Best bleach to use?!by Taylar_28Posted 1 week, 4 days ago
So I want to change up my hair color but in order to do that I need to bleach my roots and the current dye in my hair. Currently my hair is a faded out shade or ritual by Arctic Fox. My natural color is maybe a level 3 or 4 I’m not 100% sure. I don’t know which bleach is the best and not that damaging.
I’ve looked at Joico’s Blonde life Lightener and Arctic Fox’s Bleach Please but still unsure of what brand of bleach to use, please help.
This is a photo of what my hair currently looks like and please excuse the makeup it was for a college drama class and it’s the current photo I have where you can see my roots in it
by vivienne StaffPosted 1 week, 4 days ago
In my experience, there is a difference between bleach brands, but application method matters just as much. You want to make sure each section is thin (ideally no more than 2-3 strands thick) so it can get fully saturated and, if necessary, use foils. I don't love bleach kits because I feel like they don't always come with enough powder/developer and if you try to stretch it to cover your whole head, you inevitably end up missing some areas.
I personally like the Ion Bright White Creme Lightener that comes in a tube from Sally's, but it's definitely a bit more of a pricy option. It doesn't look like your hair is that dark, so I'd probably use 20-30 vol. 30 vol works faster than 20, so you might get more unevenness if you can't apply it fast enough. However 20 vol might not give as much lift, so you might have to do two process. Damage-wise, I'd just assume all bleach is the same and focus on not doing too many processes on the same region. For me, the absolute max I can do is three processes in one spot before I get a chemical cut. I try to limit it to two, because my hair doesn't look great at 3 processes.
I'm not sure what your end goal is, but you'll most likely have a tiny bit of staining from the dye even after bleaching, just because bleach doesn't work as well with dye as it does the natural pigment in your hair. It might actually look brighter as the bleach lightens your hair's natural pigment and let's the pink show through stronger. That's no a big deal if you're not doing pastels, though, but good to keep in mind.
by Taylar_28Posted 1 week, 4 days ago
Thank you for the advice! I’ll definitely look into the ion cream lightener!