I actually wanted to review some of the products I used on my hair. Dying your hair can be such a process and sometimes all of the products can be a little overwhelming. The first product I really wanted to review was the box dye I attempted to use. Mostly because it was pretty effective but at the same time it didn’t get me the results I wanted. I knew that I would have to get myself to a beauty supply store if I wanted to just get developer and bleach and honestly, I was a little lazy. My thinking was that as long as I could get my hair light enough, toning would do the rest, which, it technically should. However, that was not exactly the case. I’m going to give you some pros and cons for the L’oreal Feria Absolute Platinum Extreme Lightening System.
-This was an affordable, all in one kit. Which is great for first time users. It has easy to use instructions and it takes no time at all to apply to hair. Wham, bam, thank you L’oreal Feria Extreme Platinum.
-L’oreal claims that this is specifically formulated to not smell or burn which it didn’t! I’ve had enough experience dying my friend’s hair to know that bleaching hair can be toxic and painful. This had a very faint, chemical, smell but it wasn’t overpowering and I was able to work with it comfortably. The mixture also didn’t hurt my scalp or any other parts of my skin. There was a slight itching sensation around my ears but it wasn’t too irritating. This makes the bleaching process so much easier. This was also pretty gentle on my hair. I did have to leave it on my hair for quite a while but my hair wasn’t that damaged. A little damaged? Yes, of course, I had just bleached the shit out of it, but it wasn’t terrible and a couple hair masks later and my hair was almost good as new.
-This does lighten hair quite a few levels. The box claims that this lightens hair up to seven levels and I think that’s pretty accurate. It definitely got my hair pretty light. As light as I wanted it? No, definitely not, but it was a good starting point for where I wanted to go with my hair. It also taught me how to box dye my hair like (well, almost like) a pro.
-The kit included a pretty decent and moisturizing purple conditioner. It wasn’t very pigmented but it made my hair feel a little less parched.
-This left my hair pretty brassy. i was surprised because my hair isn’t actually that dark. I have medium to dark blonde hair (according to the box) so it shouldn’t have taken as much as it did to dye my hair. It got my hair pretty blonde, but not quite platinum. The box sort of makes it seem as though you can get as platinum as the picture on the box but you can’t if you have hair darker than a light blonde.
-This took a lot of boxes to even kind of get the brass out. I eventually had to switch to just developer and bleach powder to get my hair white.
-This was only expensive because I had to use so many boxes. At Target this kit goes for $11.99 CAD which isn’t terrible! But it started to add up after a while.
-I feel like you don’t get enough product whatsoever. I do have a lot of hair so that may just be me, but even two boxes wasn’t enough to cover all of my head. There was even less in the bottle when I stopped using the Shimmering Lightening Cream. This doesn’t do anything to lighten your hair, it adds dimension and subtle highlights to your hair but I think it dilutes the mixture more than anything. After I stopped using that I had to stretch the mixture pretty thin.
I can’t be too harsh on this product because it’s a pretty good box dye if you want to go platinum blonde and you have shorter hair. It wasn’t necessarily right for my needs because I wanted such an extreme tone. If I had just wanted platinum, this would have been great but it didn’t have the strength I needed. However, if you’re a beginner and are a little tentative to try blonde, give this kit a go. It comes in three levels of platinum so you can choose the tone you want. I do highly recommend blonde, I’m definitely having lots of fun. Not really. I’m pretty boring. I just go to work and have customers and co-workers catching me flipping my hair in the mirror like a loser.
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about doing a review for review Wednesday. I work retail and back to school is our second busiest time of the year so I’ve been working pretty non stop over the last couple weeks. I’ll have the post up tonight!
White Hair Master Post Time!
So, turns out getting white hair was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I was always under the impression that my hair was a light brown mixed with some auburn and darker blonde, but turns out it’s pretty damn dark and it’s taken me a few processings and a lot of toner to lift my hair to the tone I want it. I wanted to do a post about my process that clearly outlines what I did just in case any of you or someone you know or even just some random person on the internet wants a detailed guide to getting your hair to this colour. First and foremost, I’m not a hair professional. I’m a licensed makeup artist (my certificate came this week! I was going to post about it but got lazy. What else is new.) but I have no training when it comes to hair. I consulted a whole bunch of blogs, did a lot of researched and talked to two friends of mine who are both hair stylists, so I do have some credited information but always make sure to to do your own research and if you’re really uncomfortable just get thee to a salon. This is a pretty intense process for your hair and I want all of you to be really careful if you’re going to do this at home. Not only is bleach possibly harmful to your hair, but it can be harmful to your health as well. Do this in a well ventilated area, keep pets and children as far away as possible, wear gloves, don’t get the bleach mixture near your eyes, nose, or mouth, and do a really good cleanup! Ok, lets get started!
-Pro Factor Professional Hair Streaking Tool Kit
-White Magic Gentle Conditioning Perfectly Stabilized 30-Volume Créme Colour Developer
-Jerome Russell Lightest and Brightest Powder Bleach
-Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack
Before You Bleach
-You want to make sure your hair is as healthy as possible. Maybe go for a trim and get rid of any dead or damaged ends. I made sure I conditioned the hell out of my hair. I used coconut oil, hair masks, and even egg white masks for two weeks before I started this process. Even if your hair is only a little damaged by the bleach, it will definitely be dry. Just make sure your hair is ready
-How long this process will take and how much product this will take to lift your hair to the tone you want all depends on the hair colour you’re starting with. Honestly, if you have dark brown to black hair, go to a salon. I had a hard enough time, I can’t even imagine how hard it would be if my hair was any darker.
-You can go with a box bleaching kit, which is what I started with, but I’ve switched over to just using a developer and bleaching powder. I have a lot of hair and it’s taken me about four processings to get my hair to the tone I want it so it was getting kind of expensive to keep using box dye. Also, most box dye only comes with 30-Volume Developer. You do have to be careful if you want to use 40-Volume Developer because it’s 12% whereas 30-Volume is 9% and 20-volume is 6%. I chose to use a mix of 30-Volume on some parts of my head and 40 on others. I have some really stubborn brassiness in some parts of my hair and the 30-Volume just wasn’t working anymore.
-I highly suggest that you get a hair colour tool kit. You’re going to need a plastic bowl to mix your bleach powder and developer in and its so much easier to apply hair colour with a tint brush than with your hands. The one I picked up includes a mixing bowl, tint brush, hair cap, and gloves. I was doing it by hand before and it was pretty difficult and very messy. This little kit was $7.49 CAD and I will definitely continue to need it now that my hair is this colour.
-Mix your bleach powder and developer together until it forms a thick cream. I start by sectioning my hair off because its much easier to work with smaller section of hair than with it all at once. I always begin with my roots, and yes, this is going to irritate your scalp a little. After I finish my roots I move on to each section of hair and make sure I put a sufficient amount of the bleach mixture on those sections.
-When you have finished your whole head, wrap your hair up in a plastic bag. This helps keep heat in which will help the bleach to work more quickly and take to your hair a little easier. I usually wait an hour before I wash the bleach out but it depends on your hair. They recommend that you only leave it in for 30 minutes but if you have dark hair or lots of hair, you’re going to need the full hour. DO NOT leave this on for more than an hour. Any longer than an hour and your hair will fall out. You know how your hair looks, feels, and smells when you use a hair remover on it like Nair? That’s what will happen to your hair if you leave the bleach on for too long.
-When your hour is up, jump in the shower or lean your head over the tub and use warm water to wash the bleach from your hair. Just use water at first but after you’ve removed the bleach you can use a gentle shampoo on your hair. As soon as you’ve washed your hair I like to use a deep conditioner or hair treatment just to help keep the dryness at bay. When I wash the conditioner out as well, this is when I start toning.
-Toning is the biggest part of getting your hair to white. The bleach only gets you about 75-80% there, toning does all the rest. Toning works on basic colour theory. Purple is opposite on the colour wheel to yellow and thus purple or blue toners work to counteract yellow or red tones, otherwise referred to as brassy tones, in blonde, white, and gray hair. You can buy various purple shampoos and conditioners, but the best way to tone your hair to white is with a semi-permanent dye. Manic Panic and Punky Colours both make a white hair toner. Manic Panic’s Virgin Snow is a cult favorite and I’ve used it on my hair and it works quite well. I decided to try the Punky Colours version this time around only because its a little cheaper than Manic Panic. You basically apply this to already lightened hair and cover your head with a plastic bag and wait 30 minutes. When you wash it out, if you’ve lightened your hair enough, your hair will be as white as snow, all brassiness eliminated. In between you can use products such as:
-Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo
-Joico’s Colour Endure Purple Shampoo and Conditioner
-Pantene Pro-V Silver Expressions Shampoo and Conditioner
-Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Hair Therapy Colour Save Silver Shampoo
-LUSH Daddy-O Shampoo
I’ve been using the LUSH Daddy-O Shampoo and I absolutely love it. I’ve done a review on it that you can check out if you want more info. It’s super pigmented and works wonders on blonde hair. I also use the Pantene Pro-V Silver Expressions Conditioner. This has a slight blue tone to it which helped take out some of the red tones in my hair as well as the yellow. I’ve heard great things about Clairol Shimmer Lights but I haven’t been able to get my hands on it. The Bonacure and Joico are apparently also quite good (according to some other blondes in my life) and are available at most salons and online as well. I use my purple shampoo and toner every time I wash my hair just to make sure I keep my hair as white as possible. That being said, washing your hair too much can cause brassiness and colour fade so don’t do it every day. If you can go a day or two using dry shampoo your tone will last longer. Dirty hair is actually less noticeable in blonde hair so there you go. When you do wash your hair, do it in cold water when you can as this also prolongs your white hair.
I think that’s it! This seems pretty simple when I write it down, but its not. Blonde hair is all about trial and error. You’re not going to have the hair you want the first time you process it. It’s going to take upwards of two processings for you to actually notice a difference. It took me four processings and an endless amount of toning to get to the tone I want. This takes time and patience and maybe some disappointments and a few accidents but if you can stick with it, I hope you’ll love your new hair as much as I do! I’ll post pictures soon! As always, if you have any questions or concerns shoot me an email or a message on here and I’ll help you the best I can!
Product of the Week!
I’m blessed in a lot of ways in my life. Aside from (and a little more on the superficial side) a nice little house, a fun job, wonderful people, and my lovely kitten, I have really nice lips if I might say so myself. My lips are probably my favorite feature and I love to work with them. This favorite may seem a little strange having just said that, but I stand by it. DuWop makes the best lip plumpers in my opinion and its the only product I use when I want to fluff up my lips a just that little bit more. Aside from using natural ingredients that can be found in any spice rack, their products contain antioxidants and moisturizers so even though there’s a little bite, your lips don’t suffer. I’ve used the Lip Venom since High School but one of my newer discoveries from DuWop is their Prime Venom.
Like most of my favorite discoveries, I picked this up on a whim at the drug store. Prime venom is a satin matte balm that contains all of the same ingredients as the Venom gloss, but without the shine. This can be worn under lipstick or on its own which is usually how I wear it. This also works as a lip primer, not just a plumper. It fills in any fine lines so that when you do wear it under lipstick, your lipstick glides on easier and looks better. If worn on its own, it flushes the lips with natural colour so you’re lips look great even with minimal work and product.
I’ve been using this quite a bit in the last month or so! I use a little bit of pinky/nude lip liner and then smudge this in for a really natural look or I just throw it on all on its own! This is a little pricey, around $20 CAD a tube but I really like it and I’m not a huge fan of glosses so I prefer the matte finish of this. If you are ever looking to try a lip plumper, I highly recommend anything by DuWop!
Lalalala I’m so behind on posts. I agent forgotten about all of you! I have things for you to look at that I’ll be posting tonight! Hope you all had a great weekend!