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How to Get Blonde Hair Without Using Bleach

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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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© 2013 Kerry

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princeabdullah 3 years ago

nice hair style

i'll try to my best to make something new ^_^


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BeautyandFashion 2 years ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Thank you, princeabdullah! Have fun with it :)


sara 2 years ago

Hello, thank you for all your great tips and tricks but I need some advice I have virgin dark hair .. so would you recommend to do the soap cap 1st then do an all over color ... I want to achieve a light brown color with the least amount of damage ..please respond back thank you again :)


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BeautyandFashion 2 years ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Sara, how are you? Keeping in min that I am not a trained stylist...I would use the bleaching powder, following the instructions very carefully, particularly with regard to doing the strand test first. You will probably find that this will be a long process, because you won't be able to achieve a light brown from just one processing. Having said that, you can go quite a few shades lighter without staying very red, which is a stage your hair will go through on the way to light brown, by using a toner to counter some of the red/brass coloring after bleaching. To counter this coloration, choose a toner with "ash" marked on the label. The ash has blue/purple which is what you will need. Anything marked 'sandy' or 'golden' will only add to the brassiness. These are the steps I have followed in the past when my hair was quite dark, although it had been processed once or twice previously. Be sure you only leave the bleach on for the recommended amount of time, and have a friend help you as it is quite awkward to do alone if you have not done this before.

Again, this is how I would do my own virgin, dark hair. You can also call a stylist and ask questions first, they are usually very helpful. One thing I must warn you about, it not to use a light brown box dye such as those you would see in the supermarket. This will only make your hair orange/red , and you will still need a toner to get your hair to a more ashen hue anyway. I hope this helps! Please be patient and go a couple of shades lighter each time, and don't try to go light brown in one sitting.

Best wishes :)

BeautyandFashion x


KC 2 years ago

hi,idk if you'd read this but what shampoo did you use on 'no bleach soap cap'? & is it safe to do this every 2 weeks?


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BeautyandFashion 2 years ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello, so sorry I posted but nothing landed - I used Garnier Nutrisse. Let me know how it works out for you. I would be inclined to do it no more than once every 3-4 weeks, and lighten a little as you go. Leave heat off your hair as much as possible during this time, and always, always use a low heat setting. Have a wonderful day :)


kait 2 years ago

so is this soap cap supposed to come out runny or creamy looking?


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BeautyandFashion 2 years ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi kait, when I mix mine it's usually runny. It matters not, just a bit more of a pain to keep put of your eyes is all.

Thanks for dropping in :)


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premhennaindore 22 months ago from India

This hub is really informative.


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BeautyandFashion 22 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Thank you so much :)


sana 22 months ago

Hi . I'm interested in using this method to lighten my hair, and I have a question. Does my hair needs to be freshly washed or does dirty hair will work better just like with dye?

Thank you


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BeautyandFashion 22 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi sana, my apologies for the slow response....it is best to always do this on hair that is NOT freshly washed. When the hair is oilier, it provides more protection for the hair shaft.

Have fun, let me know how it works out for you. Thanks so much for stopping by to read :)

Sincerely...


sana 22 months ago

Thank you for the respond. I really appreciate it. I will definitely let you know how my hair came out. ;)


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BeautyandFashion 22 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Awesome, I look forward to it! ^_^


bc 21 months ago

Hi I did a bleach bath once I like it but I got too much bake soda in mine anyway he became very dry so I have been condition treat it ever since its been since new yes day since I last bleach bath my hair but I'm ready again I also have frosty ash on hand permanent hair gel color but not sure if I should use color with 20 vol developer on my hair now so I was hoping to have white blonde effect & yes it's best to put oil on hair before any bleach chemical to lighten hair.


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BeautyandFashion 21 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello bc, it's always better to make a weaker mixture if you feel concerned. Also, the 20 volume developer will deposit the lighter toners, the 10 is best for darker coloring and toning. I strongly advise against using anything stronger than 20 though, or you will likely damage the hair further, especially if it is already dry.

Have a lovely day and thanks for reading :)


Tamara 20 months ago

Hello dear,

Thank you for this great article am planning to try it .. the problem is .. i can't find hydrogen peroxide anywhere i live .. so can i do it without the hydrogen peroxide even if my developer is only 20? Or can i use anything else instead of it?


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BeautyandFashion 20 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello Tamara, yes - you can try lemon juice instead of peroxide ;)

Thanks for reading!

Kerry


Lolo 19 months ago

Can I tone my hair after dying my hair


Cheryl 19 months ago

Do I use the shampoo cap on wet or dry hair?


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BeautyandFashion 19 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Lolo and Cheryl - I have toned my hair after dying, n the past. However, it is best to wait for at least a week, or until your hair is very oily first. Make sure to use the recommended strength developer for toning :)

I apply the soap cap to dry hair, but I have also applied it to towel dried, damp hair.

Have fun! :)

Kerry


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Stina0621 19 months ago

Can I do this if my hair has been dyed black and then dark brown? I'm just trying to lighten my hair as much as possible. I want to try a new look. Also, I have 30 vol creme, can I use this and skip the peroxide? Or should I go out and buy the 20 vol?


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BeautyandFashion 19 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello, yes you could use the 30, that makes perfect sense, but don't leave it on too long (as for all of these mixtures), apply as quickly as possible so all areas are well covered, then test a strand in about 10 minutes. You will need to do it a few times, depending how lighter you want to be. Keep in mind that you will also need to apply a toner to stop it from being really orange and brassy :)

Enjoy your weekend, Stina0621!

Kerry


destiny flores 19 months ago

I don't have baking soda Do i need to use it ?


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BeautyandFashion 19 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello, yes you can use a shampoo and peroxide mix - lather it on, leave for about 15 minutes then test a strand to see what color looks like. I wouldn't do this more than once per week, and you will need to do it several times before the lightening works the same as it would if you activated baking soda with the peroxide. Use 1 part peroxide to 2 parts shampoo.

Have a great day :)

Kerry


kensie 19 months ago

I have a question, how much does this lighten hair? I just recently died my hair purple ombre and i absolutely HATED it. I used this mix to take some of the color out of my hair, and i would really like to keep doing this so i can eventually achieve a pastel color. how many times would i need to do this? the area that i am trying to lighten considerably is currently a blue-ish violet pale gray color. it's still a little dark so if it was natural, it would probably be a dirty blonde. I would like to get to a very light blond. Thank you! i know this is a very long comment.


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BeautyandFashion 19 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi kensie, hmm, that's a very good question lol. And, I only say that because I'm not sure how porous your hair is - has it been treated very often, bleached a lot in the past etc etc? If so, you'd need to wait longer between these processes. If your hair is strong and healthy, I'd do this once per week for about 20 minutes at a time, no longer. You could also use a toner after your next treatment to get you a little closer to the color you want without having to keep stripping that color out as much. You might only need to do this a cpl more times, if my hunch is right. Because you already have a blueish color, try a mixture of equal parts, T-18 and T-11. One is ash, the other is a pale beige blonde. The ash alone will possibly keep it too grey, but the beige blonde toner should offset that somewhat.

If it comes out still too grey, tone the next time using only the beige blonde toner. I don't recall which is which off the top of my head, T-18 or T-11, please see my other article re Wella toners etc for clarification.

I wish I could see your hair after I'm sure it's going to look amazing! Too bad we can't post pics here :/

Enjoy the rest of your week ^_^

Sincerely,

Kerry.


kensie 19 months ago

update time!! i did a test strip after using this mix yesterday and getting most of the purple out. It got considerably lightened, with little to no damage, after sitting in tin foil for roughly 30 minutes. i just put it in the bottom layer of my hair (that's just how i dye my hair) and im going to leave it in for 30 minutes to an hour. wish me luck! i will probably repeat these steps 3-4 times, once or twice a week. If anyone is reading this, just know that my hair, and yours if you try it, WILL be damaged noticably if you do this excesively. the only reason i am is because I am not too worried about thw damage it was bring onto my hair. I'm careless!! I just don't like the smell of bleach aha.


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BeautyandFashion 19 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Kensie, thaks for the update, and you're correct, it will damage hair if it's done too often, or for too long. Some people put this in their hair then use a flat iron to speed the process up. I have seen ppl do that on video, and one girl actually had a clump of hair fall off in her hand. Silly silly. However, she did say she'd been bleaching her hair regularly for many years, and it was very course looking, and had no body left at all. So yeah, you can put some plastic wrap on it, the natural warmth from your head will allow it to process, but if anyone is reading this, please don't ever apply heat while using this method. The bleach is SO overpowering for me, which is why I started lightening my hair this way instead. And I'm so glad you mentioned you did a test strip first. I neglected to remind about that.

I appreciate you popping back in ^_^ xx


Kayla 18 months ago

Hey I am considering doing this! My hair is a darkish/ dirty blonde color. I'm wondering how effective this is. I've tried just peroxide and baking soda and my hair didn't get much lighter. Will this make my hair platinum blond? I want bleach blonde hair like i used bleach but i'm too afraid to use bleach so i hope this works!

Thank you!


Kayla 18 months ago

OH byy the way i forgot to mention that i want to do this because i plan on ding my hair pastel colors so i need super light hair c:

sorry and thanks again in advance for ur response!


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BeautyandFashion 18 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Kayla, you will possibly need a toner after doing this if you want that silvery color. Check out my other hub on Wella toners and colors etc to get an idea of which you think would be best for you. As you're starting off blonde already, you should have pretty good results.

Have fun!


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BeautyandFashion 18 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Ah! Just saw your follow up. You might still need to tone to a silvery shade to get a good pastel. If you come out a lemon/banana color though, you should be good to go!

Happy hair days ;)

K


dlrg 18 months ago

Your explanation is so clear - I have a related problem I'm hoping you can help me with! I have color (hair dye) but don't have developer and am on vacation and can't find anyone that sells it. I need 20 level developer and need to make a 1:1:1 ratio (I have two colors of dye) . From what you wrote, I think I could use the 3% hydrogen peroxide I have? I'm confused about how would I make that the 20 level. I understand I need 6% but then I get lost! Could I combine it with conditioner to make it a cream developer? If I am using 1 oz of each hair dye - how much hydrogen peroxide would I add to the 2 oz of color?

Thank you for any advice you can provide!


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BeautyandFashion 18 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi dlrg, how funny you should bring this up right now, I ordered color recently, then got all my gear out - bowl, brush, color, gloves and so on, then realized I had no developer. Uh oh!....... Oh before I forget, mix your two colors of dye together and call that 1 portion, so whatever the color amount is combined, just add an equal part of developer. No need to count both colors as a 1 individual part. I hope that makes sense - back to the developer, or lack thereof - run to the local supermarket and pick up a $3 box dye kit and just swipe the developer bottle out of it. Choose a color you might like to use later for a change or a touch up, you can store it at home as you won't have opened the color and mixed it with anything. Plus, you will have gotten the developer you need for now, at a cheaper price, and the exact amount you need for the job.

What color are you working on achieving? I'd love to hear all about it!

Have a fun week.......Kerry ^_^

P.S. don't forget to order developer when you get home! lol


dlrg 18 months ago

Thank you so much! I had thought of doing that but wasn't sure if the developer that would come with a box dye kit would be the 20 developer? Using the developer from a kit would certainly make this much simpler - although I was intrigued by the fact that developer is basically hydrogen peroxide!

My hairdresser gave me some of the two colors (they make a gorgeous light coppery brown color) from Redken. I'm away for two months and have so much gray there is no way I could make it without color for that long!

Anyway - I'll go pick up a box and get rid of my gray! ;)

Thank you so much again for your help!


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BeautyandFashion 18 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

My pleasure, dlrg.............and ahh yes, that gray - I'm with you lol. The developer from the box would be subtle, so I'm sure it'll work with those colors you described. At the very worst, your color might not be as dark copper or vivid as you would like, but it'll keep you covered until you get home.

Let me know how the color comes out will you please?

Enjoy your day :)

Kerry


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BeautyandFashion 18 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

dlrg---I wasn't sure my edit added, it's not showing right now so I will add it here again just in case........

Oops! forgot to mention - when you go to color, spread a little conditioner around your hairline, tops of ears etc, this will stop any color splash from staining your skin. It'll wipe right off clean. For that reason, it may not work to mix with developer. I wouldn't swear to that but because I have used it that way it would make sense that the conditioner could stop the color from absorbing effectively. Also, regarding adding peroxide to your developer..I have done that before, if you Google "how to make 20 volume developer into 30 volume" or words to that effect, you will find the mixing ratios. I didn't save any link, but it's out there.


dlrg 18 months ago

Hi Kerry - thank you yet again! That makes lots of sense. I'll definitely let you know how it comes out! :)


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BeautyandFashion 18 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

You're so welcome! I look forward to hearing from you ^_^

K


dlrg 17 months ago

Hi Kerry - so I ended up needing to go into a city for another reason but made a pit stop at a beauty supply and was able to get actual developer - yay!

I did my roots and as they were processing I realized how much the rest of my hair, and especially my ends, had faded so I re-read your page and mixed shampoo into the leftover dye + developer and spread it through the rest of my hair and let it sit for just over five minutes or so.

It worked perfectly! Thank you so much for all of your help :)


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BeautyandFashion 17 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Oh awesome! ........and yes that's a great method because most often the ends are more porous and will take up the color faster. I'm so happy for you :) Thank you so much for reading my articles. I hope we meet again.

xx


Levi 17 months ago

Can I use purple shampoo instead? will it cancel out the brassiness?


Shiro 17 months ago

Hi! My hair is currently at level 7. Will this make my hair brassy again? I want to achieve platinum hair :3


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BeautyandFashion 17 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Levi, what color is your hair at the moment? The purple shampoo really makes a huge difference if you're already blonde, or a lighter ash color, yes. For the best effect, I usually wet my hair thoroughly, then squeeze out the excess water, then apply the shampoo, without lathering too much. Then I let it sit for 15 minutes and go back to wash it out and condition.

Enjoy!

Kerry :)


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BeautyandFashion 17 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Shiro, because your blonde is already a darkish blonde, it is possible it won't turn all the way lemon/banana color, and it could still be a little brassy. My hair is stubborn like that also :/ I tried a new product recently, though and I'm going to write a new hub about this, so please call back soon - it's called high lift color, and so you can use it on already blonde hair to brighten and lift, without having to bleach all over again. I think I used a level 11, but it came out SO pretty. I got mine on eBay, the brand was Chi Ionic, and the shipping was free it cost $11.95. There are probably dozens of places to purchase it, but that's where I got mine and I was happy with the price, so....js. You'll need to mix it with one part, to two parts 20 volume developer. Oh, and no need to tone after using this either, handy!

Let me know how yours works out would you please?

Have a fun day :)

Kerry


Shiro 17 months ago

wow that's awesome! can I see a photo of your hair before and after?

I will find that product here in our local beauty stores.

Thanks for the reply! ❤


Shiro 17 months ago

I forgot to ask, is it okay to use in bleached hair? I saw some pages that you should not use hi lift on dyed hair


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BeautyandFashion 17 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Shiro, good morning - yes, perfectly OK to use on already bleached hair. I will post a photo of my hair by Monday. I'm having some issues with my camera right at this moment :/

Have a wonderful day ^_^

Kerry


Hunna 15 months ago

Did this with just peroxide and baking soda and it didn't work. Tried with developer and it lighten my green to a sandy blonde. Love this hub.


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BeautyandFashion 15 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Awesome! Thanks so much for reading me, Hunna ^_^ Have a wonderful day x

Kerry


Elizabeth 14 months ago

Can i try 6 peroxide with 20 devel?

Instead of 3 peroxide?


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BeautyandFashion 14 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Elizabeth, you can, but it will be harsher, of course. Are you wanting to do this to make the developer stronger, or because you already have 6% on hand? If it's because you want to alter the volume, here's a good search string to find exactly what you need to know to make it stronger/weaker.

"how to make 30 volume developer from 20 volume"

As you can see, it does cause some controversy with the numbers, lol, some of the conversation is rather comical.

Please drop back and let me know if the reason was diff to my assumption.

Have a great week :)

Kerry


Elzaraa 14 months ago

Hi ! Um this sounds amazing and i want to try this asap i am just hesitating because i have 30 volume developer, baking soda and shampoo ofcourse but i dont actually have peroxide..will this work?


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BeautyandFashion 14 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Elzaraa, if you have 30 volume, just give it a try like that..it's obviously already a stronger mix than 20 ;) It won't be a drastic change, it never is. If it were, it would be damaging. Little steps are always best ;)

Enjoy your weekend!

Kerry


Jasmine 10 months ago

Hi Kerry,

You mentioned this,

"Going without the bleach is less harsh on your hair, so if you choose to do any of the things I have just given, be warned that your soap cap will be even harsher than if you had used the bleach."

I am not trying to be a know it all or anything, but did you make a mistake here in your article? What I mean is....did you mean to say "any of the things other than what I just mentioned"? ...you mentioned that it is less harsh, but then mentioned it was harsher....I get confused easily haha!

There is a reason I am asking. My hormones are really going nuts, and I need to feel good about myself right now. I had a miscarriage, this weekend. I know I am being blunt, but I also know, something happens when we are honest, and talk about things. Coloring my hair, getting a new outfit, praying to God, Jesus Christ, My Savior, the Spirit, going to church, and telling my story to strangers, and recieving non judgemental and honest comments, always helps me feel better. Anyways I am getting off topic, but I believe there may be another who may need to hear this right now. Anyways, about a year ago, I colored my hair from blonde, to a dark brownish/red, then it faded into a pinkish/light light brown. This past fall, I put demi permanent Pravana, in a maroon color, and a little bit of left over hot pink Special Effects, (found it in the back of my cabinet from 6 years ago when I liked to go all color me punk), over the faded brownish/pinkish/light light brown, and it was beautiful. It turned out to be the same exact color as a Sugar Maple Trees leaves in the fall. So about 3 months have past, and I hate my hair. This is why. I colored with Permanent Liquid color Wella 12A w/40 Developer and Permanent Liquid Toner Wella T14 w/20 developer, over the pinkish/reddish/ light light brown, 4 weeks before I found out I was pregnant (mid December), so was about 2 weeks preganant. The color took just fine, but faded so fast, and also didnt really stick like it normally does when I color. Anyways, the first color in December did not take, so I redid the process one week later during Christmas, and it took just fine, but faded quickly. The hormones had not affected the color, since it was early in the pregnancy. The color faded quickly. I bought the same products last night, did a strip test, the roots are lightening, but the middle and ends are doing absolutely nothing! They are not lightening. This color isn't taking, so I have to strip it. It worked okay, in December. I am trying to achieve a silver/purple color. I planned on redoing it once 6 -8 weeks had passed, and that is what I am doing, but it is not working. I need some advice. Here are my questions.

Are my hormones stopping the process?

Do I need to strip the hair first using the soap cap, and will it damage more than bleach?

Did you mean to say that it is hard doing a homemade soap cap, or did you mean as long as I follow your directions it is harsh, but not as harsh as bleach?

If I do the homemade soap cap, will it strip the process I did in December, and is that what I should have done in the first place, instead of trying to gradually build up to blonde? (can not use bleach, this is the reason I am doing it this way)

If I do the soap cap, does it make the whole process harder than it has been already?

Should I risk just doing a 20 Volume Developer, bleach process, with the diluted formula?

Should I use my baking soda if it expired 2 years ago (had to dig deal for this product haha, or do I need to use fresh baking soda?

Okay!

Anyways, I love your articles, because of the variety of techniques. I wish hairdressers would tell us these things, instead of slapping on bleach, and product, and heat, and DAMAGE!!!

LOVE ♡♡♡ JASMINE


Mimi B. 9 months ago

As an Afro Caribbean i had ery littte doubt that this would do anything to my hair other than taking it from jet balck to a shinier jet black lol but i was delightfuly surprised when it not only lightened my hair to a really cute beyonce blonde but it did so fairly quickly and evenly. jet black to blonde in 15 mins. Thank you so much for this. I absolutely love this little hair hack!


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BeautyandFashion 8 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Jasmine! I'm so sorry to hear you've had a rough time recently. I'm sending happy content vibes your way. I'll keep you in my prayers. And, I'm glad you are proative here about making yourself a little more cheery, well done sweety :)

Ok, so thanks for catching that booboo, I am so proud to tell you that a few Hubbers were recently selected for professional editing services, so I didn't make that booboo myself lol. I'm glad you caught it though, I found another problem, also now corrected. ;) Lucky this isn't handwriting though or I'd be in serious trouble o.O.

So I will now address your questions one at a time so I don't miss anything.

Are my hormones stopping the process?

This can happen, although I'm not entirely sure under what circumstances. I know I was advised not to have a perm years ago when I was pregnant. You might call a couple of salons and ask about that. I say a couple because I've found that sometimes you get two different answers, then you'll need to call a third stylist for a tie-breaker. :/ No disrespect to any stylists who are reading this, but it does happen...in all professions.

Do I need to strip the hair first using the soap cap, and will it damage more than bleach?

It won't damage more than bleach, however, the peroxide technically 'does' make it a bleach. It's just that some people I know are allergic to the packet bleach, so this is sometimes a better option. A for stripping your hair first, I'll get to that down further.

Did you mean to say that it is hard doing a homemade soap cap, or did you mean as long as I follow your directions it is harsh, but not as harsh as bleach? See above, and no this is so easy. I have been known to make a good deal of mess when learning to do things with my hair lol. NOT NOW! But years ago. This soap cap you can just slop on and leave, then wash out, condition etc. Having said that, make sure you do the shaft of your hair first, not the roots. More on that specifically, down further also.

If I do the homemade soap cap, will it strip the process I did in December, and is that what I should have done in the first place, instead of trying to gradually build up to blonde? (can not use bleach, this is the reason I am doing it this way)

So here, yes, if you do the soap cap, it will either decrease the amount of color left, or remove it. I would say you're going to need to do it a couple of times. If ALL the color isn't gone, but you're reasonably blonde again, that'll be a great start to get to the color you want your hair to become.

The color you did in December, as far as I can tell from the product you used, wouldn't have helped with that other brown/pink combo you still had left. It's not possible to dye hair blonde, it has to have the pigment removed, then the tone or other hue/color added back. Oh and while I remember, if you're ever adding a darker color to your hair, use a 10 volume, anything higher than that, or maybe a 20, is suited for lightening your hair, not making it darker. Just FYI ;).

You said you did a strand test and your roots are lightening, but not the rest of your hair...this is to elaborate on what I wrote above. Always do the rest of your hair first, and the roots last when you lighten. The heat from your scalp helps the process along, so the roots will lighten much faster. This is also why you see people covering the head with plastic wrap, so the warmth is retained all over the head while it processes.

Should I use my baking soda if it expired 2 years ago (had to dig deal for this product haha, or do I need to use fresh baking soda?

No, your baking soda will be just fine. However, the peroxide can be a problem if you ever need to use that for anything if it's been sitting in a light place, like a window ledge, it does degrade and probably won't be much good. So your question wasn't such a haha, stuff just does become useless sometimes lol. How funny.

So, here's what I would do, if I were you. I would do the soap cap, or bleach if you're confident to use that. If you're hair is reasonably blonde, like much blonder than you currently are, I'd just go for it and color with Wella 7AA/632 -please just check the color number, it's "Medium Intense Ash", not the smokey ash. The smokey ash is darling, but it will be darker than you want, I think. Also, use 20 volume developer, not 40. 40 is much harsher. This particular Wella color is sooo good for creating that purpley gray color, I can't tell you how much easier it is to get to that without bleaching your hair to death first. Anywhere near blonde, and I would bet cash you'll be right at it, or a whisker away. use purple shampoo if you can after that to maintain the lovely ash color.

I hope this all helps, and I can;t apologize enough - I just noticed your comment was posted five weeks ago, and I honestly did not see it. I don't know how that happened, I check in here quite regularly. :/ I hope by now you're feeling much happier and healthy. I will keep you in my thoughts xxxx

Take care,

Kerry

OH P.S. if you want to follow me on Twitter, let me know who you are and we can direct message or email. I don't believe I am permitted to post my email in here.


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BeautyandFashion 8 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hey Mimi, thank you so much I'm delighted to hear it helped. I bet your hair is the bomb! I appreciate you coming back to post. It helps others who might have a question about beautiful dark hair. Have a wonderful week!

xx Kerry ^_^


Regina 7 months ago

I have bleach blonde highlights that have faded. My roots are a dark strawberry blonde. If I do the soap cap without bleach but with developer, peroxide and baking soda, will it turn my roots orange?


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Regina, if the root color is already a strawberry blonde shade, it will still lighten somewhat, so that hair will blend better with the blonde highlights. You may need to do it twice to get it lighter of you feel it's still too dark, but even if it doesn't end up as light as your highlights, it will be so much better to blend in with them after you have toned. Check the progress regularly and don't leave it on too long because the root hair is warmer from your scalp and will process/lighten much faster than a length of hair. Do a strand test first might be best so you know. Make a note of the timing, for next time you need to lighten your roots.

Thanks for coming by and posting, Regina - I appreciate your time. :)

Sincerely,

Kerry xx


eya 7 months ago

hi i have dyed my hair with a light ash blonde (box color), but now it is brown with brassiness can i use the soap cap mixture 2(without bleach) on my dyed hair to remove these reflects?


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi eya, yes, and it will lighten but you won't be able to remove the brassiness altogether, you will need lighten more then tone if you're headed for any shade of blonde. Using blonde hair color doesn't create blonde, because hair needs to be light first to get any of the results shown on the side of the box. Will you be a little more specific about the color you're trying to achieve though please? It'll be easier for us to work out a solution for you.

Sincerely,

Kerry


eya 7 months ago

thank you, i want to get a dark blonde hair or a very light brown hair but without brassiness. should i use the mixture 2 ?


eya 7 months ago

and doing a ash blonde hair 9.1??


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hello again eya :) Yes, you could use the #2 mixture, please do the strand test first to see how long it takes to lighten up. For your light brown choice, you could then color with a pale ash brown - color. Keep in mind it will fade just a little after a few washes so this would probably be the better choice, I would think. For the 9 level ash blonde, you will need to have your hair a light banana yellow before toning it. I have some easy toner and color tips on my other article. I hope this helps :) Thanks for coming back to let us know what color you were trying to achieve!

Have a great Sunday!

Kerry x


eya 7 months ago

ok, thank you again :) firstly i will try to lightening my hair. but there is any alternative of a pale ash brown because it doen't exist in my country and sorry for the inconvenience


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi eya. You could use beige blonde toners, these might not be as effective unless your hair is reasonably light though. You could also try a golden blonde type color, not toner. Just look for a color chart for the brand you can purchase in your country, then at the natural shades, and the ash shades. You will see the differences clearly that way. If you Google your brand+color chart, you should be able to find exactly what you need.

:) Enjoy your week x

Kerry


eya 7 months ago

ok thank you so :)


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

You're so welcome ^_^


pearla 7 months ago

Hi and thanks for your help! My natural hair is dark with a lot of grey specially in the front. I tried to go to a dark blonde and following the advice of hair professionals at a beauty shop I used a neutral color in 7N with a 30% developer, which lightened my hair but turned it red/orange. I went back to Sally's and was advised to dye my hair again with a lighter ash color 8 medium ash blonde with a 20% developer. This time my hair color was lifted a little bit more but turned even more orange than the first time. However, the back still stayed a bit darker throughout the two processes. I went back for the third time and was told I'm just not lucky for being blessed with a strong predominant orange gold pigment and should go to a salon or go darker, which I don't want to do. How can I stay the same shade of medium/dark blond but get rid of the orange tone?. It's been two weeks since I first died my hair and one week since I died the second time. Please respond to my query, I'm feeling desperate :(. Thank you so much.


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BeautyandFashion 7 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi pearla, I can't believe some of the silly advice from these people, when they're supposed to be pros at this. Amazing :/ So, you're going to need to lighten your hair, so grab a friend and get bleaching. I have been dark haired recently, but missed my blonde, so I decided to add heavy highlights, but not tone. At the moment with red hair being trendy, it looks like I just have low-lights, in various shades of lemon through to red, with my dark base. You could add highlights like this, but tone them so they're a blonder shade rather than goldy/ginger. Then, add more highlights every couple of weeks. I find this a good method rather than going blonde all over at once, because as you are now well aware, getting through that red stage can be awkward, and this quite a good look in the meantime.

Or, bleach all over, but with your dark hair, be prepared because beautiful dark hair does have loads of those red hues on the way to blonde. You won't be able to go blonde in one sitting, unless you visit a salon and spend tons of money. There are new products out which are generlly only available to professionals, so that would be an option if you have the means.

Please also don't use 30 or 40 volume developer. My hair is stubborn to lift too, and it has been my experience that 20 is way strong enough to get the job done, and less harsh to your hair. Try the Beige Blonde toner I mention in the article above, on your bleached hair. It's a subtle natural tone - very pretty.

Please pop back if you get stuck somewhere, I'm here every day mostly :)

Have a great evening!

Sincerely,

Kerry


Tash 6 months ago

Hi, I tried your suggestions although i didn't have baking soda. I left it in no longer than maybe 5 minutes because i could see the roots where getting to blonde! It worked!! i was having a massive freak cause i hate dark hair, I'm naturally a dirty blonde and I've always dyed it light blonde. I tried to dye it ash blonde after having some purple streaks in it and it went super dark!! I was worried about using bleach because i didn't really want to strip the colour out. Thank you!! your a life saver!!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hey Tash, awesome!

Thanks so much for coming back, we all really appreciate your input ^_^ Maybe we can save some more people lol.

Have a great Sunday!

Kerry x


Tatiana 6 months ago

hi!!!

I am natural ashy blonde with lighter highlights. 2 weeks ago I wanted to achieve an ombre so I applied an 8.3 with 20% to my roots, it tourned out a disaster: my roots where orange! I used a semi permamnent dye and I have been washing every other day with clarifying shampoo and some baking soda some times, it washed away but not so much. do you think that using the soap cap will help me to remove what is left of the dye? Shall I just wait untill I see the regrowth? Is there anything else you advicse me to do? I was thinking in applying maybe very thin highlights so the base color doesen't show up so much?

Many many thanks in advance! I love your site and you are such a sweet person!!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Tatiana, thank you, you're too kind :)

OK so I think the dye you are referring to is a Loreal product..is that correct? I looked it up to get an idea of what color blonde that is, i.e. ash or gold/beige.

When you want to lighten, you will need to lighten with either that soap cap if you wish to avoid using packet bleach, or, use a packet bleach. Those blonde box dyes are so deceptive in that people think they can just dye hair and it will go blonde, regardless of the color you are to begin with. If you are a blonde already, it's generally not a bad result. You must have a fair amount of red pigment in your hair. Here's what I would do, as you said you used a semi-permanent color.

Semi-permanent colors do not have any ammonia in them, and they don't require developer, so when you apply it, it's basically just adhering to your hair shaft, and it generally goes away after half a dozen shampoos, give or take a couple...

Try washing your hair a couple of times with just regular dishwashing soap. It tends to strip color, and being a semi-permanent you used, it might just do the trick.

Or

If it doesn't you could try the soap cap, or add in some highlights like you mentioned in your post. If you added fine highlights, you'd actually have a lovely head full of highlights and lowlights to add to your own natural color. I think that would look pretty good!

Or

If you strip some of the color away and you're still not happy with a lemon'ish result, you could also just run some toner through, all over won't change the rest of your hair with any significance...it's just way easier to do it that way. Use 20 volume developer, and choose an ash toner. This would be a nice idea if you really can't be bothered with highlights.

Let us know how it turns out please! I wish everyone could post pictures of their results. Perhaps I should start a YouTube channel and showcase you guys :)

I appreciate you coming by, have a happy day ^_^

Kerry xx


Tatiana 6 months ago

hi Kerry, thanks for your super fast answer! Yes, the initial color was Loreal majicontrast 8.3 and turned, brassy blonde. I tried to correct with a semi permanent color, I think it was a 7, from the box, and it is still very warm tone when what I like ( and is my natural base color) is ashy pearly tone. I have been trying to tone it down with blue shampoo, with clarifying shampoo... Oil bath... But is still quite warm so I think I'll try to add a few highlights, specially around my face see how it goes... Wish me luck!! Cheers


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Tatiana! Yeah that sounds like a good idea. You can add more periodically if you want an overall lighter look. Good luck! :)

Kerry x


Johanna Dunn 6 months ago

Hi Kerry! I need your help


Johanna Dunn 6 months ago

Ugg it didn't seem to keep my question! I apologise if this is a repeat. I generally have light beige blonde hair, and do my iwn highlights and lowlights, thos having thick hair, the lowlights never last long.

Being adventurous I tried a pinwheel with castings creme iced chocolate. It was a disaster. Bled into the blonde, and was more purple black then brown. Deciding it was all ruined, I dyed the rest thinking I could live with it for a few weeks. Turns out I can't. It's horrible. Sooo dark purpleish redish black. Tried a vit c wash, didn't help at all.

I have on hand 20vol, and 4 kolstons colours. Dark ash blonde, med ash blonde, light ash blonde, and lightest ash pearl. I generally hate ash (which is why these sit unused!) but maybe they might tone this disaster.

My question, am I better off with a soap cap, or using yet more colour? I think using the light colours is a waste as 20vol won't lift much? If I could get to a golden brown, I could at least look at it. Thanks!!! Johanna


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Johanna, wow adventurous, I love the pinwheel effect, but that can happen very easily - the bleeding colors.

So if I am following, you presently have mainly a dark ashy purple and a red/burgundy combo? I mean 'ish' ...I know it's often hard to describe in words.

Here's what I would do to get back to a nice light brown/dark blonde. I would wash the hair a couple of times in good old dish soap, that should take a bit of color out for starters, and less harsh with some good conditioner afterwards. I say start here because it might be enough, depending on what type of color you used - semi/demi etc.

If it's still wayyy too much of a dark purple red mix, try that soap cap, for sure, because if you are looking for a golden brown, even a reasonably pale orange result would give you a good base, so you can then do all over with a nice light brown demi color. I know you don't like those ash tones, but if you choose an nice ash brown it will also help get rid of more of that orange and send you in the right direction.

Once you've gotten your pretty brown back, add a few highlights.

Ok this part is important - use 10 volume to put the demi brown color into your hair. BUT, use 20 volume for your highlights. The 20 volume will actually lighten up to two shades, because it has 6% peroxide in it. So, also be careful not to get any of that 20 volume on your new brown, or you will see little orange/red bits you won't want.

Add a few more highlights every couple of months, or every month, depending on your own preference, and you will be back to a beautiful beige. Oh and P.S. when you lighten your highlights, try to get to banana color, then you might like to try that beige toner I mention in this article above. It's darling, I know you'll love it!

One more thing....If your highlights don't lighten enough and are still a bit gingery than you were aiming for, an ash toner will be good until you lighten them a bit more, or you could simply leave those for lowlights and make the next batch of highlights lighter, and use ash toner for those.

I hope this helps. I tend to get a bit longwinded lol, but there are so many ways you can get to where you need I wanted to make sure I provided a few options that I would personally use.

Let me know if you have any more questions, I will do what I can to help.

Sorry for the wait on the reply...my offline life just got in my way today!

Kerry ;) x0


Johanna 6 months ago

Thank you for the quick reply! Dish soap was next on the list! After years of home colouring, I think I am broken for it. Particularly because here in Ireland you can not but professional colours without a license, and I find results with drug store brands so hit and miss. Also now that its halfway down my back its hard to do by myself.

Thank you so much, I'll let you know how it turns out!


Johanna 6 months ago

Ok update time! I've reached a result I can live with...but boy what a journey!! Sooo I started with about a level 2 redish purpleish super dark. Did a vit C wash, slight change. 3 washes with dishsoap really hardly changed it, maybe 1/2 level lighter.

I broke down and bought a colour remover, sat for my hour and washed it out..disappointingly I was still very dark, and now very red/orange, particularly at the roots. Also Super Dry! Needless to say, super disappointed as my natural colour is mousy/ash blonde. At this point probably a level 3/4. Lighter, but still horribly dark and red.

No toner on hand (nearest beauty supply over an hour away). So coconut oil over night to try to help it. Coconut oil is amazing. Next day, i do some patch tests with what I have on hand (4 shades of ash, lvl 6-10) and 20 vol. The level 10 pearl ash took it blondish, and cancelled most of the red.

I really want it to work, so I do a non-bleach soap cap. Also had no peroxide, so just 20 vol, baking soda and shampoo. My hair is half way down my back, ill note to anyone else to double what you suggest, as it wasn't enough. Wash it out, think I got 1 more lvl of lift. Now about a 5. Still very red. It actually was a lovely colour, a pretty auburn brown, but I still wasn't happy. Deep condition, more coconut oil.

More coconut oil. Debated all day!!! Put the ash pearl in. I am happy to say I am actually blonde again! Hair has suffered. Will need lots of tlc, would not recommend the amount of stuff I did, but I am blonde again! Actually a nice beige blonde. Thank you so much for your site. I read all your comments, and took what advice was here and got back to a colour I can live with, without an embarrassing and expensive trip to my salon!!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Johanna....Yay, go you! Yours was a tricky situation. I got half way through and thought oh no, poor Johanna!

But, I did have another backup plan, which is - if you see red/red/red peeping through BROWN hair...you can add about 2 drops of green food dye to your shampoo, because green is the opposite of red on the color wheel, and it can help to take that red back considerably, if not altogether. I suppose it depends on how red red you are. If you see orange, use a couple of drops of blue, and if you see yellow, use purple. Hence the purple shampoo. That stuff is magic! I hadn't mentioned this previously, because I know you needed to get back lighter first, not just ditch all that red. So, it wouldn't have gotten you to that point anyway.

P.S. I always make my own purple shampoo and leave-in conditioner using just good old pantry quality food dye, and I'm about to publish a new article this week with those recipes and instructions if you'd like to come back and check that out. (Please tell your friends! x) It might be handy for later.

I use the purple shampoo about once every 10 days, and the leave-in conditioner I use every time I wash my hair, but just a tiny bit spread evenly through while my hair is still damp.

In any case, thanks so much for keeping us updated. I know this has been a major pain for you, but two heads are better than one and we nailed it!

Have a wonderful day,

Love Kerry x


Johanna 6 months ago

Hi! I have a bit of a follow up question.. I'm still darker then I like, and am wondering about something.

I know that colour can not lighten colour (ie lighten dyed hair with more dye), I've read that over and over. But I know you can lighten a shade or two. I assume this is because the developer (peroxide) lightens slightly.

My question..if you were lets say dye your hair once every 4 weeks or so, and pick a shade lighter everytime, could you lighten fairly dramaticly over time? It seems plausible, but curious to get soneone else's opinion.

Thanks again for your advice.


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Good morning Johanna,

Yes, sure you could do that. I think if you did it though, by adding in a few highlights every few weeks, the overall look will be much brighter and natural. Without scrolling through all of our comments, did I mention a product called Chi Ionic before? It's a high-lift color, meaning it's only for use on hair that is already blonde. The same happens with this as putting bleach on dark hair otherwise - many shades of red/orange and yellow. But, with already blonde hair, it's a great pick me up. It is possible you could have some lemon residual color after using it, but if you toned with T18 Lightest Beige, that might be nice. If you do something like that every now and then, go a shade lighter, you might still have a little yellow to contend with so the toner might be necessary.

My preference would be for adding more and more highlights though, it'd look natural, and give you that overall blonder hair without treating your entire head. Way easier!

I will be in and out of here all day if you post again. :)

Thanks!

Kerry x


Johanna 6 months ago

Hi Kerry! I absolutely agree that gradual highlights is the most natural looking way to lighten. It's what I have done for years.

My problem is that now my hair is half way down my back, I'm finding doing my own highlights increasingly difficult. It's how I got into this mess, bleeding colour at the roots that I ended up having to cover up! Any tips on home highlighting long hair appreciated!

My other problem is here in Ireland you can not buy professional products without a license. I can get the odd thing here or there, but it's pretty hit and miss. So I am stuck with drug store products.

After my last disaster I am afeared of home highlighting (after 20 years of doing it) and wonder if just picking a good box colour and sticking to it might be my best option. Not happy with that choice tho!!

So really I can't get professional bleach or toners :(

I am looking forward to your toner recipes! I have a 5 gallon jug of violet shampoo for my white horse I dip into when needed, but it can be very drying, was excellent value tho!!

Johanna


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Johanna, how are you today? The box dye might be worth a shot, make sure it's a semi-permanent though, that way you won't have all the harsh chemicals as a demi- permanent, or a permanent, and it will wash out after several washes. You could then use a demi or permanent box color next time if you were satisfied with the result.

Or, try this, until I get my purple shampoo recipe posted in it's entirety lol. ...

Grab a bottle of shampoo, it needs to be one that is white/opaque. Squirt a decent blob into a bowl, I'd say 1/4 of a cup would do for now. Add a couple of drops of purple, and a couple of drops of blue vegetable dye. Do it just one or two drops at a time, until you have a color just darker than lavender. Damp your hair, apply to the areas you need it most, leave for about 10 minutes, then rinse well and condition. If it looks purplish, you can go back and shampoo, then condition to get out some of the excess. I generally just hop into the shower, add water to whatever purple is on my head, lather and then rinse and condition. But if you have more residual lavender color than you'd like, that extra wash will help. Remember too, ( I know I said it above...) a little blue-(er) than purple is good if you're more orange, a little purple(er) is best for yellowing color.

As for adding highlights to long hair. I love to find the most effective, yet lay way of doing things lol. Many, many times, i have put on my rubber gloves, mixed my bleaching powder and developer, then just randomly grab a small strand of hair and apply the mixture with my fingers. After rubbing a small amount onto the hair, I just twirl it a little, and let it hang. I never get any bleed by not covering it, because it doesnt have enough product to drip. What I did apply has been rubbed into the hair, so it's damp, but not dripping. I leave mine 40 minutes, uncovered, or until it dries and is a little stiff. As soon as this stuff dries, the processing is completed anyway - the bleach no longer works. The handy part is, you can see the color changing without having to unwrap foils and make a mess .

Edit* forgot to mention I did this a couple of times....couldn't get bleaching powder as quickly as I need it, so went to the supermarket and grabbed a highlighting kit. Im sure you've seen those in the usual box dye aisle. So you will nick the bleaching powder and the little bottle of developer out of that ;)

We'll get this yet gf ;)

Kerry xx


LizzieBod 6 months ago

Hi Kerry,

My natural hair colour is ash blonde with red and brown pigments. I have been dying my hair medium brown for two years. I decided to try to dye my hair blonde. I was hoping for an ash blonde/medium blonde. I allowed my hair to lighten a little naturally ( turn auburn/ ombre) before trying to dye it blonde. Sadly, it didn't work when I used the dye. I have a important function at the weekend but I do not have time to go to the hairdressers to 'fix' it. It's not a horrible colour it's just not blonde, strands of hair are blonde on the top. I have bought the 20 developer and T18. I'm a little worried that I will use it and it will send my hair a weird colour. I would happily send a photo to show you if you have an email address. I ideally don't want to use bleach but I also don't want my hair this darker/orangy red at the ends and on the underneath layers. Have I chosen the right products to get the correct effect? What do I need to be careful of? Thanks, Lizzie


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Hi LizieBod,

I'm thinking, because you have somewhere to be on the weekend you might try another box dye, because it's more easily accessible right at this point from your pharmacy or good old Walmart, and get a pale ash brown, it might be called light ash brown on the box.

I like the Clairol Nice & Easy brand myself, that's a personal choice. They do have a lovely 8A/106 Pale Ash Blonde. You could try something like even. But, if you're at all concerned the blonde might still leave you a tad brassy, that is, if you're more brown or very orange than blonde now, it could happen ...please go with the ash brown instead

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Those medium type browns like you have been using are so lovely, I like those myself for a change once in a while, but they do seem to have copious amounts of nice chocolate brownish red color in them, especially when it's beginning to fade.

If this works out OK for now, pop back next week an we can get you back closer to where you need to be if it's still not light enough.

I hope this helped!

Kerry xx 6_^


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

LizziBod edit* That Blonde Clairol was actually Natural MEDIUM Ash Blonde, not pale ash blonde. My bad :/


Johanna 6 months ago

Morning Kerry!! I have to say how appreciative I am for your help! I used to live in California, in a pretty busy area, and now live in literally the middle of nowhere in Ireland! It's nice to be able to bounce ideas off someone (my 3yr old is useless info, and my husband could care less!)

It's funy when, after years of home colouring, and you finally really screw up your hair, you start to think about how you got there. I think the funniest thing is that right now I am pretty much the ashy mousy dark blonde I was born with! All that to get back to square one :)

What generally happens is i end up lighter, lighter, lighter, too light! O-oh, then I want to add low-lights. Much harder to put strands of dark in. Either I'm to timid, and, if they show up at all, they are gone in 2 weeks! That's what happened this time, but of course I wanted to be fancy, tried a pinwheel, and badness followed.

I loved your last suggestion. You are so right. If I all over box dye, inevitably I will be to light (no depth) all over and be back to adding dark. Funny now that I am basically sitting at my natural colour, it is a decent darkish base.

So I will take your advice, and highlight, highlight, highlight! Question..? When you do it, how far down into the hair from the part (into like towards the ears) do you go? Like an average t-bar job? Just around the face and like an inch from part? And do you attempt anything at the back?

For now im sworn off lowlights! Do you have a favorite brand for nicking the bleach from? Also as a side, casting creme gloss, although a semi, was super hard to shift!!!! So good brand for going dark.

Johanna


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi Johanna!

Welcome back, I'm enjoying our daily chats lol. ^_^

With the highlights, yes I do mainly around my face and front each side a little heavier for starters, and yes, about an inch from the part, lightly applied at the top, then applied heavier as I'm headed downwards. I do the rest of my sides a little at a time, then as I feel I've added enough, I just use gloved fingers to randomly add a few highlights strands at the back. Check in the mirror after you add those at the back, and you'll probably see a couple of places where you could add a few more highlights. Next time you add more highlights, just bobby pin those pieces at the back and that way you'll have them right where you wanted them.

I don't have any preference on brands for those box frosting kits, but I do remember it was a champagne blonde, if that's any help. That lightening powder is really good too, like those conditioner tubes you ususally get in the box dye kits - Amazing stuff! Nothing at all like regular conditioner of the shelf!

I liked your reminiscing...I remember my dear old Dad used to say "Kerry, I don't know why you get those white streaks in your beautiful dark hair, because when you're 50, you're really gonna feel like you need to go back the other way" LOL. Yes Dad, right again.

Kez xx

Oh P.S. Look on my profile, I'm now on YouTube (the home and Twitter, linked back to here. I'd love to share some of you guys lovely new hair pics. Message me!


Johanna 6 months ago

Hi Kerry!

Still at it! Heh

We were at the beach yesterday and my husband says "is your hair kinda green?"

Grrrrr hah you would think he would know better.

I plan on getting food colouring for your mixes, but as I have none now, ketchup to the rescue.

However, my hair is awful sad, dry, sorta yuck. Needs trimmed after this. I remember from beauty school (like 20 years ago) olive oil + conditioner can sometimes save hair thats gone "mushy". Thank goodness its not quite that bad, but is that still the best?

Is coconut oil better, ever try the mayo trick? Suggestions welcome!! I fear I'm a ways off adding highlights till it thickens up a little. Naturally thick strands are now dangerously thin.

I did mix the ketchup with olive oil and conditoner(mix of everyone I had!)

Johanna


Johanna 6 months ago

Quick follow up..washed out the ketchup mix and now it has dried (naturally) and it is considerably blonder! It never ceases to amaze me that the right colour of toner can dramatically change the colour of your hair. That you can cancel out one, and end up lighter. Cool stuff!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Good morning....husbands! haha. Ok so I can't believe I forgot about the good old ketchup, or as we say in Aussie, tomata sauce. (what is it in Ireland..out of curiosity?)

I think coconut oil is the better option. Perhaps apply some and cover and sleep in it. I don't know about you, but if I wash my hair and it looks all moisturized and healthy, whether it is or not, then I sleep on it. I look at myself in the mirror the next morning and ponder ...what in the world goes on when I'm sleeping? o.O

You could also replace regular conditioner with mayo. Also, put a little coconut oil in a spray bottle with some water, shake like crazy and spritz a few times through the day. Are you a work at home Mom? If so, handy to be able to walk around with restorative goop in your hair. But, very lightly applied, the mist of coconut oil could still work if you had to be at the office.

I have all kinds of come-backs for your hubby's question LOL...mine is a bit the same. How funny are they?

Kerry x ^_^


Johanna 6 months ago

Yea he keeps saying "are you doing more to your hair? I thought you were going to stop?" Well I would stop if I were hapy with it!! Rub it in why don't cha!

In Ireland they call it red sauce, but I'm so anerican (even after living here 15 years) so ketchup it is! I think it needs another dose, but mixing it with olive oil and about 4 kinds of conditioners, 2 from box dye kits, it's actually the best its felt in days. Of course I only rinsed the ketchup concoction out, so alot still in there.

I am very lucky that I am mostly an at home mom. My husband works from home, and we live in the middle of nowhere, so I can leave goop in my hair loads! I'm actually a very specialised horse trainer (think monty roberts/pat parelli) and only work when I want to. So on the occasions I do go train, my hair is in a french braid or pony tail, so even then I could get away with some level of "stuff" in my hair.

Does olive oil discolour over time? I do like the coconut oil/water spritzer idea, sounds easy. My hair os generally a mess, not quite straight, not really curly, just annoying, so I love my straighteners, but I've left them alone as I know they won't help the condition.

I've got issues with wanting to mess with my colour on a fairly regular basis, and I'm almost ocd with it now that its some strange not quite brown, not quite blonde, sorta ash at the tips, golden at the roots.

I keep telling hubby, you want me to stop, cough up €70 and I'll go get it fixed!!!


Johanna 6 months ago

Btw, I _love_ iggy's hair colour. I'd stop right now if I had anything near that!!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hey! :)

The similarities here are growing lol. I have lived in the U.S. for 15 years..from Australia. I am also a horse lover and spent many years working with them, but sadly, I don't anymore.

Re Iggy- which new hair? lol. The goldy/ash? I'm confused about that even being a thing. It sounds like an oxymoron, nevertheless, some nice blondes among her more recent pics. P.S. If you Google her now, and see that scary peach? Yes, that was me. I loved it for two days. The End.

So back to the hair lol..fortunately you can goop up and it sounds like you should be just fine. I think I'm a bit like you also, in the fact that I know about the waiting, and patience is a virtue, but when I see a new variation on my color, I want it yesterday.

With regards to the coconut oil, it can dull your blonde over time, especially when the hair is porous. Clarifying shampoo about once per week, and some purple conditioner will keep that in check though, to get rid of residue. Also, you can get the Moroccan oil in regular, or light now. So that might be worth looking at too.

Cheers my friend :)

Kez x

*Edit, pardon me, I referenced coconut oil, not olive oil. But olive oil is obviously not white, mostly. So without having proof, I would assume the build up from regular use would be somewhat similar.


Johanna 6 months ago

The pink tips? I did that 10 years ago!! I actually loved it, but my hair was very long. I love long, beige blonde hair. My hairdresser in america called it "pornstar hair"! Think Pamela Anderson in the 90s, but not so bleach blonde.

O wait, that's Iggys hair, when its good and shes not being silly. Cheryl Cole?

Horses are fun.

Gold, ash, its very strange. Its because the tips (last 5 inches or so) really sucked up the ash, and went a bit green. The top 5 inches or so are a nice-ish dark gold blonde. The underneath, o jezz, the underneath. I generally have it a darker colour, and only had so much ash to tone the horrible auburn-ish colour, and the underneath got none. So its still super dark, like a level 2 dark redish purple. I try not to hate it, but I can't stop messing with it. More ketchup on the tips tomorrow, hoping not to go to far in the other direction!!


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

Hi! :-)

I just Googled Cheryl Cole....sooo many different looks but she can easily pull most of them off, what a lucky girl!

Baby steps with that ketchup, and loads of conditioner of course. Do you use white conditioner and mix the ketchup in with it? What's your sauce technique? I'm sure many others would like to know too. I mean how long do you let it process for?

Kez xx :-)


Johanna 6 months ago

Ok, when my hair was healthy, but tinged with green (from putting ash highlights over yellow), i used straight ketchup on dry hair, plastic cap covered for an hour. That did the trick. Washed it out and conditioned well.

After my hair was fried, I made a mix of about 1tblspoon olive oil, 2 tblspn ketchup and 4 tblspoon conditioner (I used a mix of deep treatment conditioner and some other conditioner left from a box dye kit). Mix well, was a nice pink colour. Applied on wet hair, all over but particularly on the tips. Plastic cap covered and left for an hour. Then I only rinsed it till water ran clear, as I'm avoiding over washing. It made a huge difference but seemed like it needed another dose, but only at the tips. My hair actually felt really conditioned afterwards.

Of course I never do anything by halves. Instead of doing a second ketchup treatment, I decided to do a soap cap. Figured it would cause red (to cancel the orange) and take me even lighter. Well, big mistake there!!!

My hair is now a beautiful blonde, but it went to the mushy stage, particularly around my face. It was the one step to far. So I trimmed the worst of it, have vowed not to wash it for as long as possible, and am applying coconut oil multiple times a day, covered by a plastic cap and a towel to keep the heat in. But I am a lovely blonde now, under all the oil!!!


Johanna 6 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


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BeautyandFashion 6 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


Johanna 5 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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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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 :)


Johanna 5 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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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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 :)


Johanna 5 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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BeautyandFashion 5 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


LadyLegs 5 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. :)


meridith 4 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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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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.


Deen 4 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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BeautyandFashion 4 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


nisenisa 4 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.


nisenisa 4 months ago

also does the color tend to fade out over time?


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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


eya 3 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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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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 ^_^


eya 3 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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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


Heather 3 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.


eya 3 months ago

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


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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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 ^_^


Audrey 3 months ago

How damaging is this to my hair?


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BeautyandFashion 3 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


Susan 2 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.


Susan 2 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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BeautyandFashion 2 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


Susan 2 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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BeautyandFashion 2 months ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


Saundra 2 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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BeautyandFashion 8 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


Saundra 8 weeks ago

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


Saundra 8 weeks 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?


Saundra 8 weeks 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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BeautyandFashion 8 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


Jeremy 7 weeks 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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BeautyandFashion 7 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


TwinsMother 7 weeks 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!


TwinsMother 7 weeks ago

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


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BeautyandFashion 7 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


TwinsMother 7 weeks 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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BeautyandFashion 7 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


TwinsMother 6 weeks 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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BeautyandFashion 6 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


TwinsMother 6 weeks ago

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


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BeautyandFashion 6 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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

Kerry x


Johanna 6 weeks 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!!!


TwinsMother 5 weeks 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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BeautyandFashion 5 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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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BeautyandFashion 5 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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


TwinsMother 5 weeks 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!


Johanna 5 weeks 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.


Johanna 5 weeks 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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BeautyandFashion 4 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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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BeautyandFashion 4 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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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BeautyandFashion 4 weeks ago from The Beautiful United States of America! Author

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 ;)


Erica 3 weeks 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?


Kate 7 days 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 :-)


Daysha 3 days 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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