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

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 Blonde from an online shop selling Japanese products based in the Philippines.

Dariya Palty Hairdye in Mecha Flash Bleach Sparkling Blonde – Front Packaging
Dariya Palty Hairdye in Mecha Flash Bleach Sparkling Blonde – Rear-side Packaging

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.

Sparkling Blonde Bleaching Kit contents – Photo c/o Google Images

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.

My hair color, April 2011 / Abu Dhabi, UAE
April 2011 / Abu Dhabi, UAE

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?