It has been months since I posted an update or anything on this blog! The thing is… priorities smacks me in the face. Every. Day. I currently have responsibilities on a certain non-profit organization in line with my career, and at the same time, I’m enrolled at a review center in preparation for the licensure exams next year.
But guess what I haven’t lost time to deal with? Hair color!
However, no, not really. As you would see on the following photos below, I have almost 5″ long roots. I’ve been busy that long and I did not have the luxury to dye my hair. The very last time before this post would be 2.5 months ago, during the Master Plumbers’ Oathtaking, in which I just covered my hair with Enchanted Forest, without bleaching my (already showing) roots.
Bleached once (which turned out to be uneven/pictured below) and topped with a layer of Bremod hair color tube in Blue mixed with a generous amount of white conditioner. That mix gave me a silver-y blue.
I’ll let you in the not-so-secret tip; bleaching a jet black hair would give you a golden brown kind of color, if not bright yellow-orange — then, given that you’ve been taught Primary colors since Pre-school, you should know that yellow + blue would give you green. And digging more into the color wheel, violet neutralizes yellow.
From my experience, overtly neutralizing yellows gives you Silver. Hence, – you do the math.
I decided to try the color that I’ve long been planning to wear, which is Blue-blue. From experience, these color tubes (which costs around 35-45 pesos/piece) would do the trick. It always depends, of course, on your hair situation!
I just want to warn you about its difference with semi-pemanent jar dyes, which you can put on directly to your hair; because these color tubes similar to theserequires developer to process, and developers are oxidizers, and oxidizing damages your hair. Also, developers contain ammonia: it smells so bad that you should work with your hair in open air.
Prepare your tools. Find a well-ventilated room. Call a friend!
Mix 1 part dye with 1 part developer. (1:1) I used 9% (30 Vol.) developer.
This certain color develops so fast that it will turn Royal Blue before you get to the next section.
After applying it, I let it sat for about 15 minutes and washed it with shampoo (to thoroughly remove excess chemicals, I wanted to fade it out a bit, anyway) and lots of conditioner.
Here I am again… Hope ma momma won’t nag me coz o’ this.
First bleach! Using Hortaleza Professional hair bleach powder and 12% (Vol. 40) Oxidizing Lotion:Got these from HBC Robinsons Imus. The sale attendant says that you need 2 packets of bleach per bottle of the oxidizing lotion… which I don’t believe. It’s usually 1 bleach: 2 oxidant. But I just ended up using 1.25 bottle(s) of oxidizing lotion on a single packet. I got all of these for PhP 160.00. So expensive.
Photos of my hair before first bleaching: Just a little story behind this: so I was cramming all the boards I need for my thesis presentation and I’m working at someone else’s place. Now, I’ve got only a few days left before the day of presentation and I need to color my hair back to BLACK because I was given a warning from the dean’s office (or our SWDB) that I may not be allowed to defend my work if I have the unnatural hair color I am sporting, because it’s against the hair color policy. I need to drop by my place in Cavite (from Quezon City — thank you to my wonderful someone who drove me to and back from Cavite!) to fetch the things I need for the thesis presentation.
I asked my sister to buy me the cheapest Black hair dye she could find at the drugstore. And what she got is this Henna hair coloring powder that made my hair extremely dry. Halfway through the process (I colored my hair right away when we got back) I realized that 2 packets is not enough to cover my entire head. I had no choice but to let the remaining dye work which smells really awful, by the way, like fish. That incident left sections of brown hair on the left part of my head. That was in April 5, ~1.5 months ago.
Anyway, I haven’t washed my hair with shampoo for 2 days in preparation for the first bleaching.Put on vaseline around my face, behind the ears, and the nape. Some of the bleach went the wrong way and dripped off my back — it stings. Left it on my hair for about 30 minutes.
Here’s a lot of selfies:
Side by side comparison:I was itching to bleach my hair right after the first one because I have ratchet hair!
Aaaaaaaaaaand so I did, the next day: Using Cruset Hair Colouring Cream in Golden Blonde. The box doesn’t contain a leaflet, although the instructions are the box. It comes with the hair colour tube, 12% (Vol. 40) Developer, and gloves.Poured in all the contents of the tube and developer in the bowl. Mixed it well and asked my cousin to slap it on my head, concentrating on the darker parts first.
After about 35 minutes:It made my hair lighter, but not lifted it that much. Maybe because it’s Golden Blond, and it has a pigment in it, I’m not sure. Thanks to the one who helped me with this, my hair became more even.
And, of course, here’s a side-by-side comparison:At this point, I’ve got massive breakage at the ends of my hair. I gave it a rest for 5 days, with deep conditioning, Olive Oil, and no shampoo.
I was at SM North EDSA yesterday because I watched Pitch Perfect 2. (It was fine.) I checked out Lolane’s “Headzone” or their free hair color application booth at The Block, I scanned the shelves that had been set up there… And they don’t have P38. So, uh… Why is it all hair brands are limiting their options when they export here in PH? (Luckily we have our trusty online shops to provide us with crazy hair colors.)
Anywaaay, on the way to the booth, I eyed 50% off at this drugstore… And Palty was on display! But then I have to tame my urge to peek at the available shades because I don’t want to bore the guy I’m with. And I’m limiting my expense that day.
Today, I dropped by Robinson’s Imus to finally check out the shades at Watson’s. (Yes, they have Watson’s inside Robinsons.) I WAS SO THANKFUL TO LAY MY HANDS ON PALTY in Cinnamon Churros for only… PhP 249.75! That’s down from PhP 499.75/box! And I bought this CRUSET in A911 Golden Blond for only PhP 94.75 (which is also 50% off from PhP 190~) to lift my hair color because…
Here’s a review on my Quiapo finds last, last month; at the same time, this would be a tutorial/photo diary on how to mix these chemicals or how to bleach your own hair.
DO NOT TAKE A BATH AT LEAST 2 DAYS BEFORE BLEACHING.
Clean your body, except your head. (I’ve tried 5 days.) This is for letting the natural oils of your scalp spread around your head, the natural oils will help lessen the damage that bleaching will give your hair.
You can add in VCO or olive oil, too.
Get your tools:
Non-metallic bowl (for mixing chemicals)
Hair clips (large mouth clips)
Measuring cup (optional, you can use any non-metallic scoop)
Bleaching oxidant or developer (30/40 vol.)
Hair toner (you will need developers for some toners, or click here for an alternative)
Hair treatment creams
Prepare all the tools you need.
Set-up your space; make sure the room’s ventilated because the smell would be strong and it can sting your eyes. Use old newspapers to cover up the floor, table or desk, whatsoever around you.
Wear an old shirt or top that you don’t care about staining.
Remove your earrings and other metallic accessories that you’re wearing.
Put a generous amount of vaseline or lotion around your face, behind the ears (and your ears, themselves), the nape, and upper part of your back, (especially when you have long hair.)
Mix it uppp! Ratio is 1 part bleach powder:2 parts developer.
Mix until “batter consistency:”
Part your hair into four sections. Start at the lower back part of your hair.
Get a pinch-sized section of your hair and, using your brush, start at the roots, all the way down to the tips of your hair. This is for an equal distribution of hair bleach on all your hair that will result in even lightening.
Work on the next parting, going up. When you’re done — make sure you did not miss a spot — you can cover your hair with a shower cap to lock-in the heat on your head.
Leave it on for 20-40 minutes maximum. Clean up the mess while waiting!
Rinse it out with running freezing cold water, avoid eye contact, use shampoo (to remove bleach residues on your head) then conditioner.
Hair is already damaged, do not blow dry. Use deep conditioning for the next 2 months. Do not bleach your hair twice within 2 months — one month, tops. Unless you want to go bald.
When watching YouTube tutorials and reviews about hair bleaching, I noticed that in the US, they use the “Volume” of the Peroxide for indicating the strength (amount of Oxygen) of the developer, while in our country, the standards of the developers are labeled with Percentages (3%, 6%, 9%, 12%). (More about it here / Reference)
In case you’re somewhat confused — like me — and planning to purchase developers anytime soon here in the Philippines, here’s a chart of the conversion for your reference:
It’s been a while. Here I am updating this blog before the month ends (I made it!) and I’m on my way in fulfilling my promise of bleaching my hair this summer *horray* then dye it with an unusual hair color.
SO. Without further adieu, I would share how I officially started my summer this 2014, aside from the humiliating (myself) year-ender party of Archinet plus some weird stuff I’m trying — I bleached my hair [again] the night I got back home. Now here’s the back story:
March 16, Sunday, I honestly can’t remember what happened but I bleached my hair, left it for about an hour, and the usual result of the first bleaching process: Black to [somewhat-dark-and-Orange-y] Brown. 1 Level lighter, that is. The week went on complying with last few requirements we have to pass, then, after 6 days;
With the block party and org party in between, I got back home, March 22, Saturday late in the afternoon, with hangover, and was thinking, ‘hey, school works are (somewhat) finally over… I can now fry my hair!’ and bleached it. I left the bleach for about 45 minutes and it’s so uneven. My roots are Orange Orange.
NOTE: It is definitely *NOT ADVISABLE* to re-bleach your hair just after a week, wait for at least a month or two -- don't follow my foot steps unless you want to burn your scalp, and have bald spots, and super-ultra-mega damage your hair.
Before going to the next one, I have to share something about the Purple food coloring I planned to use on my hair for toning: I asked my aunt to buy me one and got me a powder food coloring in Violet under the name of Mr. Brown. I don’t know what it means, but when I mixed it with our drinking water, it only turns into Blue; then, using the tap water, it turns Purple, yes, but after some time, I noticed that there are Red-colored bits on the sink, melting just now.
I don’t know if it has something to do with the ‘Hard water‘ thing-y, where you got some Iron or minerals on your water source, depends on your place, which adds to the brassiness of your hair (I made some research, and will definitely make a post about it soon) but if you’re planning to use food coloring to tone your hair, I suggest using the [already] liquid ones, because…
The next day, March 23, Sunday, I “toned” my hair twice: First, using the food color and lots of conditioner (it has a Blue-ish color, by the way,) and the Second one was mixing the food color to my Shampoo. I realized it was just getting my hair darker and darker. It’s not lifting or neutralizing any Yellow up that much. It was so frustrating that I bleached my hair, again. My roots are now White and the top of my head is pale Yellow, and from the mid-length to my tips, it’s fucking Orange. And, oh, I have a few skin burns around my neck and poignant wounds on my scalp, plus one patch of my hair where I usually test bleach, easily breaks when you pull it, too brittle: I look like I have a texture of a [Mad] Witch’s hair. Remember the NOTE above guys — I’m such a loser.
I now have an ugly colored hair, without a toner and cannot go out without looking Jeje.
Grabbed from my Instagram account, which explains why the photo’s very grainy (thanks Apple iPad selfie-cam). Processed with VSCOcam, thus what you see is not the actual hair color I have now. It’s a lot more Orange and full of Yellow tones it’ll kill you when you stare at it.
I cannot go out with this hair color (Hello, Badjao Yellow) unless I want to humiliate myself (to myself) twice within a week. Luckily, someone would run an errand for me and pay for the toner I ordered online… which is Wella Hair Toner T18 and currently looking for more information about it on the internet.
MORAL OF THE STORY: Do your research, plan your process of dyeing, have backups (or stack-ups) of different products for different purposes, ask for a friend to lend a helping hand.