Bleach Washing Unnatural Hair Colors! (And baby manicuring…and no heat curls)

UPDATE:
Here is a newer tutorial on another bleaching adventure I had. How to bleach and dye your hair blue and using COCONUT OIL!

I have officially donned a new title: Cosmetologist. I’ll just tack it onto my other ones. I am now to be known as JennaWeaverWifeMilitarySpouseDogParentArtistBakerPhotographerMotherCosmetologist. But for short, I’ll let you call me Jenna. Just this once.

I am now a cosmetologist, fully licensed by myself to manicure my darling Daphne’s fingernails and to cut my husbands hair. As I’ve mentioned before, wouldn’t it be nice to wake up after a long nap to have your nails trimmed, filed, and gloriously done up? Yes. Yes it would. I wouldn’t know that feeling, however. My daughter experienced that before me. Really?! An 8 week old has done something I haven’t done! Wait…she’s done a lot of stuff I haven’t done, like pooping while in a moving vehicle,  being bounced on a stability ball while being cradled in another person’s arms… But I digress.

Here we have Daphne caught sleeping and the infamous manicuring happening.

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My daughter. She’s so lucky.

Ah yes. Moving on to crazy hair coloring and bleach washing.

I’ve had my blue hair for one year this month. A whole year of the blue glory. I use Manic Panic coloring.

I have decided to move onto a different color. It’s not that I haven’t enjoyed the blue. I love it, in fact. However, I think it’s time to switch it up a bit.

I had a  bleach kit I bought from Sally’s Beauty Supply, the 30 volume one. I knew that it wouldn’t stretch to do all my hair since it’s so long, so I looked for ways to make it stretch. BLEACH WASH!

*************I also tried a Color Zap color remover from Loreal. It took out months worth of color to reveal the green underneath. Give it a try…*****************

A bleach wash is basically diluting down a bleach kit (or your own bleaching materials). The idea is that it is gentler (as gentle as bleaching can be) on your hair, as the bleach isn’t full strength. I read that this kind of thing was ideal for just a few shades of lightening and especially for unique hair colors. So. Lemme sum up.

Here’s what I did. I started with my hair dry and a bit dirty. I had teal/blue on the underside, and on the top was both blue and purple dye that have been layered for the past month or so.

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The teal underside!

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I mixed up the bleach kit as per the directions. I then added half that amount of shampoo (Diamond Shine Shampoo from Sally’s) into the container. I added about…oh..3 tablespoons or so of water to it as well. I mixed it up to a nice smooth consistency.  I then put it on my hair, starting as best I could on the tips and moving upwards. I fully admit that I was in a hurry and did not do as thorough of a job as I should have. Once it all was on my head, I started lathering very gently with my fingers to work it into the roots and deeper into my hair.

Either way, here we have me processing the ‘do with my hairdryer.

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It’s already lightening up!

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Whew! So light! I love it! This was taken after about 15 minutes of applying heat to it.

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I jumped in the shower and rinsed out the bleach wash fully. I then shampooed with Head and Shoulders shampoo. I used very generous amounts and I did a shampoo routine twice. It kept lathering up a lot and pulling more purple/blue out, so I did it twice. I then used a LOT LOT LOT of conditioner on my hair and let it sit for a while.

Here is the damp hair! You can see how much it was lightened. My roots, previously, were dark brown. The wash lightened them up nicely!

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Roots!

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I went on ahead and dried my hair a bit. Here, as you can see, the blue didn’t come out of the hair much. I honestly attribute this to the fact that I skimped over applying the wash down there. I focused more on top , and that’s where it came out of. I plan another bleach wash in a few weeks, and I’ll focus down there to see how it does.

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Whoa nelly…so much lighter than the blue before!

I’d say the bleach wash worked..

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Light!

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And here we have the unevenness of the hair color. I focused my energy on getting the color out of the top, so I didn’t really apply a lot of the bleach wash to the sides or underside of my hair. Hence the blue.

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That blue still remains down below too!

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So there we have the results of the bleach wash. It was a success!

Now. Onto more fun things.

I absolutely adore long curly hair. You know what kind I’m talking about…that long flowing hair with big waved curls. Man. Women must spend a long time on achieving those luscious curly locks. In fact, I know they do. I’ve known of friends waking 2 hours early every morning just to achieve those curls by curling iron.

Yeesh.

You won’t see me waking up before I have to for a hairstyle…no way.

So. I have been searching for methods to curl my hair without heat (as I already do enough damage to my hair with the bleach).

Some gals do the sock bun thing.

Others use rags and tie it up. (start at 2:30)

Me? I’m giving something way easier a try.

Materials needed:

A headband

Coordination

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Put the headband on, making sure your hair is down at the sides and not tucked behind your ears.

Pull a small strand out and separate it from your other hair.

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Lift it up and tuck it under the headband from the top and going to the inside.

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Like so. Keep moving back with your hair.

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Move to the other side when you’re at the back.

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For tighter curls, pull the wraps tight.For looser ones, let them loose. The hardest part about this for me was grabbing the hair once I tucked it over the headband. Takes a little coordination…

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Here we are at the back.Keep on going!

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Here I am tucking the last piece under. It had to be wrapped a few times to get most of it.

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Finished hair! I’ll sleep on it and check it out in the morning. I’m honestly loving this look, however.

With a different headband, I could rock this during the day!!!

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Yay for multicolor cotton candy hair!

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And the back! I’m eager to see the curls that come from this.

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Here is a video, if you need that!

So there you have it. My bleach was was a success. I am very eager to see the results of this curling method. It took me about 10-15 minutes to do it. I KNOW it can be done faster once I get the hang of it. I totally can spare 15 minutes at night to wake up the next day with rockin’ curls. Yes. Now that’s a hair routine I could live with!

Have a splendid day, friends!

UPDATE:

Here’s how the curls turned out in the morning:

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***********************UPDATE**************************
AAAAAAND I re-bleached it and colored it again. (22Jan)

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7 thoughts on “Bleach Washing Unnatural Hair Colors! (And baby manicuring…and no heat curls)

  1. Camilla Rodal says:

    Hello, after my hair have been “violeted” by the hairdresser, turning grey, i was searching google for a fix for it and then also found your blog..This seems to work..So thank you si much for sharing this tips.. I shall try! Best wishes from Norway, Camilla

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