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How to Get Blonde Hair Without Using Bleach

Updated on October 3, 2016
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If you have been trying to go blonde at home using box hair dye or just peroxide, read on. There is a very easy way to get the blonde hair you desire without using any bleaching powder at all! The soap cap or bleach bath, another name this process goes by, can be used to freshen up your already blonde hair, to lighten your darker hair, or to blend the color of root re-growth.

The soap cap is easier to blend through your hair rather than following the bleach and developer mixture according to the instructions on the bleach powder packet, and trying to handle the brush and bowl to do it. This is a very handy method to learn. Also, you can do this on your own and won’t need a friend to apply bleaching powder and developer mixture to the back of your head for you. I have included two soap cap combinations in this article—one with bleaching powder, and one without.

Use a Soap Cap for Any of the Following Purposes:

1. If you want to lighten your hair so you can dye it or use your preferred toner to add the desired color/shade.

2. If you dyed your hair, and it turned out looking way too bold. Ex: too black, brown, or red. If your hair is porous, this could easily happen.

3. If you used toner and your roots, or other areas of your hair, came out too silvery and now you look like your hair is just gray and not blonde—use a soap cap. This graying effect often happens when “ash” toners are used and left on for too long, or if you started by toning your roots first.

4. If you want to "break the base" (which simply means to apply it to the roots to lighten any re-growth), then blend the rest of the mixture through the hair to even out the entire head of color.

The developers used to mix with bleaching powder and toners (or in this case, in your soap cap mixture), all have some amount of peroxide in them. The 20 Volume Developer contains 6% peroxide, the 30 Volume Developer contains 9%, and the 40 Volume contains about 12% peroxide. The bleaching powder and your toners are activated when mixed with the developer.

How Do I Make A Soap Cap? – General Mixture #1

First things first: wear gloves!

Then, mix equal parts of bleaching powder, shampoo, and 20 Volume Crème Developer. I wet my hair and towel dry first to dampen my hair a bit. This is because the mixture goes through hair more evenly and with more ease than it goes if your hair were completely dry.

Start with the roots if you’re trying to lighten re-growth. Then, mix all the way through the hair after the roots are also covered with the soap cap mixture. Cover your hair with plastic wrap or a plastic shower cap. The bleach will continue to process as long as it is wet, and the heat from your scalp also contributes to its activation.

Tip: If you don’t have a shower cap or plastic kitchen wrap, you’ve probably got a gazillion plastic grocery bags in your pantry cupboard. Use one of those, and tie the handles of the bag to secure it. I have used Wal-Mart bags on more than one occasion. Recycling rules!

Soap Cap Mixture #2 - Go Blonde Without Bleach

Again, wear gloves.

Now, if you don’t have any bleaching powder, or you’d just prefer not to use it, you can still lighten your hair significantly by making a soap cap with equal parts of shampoo and developer, and then add some peroxide and a small quantity of baking soda.

Be careful not to over-do it with this mix—I can see how tempting it would be to use a stronger developer like 40 volume to add extra peroxide, or to leave it on your hair too long. However, if you do any of those things, you risk causing serious damage to your hair that can not be rectified without having your head shaved.

Going without the bleach is less harsh on your hair. I use 20 Volume Developer, which is 6% peroxide, and then I added a little extra peroxide. It also makes sense here to use 30 Volume here instead of 20 without adding any additional peroxide. However, because I don’t need to use 30 volume for any other reason, it would be a waste of money for me to do that. I use the 3% hydrogen peroxide that can be purchased in most supermarket over-the-counter pharmacy departments. (Incidentally, always keep your peroxide bottle stored away from direct light as it degrades easily.)

I used the following mix for this “no-bleach soap cap:”

  • 6 capfuls of 20 Volume Developer
  • 2 capfuls of 3% peroxide
  • 2 capfuls of baking soda
  • 6 capfuls of shampoo

I also add two or three capfuls of conditioner to make this a milder mix, and to create a protective buffer for my hair. The capful* I refer to is the cap from the developer bottle. Of course you can use measuring spoon measurements if you have a set of those—just be sure the parts you measure are equal parts of each ingredient. The main thing is to get those ratios right. So, it doesn’t matter what you use to measure the product. I just do it this way because I know how much I need to mix without having any leftover. In this mixture, it is the reaction of the baking soda and the peroxide/developer that causes your hair to lighten.

Note: It has also been pointed out to me that this mixture technically is a bleach. However, as some of you are sensitive to harsh hair processing chemicals, this is a great alternative.

Also, do not keep any mixture if you have some leftover—throw it away immediately.

I prefer to use Wella 20 Volume Developer—Wella is my personal choice. While there are other brands which are equally as good, Wella just seems to work better for my own hair.

How to Get Blonde Hair Without Using Bleach
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How Long Do I Leave The Soap Cap On My Hair?

The soap cap will usually work very fast, so please don’t go away and make coffee or sit down with a magazine. You’ll need to check the progress of the soap cap after 5-7 minutes, and then incrementally at the same intervals. If you see your hair looking obviously lighter, rinse the mixture off your hair immediately using cool water. It will help to keep a small snippet of hair (cut from way underneath) close by so you have something for a comparison. You will need to wet the hair swatch or the comparison will be false – as you are aware, your wet hair will always look darker.

If you see your hair looking obviously lighter, rinse the mixture off your hair immediately with cool water. It will help to keep a small snippet of hair (cut from way underneath) close by so you have something to compare. You will need to wet the hair swatch, or else the comparison will be false—as you know, your wet hair will always look darker.

If you’re going from very dark hair to blonde, you might want to have some toner on hand to cancel out brassiness that could easily result from leaving the mixture in for too long. If you just need to remove excess dye or toner, and you come out orange or yellow, then you’ve stripped too much color from your hair. So, you will need to tone again.

Tip: Always time the process from the minute you begin applying the soap cap to your roots, then save this record for future reference. Start by doing both sides of the top of your head first, then each lower side. In doing so, the amount of time the top is covered with the mixture will be equal, otherwise you risk having one side of your hair darker than the other. If the underside is darker, it does not matter as much. You can start with the underside first the next time you do a soap cap if you prefer. You will have noticed, of course, that the underside of your hair is darker anyway because of sun exposure to the outer layers. Hence the reason for leaving that section of your head until last.

Also, always rinse your soap cap out with cool water and then deep condition your hair. If you have time, the easiest and one of the most effective deep conditioning treatments I have used, is coconut oil. Apply the coconut oil, then wrap your head and leave it on overnight when possible. Be sure to protect your bed linen with a towel. If overnight isn't an option, wrap your head and leave for an hour or two in the afternoon as you go about your business at home.

I hope this helps you out! Let me know if you try it. Once again, I am not a professional hairstylist. I am writing from personal experience having followed tips and advice I received from a trained hairstylist.

Would you try this method to lighten your hair?

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      Katt1928 3 months ago

      Hello Kerry!

      So I have dirty blonde hair and used to dye it all the time. I tossed my bleach powder because I would get drunk and dye my hair. I finally got my thin hair to shoulder length but my natural hair color is such a dirty blonde is really takes away from my skin tone. (Washes me out) So I really want to try this. Have you ever used purple shampoo in this mix which has toner in it? What do you think of that? Also I have 30 developer. Should I dilute it more?

      Do you think this will make my hair yellow and or coppery? I am just looking for a light lift to blonde to take away from this washed out look I have.

      Any advice would be great, Thanks!

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      3 months ago

      Except that peroxide IS a type of bleach. You mean get blonde without persulfates.

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      Kerry 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Joy, your hair seems to be a tad stubborn, but I would suggest mostly because you have come from such a dark color. There are many variations of red/burgundy as you transition from black to blonde. I would recommend trying some bleach next time, but please use a product called Olaplex as you bleach. The detailed instructions are on the packages, there are three steps (rather simple, I've used it a few times), and I know you will achieve a much lighter result. The Olaplex step one will repair your hair bonds somewhat, and can be left on while the bleaching is taking place, protecting your hair and making it possible to leave the bleach in your hair longer. I know you will just love it, it's quite astonishing how well it works.

      Please let me know you've done your hair and message back? Thanks :)

      Enjoy your day, and my apologies for the slow reply.

      Sincerely,

      Kerry

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      Joy 4 months ago

      I'm sorry I didnt get to read to see if anyone else commented about this since there are quite a bit of comments. However, I did my first lightening with developer with powder mix,coming from somewhat recent dying black, then cutting my hair due to damage. Since the cut, I decided all the damaged hair was gone so decided to go back to the colour that we match well together blonde.

      I ended up with a burgundy-ish colour. I then read your post above and thought I would do a brush strand test. I use a small paint brush with bristle for my colour application. Usually when done apply colour or mixed colour it changes to the shade that the mixture will produce for is quite visible from the paint brush bristles colour.

      I tried your method with cork full 30 developer, corks 3% peroxide, lightening powder, little shampoo and baking soda. The test to the brush proved no colour change from the mixture to the colour left behind from my last lightening which turned burgundy on the brush.

      Not sure why it showed no difference though I let the brush sit in the mixture for max 1 hr though you suggest 5-7 mins I think.

      Any further recommendation?

      Thanks,

      j

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      Anne 5 months ago

      Can I do this with 40 vol developer?

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      Kendall 5 months ago

      The lightener cap without bleach ruined my hair it feels like hay! Thank you!

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      Kerry 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Simon....no, no bleach at all using these methods. Please see my other article for a suggestion on bleaching powder. Some people are sensitive to the powder so this is a another method when that is the case.

      Have a great day!

      Love,

      Kerry Xx

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      simon 6 months ago

      do you use a special bleaching powder for hair or not?

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      Kerry 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hello WhisperSunny, aww I hope you're feeling better. I am feeling quite well, thanks for asking :)

      To answer your questions in sequence - the soap, you can use regular shampoo - whatever kind you have on hand. Some people use dish soap and this is fine, but keep in mind it is harsher on hair and removes a lot of oil, so if you have hair that has been compromised/over processed, generally tired....please use your shampoo instead.

      When you add peroide to the mix, you are in essence, strengthening the developer. The 20 volume develoiper (or 30, 40 etc) is what you use to mix with toner or color to apply to your hair. Each has a % of peroxide contained in the product already. The mixture I present in the article is what has worked best for me, without being too strong and damaging. Please always do a strand test first so you can guage how long you will need to leave it on for. Try seven minutes or so, then rinse to see what the color shift has been. Add a little time extra for the next test if it's not light enough. Do not leave it on longer than the time I specified, or do so at your own risk, of course. It can be harsher on some hair, than others, depending again, on the condition of your hair.

      If you use the coconut oil, the conditioner won't be necessary. Please search YouTube for terms like "coconut oil and bleaching hair" or words similar, to get full instructional tutorials. Some of them are wonderful, and not at all longwinded.

      ...and yes, I was referring to hydrogen peroxide ;)

      Thanks for your prayers and blessing, it is so greatly appreciated.

      Love,

      Kerry Xx

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      Kerry 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hello AngelaMR. Yes, indeed. That green swamp is a huge problem when ash toners are used on hair that should be lifted more prior to toning. I appreciate your post!

      Love,

      Kerry ^_^

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      Kerry 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Whatzmyname, yes, very true. It helps to soften that line between highlight, and no processing. Thanks for stopping by :)

      I hope you're enjoying your afternoon XX

      Love,

      Kerry

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      Kerry 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Zoey ^_^ You can lighten your hair to a light orange, then use a good old box dye to achieve a lovely pale ash brown. I prefer Revlon and have done this myself several times with perfect results. It's a refreshing change.

      I hope you're enjoying your afternoon XX

      Love,

      Kerry

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      Zoey 7 months ago

      Hi, I found that the soap cap mixture seems like a really good idea for lightening my hair, however I do not want to bleach my hair completely. I wanted to ask... how do you achieve a light brown on dark brown/ black hair?

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      WhisperSunny 7 months ago

      Hugs Kerry

      Have a Sunshine day!

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      WhisperSunny 7 months ago

      Hi Kerry

      I hope you received my questions.

      Hugs

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      WhisperSunny 7 months ago

      Dear Kerry,

      Thank you so much! I have not been feeling my best so holding off on doing my hair.

      Kerry hope your doing well. Hugs

      Sweet lady can you explain to me something, does the Soap? What kind? Any?

      Does the Soap and Peroxide lightened hair just like Hair Color does/without does without the ammonia? How long do you suggest leaving it on for darker roots, light brown & some gray?

      I approve so much of adding Conditioner, but if you use the Coconut Oil treatment , it would not be needed correct?

      Sorry so many questions.

      I cannot find the Coconut oil instructions, yikes.

      When you say Developer, in my estimation all I can think of is Hair Peroxide am I correct? 10% 20% 30% or %40

      I think I am getting Hydrogen Perioxide mixed up with Hair Perioxide am I correct in my thinking what you saying here?

      Your so precious and so caring to help so many here!

      You are thought about daily.

      Please take care May God bless you always.

      We love you and look forward to you coming back as soon as you can.

      Soft Hugs WhisperSunny

      I

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      AngelaMR 7 months ago

      Actually, everyone needs to be aware that there are many, many ASH BLONDE toners which have a GREEN color base and I have seen professionals even make the mistake of turning a patron's hair green! So be careful when using the ash tones!

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      Whatzmyname 7 months ago

      My hairdresser does this after putting highlights in my hair. She calls it root lift. After taking out highlight foils she rinses my hair and puts a soap cap on but its made with 30% developer. It stays on for 2 minutes on my damp hair then she washes it out. She only puts it on the scalp area where the foils did not reach. Not the whole head. Makes highlights look nicer without the dark hair near the scalp. Also grows out a lot nicer.

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      Kerry 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi WhisperSunny, once again, a long winded reply as I have been out on medical treatment....

      I'm glad you caught the coconut oil suggestion, it seems to make the world of difference. My hair just loved it!

      Please click my name/navigate to my Facebook page via my profile page here. Thanks fr visiting, I appreciate you ^_^

      Have a beautiful day!

      Kerry Xxx

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      WhisperSunny 7 months ago

      Wow you made me take a step back. I was going to use Conditioner and 10 or 20 Peroxide on my mousy looking hair, been using Flaxen or Artic for years, now my gray / and light brown growth is driving me crazy.

      I need to do the Mid Shaft, that is where my hair looks a dark blonde, horrible!

      My ends are nearly a white yellow. No color needed except a Toner. Will do that when I do my Roots, lightly on ends. Getting Gray with Dark Blonde and dishwatery blonde is awful. I have highlighted long ago.

      Hair is dry ...I will try the Coconut oil after you get back. Where are you on Facebook? Yikes help.

      I do not want damage. Thanks Kerry

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      Kerry 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi sunnysarah, aww that's great! I appreciate you coming back to update us. NOW have a happy hair day :)

      Love,

      Kerry Xx

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      Josephine 7 months ago

      Good day kerry,

      This article is very helpfull. And i am hoping you can give me some help :) I have a black hair not sure maybe dark brown :) im asian :) and i have color my hair like ash blonde and i like it. Then went to mahogany shade but After i gave birth i color it with golden brown but only the roots has colors it didnt even has the color it was reddish. I dont have much knowledge about this hair color what will be the result and all that, i only read blogs and all and im open to whatever the result is. :) so to make the story short im not happy with the result. And since i stumble in your article i will try the #2 my question what type of toner i will get? And how will i use it? I will do the strip test first to see how it works but i just want to prepare i dont want to run around with a red hair :) (if it will be). Im glad i stumble in this blog :)

      Have a nice day!

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      Foofie 8 months ago

      Thank you so much for this!!!

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      FemaleAdda 9 months ago

      This is amazing, all things are given here, how to make and even about the ingredients. Nice tips to get blond hair without using bleach. It's safe for your hair as well.

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      Kerry 9 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Daysha, it is possible that the 40 volume did cause some breakage. But, also keep in mind, going from one color extreme to another can create an illusion of shorter/longer hair, too. I would suggest not using 40 volume at home, 20 is usually good enough :)

      Have a happy day, and I apologize for the long delay in answering your question - I have been away.

      Sincerely,

      Kerry ^_^

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      Kerry 9 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi NoemiC, I would not personally use 40 Volume developer as it can be so much more damaging. You can dilute it of course, just Google the instructions to change 40 volume to 20 volume, you will find the correct ratio. You might also look at my other articles pertaining to fixing orange hair, I know that can be a huge problem going from dark to light. Just click on my profile and you will see all the articles listed there. I have posted a couple of suggestions, and if you don't like that gray color, keep reading to the bottom as more information and an additional suggestion has been added.

      Have a great day!

      Love,

      Kerry XXx ^_^

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      Kerry 9 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Ash, so nice of you to come by. I have been away for a little while, hence the long-winded response time. A for why you didn't get a same result, many things can change, different water supply, your health, hormones etc. With lovely dark hair in good condition like yours, you might try adding a few bleached highlights, like when foils are added in alternate layers...the use the color you have. The highlights will pick the color up nicely, and you won't need to worry about an uneven finish as you had previously experienced. If you love it, simply add more highlights.

      Have a wonderful rest of the week!

      Kerry XXx

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      Kerry 9 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hello Caro, I have been away, please excuse the delay in responding. The answer is yes, that could work just fine. You might also check out my other articles by clicking in my profile as I do have a newer article about how to fix orange hair. With that said, you could also just go back to a medium ash blonde and see if that works first. I think you will be delighted, and it won't leave your hair quite as dark.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Love,

      Kerry ^_^ X

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      Kerry 9 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi! ^_^ so glad you popped in, please excuse the delay I have been away. I am so glad you got the result you did, and I hope your hairstylist friend is OK, sometimes us DIY folks have a tendency to frighten professionals. If you haven't read my other article about fixing orange hair, you might try that for some inspiration, just click on my profile and you will see all my articles on the one page. In the description you provided of your hair, you cpuld also try my other favorit go-to, and that is highlighting, or all-over, using just a pale ash blonde box dye. I prefer Revlon, but any would be fine I expect. I do use permanent, but if you're a tad reluctant, and in this case I wouldn't be concerned, you could try to find a semi-permanent to see if you like the result or not. Enjoy! And thanks so much for dropping by. I appreciate your patience.

      Love,

      Kerry xx

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      myshadow999 9 months ago

      Hi Guys-

      I have naturally dark blonde hair. I lighten every year or so...usually w/supply's from Sally's. But I was in a hurry and wanted to do it "NOW" the other night. So I used a box of Color Silk Ultra Light Natural Blonde, that I had on hand. Well, of course it wasn't strong enough and turned my hair a medium blonde/ORANGE! Very ORANGE. Well, I came across this soap cap site and thought....what have I got to lose?? (except my hair..LOL) I had planned on putting a toner on it anyway. So I went w/the 30 volume developer....no bleach formula (although I did add a tiny bit of peroxide 3%) My best friend & neighbor who used to be a hairdresser & owned her own salon said I was CRAZY to try this!! Said my developer was expired etc. She used to do my hair, (always an awesome job) but we had a little disagreement.....long story! But she refuses to touch my hair anymore!!

      Anyway, I went for it tonight, and I am amazed!! I left it on for about 10 mins and it turned a really nice super light blonde/pale yellow. But a pretty blonde yellow. I forgot to mention when I colored it the 1st time (when it turned orange) I did some highlights 1st then put all over my head. So far my hair hasn't all fallen out....LOL It actually is in pretty good condition! I used Clairol Soy Complex Developer. (My favorite) I have ALWAYS wanted light ASH blonde hair & NEVER been able to accomplish the color I was going for! I have no doubt now (I shouldn't say that...I'll probably jinx myself) that if I get the right toner, hopefully I can finally achieve this?? Although, I kinda really like it the way it is now?? Thank you SO much for the best tip I've ever received and tried....that actually worked, even BETTER then I thought it would!!! I can't wait to show my neighbor!!! Just in case, do you have any recommendations of a good light ash blonde toner that would work good on the color my hair is now....just in case I get bored again?? LOL Thanks again....so very much!!:)

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      naturalredheadkinda 10 months ago

      I'm going to give it a shot tonight, using 40vol/12% with no extra peroxide because that's what I have in. I have very long/thick/wavy dark mostly virgin hair, with blonde tips (mostly trimmed out by now). I like to use plain henna (coppery red)- haven't used for a while-but tends not to show well on the darkest areas, so I just want to lighten slightly and give the henna something to grip better. Wish me luck, will post results

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      Jessica A Roberts 10 months ago

      Can I mix t18 wella toner with just one 3.6 Fl oz. Bottle of 20 developer? Or do i really need two of these bottles to get the best results after doing a soap cap using peroxide instead of bleach powder?

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      Caro 10 months ago

      Hi! So I went to get my hair bleached from black to get to blond but she didn't leave it long enough and left it pretty orange.... After I think she added some ash grey color to balance the orange tones. So I am wanting to lighten it more using your recipe but instead using 30dev and no extra peroxide. afterwards I will color again with a dark blond ash color. Would all this help get rid of the orange/yellow tones and leave it darker?

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      Ash 10 months ago

      Hi I have a question. My hair is dark brown-black naturally. I wanted to dye it a few shades lighter like a lighter brown. I've only dyed it once before like 10 years ago I did a light ash brown without bleach and it came out very nice. I bought the same color this time however it didn't come out at all. Only my roots got a little lighter. Should I have bleached my hair before dying? If so, why didn't I have to bleach the last time and it came out nicely. Now I bought a warm caramel thinking to dye my hair again and I'm contemplating whether to bleach my hair before dying or not. Please help. Also my hair is in good condition. Thank you so much!

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      NoemiC 11 months ago

      What if you bleach your hair once a couple days ago and your bottom hair comes out blonde and the rest comes out orange/Dark brown and you have all the ingredients but prioxcide and have 40 developer

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      sunnysarah 11 months ago

      This. Is. Amazing.

      I have VERY fine thin hair. Doesn't grow much. Feels like baby's hair. It's so fine, it almost looks transparent. It has been the bain of my existence. Every day is a bad hair day. I kept my naturally blonde hair very light my entire life to combat scalp show-through. I stopped coloring my hair and it really did help tremendously as far as hair health is concerned.

      My roots were very dark compared to the ends, which were white. Everyone commented that it looked healthier and I agree. The dark roots added some depth. But there was the old scalp again. (I have seen doctors and had blood tests. I'm fine, but neither of my parents have good hair.)

      I tried the soap cap method today bec the dark roots were really too dark. Almost black looking. I was TERRIFIED. My hair will burn off in a SECOND.

      First, I covered my unwashed baby hair in coconut oil and a purple protein filler to combat brassiness. I used 6 capfuls of Ion Sensitive Scalp 20 developer, three capfuls of purple shampoo, three capfuls of moisturizing shampoo, ONE capful of baking soda, and ONE capful of hydrogen peroxide.

      Seven minutes later and Biolage conditioning balm followed by It's a 10 leave in spray conditioner, this is the BEST my hair has looked in forever. I am so grateful for this post.

      I'm telling you, I have the finest thinnest hair EVER. This lightened my roots a few shades and blends PERFECTLY with the ends. No more line of delineation. And i still have some depth to the roots.

      This is a MIRACLE for a person with hair like mine. Zero breakage. Lots of bounce.

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

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      Christian Taylor 11 months ago

      My hair turned out amazing! Thank you!

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      Daysha 11 months ago

      Is it possible that this can shorten your hair length because i did this method and instead of 20 developer i used 40 and i also didn't had in extra peroxide. So now i'm scared that this shortened my hair lemberg bc my mom said my hair is way shorter now after doing this

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      Kate 11 months ago

      Hi, I just read your article, and I want to thank you for being so clear! Also, I have dark blonde hair naturally, and it is slightly brassy but nothing major. I have tried purple shampoo before, and did not see noticeable reduction in the brassiness. I am very afraid of bleaching my hair, and I only desire a slightly less brassy look. I have a 10 volume developer, and I was wondering if that will suffice for the bleach free soap cap? Also will the 10 volume developer alone reduce the brassiness, or is it necessary to use baking soda and peroxide? Thank you for your time and consideration :-)

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      Erica 12 months ago

      I've been trying to obtain a rich burgundy color. I used ION intense medium red mixed with 20 developer and my hair came out black. My hair was honey blonde/dark brown on the ends. So my hair was black after the color. The next day, I tried again. Same color mixed with he ION red intensifier and 20 developer and it came out black again. I would like to maybe ligten my hair using the soap bath, without bleach, then dye it again with ION or L'Oréal highlites. Do you think this would be successful?

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      Kerry 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hey Johanna, for copper/orange, I make a purple, then add a couple extra drops of blue. It works like a charm!

      Kerry :) Oh and P.S. I use those products too ;)

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      Kerry 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Johanna, so sorry I've been absent with health issues, so once again I'm the slowpoke here. I just want to tell you what happened to me this last time I went blonde. My hair had been quite dark, almost black, then I used an all over dark auburn, which hardly 'auburned' at all in the finish. So I proceeded to add higlights, more and more, just gold/brassy highlights. My intention was to continue adding more until i had the bulk of my hair highlighted. I decided then to lighten all over, so obviously the higlights were higher, the balance was various shades of ginger, copper, red, and of course some stubborn dark red pigment from underneath. Now I had arrived at a compilation of colors lol, it looked quite good to be honest, but I was still determined to get lighter, so all I did with my multi colored ambrosia was to lighten the whole head until the lightest past were so close next to white, and the darkest was lifted from red to light orange. NOW it looks like a 'pre' something lol, and ready to finish off. I bought a box color, Revlon Pale Ash Brown. The brown aspect to go over the red/s/s/s, and the lighter pale made the very light higlights so pretty. When it faded, I just stepped down one to a Medium Ash Blonde. Now I'm down to Pale Ash Blonde. Incidentally, when I got to the Medium Ash Blonde, I had THE absolute most precious greyish/just blue/titanium looking highlights you ever did see. I loved it.

      I know this was long winded, but if you're at that fork in the road, I would try the Pale Ash Brown, it's kind of like the hair equivalent of a blur filter on a photo of your face so your skin looks smooth lol. I waited until it yellow down a little and then I have since Pale Ash Blonded it again, so it's really very light. You could try the sequence of the three colors I tried if you like, I feel like with what you have going on, it might be fun. I liked it because I didn't have a specific blonde in mind when I started, and I was able to get a sample of three different, and very lovely looks along the way.

      I hope your wekend was great, thank you for your patients, Good Bless you. xxx

      Kerry x

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      Kerry 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      I'm so happy for you. awesome job pretty lady :) thanks again too, for coming back to update us, I know everyone who comes here regularly will especially be grateful. Pop back once in a while to see what we have new. I also post little Daily Hacks if you'd like to follow me on Facebook, go to my profile page here on HubPages to honk on that button. ^_^ I have these articles on that Facebook page, and any new articles I publish will be linked from FB back to here. So you can follow here in whichever way is most convenient for you.

      I love all you ladies here, thanks so much for your continued support.

      Kerry xx

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      Johanna 12 months ago

      So I made a red toner and a violet toner. The red is a medium pink and the violet is a greyish purple. Wondered about the fact that red and blue make purple, and trying to remove a copper undertone, and using red in the mix. Wondered If I should just use blue.

      Used them and they made no difference, so think they need to be darker perhaps. Or maybe leave them on longer. Mixed with a white/opaque shampoo, and left on maybe 5 min at most. I tried to put the purple on the roots and red on the tips. I may try again, curious about your opinion. They are discount shop food colours, but I sort of doubt that matters.

      May try again in a few days, and make them darker and leave them on longer!

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      Johanna 12 months ago

      Hi! Gosh what colour am I now! Heh ok. I had a nice light golden blonde with about 4 inches of virgin regrowth, that was a medium mousy blonde. The underneath was a very light auburn brown. So I did a med beige blonde to all of it. The virgin hair is now a med blonde with a tinge of ginger. The rest is a med blonde with a tinge of green. The underneath is a dark blonde with a tinge of red! Its now been washed twice and looks better-ish.

      Im thinking, tone it all with red, to even it out, then tone again with violet? Or go to the hairdresser and start over, OR redye it all, but I think with the roots (4inches worth!) being watm, the rest being cold, no "all over" anything is going to even it out?

      The condition right now is quite good, I don't want to compromise that again. As bad as it sounds, its really not that bad. Since its been washed, its a bit of a frosty blonde, but the roots need some violet but I worry what that might do to the rest which is borderline ok.

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      TwinsMother 12 months ago

      Hi! You're welcome! I hope people find it useful! And thanks again! A small update. I washed my hair today, and my hair still feels as soft as the kids hair, which has never seen a dye job, a curling iron, etc. It looks as shiny as if I had never colored it, ever. I'm very, very happy with the Ion version of Olaplex! I'm glad that you mentioned Olaplex earlier, because I may not have researched it! Thanks again!

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      Kerry 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Johanna, can you tell me exactly what color you are at the moment? I just read back through where we were before, but I'd rather wait until you confirm before I add anything that might not be entirely correct, or useful. I've been at it again myself too! lol

      Thanks :)

      x

      Kerry

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      Kerry 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi TwinsMother, oh good for you....and my pleasure :)

      ...thanks for sharing, I haven't use that Ion product but I had it on my try-it list. Good to know!

      Thanks also for sharing your results with the clear product too, a lot of people will find this very useful.

      We appreciate you taking time to come back.

      Enjoy your weekend!

      Kerry x

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      TwinsMother 12 months ago

      Hi! I did achieve success with my hair color! Thank you for asking. I did it yesterday. If it is okay, I wanted to share another method for removing old hair color, for all those people who are allergic to ammonia. I read on the internet that you can use clear demi-permanent color with 20 volume developer (instead of the 10 volume you would use with a demi color). I used the Clairol professional Clear Mix tones, with the Clairoxide 20 volume developer (both of which I got at Sally's). I read that this combination is very similar to something they used to make, called Luminize, or something like that... I did a strand test first, and 20 minutes was enough to lift the color from between a 6 and a 5, up to around level 7. And, the thing I loved about it, I didn't go through the copper and yellow-orange stages. It was almost like it took the color that was on my ends, and lifted it 2 shades. I didn't have to tone my hair! Granted, you can see some of my copper undertones, but it's not obnoxious. Overall, I'm very happy with my results! ...Oh! And one more thing. I got the Ion color brilliance dupe of Olaplex, and did the stand alone treatment, and my hair feels silkier than before I colored it! Yay!

      Thanks for all of your help! I have to go help the kids now, but thanks again!

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      Johanna 12 months ago

      Hi Kerry! I'm back at it again! Haven't touched my hair in months, and couldn't stand the roots, so did a med beige blonde. I don't know why I keep doing beige blonde, for yet again, it was to cool, and gave me greenish tinge. Did you write an article on home made toners? The roots (which were virgin growth) are ok, goldenish, its the other that isn't great. How much red food colour do I mix in, and was it shampoo or conditioner? And how long to leave in. Thank you!!!

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      Kerry 12 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Good morning, I did have a lovely weekend, thank you. Just checking on you...did you have success with your hair yet?

      Kerry x

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      TwinsMother 13 months ago

      Oh, that's good! Have a good weekend!

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      Kerry 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi TwinsMother, oh yes I did that and bought some hair extensions to match. I was concerned about finding the correct color, but I got the Jessica Simpson Hairdo extensions in Strawberry blonde, it was a perfect match I was delighted!

      I had a great Friday, thanks ^-^

      Kerry x

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      TwinsMother 13 months ago

      Hi! I hope you had a good Friday! Mine has been pretty good! ...I saw a friend of mine today, who went to cosmetology school, and she thinks I shouldn't fight my copper undertones, and go for a strawberry blonde ombre effect. Hmmm. Something to think about...

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      Kerry 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Good morning TwinsMother ^_^,

      Good to see you again...I would be inclined to lighten and follow with a color. You may need to do this mixture a couple of times to lift the color enough, although that's not unusual with this method.

      Happy Friday to you!

      Regards,

      Kerry

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      TwinsMother 13 months ago

      Lol! No problem. Glad I could help! ...I would say my color is between a level 6 and a level 5, with warm undertones, and a slight copper cast when the light hits it. I haven't colored my hair for around 8 months, but my skin tone looks best with gold tones, as opposed to ashy. ...Really, I'd be more interested in deepening the level of the final result, instead of toning out the yellow/golden undertones. Also, I should also probably let you know that I have several inches of virgin hair, and my roots are between a 5 and a 6, and I want to go for an ombre effect, the way it was naturally (my ends were around level 7), before I started coloring my hair. I'd only be lightening my ends, and leave my roots natural. Thanks!

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      Kerry 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi TwinsMother, oops, vitamin C lol, yep. Okie doke, so neither demi or semi have ammonia, so take your pick. Both only deposit color onto the hair, although as you'd be aware, the demi will last a couple of dozen washes, the semi, only about 8-12 depending on your hair. When you lighten then use it, they can last longer (both).

      As for the lemon juice yes that should be fine as it will activate the baking soda. I haven't used Olaplex in this 'recipe' yet, but I don't see why that wouldn't be beneficial. Having said that, you might do a strand test first to be sure. There's only one thing I would say as far as your developer choice, the Olaplex makes lightening take so much longer, this inconvenience is offset only by the fact you can then leave bleach mix on your hair for considerably longer. However, it also means you need to step up the volume on your developer, so with that said, the 20 would be a much better option. 10 is generally not good for lightening anyway, it's best for depositing darker shades of color to your hair.

      As for the toner choice, what color are you at the moment? and I suppose the next question would be the same, only after you have lightened. If you're inclined to orange out like me, which you mentioned, you'll need to lighten a fair way first before you tone anyway, or your other option,use a color. I quite often use a color instead of a toner.

      Oh and please know, if you missed it, developer does also contain peroxide, and I'm sure you caught that in the article, but I felt I needed to restate that as you said you had allergies - one can never be too careful.

      Have fun TwinsMother, thanks for coming by, and please feel free to post more and let us know your current color please?

      Regards,

      Kerry

      P.S. thank you for the prompt - forgot my calcium tab today lol, seriously! x

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      TwinsMother 13 months ago

      Oops! I meant to say that I've used vitamin C with shampoo instead of calcium! Lol!

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      TwinsMother 13 months ago

      Hi! I just wondered if it is possible to use the soap cap mixture #2 (The one without bleach. I'm allergic to ammonia!) with 20 volume developer, and the Olaplex (taking it down to 10 volume). I'd probably want to use lemon juice instead of liquid peroxide in my mixture. Would that work to bleach out remaining hair color? I've tried calcium mixed with shampoo several times, unsuccessfully. Also, I know from previous experience that I'd have to lift to a level nine to get past that awful orange-yellow stage. (I pull orange.) Do you have any recommendations for toner to deepen it to a level 7, since I am allergic to ammonia? Should I just use demi-permanent or semi-permanent color ? Thanks so much!

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      Kerry 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Jeremy, thank you for your input, but yes it is important to do strand test and time the result to avoid any breakage.

      Have an awesome day :)

      Regards,

      Kerry x

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      Jeremy 13 months ago

      It definitely has worked. Do not leave in to long I went for about an hour and it did cause a lot of breaking. I am pleased with the results thoygh

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      Kerry 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Saundra, I would definitely wait to use any more bleach, or toner. Each time you are using the developer is also a process involving peroxide, so waiting and allowing your hair to rest first would obviously be the very best option. Here are a few other little things you can do to help your hair get back to its healthy self:

      You could use some purple shampoo and/or conditioner after shampooing, and probably won't need it every time, to keep any mild yellowing under control. This will eliminate, or at least slow down, the number of times you need to tone throughout the year.

      Try to comb your hair gently with your fingers while you have conditioner in it, and don't rub too vigorously when you dry your hair. Just blot your hair and allow it to air dry.

      Avoid heat as much as possible until your hair regains its health. If you do need to use heat, you could try a heat protector spray.

      As for the dilution of the Olaplex, I looked and don't have any left, aside from one sachet of the number three, however, being only 1/4 ounce sachets, you can imagine that's only about one tablespoon of product, so not much water is needed. When I used the # 2 Olaplex last time I forgot to take my glasses to the other end of the house and was too lazy to walk back to my office, so I just guessed and added about enough water to make 1/4 of a bottle of liquid, including the Olaplex - into a color application bottle I mean. I had saved one after a coloring for just such an occasion. It was really just a common sense thing for that incident, although I would definitely recommend getting familiar with the correct amount.

      Take care, let your hair rest, and keeping your ends trimmed just a few millimeters will also help when you do your hair, because when those ends are gone, it will minimize little tangles that can pull and break hair so easily.

      Enjoy your day, nice to see you again x

      Kerry

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      Saundra 13 months ago

      sorry I also have one more question... so I should continue to use the powder bleach then? I waited a month in a half before I did my roots, I don't double process and I use toner, still continue the same way? with your recommended steps above of course? sorry I'm just super scared to loose all my hair

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      Saundra 13 months ago

      I really hope this works. my hair is still currently platinum blonde but I have patches of missing hair, but not bad enough where I can't cover it up. I was going to give up but I know there's a way to have healthy platinum hair. I'm just really scared to loose more hair. can you believe I didn't cry!? lol can you go into grater detail about the diluting?

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      Saundra 13 months ago

      Thanks so.much for getting.g back.to me, I will definitely look into it!

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      Kerry 13 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Saundra, I agree the bleach can be too harsh, especially when hair is stubborn, as can happen with course hair. Have you ever heard of Olaplex? I am going to write an article on my experience using it, as I used it recently for the first time and BOOM, blonde in two shots (1 is also possible, believe it or not). Honestly it really is the bomb.

      Let me tell you quickly though how easy it is to use, because there are so many articles out there on the net and what I discovered was, I read so much from so many different people before I used it, that I was almost worried about trying it at all!

      So, Olaplex is a product that involves three steps. It has been created to repair broken bonds in hair that has been damaged due to color or bleach, or to protect hair that is being processed for the very first time, so that does not happen.

      Step 1, do this if your hair is damaged already...which you can do once or twice a week prior to bleaching.

      All you do is apply it, diluted, to your hair, and leave it on for - (I left mine for 15 minutes, without going back to look on my product. Then rinse) Follow with step two. Same process. The longer you leave it on the better, nothing new will happen, except a perfect miracle. I can talk about this stuff enough to do it justice, seriously. Step Three is more like a once per week conditioner.

      Now, when you bleach, the Olaplex makes the process take longer, and if you're using 20 volume, you will need to use 30, if you're using 30 volume, you'll need to use 40, etc. In your case however, I would truly stay away from 40 volume. You will likely not need to use it anyway.

      Here's what you do:

      Mix up your bleach solution, 1 oz of bleach , 2 oz of developer, and 1/4 oz of Olaplex. Add it into the already mixed bleach solution. Apply as normal.

      (Keep a check on your time for processing and check it regularly. You might even like to do this in two shots, which is what I did the first time because I was so in awe of how it was working out, I just wanted wash it out and see it dried. I nearly got there - almost blonde in 35 minutes, but did it one more time the next week.)

      Step two, after rinsing your bleach out, dilute and add the Olapex number 2. Leave for 20 minutes or so, I didn't time too carefully, the longer it's on the better. Then I rinsed and conditioned. I didnt use the Number three packet until the next week.

      I know I've written a lot here, but the actual Olaplex steps I feel I wrote enough for you to know, and not enough to bamboozle lol.

      Olaplex was intended for salon only use, however, I purchased mine twice on Amazon in measured 1/4 oz packets, one of each of the steps, 1, 2 and 3. For around 13.99.

      I KNOW this will help you, please let us know how it works for you:) I know this will not only help to repair your hair like you won't believe possible, but it will also help you achieve the color you want, without killing your hair.

      Thanks so much, I will post a more detailed Olaplex article in the next little while. My reader will truly appreciate your first hand input, so please do come back to visit.

      Thanks, happy hair days ^_^

      Kerry x

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      Saundra 13 months ago

      I have naturally dark red course hair. for the past several months I have been attempting to go platinum, but the bleach is just too harsh. after touching up my roots the first time my hair fell out. I'm still not giving up in platinum! ! so how can I continue to do my roots without loosening all ny hair??

      thanks, Saundra

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      Kerry 14 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Oh hey Susan...sorry I missed you I was away out of town for a few days.

      I'm so glad that worked for you. Just keep in mind, if that toner isn't too effective, you will probably just need to lighten a tad more.

      Have a fun week :)

      Regards,

      Kerry xx

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      Susan 14 months ago

      Hi Kerry

      I did as you said and applied coconut oil for over a hour. Then I did the soap cap no bleach. It made a big difference in my blonde. I still have some orange but I think if I get the beigh blonde toner I will be really good. I can't wait to try it. Thank you so much!!! I would have never tried to bleach my own hair. I will let you know how the toner works out....

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      Kerry 14 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Susan, thanks for the kind words, I do appreciate it ^_^. We are in sync...my gray is popping through also, I have a nice little firebreak going at the moment!

      I think the bleach bath will work fine, at least it does so on my own gray hair areas, however you also mentioned your hair was a little tired, so what you could do, is apply some coconut oil to your hair first, allow it to sit for an hour or two if you can spare the time, then mix and apply the bleach bath mixture. Do your roots last, because they will process faster. So mid shaft, ends, then roots. This is the way I apply it, as the ends are often dry and porous too.

      I would suggest you try the beige toner, or the mix of the beige and white lady toners listed in my Wella toner and developer article, I really do think you will love it! Also, and I'm sure you saw me mention this a dozen times, but I use 20 volume developer, it is sufficient for the job and obviously not as harsh as the 30 or 40 volume.

      Keep us posted please?

      Thanks so much for visiting Susan, have a wonderful week!

      Regards,

      Kerry Xxx

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      Susan 14 months ago

      I just have noted my root are orange not my entire hair. I would love to try the soap cap then a toner. I'm just not sure if I should go back th the Ion toner or try a new brand that might cover my grey better or will the soap cap help cover grey ( Wella) and what shade??

      Thank you very much for any advise

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      Susan 14 months ago

      Hi Kerry

      I have been bleaching my hair and using toner on it for years. I recently in the last year started doing it myself. I was using Ion brand from Sally's toner 12:2 highlift blonde. It is a good color, but it just doesn't cover my grey. At the end of May this year I had it done and they used a color 10N. It was okay. So I bought this color at Sally's. I've used it a couple times. It covers my grey much better, but now my hair has become much more orange. I do use the purple shampoo. With this combination my blonde highlights are very dingy and again my hair is more orange. Should I do the soap cap or use a toner. I really like the ideal of a beigh Blonde you have mentioned. My hair is not healthy it is very dry. I would appreciate any advise. Thank you

      PS I absolutely love all your comments and advise.

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      Kerry 14 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Audrey, this method without bleach is much more gentle, however, it also depends on the condition of your hair before you begin, obviously, and how long you leave it in for.

      This method is technically "bleaching", because of the peroxide and what it's doing, however, it is a method that many people like to use because there are some chemical reactions to be had from using the usual blonding bleach powders. Not everyone can use them.

      Thanks for visiting, I hope this helped answer your question.

      Regards,

      Kerry xx

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      Audrey 14 months ago

      How damaging is this to my hair?

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      Kerry 15 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Heather! :)

      I hope you had an awesome weekend!

      Are you wanting to know about a bleaching powder product, or the different brands of developer? I have used other brands of developer over the years, but I do find the Wella 20 volume developer the best, mostly due to the lovely scent, which s not overpowering, and it's also really gentle to the scalp. I haven't had any issues with this one whatsoever. Please follow the timing instructions well though, everyone is different.

      If you were talking about bleaching powder, I do have another article about that as well.

      Thanks for stopping in, I appreciate your time :)

      Sincerely,

      Kerry xx ^_^

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      Kerry 15 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi eya, I would use it maybe once per month, or just until the hair is light enough, then stop. If you repeat this process too often over a long period, you can damage your hair. Best to tone once you have achieved the desired amount of blonde.

      Have a fun week!

      Kerry x

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      eya 15 months ago

      i want to know if i can use the mixture 2 every 3 weeks just for my roots?

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      Heather 15 months ago

      I'm looking for a brand that is not painful in the scalp, safe and will help your hair to achieve beautiful golden hair.

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      Kerry 15 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hello, you can do it again, just be sure not to leave it for very long. I would suggest trying to bleach if it still looks as though it's not lightening up, rather than do this several times -assuming you're not allergic to the bleaching powder.

      What kind of dye, and what color are you using? Please know that blonde hair color won't dye your hair blonde, it will color already lightened hair. The darker your hair, the more yellow/orange it will be after using blonde hair dye.

      Have a fun day :)

      Kerry x

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      eya 15 months ago

      thank you but i want to go lighter so can keep using the mixture? and about the roots can i keep dying it every 3 weeks?

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      Kerry 15 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hello eya, yes it is safe, but you should always do a strand test if you haven't done a particular process before, in case you are allergic. If you are happy with your color now, you could just go ahead and use some purple shampoo to stop your hair from getting a yellow hue.

      Good job!

      Kerry xx ^_^

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      eya 15 months ago

      hello kerry, i have used the mixture 2 once per three week for 30 min to going lighter. i like the colour. but, is it a safe use?

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      Kerry 15 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi nisenisa, I would do this once per week, but not for long at a time, as stated. IF your hair is in good condition. If your hair has been color treated or bleached and is porous already, please do be careful and give it the nourishment and time it needs to strengthen before you do it again. Meanwhile, being in good healthy condition, you can tone to give it a pretty shade while you're waiting to lighten a little more.

      Also, you asked, does this fade over time - no, because you are actually stripping the pigment from your hair, you are removing the color from the hair shaft, so it's not being dyed, it's being 'undyed' lol, to coin a new phrase. Thanks to Facebook for making me say these weird "un" words lately ;)

      Please let me know if you need anymore help. Oh and if you tone, I do recommend a couple of nice toners in my other article on Wella Toners and Developer - please use 20 volume developer for this purpose. Any stronger isn't necessary, and can be damaging to your hair. People do of course use those stronger developers, but in this instance, you don't need to go stronger anyway :)

      Have a beautiful day, nisenisa!

      Love,

      Kerry xx

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      nisenisa 15 months ago

      also does the color tend to fade out over time?

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      nisenisa 15 months ago

      I tried this out and visibly noticed the result right away. I'm pleased to say the "without bleach" method totally works but I do definitely want to go lighter!! how often do you recommend doing this treatment? I'm kinda impatient & want to go lighter as quickly as possible.

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      Kerry 15 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Deen, haha thanks for the giggle.

      Have a happy day :) Oh and my readers appreciate you verifying...you know, just in case.

      Kerry x

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      Deen 16 months ago

      I did something like LadyLegs did. It was because there was left over dye after processing my hair. Ouch, my leg itched. No red or burnt feeling, but it was absolutely uncomfortable. I washed it immediately and promised I would never do that again. Pls do laugh. I think that it was a silly joke LOL

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      Kerry 16 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi meredith, have you had any color in your hair before, or had it bleached, ever? You may need to just try it again. I would do it a couple more times because the results vary from person to person, and the change can be very subtle each time. It is best to do it this way and rest your hair in between treatments, rather than leave it on for too long at a time. If it were me, I would also just try adding one more portion of peroxide to that mixture.

      Please let me know how it works because there are other ways to do what you're trying to do, without using packet bleach.

      Thank you very much for coming by :)

      Sincerely,

      Kerry.

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      Kerry 16 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi meredith, have you had any color in your hair before, or had it bleached, ever? You may need to just try it again. I would do it a couple more times because the results vary from person to person, and the change can be very subtle each time. It is best to do it this way and rest your hair in between treatments, rather than leave it on for too long at a time. If it were me, I would also just try adding one more portion of peroxide to that mixture.

      Please let me know how it works because there are other ways to do what you're trying to do, without using packet bleach.

      Thank you very much for coming by :)

      Sincerely,

      Kerry.

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      Kerry 16 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Dear LadyLegs - I can honestly say I haven't tried that before LOL. If anyone else is reading this and has also read the comment by LadyLegs, please be careful because it can/does burn bare skin, hence, this was about lightening to create ash blonde HEAD hair, not ash blonde hairy legs. I'm sorry I do hope you're OK, but that was just way too funny and I have a warped sense of humor!

      Kerry x

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      meridith 16 months ago

      first off, i want to say that i was thrilled to find a way to "bleach" hair without bleach! I have medium golden brown hair and had wanted to ombre lighten the bottom half and then use manic panics vegan hair color to color it purple. I followed your instructions perfectly (only making each "caps" 2tbs since i have very long hair and wanted to make sure i had enough.) I sectioned off my hair in 4 pigtails and applied the mixture evenly (i was unsure if i needed to put a bag on each one so i left my hair down with the mixture in it) however, after 10 mins I did not see any color change. I left the mixture in my hair for 20 more minuets before rinsing it out and there was absolutely no color difference! please help me understand if i did anything wrong. i was very disappointed that it didn't work. thank you.

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      LadyLegs 16 months ago

      I am currently trying the "without bleach" method on my unshaved legs using Suave Naturals Coconut for the shampoo. So far it kinda burns and my legs are red. I've had it on for about 20mins so far. I'll post my results after a rinse and treatment of coconut oil. :)

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      Kerry 17 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hi Johanna, awesome! Thanks for the conditioner tip - noted ;).

      Now, to that beige...beige is a kind of weirdo color/tone/hue. It's more a warm than a cool. People tend to use this as a natural, because it can have a warm orange AND violet base. I don't know if it depends on the brand, but with Wella, I have found that the use of both ash and light beige toners together works well, and even though it remained a mystery to me not being a pro, I figured out this is the reason why.

      The ash toners are also somewhat confusing when you think about it. Some are blue based for counteracting more orange, while violet is good on yellow.

      On the other hand, a nice ash can also be had from a good gray base toner. I have, on more than one occasion recently, added one drop of green food color to my home-made purple shampoo and/or conditioner (and leave-in conditioner) What I found is, it stops me wondering whether I'm going to end up with a blue hue or coming out a little too lavender. Remembering that the green counters the red...voila! Not to mention, a cheap and easy fix!

      So short story made very long lol, I would think that mixing the beige and the ash would be worth the consideration. I confuse the ashy ID #'s there are so many these days, but my favorite combo of both are listed on my other article on Wella toners and developers.

      Have a great day sweets,

      Kerry x

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      Johanna 17 months ago

      Hi! Yea it looks great, it reminds me of the old sebastian celephanes. I used to love those for shine and glossyness.

      I was curious, I had used a revlonissimo light beige blonde earlier in the year and it was my perfect colour. I would have said it was a warmer colour. Now that it is gone, looking at other brands, they all are being classed as cool. Is beige a cool? Perhaps I just got lucky with whatever I had under it when I coloured with it.

      I also want to add the loreal elvive total repair 5 restoring conditoner is awesome. It seems like the same conditioner they sell in the dye kits. It has saved my hair. It's also super white, so leaving it in makes my hair appear even lighter, while helping the damage. Super stuff!

      Thanks again, your a wealth of knowledge!

      Johanna

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      Kerry 17 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Good day to you! I had my 20 volume Wella developer, it's same same ;) I haven't used 40 volume for anything, ever.

      I got my Chi Ionic on Amazon, it was about $USD11 and free shipping so great price. As for the color lock, no I haven't used that. I am only guessing here, but it does sound like a marketing thing, i.e. use this if you use one of our other products for best results. I just used my regular Garnier conditioner afterwards and it came out great. And P.S. SUPER shiny. I'm not sure why, but it does make for some glossy, pretty hair.

      Kerry :)

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      Johanna 17 months ago

      Hi! Looking into the chi ionic. Presumably yours is part of the ultra light/ultra pale light series? They recommend to use a 40vol with it. Are you using 40vol? I think a 20vol would be enough for my roots. Also are you using the chi developer, and do you think it matters if you use their brand or any brand? Lastly it recommend using the colour lock for ultra results, have you tried it?

      Oo and I saw chi lightening system, which looks like a powder..probably just their range if bleach?

      Found it on ebay, but its being sold from Germany and the listings were slightly confusing! Also have to double check they can even ship here, there was some wierdness about posting liquids at some point..

      I'd love a bit more info! It looks good and not so harsh.

      Thanks,

      Johanna

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      Kerry 17 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hey! I'm doing well, and you? Thanks for popping in again.

      I used a tube of Chi Ionic to brighten mine up. It's highlift color...

      I have used this product a few times now, and still have some left. It lasts ages. I bought it online, it was 11a level, but they have tons of lovelies to choose from. It's for hair that is already blonde/blondish, so it worked out well as not so harsh. I recommend trying it for precisely this purpose.

      Incidentally, my hair at that time was a nice strawberry blonde, so it broke up my new regrowth and blended it nicely. As mine was darker at the root, it left a little ginge, but that blended with my strawberry do, so I loved how it turned out.

      Hope all is well, I will pop back in tomorrow around the same time.

      I hope you had a fun weekend,

      Kerry :)

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      Johanna 17 months ago

      Hi Kerry!

      Hope you're keeping well. I have another question!

      My colour is lovely, haven't done anything since I last checked in, just conditioning, and sulfate feee washing once a week or so.

      Of course, it is growing and I know in another 4 weeks roots will need touching up. I wondered what the gentlest way of doing this would be. I am currently a golden beige blonde, that gets slightly darker towards the ends. My regrowth is a dark ashy mousy blonde.

      Am I better of with a soap cap of just the roots (is that possible?), or a box colour close to what I have now, put on the roots then combed through to blend it?

      It's the hair around my face (fringe and such), that is the most damaged, so regardless of what I do, the damaged hair will end up getting some of it.

      So is box gentler then soap cap?

      Thanks!!

      Johanna

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      Kerry 17 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America!

      Hey! Oh woops! It doesn't take much to tip over the edge, however, on the bright side, now you know how far to push it next time. Hang in there girl, and btw, a hairdresser friend of mine washes her hair once every 10 days. I don't know about you, but I would be in scratch city by day four. Having said that, her hair is bleached platinum so yes, less oil there anyway. Oh and she said she NEVER, EVER would wash her hair in anything other than cold water anyway.

      Pop in and out will you and let us know how it's going?

      Kerry xx

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      Johanna 17 months ago

      Hi!!

      Ok ketchup. When my hair was in good condition, I got some "neutral blonde" and put it in. My hair was a fairly golden blonde, and I assumed it would be like the "natural blondes" I had used and sit on the warm side.i was wrong, and the result was considerably green/grey.

      Since my hair was in good condition, I used straight ketchup on dry hair. Saturated it, put on a plastic shower cap and sat for an hour. Washed it out and was amazed, completely fixed my problem. It did dry my hair a bit, but some good conditioning and it was fine.

      Now of course my hair is fried. Seriously fried. So I was more cautious. Mixed approx 1tblspn olive oil, 2 tblspn ketchup, and 4 tblspn goood conditioner. It was a nice pink. Put it on wet hair, concentrating on the ends, since that was where the green was worse, but put it everywhere. Plastic cap, 1 hour, then rinsed. Im trying not to shampoo. Was actually the best my hair felt in ages, and by neutralising the green, it appeared lighter.

      Here is when things went bad. Against my own advice, I did a soap cap. It's been warm here, and haven't been using the heating, so no hot water. Went to wash it out, had no hot water, and had to wait for it to heat, leaving it in longer then intended.

      Result...a beautiful blonde, at the expense of mushy hair. Went to far. I actually had to trim around my face, and am still getting fairly severe breakage when its wet. So I won't be washing much! Colour is beautiful tho! Im just rocking the salty beach look