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Just as we were seeing a multitude of contouring kits popping up, we are now going to see DIY bleaching kits on the rise for at-home bleach outs. Before you get in on this action, you need to understand bleaching and how it works.
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I quite like it actually. Many people will say nasty things cuz let's face it - mean people aren't going anywhere just like the Kardashians are here to stay too.
But as a hairstylist, I'm not here to open that can of worms. I just want you to be kind to your hair and know what you are getting into.
Bleach, in theory, eats away at the colour in your cortex (second layer of your hair shaft that holds the pigments whether natural or artificial) until the desired level is achieved - this process may need to happen more than once in order to reach your desired colour. All this depends on if you're starting with strong, virgin (not treated with chemical processes) hair or hair that's already been artificially coloured, porous or damaged.
You need to be careful as I'm sure Tygra is not your hair muse.
Colour does NOT lift colour and simply bleaching it out can get you into a whole mess of trouble. Think neopolitan or Thundercats (pictured) - neither of these leave you feeling gorgeous.
Let's take a mo' with the colour doesn't lift colour rule. I saw THE BEST explanation online and you can see it here unless you understand this: take a white piece of paper. Colour it with brown crayon; now get your white crayon... Hm... Page doesn't go back to white doesn't it...
This is the same for those who colour their hair dark brown and try to go blonde again. You have to strip out the artificial hair colour molecules in order to maintain hair health to go blonde or Kim K blonde.
It's no easy task especially for the folliclely challenged.
Now let's say that your hair is shoulder length, virgin brown at the roots to mid-lengths, dyed black at the ends and you want to bleach it out Kim K style... So you buy the home bleach kit, apply it, time it, wash it. WTF. WHY, oh why are your roots white, mid-lengths orange and the ends still black...??
The heat from your head speeds up the process, the mid-shaft doesn't have as much scalp heat and the ends well... Did you strip out the black or saturate them with enough bleach...? Maybe... not...
You can't just redo the process either. Some parts that are bleached enough could end up with a chemical haircut (breaking off) or turning into a cotton candy texture, which is the hair at the point of no return.
Sure. There are the lucky ones in the world of DIY roulette hair colour. Why didn't your hair turn out like Ms Suzy Q's? There can be plenty of reasons why. Perhaps her spirit animal is a hair fairy. She has straight hair, yours is curly. She started at a natural level 7 where you're a level 4... many reasons as to how and why this happened.
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You may buy the latest Kim K Kontour special - that my friends will wash off when bad makeup happens to pretty faces, but a head full of bad bleaching can take up to a year and a half of recovery time, depending on the length of hair you're trying to keep.
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Can you get a bleach out? Probably. Should you attempt it at home... The odds are not in your favour. Some of the more adventurous with the 'meh, it's only hair' attitude I say do it and share your experiences either here in the comments or wherever you may have your podium for sharezies.
Oh and by the way... Be prepared for scabbing. Scalp sores are a common bleach-out side effect.
Do you need to use bleach or just get a platinum blonde hair colour? Yes Virginia, there are high-lift colours. It depends on the level that you are starting with. (1 is black 12 is the lightest blonde)
L'Oreal Feria Absolute Platinums Hair Color, Very Platinum $8.99 USD at Amazon.com; the innovative ammonia-free formula lifts hair up to 7 levels for absolute lightening and uncompromising clarity. The exclusive anti-brass (no Tygra hair) conditioner provides cool tones to help prevent brassiness while leaving hair conditioned.
Read here for some more great hair colouring info.
And because you want to be sassy, not brassy!
Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde Shampoo 10.14 oz $17.50 USD Paul Mitchell at Amazon.com
Platinum Blonde ShampooTM Platinum Blonde ShampooTM BRIGHTENS AND ENHANCES BLONDE, GRAY OR WHITE HAIR Brightens - Cool violet pigments help to brighten and/or enhance blonde, gray or white hair while neutralizing yellow tones. Hydrates and Adds Shine - A powerful combination of conditioning agents and extracts provides ample moisture and intensified shine. Gently Cleanses - Mild ingredients cleanse while retaining moisture and softening the hair.
You're gonna need this too:
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