Bleaching with coconut oilby JazzaPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
Hi, first time poster here. I'm bleaching my hair in a few days, and I'll be using coconut oil for the first time. I have a few questions I hope someone here can answer. Can I leave the bleach in for longer if I used coconut oil? I normally bleach once on dirty hair, leaving it in for 45-60 minutes, then I make a bleach bath, which I think I normally leave in for about 45 minutes. I oil my poor, dry scalp, go to sleep and then have a second bleach bath the next morning. If anyone here have tips to make the bleach more effective, then I'll gladly hear your advice. If not for me, then for my friend who spends hours bleaching my hair. My hair is originally a dark blonde, but I come from a long line of gingers, so I think there's a lot of golden pigment hiding there. I dye my hair pink, so if there's too much yellow after bleaching, it doesn't make a pretty colour and I walk around miserable for about three months.
by vivienne StaffPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
Coconut oil, in my experience, primarily helps with scalp pain and dryness after rinsing the bleach. I don't think it really prevents damage directly, but it does make the whole process a lot more manageable for me.
My experience has also been that bleach mixture is really only effective for roughly 2 hours at most, but the majority of the lift occurs after the first hour, and you're getting really diminishing returns afterward. If you feel like you're not getting enough lift, you might want to try a better bleach powder/oil. Developers are pretty similar across brands, but I've had much better luck lifting my black hair to platinum switching to Matrix Light Master.
I also quite like Schwarzkopf BlondMe and the Wella Blondor creme, although Blondor is more expensive than the other two.
by NLeighPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
Age Beautiful (a Sally Beauty line) is quite effective as well. It's pricey for a Sally brand, but you might find it cheaper (and easier to get your hands on) than other cream bleaches.
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by JazzaPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
Thank you so much for responding. I live in Norway, so there aren't many options for me, as no places around here sell bleach in salon quantity. I've used Blondor before, and I think it was a good one. Now I use Schwarzkopf Igora Vario Blond. I can't say I see a lot of difference, but I may have tricked myself into believing it's gentler on the hair than Blondor. My developer is Welloxon, any thoughts on that? 9%/30 volume. My hair is very strong. I got frizzy hair once, and that was when going from black to blonde, bleaching it at least 10 times in one month (I was young a stupid).
Do you put any heat on when you bleach it?
EDIT: Oh, and if I leave it on for a bit more than an hour, it won't be like I risk losing my hair? That's what people have told me, so I've never dared.
by blu123Posted 2 years, 11 months ago
If the weather is cold I use heat. Putting a shower cap over the top helps keep it warm as well. Leaving it on for too long can melt your hair etc.. It should be light enough for you by then though, just keep checking how it's progressing. If it still is'nt light enough after a hour you can wash it off and try again after a few days ( some would recommend leaving longer between bleaching sessions) everyones hair is different and can take more or less time.
by ZombiiPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
My understanding of coconut oil is that it penetrates the hair shaft and fills in some of the damage gaps, protecting hair from a very little bit of the bleach damage. It's also amazing for coating the scalp so you don't feel your head is burning if you go straight from bleach to tone, or bleach to more bleach. Bleach is still strong chemicals though, and I don't trust it, even over coconut oil. I've destroyed my hair with bleach over coconut oil, so it's no miracle or anything.
Developer is always just stabilized hydrogen peroxide: some brands add conditioning ingredients, or additives for sensitive scalps, but it's basically always the same chemicals in the same ratios. Bleach power has a lot more variance (for some reason), and trying different bleach powders to see which ones work for you can be a good idea. Even if what you're using is "good bleach," it's not going to process the same way on every person and hair type.
It's also a good idea to tone bleached hair with a purple shampoo to minimize yellow tones before trying colors where those tones really tend to poke through, like pink. I've ended up "rose gold" (if we're being charitable) way too many times because I thought the yellow was "light enough" and it really, really wasn't.