Friday, 10 January 2014
Adventures in Hair Colour (and FAQ)
I will do a tutorial on how to achieve these kinds of results once I'm done with my newest colour. But for now, I thought I'd do an FAQ on coloured hair.
The most common questions I get asked, are
"Do you HAVE to bleach it first?"
Yes. Unless you have naturally very light blonde hair, you will have to bleach it.
"Doesn't bleach ruin your hair?"
It can do, but only if handled improperly or you don't know what you're doing.
"Do you do this yourself?"
Yes! I do all my bleaching and colouring at home.
"Are you trained in hair care?"
Nope! I just read up on what it involved, and trial and error got me here.
"Wouldn't you rather go to a professional, in case you ruin your hair?"
No. My apologies to any hair professionals reading this, but I don't trust them. I've had quite a history of bad encounters with professionals. They are often not trained in full bleaching, as it is not really a common procedure anymore - more people are into highlights. Many professionals will tell you that your hair is simply "too dark" to be bleached. Being naturally dark haired, I've heard this from more than a handful of salons and been turned away. As you can see from my image, this is just not true. Even more salons will tell you that bleaching can 'kill' your hair. A moment of thought will tell you that you cannot kill hair. Hair is already dead. If it was alive, it would grow from the bottom, and hurt when you cut it. The follicle, at the top, under your scalp, is alive. But the actual hair is not.
"What brand of bleach is the best?"
The brand of bleach doesn't really matter. It's the volume of peroxide that does. Pre-mixed blonde dyes are not bleaches, they are toners and colourants that you are supposed to put on over previously lightened hair. What you need, is a bottle of Creme Peroxide, and a packet of Peroxide Power to mix yourself.
"What is a volume of bleach?"
The volume is essentially the strength. Usually you can buy 20%, 40%, or rarely 60% vol peroxide. If you have light brown, red or dark blonde hair, 20% will be strong enough. Darker hair will need 40 or maybe even 60.
"What if my hair goes orange?
"If you have light hair, it can't go orange. If you have dark hair, if WILL go orange. When it's half-way done, it's orange. Think of a colour scale, fading from dark brown to blonde. Orange/red is in the middle. Your hair has to go through the orange stage to get to blonde.
"My hairdresser said that your hair going orange is from doing it wrong at home"
I have heard this way too many times. From people who tried to bleach their hair, got halfway through the waiting time, saw that it was orange, panicked, washed it out, and went to their salon to get it "fixed". Where they were told that this is a terrible side effect of doing it at home, and they should -always- come to the salon and pay them money to do it instead.
If your hair is in the orange stage, just keep waiting.
"What does your mother/boyfriend/friends/ think of you doing this to your hair?"
They don't have a say in what I do with my own hair!
"You will never get a job with hair like that"
Not really a question, more of a bigoted statement.
I usually respond by politely telling them that plenty of employers don't mind what colour your hair is so long as you have the right skills for the job. Or, that I'd just dye my hair a natural colour if I really had to.
That's all! Those are the ones I hear the most on a day-to-day basis with coloured hair. I hope you maybe learned some useful information or had some of your own questions answered. Of course I'll gladly answer more if you ask them!
If you also dye your hair, I hope you were able to relate to this! Do you get these same questions asked? Do you get other questions I don't?