Hello guys! Today I wanna give you some tips about bleaching and dyeing your hair, yay!
First, if you’re gonna bleach your entire hair I DO NOT recommend that you do it by yourself at home, bleaching is a very serious process and can totally fry your hair and you’ll have to cut it off and if you leave the bleach for too long in your hair it can break and make you cry! ): So pretty please, do it in a salon for your hair’s sake!
Now, if you’re gonna do just some highlights or retouch the roots you can safely do it by yourself. Have a friend to help you do the back part of your head would be a great idea too! (: Something really important is to not try to save money here, you’ll need good products to archive the desired look with minor damage. It’s recommended to use the same brand of bleaching powder and OX, you can also buy a bleaching kit, I know Manic Panic has a bleaching kit which I never used, but read some good reviews about it, the only con I read is that only one kit is not enough for long hair (which is obvious, bitch please). I know Amazon sells it, you may also find it at Sally’s and you can buy online from Fuel The Army too.
The 20 volume is for lighter hair, 30 is for almost all hair colors and 40 is for really dark brown or black hair. It’s always important to test it in a very small piece of hair so you can see if your hair can handle it without too much damage. Never leave bleach on your hair for longer than 45 minutes (one hour at max!!!), otherwise it will break or become elastic and week AND no hair color will stick on it for more than two washes. I’m being this annoying about it because I’ve left bleach on my hair for too long once, fortunately only one piece broke, but the rest became very week and fragile and would break all the time, it took a long time and a lot of money to make it better, but it’s still weaker than the rest of my hair and I’m always worried if it’s gonna break and fall and leave me with short hair… ):
Even if you have natural blonde hair it is necessary that you bleach your hair so the fantasy hair dye can penetrate your hair properly, so use the 20 volume OX and leave it for 15~20 minutes, it’s enough for blonde hair. You can dye it without bleaching, but it will last for a shorter time and will look darker that it was supposed to. The tone of blonde you need to archive for each desired color is different. Reds and oranges requires an orange-yellowish blonde; greens, pinks and yellows requires light yellow blonde; blues, purples and light colors (baby pink, lavender etc…) requires really blonde hair (around level 9); for white and silver colors you have to bleach your hair until almost white.
If you have dark hair, don’t try to archive a very light blonde in only one day, it won’t happen, you will probably need to bleach it three times, you’ll need to wait at least one week between bleaches and will have to hydrate your hair a lot during this period (and after it too), this way you can archive healthy light blonde hair. :D
Now, there’s a trick for yellowish blonde hair, if you want to break the yellow, you can neutralize it with violet shampoo, you can also use this kind of shampoo to maintain white hair!
I think that’s it for bleaching, dying is the easy and fun part! Just divide your hair in small sections and spread the dye with a brush (the bleaching kit includes one!) evenly. Each brand works in a different way, so read the instructions to archive better results. If there’s a section you wanna keep blonde, you can cover it with conditioner to protect it from the dye. And remember to use gloves! Unless you like to have colored hands, that’s up to you!
So, I think that’s it! If I missed something or if you have a question, please let me know!