted blonde hair for the first time (her natural hair is dark brown), the PROFESSIONAL STYLIST told her it would damage her natural dark brown hair too much and advised her to pick another color (she picked Fire Truck red...stylist made it burgundy) disappointed, but determined, she asked her if it would be possible to use good 'ol basic house cleanin' bleach. The PROFESSIONAL looked at her blankly and said, "Yeah, I suppose". Oh yeah, she got home, picked up a large cooking pot filled it with bleach, and stuck all her hair in it. Did it work? Not really, in fact, she almost passed out (yeah, I mean died), and her hair was brassy and falling out everywhere. DO NOT DO THIS!
Basic white hair bleach, if you're wanting to buy it, you'll need to go to a beauty supply store, most will sell to NON-professionals. Otherwise, online is your best bet. It comes in a white powder form. Some powders are colored, as in a lavender powered bleaches, gold and blue, these are supposed to be a slight help with toning .
Cost of the bleach itself varies by amount, and store. Sold from small 1oz. packets (great for ((off the)) root touch ups or high-lights) to 2lb. tubs (for the hard-core bleacher!)
You can expect to pay about $2.99 for the 1 oz. and about $35.00 for the 2 lb. tub
Double Drabbers (aka Creme Hair Lightener) come in a liquid form. These are excellent for going from Black Hair to Platinum Blonde or a high lift hair color very quickly, and they are more gentle than powder bleach when used properly. They claim to lift 8-10 levels of lift. They come in a 2 fl. oz bottle, so if you have longer than shoulder length hair you may need two.
Don't run out and buy it without developer!
MUST BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH BLEACH FOR BLEACH TO WORK PROPERLY.
Developer is basically hydrogen peroxide.
Developer comes in 5 volumes (a.k.a. strengths)
Comes in cream or liquid formula (cream is better IMHO!)
- 10 Volume ~ This will open the cuticle (as will all developers) but will not lift (a.k.a. lighten levels) the color, great for adding a toner to fragile hair, or using a booster color. The lowest level developer.
- 20 Volume ~ The most commonly used volume, this will deliver 1-3 levels of lift.
We recommend this volume for beginners and lightly damaged hair.
- 30 Volume ~ This will be the highest strength you'll want to go, it's intense lifting action!
It should lift 2-4 levels.
You will not want to use this volume is your hair is damaged, as been colored in any way within the last 2 weeks, PERMED, STRAIGHTENED, glossed, or chemically altered in any way.
In fact, do not exceed maximum developing time at all. I guarantee you, you have a 90% chance of severe breakage as a result of neglecting to follow the rules here.
Never leave 30 volume in for longer than 45 minutes.
- 40 Volume ~ No. Don't do it. Oh okay, do it any be bald, and have scalp burns. Your choice.
- 50 Volume ~ I have never even seen it before. You use, you lose!
Special Note: Mixing of 2 volumes will produce a deduction in volume.
~ Example: You mix 30 vol. with 10 vol. you get 20 volume, NOT 40 volume.
You can get a 32oz bottle (enough for about 4-8 uses) for about $5.00
These are suggested tools to aid in the bleaching process.
Don't like that Orange/Brassy/Yellow hair you have? Time for Toner!
Bleaching from black or brown to blonde shade with most often leave a brassy tone left in the hair!
There is a simple way to help remove the undertones, until you can re-color the hair...
You will need to mix these with a developer (10 vol. is best after bleaching)!
Most will ask you use a 1 + 2 ratio of toner to developer.
Example: 1.5 oz toner + 3 oz of 10 vol. developer = directions.
You can purchase toner at a beauty supply store, or online.
Look for a Blue, or Purple (violet) BASE.
Toners cost about $2.50-$4.50 per bottle, those of you with long hair may need 2 bottles.
There is another way to tone down the brassiness of hair, since you are going blonde, you'll want a purple (yes, the color) shampoo, and/or conditioner.
You can leave the purple conditioner on for 30 minutes to help, results will still not be as nice as toner.
Base- Neutral: No base color
Base- Gold: Golden (warm, brassy,) Color
Base- Ash: Green Grey (dull) Color
Base- Blue or Violet: Cool (blue, purple) Colors
Consider the following:
Red cancels out Green
Blue cancels Orange
Purple cancels Yellow
It's important to note by going blonde you are effectively removing the red tones from your hair, more and more, until you reach a "level 10" blonde.
Say you want to go dark brown? Stay away from blue purple, and especially GREEN based color. You must add the RED base back into hair.
Your hair feels like straw? Breaking at the ends? Looks a little orange, or yellow?
Ah yes. The many complications of becoming blonde. For starters make SURE you have a nice conditioner, and leave in conditioner. You'll want a nice purple shampoo and conditioner, if you're going for the hot platinum blonde look. Try not to comb, nor brush your hair while it's still very wet, or damp, this may cause more breakage.
There's also some sheen sprays or spray oils designed for hair that help if your hair feels straw like and brittle, even a spray gloss will help, just use a little, as a little goes a long way. Directly after a harsh bleaching process you may want to purchase a protein packet, but beware animal lovers, some contain animal protein, make sure to read the ingredients first.
I have found personally, a nice thick leave in conditioner, directly after bleaching, (but while your hair is still wet), will help a whole lot in saving hair from major breakage. If you have any hair oils, now is the time to add them to the ends of your hair, before you dry your hair, this helps prevent additional breakage and dryness. Remember no combing while hair is damp!
Maintenance & Touch-ups:
Platinum blonde fading after a couple weeks? Got roots? Not platinum blonde enough?
First of all like I said before, purple shampoo and conditioner!
Since sweat is yellow, and yes, you do sweat, make sure you wash and condition your hair often.
Okay, now a good investment may be a water filter for your shower head.
If you're naturally a brunette, you may notice after a couple weeks your roots are a little dark. 2-3 weeks after your bleaching is a great time for touch-ups at the roots, this is much more simple then doing your whole head, not to mention quicker.
For you Platinum Blonde lovers, find a nice toner.
Ask your Salesperson at the beauty supply store, make sure it's a violet/purple/blue base.
Any one of those should do nicely.
I would suggest using a toner every 1 1/2 months on average.
Now don't panic if your hair is a little purple or blue after toning! It fades out nicely!
Still not platinum enough? Maybe you like the white look?
A simple fix would be to add some high-lights in the form of hair extensions, synthetic hair can be printer paper white and looks great with platinum hair!
Bleaching Hair with Hair Extensions:
Have hair extensions and bleach your hair?
Or thinking about extensions, but you currently bleach?
The best thing to do is go to a professional for this.
Having heat seals is wonderful for the DIY bleacher, the seals, as well as the synthetic hair, are unharmed by bleach.
It's still a recommendation to completely remove the extensions prior to bleaching, or touch-ups and a 3 day wait after bleaching to re-install extensions.
Tips & Tricks:
The best way to get almost white hair is after you do your final bleaching, to add a purple colored non-ammonia toner or deposit to your hair after it's dry. Ask your beauty professional about this. The toner will appear to turn your hair a purple shade and this is temporary!