Hello everyone I had my hair bleached and dyed blonde in October 2016. It was that way for one year, as I dyed it brunette in October 2017, but the bleach hasn't touched my hair since 2016. After that, I dyed my hair reddish, orangey brunette (it has that undertone and isn't really orange/red). I think I dyed my hair ten times since October 2016, to be more specific, I had my hair dyed 9 times ar the salon and did it once myself and think that it is in an OK condition. Now, as a fool that I am, I wish to go dark ashy blonde and I know that it will require bleach. I am planning on doing it myself, but I am worried if my hair will fry and fall out from that one bleach seasion I wanna do. Btw, I never used box dyes and only used professional hair dyes, so I believe that is a good thing. What are the mistakes I should try to avoid? Thanks in advance. I know thatI may be overreacting just a little bit, but any sort pf help would be REALLY appreciated. Thanks again!!
If you've done a lot of layers of darker warm tones, an ashy brown may not be possible. If you want to give it a shot, I'd highly recommend starting with a colour remover like Colour B4 or Color Oops. They reverse the reaction that takes place between dyes and developers and turn permanent dyes colourless again and allow them to be washed out of the hair. It's not as damaging as bleach and generally better at lifting permanent dyes, in my experience.
It is likely that you'll still need bleach, but just make sure you don't do it straight after the colour remover, as it will re-oxidize and darken any dye molecules you haven't fully washed out yet.
As for damage, permanent dye does also accumulate damage over time, as it still uses peroxide, though it can be slower than the damage caused by bleach. I'd do a strand test with both colour remover and bleach to see if you can get an acceptable level of damage while also getting a base that is light enough for an ash blonde, which is at least a level 8, preferably a 9. Since your hair has probably grown some, the roots will probably lift differently from your ends, so be sure to test both areas.
Hmm - do you have a current picture? Or an approximation? It'd depend on exactly what you mean by ash blonde; I've seen that used to describe any number of light-medium shades. You might have to bleach if you're trying for multiple shades lighter. If you're looking for the color and are okay with a darker shade, well, it depends in part on individual hair; mine colors around 2-4 shades lighter with no bleach. I'm not entirely sure how, but it does. If you take a look at my profile pics, I have some from 2004 that show my natural hair color. All other pictures, except for the silver-white, and the red/magenta with short hair from 2011(ish) (those were three different salon attempts at bright purple - my hair takes color very strangely), are shades I achieved without use of bleach. So if what you're trying for is in a similar range of shade difference - the answer to whether you can get it without bleach is "maybe."
However, I can say I HAVE managed to fry my hair with bleach (I recently dyed my hair purple after the white, because I couldn't get the roots silvery without the hair breaking off at the point of new growth - I was very very fortunate that it broke in exactly the style I wanted to have it cut in). It still took multiple applications of bleach, and toner, in order to do that to my hair. If you're using salon bleach and following instructions and warnings, you're almost certainly okay, unless you have hair that is very sensitive to it.
What's a lot more likely than frying your hair is coming out with a color that's not quite what you're looking for. It can take some time to figure out what works best for your hair. I try to remember that it's hair, it grows back, if I mess it up - oh well! :)
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