I thought I would do a (hopefully) informative entry on hair bleaching. I spent about one month researching on the internet before I had it done at Head & Hair so I was well aware of all the things that were going to happen.
THE BASIS1. The most important thing to note is that I have been dyeing my hair black for many years. That's a lot of layers of pigment. These were almost impossible to lift out of my strands, so the bottom of my hair is still quite orange. Luckily for me, I kinda like it. My friend called the bottom bits of my hair the same color as a fox - reddish blonde.
COMPLIMENTARY TONES2. The top bit which is previously uncolored is light blonde. In order for the hair to look the most natural Momo (my hairstylist) left the roots as they are. That way I wouldn't look fake bleach blonde with awful orange tips. Instead it is several complimentary colors all around, from blonde to brown (to orange) in a beautiful gradient mix.
BRASSY HAIR3. In order for me to get rid of the orange brassy tones in my hair I wash my hair with purple shampoo and conditioner. I am using Bleach Blonde by Lee Strafford. You can get purple/blue shampoo at most hair salons or on the internet. The shampoo and conditioner deposits blue pigment into the hair which stops the hair from turning completely orange. When my hair regains some strength I will dye it blonde one more time to really lift the orange out. Momo wants to wait 3 months with deep treatments as my hair is super dry and damaged, while I am trying to negotiate it to 4 weeks. I don't mind my hair looking fried, as I think it looks kind of cool and "beachy".
AFTER-TREATMENTS4. According to Momo I should only wash my hair 2-3 times a week. When I wash my hair (with the purple shampoo and conditioner) I finish off with a hair treatment. At the moment I am using All Soft by Redken.
5. After washing I rub in loads of Hair Styling Elixir by Alexander Sprekenhus and spray in tons of de-tangling spray by Alexander Sprekenhus. They both contain Argan oil which is really good for dry hair. I also rub it in to the "crispy bits" when its dry.
6. I try to avoid blowdrying my hair at all costs.
SUMMARYAt the moment my hair is super dry, damaged and with orange tips. It is not a perfect blonde - and this was expected. I love how it looks kind of textured and beachy. When you go from black dyed hair to blonde you can expect a lot of damage. Becoming blonde from brown/black hair is quite a commitment and is going to take a few months at the least. I personally love the result, but it is not for the weak-hearted. Your hair is put through a lot. Luckily for me, I have thick healthy hair. If your hair is thin and damaged to begin with, I really don't recommend trying this at all.