I bleached my hair and it’s falling out HELPby Candy101Posted 1 year, 2 months ago
Skip to the last three sentences of you don’t want to read all of this I have been a natural brunette my whole life. And I’ve recently I decided I wanted to dye my hair blue—ALL OF MY HAIR. Like a coraline kind of blue. So I headed down to the local beauty store to pick up some L’Oréal bleach, hair dye, and some deep conditioning hair masks. I went home bleached my hair left it in for maybe 20 minutes at the most rinsed it and my roots especially were blonde but the rest of my hair was like a yellowish blonde which maybe I should’ve toned it but I saw no reason as k was going to dye it blue anyway. I didn’t wait not even two hours after I bleached it to dye it blue I just went right on in and dyed it (which may have been my first mistake but hey you can’t blame a girl for trying) so I dyed it and of course it was burning and it was hurting so I went ahead and rinsed it off 15 minutes after having it on, but the color grabbed on pretty good. The top half of my hair was a nice blue and the bottom half was ehh, well it wasn’t bad it just wasn’t what I wanted so i said whatever I’ll dye the bottom half again another day. The next day i went swimming and I didn’t intend on getting my hair wet but the wasps were attacking me and I fell in, MULTIPLE times. So you can imagine after showering and everything my hair was a gray/blue with some dirty green. So the next night I tried dying it but it didn’t get blue it stayed the same and thats where I decided that I was going to have to re bleach it and re dye it blue because the ugly gray color was too dark. The next day i bleached it but I’m certain I left the bleach in for wayy too long (i never really knew the dangers of bleach i just knew it could be bad but i didn’t know exactly how bad) I left it in for an hour and when I went to rinse it off my hair was falling off. every time you slightly pulled strands would slip off! I automatically freaked out and I knew exactly what caused this. I hopped on to the Internet to find out some facts and what could be done to hopefully stop this hair breakage. I’ve applied coconut oil and I bought a protein hair treatment but I am waiting to do it In the morning. I don’t know when my hair will stop falling out or if it ever will and I am scared especially since my skin is dark and tan ( i am latina) and I DO NOT look good with blonde I look horrible it doesn’t match my skin tone and I really need to dye it either blue or go back to brown but literally my hair is falling out I don’t think it’s in any shape to dye it right now. I cannot go to work like this on Monday (it’s currently Friday) I am willing to wait at least u til Thursday night to dye but I need advice I cannot leave my hair blonde and I’m am trying everything I can to save it but at the minimum how long should I wait to dye my hair?? What is going to happen to my hair if I only wait a week to dye it?? And when will this breakage stop or how can I make it stop??
by Folk_LaurPosted 1 year, 2 months ago
Lets start by having the damage talk. Damage is not reversible. You can do things to help the hair to feel better but nothing is actually gonna make that hair what it was. Things like opaplex, oils, keratin treatments, and masks are simply gonna hide the damage, not reverse it. Idk what volume developer you used, prolly 40, but you don't need 40 or even 30 volume and especially if you're gonna leave it in as long as possible. You are better off bleaching 2x w 20 volume, than once w 40 volume imo. This part is important the damage you can incur from bleaching your hair is super real! You can give yourself chemical burns, your hair can literally all fall out, and if you damage it enough it will never grow back (or never grow back the same). You should not be trifling in something as dangerous as bleach if you have not educated yourself on the risks. Would you fly a plane without researching what yo do in the event of a crash? No, don't choose lack of knowledge.
That the blue was burning while you let that sit the first time says to me that you did not thoroughly rinse out all your bleach before dying it blue. The blue should have caused little to no damage, and def should not have burned at all. That was left over bleach and also prolly part of the reason your hair is so damaged. Also don't feel bad cos rinsing out all of the bleach is a b**ch.
Next, in the event that you are in the situation again where you need to remove a direct dye like the blue do not run to bleach. It can drive those colors further into your hair cuticle causing weird discoloration that is even more difficult to remove. There are ways to remove it and plenty of articles you can find here on haircrazy.
From here I would use adore (bc it has no ammonia and will cause less damage to your hair) and a dark brown. Dizzi's initial recommendation would prolly cover that. If you use adore you don't need to wait bc it will cause little to no damage, but don't just run out and grab a box from Wal-Mart cos its close and convenient bc those will damage your hair too much in its current state. And for goodness sakes put down the bleach and back away slowly.
Also, best of luck! Share how it goes from here :) I had my hair almost the same blues last year.
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by Candy101Posted 1 year, 2 months ago
Thank you so much. I did the protein treatment and hair stopped falling out, some strands will come out when I brush it but it’s definitely not snapping how it was. You helped a lot I will definitely use adore thank you so much
by AndyaPosted 1 year, 2 months ago
Protein treatments will remove moisture from the hair. So suggest after use let the hair dry to give time for the hair and scalp to absorb moisture that was removed. Bleaching the hair also removes moisture and natural oils form the hair. Hair that is too dry will not fall out but snap like dry straw about 1/8 inch to 1/4 (0.2 to 0.32 cm) away form the scalp. This is a chemical cut. Also suggest after bleaching use a moisture rich shampoo and let the hair air dry or lightly dry with a towel. Suggest do not use a hair dryer or heated styling products on dry hair.
After bleaching strongly suggest rinse the hair with very cold water twice and wash the hair once to remove any remaining bleach behind. Semi-permanent dyes in rainbow colors do not contain harsh chemicals like ammonia and peroxide. So agree with colleague likely any "burning was from the bleach. Never place 30 volume bleach or 40 volume bleach on the roots or near the scalp because these bleaches are very strong. Try 20 volume bleach and determine the effectiveness. Different products work differently for different people.
The Articles section and previous posts in Dyeing section of Forum contains great suggestions on removing semi-permanent dyes that stained the hair.
These are my suggestions and opinion.
by vivienne StaffPosted 1 year, 2 months ago
FYI, I'm sure you've already done something by now, but I just wanted to reiterate that you shouldn't worry about using a dye if it does not require you to mix with developer (most blue dyes), as they don't cause any damage. The instructions on these dyes usually state to leave them on for half an hour or so, but I usually suggest at least an hour. It helps let it absorb better and you'll get a more even result. Just be sure to keep it covered so it doesn't dry out, because that will stop the absorption proces. If you get a really dark colour, you can also dilute it in conditioner to help it stretch further.