Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What the Bleach!?!

I'm not a professional by any means. I just like to mess with my hair. . .

I used to be so scared of any kind of lightening or bleach process. I got tired of paying so much money to have my hair colored and lightened and decided to just go for it one day. After a year of bleaching at the salon, I was confident my hair was resilient enough for some at home lightening.

I started with just a strand or some tips and then went from there. My favorite bleach technique is streaks on the side like Bride of Frankenstein. I'm weird like that.
I like to do bright color over the blonde in semi permanent colors. It is inexpensive, low maintenance, and best of all no roots (except in the bleached/colored sections). My hair is so dark, the unbleached areas look black and the bleached areas are bright and beautiful color. I hope to show the color process in a later post. For now, this is how I go from blue to blonde.

Photos of the bleaching process:




I like the two tone effect, but if you use a toner you can eliminate some of the brassiness that occurs with dark hair. I use products with cool pigments in them. Biosilk has great products. I recommend Biosilk Silver Lights Shampoo & Conditioner for eliminating orange and yellow tones.

Pulled back into a pony to show the side stripes from the font:

The set up and preparation is where all the work is.  Such as making the parts in my hair and covering every surface I can with towels and newspaper.
Here is what I used:
  1. Prism Lights bleach packet in Azul (they also make violet & red)
  2. 20 Developer
  3. Pyrex measuring cup with ounces
  4. Plastic bowl & brush
  5. Rubber gloves
  6. Aluminum foil
  7. Ph balanced shampoo for the after rinse

All the products I need are at the local beauty supply store. The total cost of everything was around $20 and everything gets me several uses. I'm still on the same developer and bowl since a year ago! I only need to replace the bleach and gloves every 4 or 5 uses. It costs me about $5. When I replace the color it's about $10.

The Ph balance shampoo is great and smells so clean. It has a citrus aroma. I love using it when I bleach my hair. It isn't recommended for daily use. It helps get rid of the bleach residue before adding colored pigment which is a process I usually do after I rinse the bleach.

Getting Started
Just add 2 parts developer to 1 part powder.

I use a pencil or hair chopstick to part and separate my hair selections and pull the rest back so it's out of the way. This is where 90% of the work is in the bleaching process (combined with the covering the counters prep). I'm usually much more delicate but my camera was dying and I wanted to show you as much as possible.

                                                                                             Song by: Beats Antique

I apply the mixture very liberally to the roots and work my way down. I mostly focus on applying the mixture when my hair is pulled in three directions: straight down, pulled back, pulled forward (shown at the beginning of the video). This makes sure that no matter how my hair is styled, I get a nice full stripe with no gaps or black strands.

I leave the really processed parts alone usually, and trim the ends after.  After applying, I just sit around for 50 minutes to an hour. Then rinse with the ph balance shampoo.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Stay tuned for the color application in the future!

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