This is my first post on this forum, I hope someone can help me!
I really would like to refresh my current hair situation. I'm growing out a home bleach job from over a year ago, with my dark natural colour coming through a lot now. I bleached it then used pure organic henna powder on top to get a bright colour. This has long since mostly washed out as you can see in the photo. I'd love to go for something really bright and vivid now, such as with Pravana Chromasilk colours, (ideally a lovely gradient, red to orange maybe), but I know to get the brights bright I’d probably need to lighten my hair again.
I am hesitant to do this because my hair at the bottom is still a little weak (though I’ve used hydrolyzed keratin a few times to help it recover, and it really has helped) and also I know using bleach on top of henna can be a nightmare waiting to happen. However, the henna I used was pure and I had a strand test done at a salon a few days ago -it only came back a little green, it stayed strong and didn’t break.
So what I’d like to ask is: Can I realistically lighten my hair at the bottom without killing it? Will using something like Olaplex help? (also am I right in thinking you can use that at the same time as bleach?) * What kinds of bleach / developers would you recommend?
I’d ideally like a cruelty free product if poss! Pic attached so you can see my situation.
ANY advice at all would be greatly appreciated, even if you say ‘leave your hair alone’ !! :)
Thanks in advance!
bleaching over henna will probably turn the hair orange, you can strand test, or you can buy a direct dye like manic panic, directions, arctic fox etc in a red color and put that over what you have to get a bright deep red or magenta
As for Olaplex, unless you are a stylist/know a stylist that can get you Step 1 and 2 (those are the ones that you can actually mix in with the bleach/peroxide) don’t mix Step 3(the take home version that can be easily purchased by anyone from online or most salons these days. Even Sephora has it now!) with bleach. Just apply it on slightly damp hair and leave it for as long as you want (minimum about 10 minutes) then rinse and condition as desired. Step 3 is pretty much useless if you mix it with bleach or so I have found.
*my mom says I’m so sweet and that’s why spiders keep biting me*
You said you want to do a gradient. Perfect! Your ends and already lighter. I don't think you have to lighten em at all. Throw some red and some orange on different bottom test strands, see how they come out and your way up from there. Good luck