love the cotton candy colors! Is your natural color dark? if so how do you keep your hair from breaking with the bleach? my hair just goes blah when i bleach the color out.
This is my natural brown... its about an equal match to synth/HH color #8 - if that means anything to you.
Well I bleach usually myself using 40 vol bleach kits from Sallys... which is strong, but not nearly as strong as salon bleach. I put it right on my hair and scalp - which is bad... but oh well. If it was salon quality 40 vol - I would have some SERIOUSLY BAD burns from putting it on my scalp. At first it took about 3 bleachings (about a week apart with serious conditioning inbetween) to go from my natural undyed brown to a very light platinum blonde. I also used a toner on it, which removes the yellow brassyness. Last time, my BF took me to a salon and got it professionally done. They used 20vol, used a TON of foils, and then toned it and the rest of my already platinum hair), and while the experience was much more pleasant than doing it myself... I got about the same results, only my hair was softer after at the salon than when I do it myself.
To prevent breaking... well, dont over bleach. Start with a lower vol bleach. Its better to use say 20vol and have to do it say 5 times (over an extended amount of time - at LEAST a week inbetween and serious conditioner treatments), then a 40vol and do it 2 times. Im just stupid and impatient. First time I did it - all of my hair was bleached. Im not neat about it. Just kinda throw it on, rub it in, throw a shower cap on, and wait. After that - when you just do your roots, make sure that you do NOT put the bleach on parts that are already bleached. At least try not to. If you do, well you have to wait for that bleach to lighten your roots from dark brown - and then its also sitting on the already bleached hair. Which will make it break. I usually do my roots for about an hour, then put the rest of the bleach on the rest of my hair for about 15 mins. Then, depending on how my hair feels - if its not too damaged, Ill throw a toner on there for a lil bit. If its damaged, Ill wait a week before toning.
After bleaching - your hair will get very light - but will still have that yellow tinge to it. Dont keep on bleaching it trying to get that out. It wont work and you WILL melt your hair off. That is what toner is for. Its basically a light purple - which is opposite of yellow on the color wheel - and they cancel each other out, leaving your hair white. Dont leave the toner on for too long either - or your hair will have a slight purple tint to it, and the toner needs to be mixed with developer as well... so if you leave it on too long, it can melt off your hair the same the bleach would.
Wow that was an essay... good news is, hair grows back if you mess up.
Ive messed up before. I had just gotten a nice new a-line cut... a few weeks later I bleached it, and then left the bleach on the rest of my hair for too long. Everytime I brushed it afterwards, for like a week... hair would just break off. I ended up with a bob cut because the longer parts of the a-line all broke off. Also note - if you bleach your hair - try NOT to brush it when wet. Comb it. If you over bleach your hair, youll know because when its wet, it will have a weird feeling to it. It will almost feel gummy and it will stretch when pulled, and then snap.
Just be careful. Dont hurt yourself. If you doubt your abilities, its best to go to a salon.