Please help! My Bleach FAIL and Extreme Hair Lossby HairfanPosted 3 years, 2 months ago
I bleached my hair on Thursday 6/15 with a Schwarzkopf Premium Lift 9 Powder and a 40 volume developer (12%). I left the bleach in for 16 minutes. Then wash. I bleach my hair a second time three days later on Sunday 6/18 with a Schwarzkopf Premium Lift 9 Powder and a 40 volume developer (12%). I left the bleach in for 35 minutes. Then wash. I bleached my hair a third time five days later on Friday 6/23 with Schwarzkopf Premium Lift 9 Powder and a 40 volume developer (12%). I also add 25ml Olaplex No.1 to the bleach mixture for the third time of bleaching.
I left the bleach in for 20 minutes. Then wash.
I use the ratio of 1 scoop of Schwarzkopf Premium Lift 9 Powder and 2 scoop of 40 volume developer (12%) to create my bleach mixture. Schwarzopkf BLONDME Edition
After bleaching my hair the third time on 6/23, I brushed my hair and a HUGE chunk of hair fell out. During the first and second time I bleached my hair, my hair was in a huge clump and wouldn't separate evenly. I was unable to brush my hair because it was very tangled up, but by the third time I bleach my hair it was more loose. So I brushed my hair and now my hair is very thin from all the hair loss.
My original hair color is black dyed to dark brown Level 4.5 Dark Brown. Now it's a Level 9 Blonde.
Please help me. Tell me what did I do wrong in the process of my hair bleach and mixture?
by vivienne StaffPosted 3 years, 2 months ago
There's a couple of issues I can identify. Number one, if you start with any permanent dye in your hair, even if you went lighter, you generally want to start with a colour remover like Color Oops or Colour B4 first, because those are usually a bit more effective at removing permanent dye than bleach and they don't do the same type of permanent damage as bleach.
Secondly, hair doesn't heal over time, so any damage your do to it is permanent. There are plenty of ways to make it look and feel better (until it's fallen off), but every time you bleach, you're going to do incremental damage. A lot of it is caused by the peroxide in the developer, so I'd generally recommend not using 40 vol (12%) if you know that you're going to need to lift more than once anyways. In my experience, I can get to platinum with BlondMe from my virgin black hair with one round of 30 vol (9%) and one round of 20 vol (6%). Also, 12% peroxide lifts much faster, but it can also produce more patchy results since the areas you apply first will lift much more than the ones you apply last. This means you're required to do more processes to even things out, which means more damage. A lower volume peroxide with longer processing times (~60 min) has generally worked better for me.
Finally, if you feel that your hair is noticeably different from your virgin hair, you should strand test before applying bleach all-over so you can gauge whether you'll be able to get the right amount of lift with an acceptable level of damage. As a rule of thumb, three bleaches is the absolute limit for me, so I usually try to stick to no more than two processes on any one section of my hair
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