Yes I am blonde! Ash beige blonde to be exact. I'm not bluffing. Check it out:
This was the first time bleaching my hair. I hesitated a lot because it's hair bleach! Not good for hair whatsoever. I kept changing my mind as to whether to do it or not, then committed to it and wasn't allowed to change my mind. So here is my little guide as to how I did it, the process, outcome and condition of my hair.
State and condition of hair before bleaching:
1.5 inches of black (technically black brown) roots and rest was light/medium golden brown.
Healthy, hydrated, no split ends, not damaged.
I did loads of research and reading reviews on what is the best hair bleach to use etc.
Smart Beauty Smart Blonde High Lift Hair Lightener & Platinum Blonde Conditioning Toner (currently on offer in Superdrug, 2 for £8.99):
Instruction leaflet, gloves, application brush, 30g lightening powder, 90ml developer cream and 25ml conditioning toner.
Garnier Nutrisse Radiant Blondes in Ash Beige Blonde:
Instruction leaflet, gloves, 60ml developer cream, 40ml colour cream and 40ml bottle conditioner.
After letting my hair getting greasy after two days, it's ready to get bleached! Using the Smart Blonde hair lightener, followed the instructions and started to apply bottom to top. Wrapped the hair in cling film. Left it in for half an hour. Washed the bleach out until the water runs clear, shampooed and used the conditioning toner. The conditioning toner was purple so it can counteract the brassiness/orange. Then conditioned my hair. Let it dry naturally 70% then blow dried the rest.
After bleaching process:
State and condition of hair after bleaching and conditioning toner:
Yellow roots and rest was light orange.
Still healthy and hydrated but not like it was before I started it the process. A tiny bit dry.
The next process is to dye over it. I waited a few days rather than a week because I had a few important events to go to and I wouldn't allow myself to go to them with unfinished, uneven bleached hair. Do wait at least week before dying it! During those few days, I used Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Luscious Long Deep Treatment and I totally recommend it! Had let the hair dry naturally and haven't used any hair products or heat appliances on it.
State and condition of hair after bleaching and dying:
Meduim ash beige blonde hair, even coverage.
Tiny bit dry and still in a very good, healthy condition.
- Do pick hair dye that doesn't have ammonia. Ammonia is that chemical smell you get while dye your hair and it can be unbearable. It is responsible for separating the cuticles, causing hardening, weight loss and reduction in hair thickness.
- Using a hair dye with the word ash will get rid of the yellow, orange, brassiness in your hair. Anything golden will emphasise the brasiness.
- Do not bleach/dye your hair when your hair is freshly washed. Your scalp could get damaged and hair will become very dry and straw like.
- Bleach/dye your hair when your hair and scalp is greasy. The natural oils act like a barrier, protecting the hair and scalp.
- Do not bleach or dye your hair if it is dry or straw-like. Your hair could break off and you would have to get it all cut off.
- If your scalp has cuts, scratches, redness, irritation etc, do not bleach/dye your hair. Wait till it is fully recovered first or else it'll worsen.
- Do get a friend to help to apply the bleach/dye in unreachable/unseen areas.
- A month before bleaching, take care of your hair. Condition your hair everyday, hair mask/deep treatment twice a week, try not to use heat appliances, try and wash your hair every other day.
- Do a patch test to see if you're allergic to any of the ingredients.
- Strand test is required for bleaching so you know how long to keep it on for.
- After bleaching your hair, wait at least a week before dying it. During the time period, deep condition your hair a lot to restore it.
- Don't bleach your hair more than once in the day.
- If you're wanting to bleach your hair again after the previous bleaching session, wait at least a week first and take the condition of your hair and scalp into account after a week as well. If dry and damaged, I wouldn't recommend in bleaching it again or it'll snap off.
- Wrapping your hair and head in cling film will make the bleaching/dying process more effective.
- If you feel any burning or stinging sensation on your head, wash immediately or you could run a risk of burning, damaging and irritating your scalp and may need to seek medical advice if it is severe.
- READ THE INSTRUCTION LEAFLETS. Do not leave it in longer than the recommended time. If you leave it in longer, the dye becomes weaker and won't be as effective so you're wasting your time.
- Purchase a semi permanent hair dye close to your colour before it was bleached/dyed or dark as an emergency if everything goes wrong.
Your hair goes through colour levels: