Life after completely destroyed platinum/white hairPosted 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Last November I went from 6 inches of level 5 virgin hair and 9 inches of pre coloured level 5 hair to platinum and I was in love with it! Obviously the pre coloured hair wasnt in perfect condition after but it was by no means fried, a little dry but I expected that. I am greying very concentratedly at my temples so wanted to try being blonde to disguise them.
I really struggled doing my roots myself with overlap and had a bit of snapping so was recommended a mobile hair dresser to do my level 5 roots. All seemed fine but I noticed after applying the lightener in the mirror hat she had overlapped the bleach at least 1.5" onto my already platinum roots. So i made her wash it off asap and I was left with orange roots where the lightener had already lifted so quick. Ran down the road to a local salon who bleached only the orange regrowth up to a rather warm level 9.
MY hair has broken all around my hair line to an inch and a half, is half the thickness it was before and is coming out lots when wet. Pretty much noodles level but maybe a pinch before. The hair that is left is gummy around the top of my head and the top parts take ages to dry. If I could pull off a shaved head and a wig I would!
I'm so so devastated. All my life I've wanted to be blonde but never had the patience to grow out previous colours enough for it to be clean, finally I grew out a good 5 or 6 inches and I got to enjoy platinum it for all of a few months!
What can I do for a future hair plan? I need ideas! I know the hair on my head currently is totally not to be touched but I don't know where to go from here. Because I'm so grey at my temples I quite wanted to stay on the lighter side to disguise my natural greying but I'm obviously aware this might not be possible now. Currently babying my hair with k-pak, olaplex, oils and conditioners, no heat, no styling etc but wanting to know what my options are. Do I let it grow out 2 inches and go for highlights all over? If so will a salon bleach it up to platinum level 10? And what can I do with the already platinum parts, a salon I spoke to about this predicament mentioned some low lights in the bleached parts but I don't reckon the hair will hold pigment. Or should I just find a decent salon to touch up the regrowth every 7 weeks to platinum and keep growing out the damage which I know will take years? How do I find a salon who knows what they are doing and wont rush or overlap?
by vivienne StaffPosted 2 weeks, 6 days ago
I'm so sorry this happened to you. I know it majorly sucks to have a bunch of growth progress get ruined by someone else.
In the short term, I think I'd let your current hair grow out for a few months until you have a couple of inches of new growth while continuing with whatever routine you can to limit the appearance of damage. At that point, you could try to find a colourist to do your roots. I'd recommend getting this done at a salon, if you can, because it's pretty easy to get banding at this phase, if you're not experienced.
As for the long-term plan, I think you'll be able to stay platinum/grey and you don't need to settle for highlights. It'll be a long process growing out the damage, but it's not impossible.
It can be hard to find a salon, but I'd look for some places with decent reviews and hopefully some photos on social media so you can gauge if they have experience doing significant amounts of lightening. I'd go in for a consultation or reach out to them and talk about your concerns so you can be clear in what you're trying to achieve long-term. A lot of times, I've found that, if you don't have this conversation, some salons are really concerned with you leaving the salon with an acceptable colour, but they don't always think about how easy it'll be to maintain long term, especially when it comes to managing damage. In my area, I find that salons specializing in colourful hair are generally more thoughtful about concerns of damage, but you do need to shop around. Finally, if you find a place you feel comfortable, I'd try to book a time slot on a non-busy day in the middle of the week, if possible. Even the best places can start feeling the pressure to rush when they are trying to get through a bunch of clients on a busy weekend. This is not to say that they will be careless, but they might not spend as much time as they would if they had a more open schedule.
by AndyaPosted 2 weeks, 6 days ago
@Vivienne Great suggestions.
Also suggest let the hair grow out for a few months and gently massage the scalp twice a week to stimulate the hair follicles and blood vessels within the scalp. Also suggest eat healthy.
Find a lady or gent that has dark roots and really light hair and be bold with compliments to them and kindly ask what place they go to for the terrific results.
I also offer empathy, because often the hair at my crown gets the shortest after bleaching and struggle to get or maintain two inches of hair. My hair is rarely the same length everywhere. Twice have regrown hair from being bald.
Best of luck! These are my suggestions and opinion.
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