Hi again! This is my first hair color post! Technically, Hair dying, yes. I want to share my hair dying obsession with you, specifically the Red color. But you have to take note that I am not a professional, but I know quite a lot about hair bleaching and dying, through research – based on internet, other blogs – and from my own experience.
You might get confused about the results from this hair dye, or any hair dye in general, and since this is a bit tricky and risky thing to do to your hair, so I have to be clear about my hair history…
I desalinized my hair year 2011, start of summer or end of school year, yes, first year in college’s done. In time to my trip to UAE to visit my parents and stayed there for two months.
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.
Here’s what tipped the curiosity into dyeing my hair in different colors. As an asian, I have naturally black hair — Jet Black may be the right term —
I just remembered how when I was little and saw my mom applying some Black stuff (which is a cheap tinting dye from China that is common in the Philippines) because her white hair is showing up due to age,I insisted she tint my hair too — remember that I was a kid, around nine (9) years old — and she did; and after that, at times when she does it on her hair, she does mine, too.
I really have no idea about hair dyes, colors, application, the chemicals, etc. the first time I did it. I’ve just been looking up on the internet on how to “lighten” my hair and with a very little research and impatience, I ended up purchasing Dariya Palty Hairdye in Mecha Flash Bleach Sparkling Blondefrom an online shop selling Japanese products based in the Philippines.
This was way back April of 2011. I did not took a photo of it, as I do not have all the resources during that time, but I remembered quite well how it worked for me. (Well, goodbye, virgin hair!)
*Update as of February 2019: They have re-branded the Bleach lineup. Check it here.
THOUGHTS ON PALTY SPARKLING BLONDE:
The box contains the bleaching powder sachet, developer, conditioning shampoo (or hair treatment formulated by Dariya,) instructions/manual (which is in Japanese characters,) plastic bottle, screw-type comb-like plastic, and plastic disposable gloves.
I followed the instructions which is in Japanese – Hiragana & Katakana characters – but you can surely comprehend and follow the illustrations, anyway.
Mix up the bleach powder and developer cream (tube) well inside the provided plastic bottle, then attach the plastic comb at the mouth of the bottle. Put on your gloves. Apply to your hair as evenly as possible. I left it for about 40 minutes. Washed with shampoo, then the small packet of conditioner or after-dye hair treatment.
It did lighten my hair, NOT sparkling blonde light, but halfway there. It left my hair undamaged. Quite soft afterwards, actually.
It is claimed to be made for teenagers; or their target market are girls like me, aged 16 at that time. It does not smell bad — or strong, like your usual hair dyes that stings. It does not leave your hair damaged!
P.S. I bleached my hair a few days before our flight to UAE, and knowing that it’s the Middle East during summer, it’s extremely hot. Direct exposure to sunlight, aside from damaging your hair and skin, may cause the fading of the color right away, so my mother bought me a L’oreal Shampoo and Conditioner for colored hair (which is quite funny because she was against the act of my bleaching my hair,) that was supposed to help in maintaining the color of my hair until I went back to the Philippines. I think it barely did a thing.
That’s it for my first time. Mind telling me your history?