Hair Chronicles: Bleaching Hair for the nth Time Around

Hair Chronicles: Bleaching Hair for the nth Time Around

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.

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Hair Chronicles: Blonde Taste

I am back to Blonde (for now), I think level 6 (out of 10) and planning to go Græy before Friday.

I’m going to post photos and which products I used, soon. Please bear with me as my first endorsement for my undergraduate thesis is on Friday. And I don’t know why I chose this time to bleach my hair.

Update: April 2015

As I’ve underwent Brazilian Blow Out [just] more than a month ago before this post, I’ve felt the huge difference of the texture before and after. I immediately felt regret after I bleached my hair. That money I spent for the blow out was blown. out. (Ha ha)

But then, here we are, I bleached it twice(?) — I can’t actually remember though because of the great focus on thesis work. Sported the ugly brassy hair for a few days, then used a cheap Violet hair color to remove the brassy tones. Now, I went wrong with this one because it has a Red base. If you are going to cancel out the Orange and Yellow tones on your bleached hair, use a Purple color, making sure it has a Blue base (meaning the color blue is the abundant primary color than color red; basic color math that I’ve failed to do.) I ended up just coloring my entire head with it and wore it for a few months…  Which turned out to be my hair color on my official graduation photo. I think now I’m having regrets with it.

Bleached my hair again, after a month or so, and used Pixxel in Lightest Ash Blond where its magic did not work that much on the brass. The lower ends of my hair turned out silvery while the top of my head still looks like orange.

Manic Panic® Enchanted Forest™

Dang! It’s been already 1.5 weeks since I dyed my hair with Manic Panic® Enchanted Forest™. Here’s my Instagram photo updates for the meantime:

ImageFiltered using VSCOcam app, it’s really not that Blue.
ImageManic Panic® Enchanted Forest™ under daylight.I’ll get back to you — and update this post — once I finish all requirements needed for my trip out of the country. Hopefully I can share my experience with Manic Panic® in detail by then. Have a nice day!

Updated today, April 16, 2014.

I’ve got a shitty day and I have nothing left to do so might as well update this post about my hair — which has gained a lot (a lot, really) of compliments every time I go out.

I dyed my hair with Manic Panic® Enchanted Forest™ a week ago, April 6, and after 10 days, it haven’t faded that much. Remember that my hair is pre-lightened to about Level 7 or 8 by bleaching. The color turned out to be the color I expected — Teal, though color Green overpowered the Blue overtime.

Any issues encountered using Manic Panic® hair dyes? It’s my first time to dye my hair with a bright color, and using Manic Panic, the only dissatisfaction it brought to me was… it just stains too much, on my skin, on my clothes — and my pillow case and bed sheet; plus my friend’s, too. Other than staining, I have no other complaints. I love how the color stays, yes, on my hair (not on my skin.)

How am I maintaining it? I just rinse my hair with cold water. I remember using shampoo just once, after 4 days. The next day, I poured vinegar (local ones – the only available vinegar we have here, mixed with water) all over my head. Don’t worry, after air drying your hair, it shouldn’t smell.

I cannot compare Enchanted Forest™ with any other Manic Panic® hair dye colors, because I haven’t tried the others — yet. I hope I get more breaks to try and dye my hair in different colors.

Peculiar Hair Chronicles: Summer Starter… or Ruin-er?

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.

As of March 24 2014 11:47 PM
As of March 24 2014 11:47 PM

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.

Hair Timeline: The Beginnings

Starting from my Virgin Jet Black hair — the common color we, Asians, have.

I remembered just now, when I was little and saw my mom tinting her hair Black (because her white hair is becoming all dominant because of age,) I insisted she tint my hair too — c’mon, I was a kid, like about 9 years old — and she did. And after that, when ever she tints her hair, she does mine, too. I think, a couple of times.

I really have no idea about hair coloring the first time I did it (yeah, I’ve been looking up on the internet on how to “lighten” my hair) and with a very little research, I ended up purchasing Dariya Palty Hairdye in Mecha Flash Bleach Sparkling Blonde from an online shop selling Japanese products here in the Philippines.

FRONT. Photo not mine.
BACK. Photo not mine.

This is way back in Summer of 2011. I did not took a photo of it, (I think I did, but cannot find it anymore,) but I remembered quite well how it works for me. This quick review would

ON PALTY HAIRDYE SPARKLING BLONDE:

It contains a bottle + comb-like end (where you mix all chemicals you find inside the box, except the sachet of conditioner — time to be a chemist — ) Bleaching Powder sachet (where the magic comes from, together with the…) developer, conditioning shampoo, instructions/manual and gloves.

NOT Sparkling blonde, but Mecha Flash Bleaching Kit — yet similar to the contents of Sparkling blonde. Photo not mine.

It’s made for teenagers, just like me, aged 16 (turning 17) that time. It does not smell bad — or strong, like your usual hair dyes that stings. It does not leave your hair damaged! You have that small packet of Conditioning liquid after-all.

I left it for about 40 minutes. I followed the instructions, yes — which, by the way, is in Japanese (Nihonggo characters), but you can settle with the drawings, which is easier in any way. It left my hair undamaged, like I said. Quite soft afterwards, actually.

April 2011 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

I bleached my hair a few days before our flight to UAE, and knowing that its in the Middle East, it’s normally hot all. the. time. Which may cause the fading of the color right away, but my mom bought me a L’oreal Shampoo and Conditioner for colored hair, that help in maintaining the color of my hair until I went back to the PH.

That’s it for my first time. Mind telling me your history?