When you want to be really
blonde or you are not very light naturally, an on the scalp bleach
is the only thing for it. Once your hairdresser has got you to
as light as your hair will go a bleach will generally be followed
by a "toner" to give you a multitude of differing hues from ash
to a soft pink! It's good when booking to ask if the price you
are quoted is inclusive of the toner as this is often charged
for separately. You will often need to have a treatment during
this process as well so ask for a price on that to. In salon time
about 2 hours then add the time it takes to get a cut.
At home bleaching is not something I would recommend unless you really know what you are doing. So many things can go wrong and due the strength of the product the end result can be the your hair and you part company literally. Over the years I have seen everything from bright orange to cannery yellow and sometimes all on the same head, to frizzy fried ends and stripes of various blondes along the hair length, all from bad home bleaching attempts! Oh and don't get me started on the scalp sores!!
- If you are dark and want to be
blonde this is the only way to do it.
- A strong statement can be made
with this look.
- Bleach is one of the few ways
to go lighter if your hair is already coloured.
- If your hair is limp this tends
to give it some texture as it makes the hair feel coarser.
- If you have a sensitive scalp
this can be very uncomfortable to have done.
- Only suitable for shorter hair
as is pretty harsh and the condition of your hair will suffer
as it gets longer.
- The re-growth can be very noticeable
depending on how dark you are naturally.
- Needs to be re-done every 5 weeks
if you are not into the darker roots look.
Toners are actually semi-permanent
or temporary colour's that last longer than they would normally
when applied immediately after a chemical lightening process like
highlights or a full-head bleach. They are really good to take
away that "just been coloured look" or when a blonde is "that
bit too yellow". A multitude of differing hues can be achieved
from ash to a soft pinks and papayas!
from Robert Bava courtesy Hair Expo 2006