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Bleaching #2 is almost done. (2 minutes left)

Hopefully my hair will soon be less orange.

And also, hopefully it will not fall out.


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Nov. 24th, 2005 04:37 am (UTC)
the trick with bleaching your hair is to re-condition it as much as possible, as soon as possible, for as long as possible. when i bleached my hair, i treated it with VO5's hot protein treatment 3 times a week for the first two weeks, the mildest baby shampoo i could find and a really good moisturizing conditioner every time i washed my hair.

if you don't remoisturize and condition carefully and aggressively, bleached hair just feels like straw. i noticed the change from bleached to almost-happy-again hair a week after i first stripped mine, and after the second week of the protein approach, i dropped it back to once a week for the rest of the month, but kept up with the mild shampoo and good conditioner for a couple of months thereafter.

the other advice i have is that after you've done the first month or so of post-bleaching "rescue treatments", to make sure you're using a shampoo and conditioner *designed* for colour-treated hair. they tend to carry extra moisturizers, as well as theoretically milder soaps, in order to increase the lifespan of the colouring. the good news is, you don't have to spend a lot on these: Zellers carries their house-brand (Truly) shampoo & conditioner for about $2.50 each. i can also recommend L'Oreal's colour-treated hair products if you feel compelled to buy a name brand for emotional security :)
Nov. 24th, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)
I'm not conditioning yet, because the theory is that I *want* badly damaged hair for when I go blue on Friday night - more holes for the blue to seep into. After that, I'm going to condition the hell out of it. I'm more worried about what's going to happen to it after the blue, when I have to cover it up back to a more normal colour - my scalp is pretty unhappy at me, and I have concerns about hitting it with harsh chemicals again so soon. I need to research how henna would work on such heavily treated hair.

The upside of having short hair is, if this stunt utterly kills my hair, it'll be grown out in a month or two anyway and I'll have all new hair to play with. :)
Nov. 24th, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
Henna is likely going to turn your hair orange. *grin*
Nov. 24th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to consider one of those "herbal" black dyes, just from the perspective of not burning off my scalp.
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