Getting a new haircut or changing your hair color is a fun and easy way to instantly change your look. You can make your eyes pop, look younger, and brighten your complexion. You can choose to add subtle highlights or make a bold color change and feel like a new woman!
I am 48 years old and my natural hair is mostly gray mixed with dark brown. I have been doing a lot of experimenting with color and this is the lightest that my hair has ever been.
To lighten my hair I used two boxes of Loreal Frost & Design H65 Caramel for Light Brown to Dark Brown Long Hair.
After bleaching I added color to my hair with
After bleaching my hair with L'Oreal Frost & Design and coloring it Extra Light Ash Blonde , I colored it again a few weeks later with Medium Natural Blonde to make it a little darker (see photos above). The result still looked ashy, but the color looked much better with my skintone. As I continue to touch up my roots, my hair has become slightly more golden as you can see in the photo below. This is definitely the right tone for my skin color. Your results will always depend on what color your hair is before you add the color. If you are trying to achieve the box color, your hair must first be lighter than the color that you see on the box.
First decide how light you want your hair to be and what color shade will work with your eyes and skin tone. I love to watch the fabulous transformations of celebrities over the years to get great ideas. Search celebrity photos that have your same eye and skin color and you can see what cuts and colors will look great on you.
*If you are lightening, highlighting, or coloring your own hair at home: Be aware that you Can Not lighten your hair by simply applying a lighter color to your dark hair and expect to get the desired box color. You need to first remove the dark color and lift it to a lighter level than your desired color. The longer that you leave the bleach on your hair, the lighter it will get.
*If your hair is severely damaged and brittle or has been permed I would Not suggest using bleach on your hair. If you are only looking to lighten your hair a few shades, there are other Gentle and Natural alternatives to bleaching. This is great for removing hair color that is too dark, uneven, or overstated from coloring often.
I touch up my roots every 2 weeks because my hair grows so fast. As a result, my color starts to get over saturated, muddy and too dark. I started out by using natural lightening products to get my hair as light as possible without bleach.
Vitamin C will remove color dye that has been put on your hair. This is a natural color remover not a bleach. If you colored your hair and it is too dark, this is perfect for you! It may take a few applications depending how dark your hair is and how long ago you colored. I left it on my hair for one full hour, and covered my head with a plastic bag. I then followed with Honey & Conditioner Mask overnight. I have never tried it on virgin hair.
You can use Vitamin C tablets and crush them, Vitamin C - Capsules and remove the outer casing, or use Pure Vitamin C - Powder. The mixture should be the consistency of applesauce. If you have long or thick hair, you may want to start with slightly damp, towel dried hair, before applying mixture. Use as much as needed to completely saturate your hair. You can use a shower cap or plastic bag to keep it moist while waiting. Keep checking to make sure the mixture is not drying out, and apply more as needed for up to one hour.
My Daughter Nicole 35 Weeks Pregnant
I lightened my pregnant daughter's hair and it removed much of the dark dye. (I applied Vitamin C & Shampoo for one hour to her previously colored hair.) She loved the color difference and said her hair felt and looked healthier!
(The Honey and Conditioner is great to do immediately following the VitaminC & Shampoo Mixture.) The honey is so hydrating and will put moisture and shine back into your hair. I did both and my hair was so silky soft the next day!
The results were definitely better than I had expected. However, I was ready for a more drastic change and I still wanted to go lighter. My hair was so healthy and shiny after the natural lightening that I was not worried about damaging my hair. I used Loreal Frost & Design H65 Caramel for Light Brown to Dark Brown Long Hair.
I sectioned my hair and started applying the bleach to the darkest areas of my hair first. (You can alternate sections of hair with bleach, then no bleach, if you want more lowlights.) I did not use the enclosed cap. I simply scooped up the bleach with my gloved hand, saturated each section, combed it though, and wrapped each section in tinfoil. I worked quickly moving from side to side so that both sides would be evenly bleached. (I have found this is the quickest way to bleach your own hair). After I completed the last section I left the bleach in my hair for 30 minutes. I checked it every 5 minutes by removing the tinfoil from different sections and then putting it back. (Do not apply bleach to your scalp).
Remember your hair will go through bleaching stages. Leave the bleach in until your hair reaches your desired level of lightness. I left mine in until my hair was out of the orange stage and appeared a solid yellow color. I then washed my hair and conditioned it. (I Did Not use the Toner in the package). I then dried my hair.
Don't freak when you see the reddish, orange, brassy color. You still have to add your desired color back into your hair. You can always use a darker color if you feel that you went too light, however you cannot use a color to make your hair any lighter. It's like trying to color over a black marker with a yellow highlighter. You can't turn the black into yellow. You can only see yellow if you put it on white paper.
|Here is an example of my daughter and I coloring our hair after bleaching. Notice that our hair is darker than the box color. However, Nicole's hair did pick up the light blonde color in her highlights.|
See more details "Highlighting vs Bleaching" HERE
I then chose a hair color one shade lighter than I normally use L'Oreal Excellence Creme - Medium Blonde 8. Now the new color will deposit as a more (true to box color) because I have removed the old, dark, color build up. I did a full head application (I needed 2 boxes and added some water to dilute). I only left the color on my hair for about 15-20 minutes instead of the recommended 30 minutes. I watched it closely and immediately washed it out as soon as it started to darken. After bleaching, your hair will absorb the color much quicker. If time allows, bleach your hair at night and color the next day. This will give your hair time to build up some natural oils.
*Remember it is much easier and less damaging to darken your hair with a simple box of color. If you go too dark the only way to reverse it is to bleach it again. I would absolutely recommend going lighter. Feel it out, wear it for a few days, get used to it and then decide if you want to go darker.
|The color I used is: L'Oreal Excellence - Medium Natural Blonde #8|
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