People give Directions Plum good reviews (it’s very pigmented and it shows well on unbleached hair). I’ve used it myself. It’s a kind of brownish purple, so google picture reviews first to see if it’s for you.
There are several colors in my hair. The top layer is Lagoon Blue. The bottom is Cerise.
I get asked this question A LOT. I already made a post about this before, but I figure another entry about my upkeep habits can’t hurt. Please take note I am not an expert in hair or material science, but I have researched a lot, dyed my hair a lot, and have a few methods for upkeep that work for me. It may do the same for you, but everyone’s hair is different, and people also have varying levels of damage to work with.
It helps to accept that once you fry your hair, it is so much harder to reign in the damage and “heal” your hair. Also, there’s no such thing as “healing” your hair. It’s dead cells, made up of keratin. Like a rope that’s been frayed, you can patch it up with glue or other bits of rope or other cosmetic disguises, but it will always be a patched-up frayed rope. The dead parts won’t come back to life no matter how much gunk you cover them in. Know what I mean?
Anyway, on to the post!
1. Deep condition with VIRGIN COCONUT OIL. I use Peter Paul because it’s a brand that my local supermarket carries. In the tropical Philippines it’s a clear liquid at room temperature. Things you will notice after using vco: hair feels less gummy and dry, but the effect wears off the more you wet your hair. So deep condition regularly. (why it works: hair swells and deflates every time it gets wet and dries up. This wears out the hair structure. Hair that’s already porous from bleaching and dyeing is more prone to breaking because of this. Ever washed your hair and wondered why it takes forever to dry? Your hair is now so porous that it soaks up much more water. VCO reduces this hair “fatigue”. Myth: VCO does NOT deposit protein.)
*ps: I also cover my hair in VCO before I bleach my hair. Damage is reduced by this, however results vary among hair types.
*pps: if unable to find VCO, try other oils, like argan oil.
2. Avoid getting hair wet unnecessarily. A shower cap is now your best friend. Still take daily baths, of course, lol. Just use a shower cap every other day because your hair doesn’t need to be washed every time. That dries it out. Same goes for your skin, but because we need to bathe daily, we’re advised to moisturize. Same principle for your hair.
3. Use a clarifying shampoo once in a while. I use Human Heart Nature. All this non-washing of hair and deep conditioning with oils can lead to product buildup, which is unavoidable. Product buildup inhibits your hair regimen from being effective, so when you DO have to wash your hair, instead of a regular shampoo, try a clarifying one. It’s like a reboot for your gunky scalp. A clean slate allows the products you like to start working again. Just remember a clarifying shampoo dries your hair out too. Deep condition afterwards.
4. Why full-on bleach when you can fade/bleach bath/use lower strength peroxide in your developer? Instead of bleaching your hair to get old colors out, use clarifying shampoo plus other ingredients to fade hair. Here’s my hacked recipe for fading hair.
5. Use keratin masques, treatments etc if you want to switch up your deep conditioning product. Anything that restores keratin to your hair is necessary to maintain the structure of hair, which sheds keratin as it ages, but keratin usually needs high temperatures (that only salon-grade equipment has) in order to truly bond with your hair (which is why #6 is coming up next).
(photo from Google images)
6. Get a keratin treatment at a salon. I’m not kidding. The most effective way to get hair that “feels” healthy (even though it isn’t) is to get a keratin treatment at a salon. Home DIY’s don’t even come close. If I have the money, I definitely make it my priority to get a professional keratin treatment, especially if I’ve done some serious bleaching or color changing because the feeling of having silky but colored hair is so rare I’m willing to shell out for it! You’ll spend about the same amount of money on DIY products in the long run, so why not get something that works immediately? Make sure to ask the hairdresser if the treatment is formaldehyde-free.
Hello. Depending on how red you want it, your orange base will affect your final dye result. If your base hair is leaning more towards brown than orange, it’s not light enough. If it’s bright orange or yellow, it could work and you can try putting on the red dye. Also if rebleaching you need to deep condition for 2-3 weeks first before bleaching again. And deep condition/do treatments after. A salon keratin treatment would be ideal.
Haha yes! My husband says I look like a cross between Ellen Page and a tulip
There’s a bunch of things going on in this post and I’ll try to explain them in as detailed a manner as possible!
So your hair wasn’t bleached at all before you dyed it red?
If your hair is virgin underneath that red dye, you need to bleach to at least a brassy blonde for the dye to take. I suggest using a blue dye after bleaching if your base is yellow. Blue dyes will not work on a brown base, so if it’s still something close to that, your hair needs to be lighter.
I wanted to keep my dark blue pixie forever, but my hair grows so fast and after today’s shower the blue washed out and my color went back to pastel. And husband says no more haircuts 😠 #hair
how light did you bleach your hair before you dyed it red? If your hair was bleached blonde before all the dyeing, you can try fading your hair a lot before redying or bleaching again. I have a fading tutorial here: http://jadmontenegro.tumblr.com/post/78048014338/how-to-fade-hair-dye-without-bleach-recipe
Once your hair has been faded enough, judge the base color. If the base is reddish, putting on a blue dye over it will turn it purple. I would do a bleach bath until I am back to a moderately neutral blonde before dyeing blue over it. Dyeing a true blue over a brassy base will turn it a seaweedy green color. Take note the outcome will depend on
1. how bleached your hair was in the first place
2. how the base turns out after considerable fading.
how do you put the bleach on when bleaching your hair? (like do you start with the tips or?
I brush the bleach on with a flat tinting brush. I start at the area I want to be lightest when I finish doing my whole head. If you start at the scalp, that will be the most bleached when you finish. Myself, I like to start at the bottom or midlengths or my bangs first (because I see those as the areas where I want the most vibrant colors to go on).
Also, I have virgin middle-dark brown hair and I want to bleach it to a very light blonde or possibly white (I’m going for directions turquoise & many lagoon blue) how do you think I should go around bleaching it (like once then leave a day and use silverising shampoo and then bleach again or?)
Since my natural hair is jet black and I’m asian, the way our hair reacts will be quite different and I wouldn’t recommend bleaching yours as many times as mine. I bleach my hair a total of about 4-5 times over the course of a year. That means I wait 2-3 months between each bleaching session, with lots of deep-conditioning and keratin treatments (at a salon) in between. If you’re already middle brown to start with you may only need 1-2 bleachings.
I would say bleach your middle brown hair full strength (40 vol or 12% developer + bleach powder, 40 mins) if you’re doing it for the first time. If your hair is a brassy blonde after, try a silver shampoo for a couple of weeks.
Then for the second bleaching session make sure your hair can still handle it and do a bleach bath (full strength bleach mix + water + shampoo mixed to make a diluted bleach bath) or a middle-strength bleach (20 vol or 6% developer + bleach powder, 40 mins)
I would repeat this process above until I got the results I wanted, making sure to space out bleachings very far apart. I wouldn’t recommend doing bleachings one after the other and only waiting a day in between. That would fry your hair.
I recommend you soak your hair in virgin coconut oil for 2 hours before each bleaching session, don’t rinse, and bleach right over the oil. This seems to minimize damage.
When I get my hair as light as I want it is usually very dry and not pretty because no matter how many precautions I take bleach does a lot of damage. So afterwards I go to a salon and get a keratin treatment to bring it back to normal.
the conditioner doesn’t matter, but I used Pantene Damage repair. I use about 1 cup conditioner for my whole head, and I add dye gradually, a teaspoon at a time to make sure the mixing doesn’t become hard to fix later. Think of it as similar to mixing food coloring or watercolors. The base color of your hair matters too. Hair dyes act like a stain, so the base shows through or mixes with whatever you put on top of it.