Which areas to bleach first?by Eohare551Posted 2 weeks ago
New to this site and completely inexperienced so I hope this makes sense. I have been going to salons for the last 5 years or so for balayage right to the roots, often paying upwards of $400 and still generally being unhappy SO when quarantine rolled around I decided to go back to my teenage ways to sort my roots out. I decided I wanted to be an all over blonde again, I have a bob for the first time in my life so my hair should theoretically be more up to the challenge than when I had waist length hair. When I was younger, a box blonde was always plenty to lift my hair, I’m naturally about a level 7. Fast forward to about a month ago and I apply a garnier box blonde all over. Of course it looks ridiculous and very strawberry blonde and flat at the roots compared with my heavily lightened mid lengths and ends. So I panic buy a high lift dye, I think L’Oréal platinum or something and apply it to my roots, and it takes my hair to a wild mix of pale yellow and some more vibrant orange tones. I slap a purple mask on it and call it a day, it’s actually wearable as you’ll see in pics but far from good. So now I have purchased actual developer (20 vol), some wella blondor and a wella toner and I’m ready to do it properly with some husband help to get at the back but where should I start and for how long should I leave it on? I have about half a centimetre of regrowth, I have my strange slightly-less-blonde-than-the-ends upper section, and I have a stubborn back-of-head that is definitely a few shades lower again because it had never been highlighted and rarely seen the sun. Should I start there? Roots and all? Or roots last? Or because it’s a tiny regrowth can I do the roots? How long should each section roughly take to develop? My overall goal is to spot bleach out the yellower sections and hopefully touch up the roots. If anyone has any idea at all I’d really appreciate it!! Would love to get it to a point where I’m not a bit embarrassed by the splotchiness!! Thank you!!
by BridgetSPosted 2 weeks ago
Hi, I would first work to get a "clean canvas", so start with spot-bleaching to get rid of the orange shades. Do a strand test first, to see how your hair reacts, as it seems quite fine and has already been processed twice. I would use 10 volume developper and foils so as to isolate the hair which needs to be lifted and not touch the other. I would suggest using a bond protector to protect air from breakage (Olaplex, B3 Bondbuilder or Fibreplex, or any equivalent)
I would leave the roots for now, an maybe wait to have about 1 to 1.5 cm of root (do them in a separate session, it will be cleaner), and then it's the right time for doing the roots without overlapping, using Blondor and 20 volume (I am not familiar with Bondor, when I retouch my daughters' roots, I start with a lower developper and finish with 20) but I think doing everything with 20 volume is fine too.
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