Black to white ombre with a highlift dye?by CloeKinglyPosted 2 years, 8 months ago
Hi, this is my first time posting so please forgive me if this is answered somewhere else on the forum.
Before I get to the question, here is some background info (question is at the bottom)
I'm currently trying to make the ends of my dark brown hair platinum white (any kind, silvery or purply white is okay. I'm trying to find the toner T18 White Lady in HK at the moment because I heard it's good, though I don't need it yet)
I've bleached the ends once already. It's now a level 6, and I've been taking good care of it with coconut oil/hair masks and trimming any ends which split.
So I know that I will need to bleach it again in order to turn it platinum with toner, but I have received a platinum white highlift dye from a friend with 40 vol developer as she didn't want to use it.
I've got natural dark hair, so I know colour won't lift colour but I was wondering, could I use the dye on the bleached ends? I know highlift dyes work on dark blonde hair and no darker, so this bleached bit seems to fit. However, I found people saying it would fry or even melt my hair because of the stronger ammonia, but I also found another bunch saying that the bleach and highlift dye damage nearly the same so using it instead of bleaching it again can work.
I'm new to bleaching and hair dyeing by myself, but I've been super excited about playing with my ends like this. I'm not scared, because I've done parts which if I mess up I won't regret cutting off. I felt inspired to try this after seeing so many cool photographs of people having fun with changing their hair colour and themes.
Anyway, I don't want to go to a salon here, as having this as personal project is why I decided to do it.
So I'd like to hear your opinion on the effect of adding highlift platinum white dye w/ 40 vol developer onto black hair with bleached level 6 ends.
Thanks for reading
by vivienne StaffPosted 2 years, 8 months ago
It depends on the brand, though I would generally prefer a good bleach over a high-lift. The difference in damage is similar (the dye does more damage if the dye has lots of ammonia), but bleach almost always gives me more lift and is more predictable, in my experience. I also would definitely not use 40 vol on already bleached hair. It will lift too fast and you'll either have unevenness between the parts you applied first and the parts you applied last or the first parts will suffer more damage if you wait to try to get them to even up.