I also go over other hair highlighting techniques I've used and how they worked out, as well as the many different products and bleaches I've used and how they worked on my hair.
Since my hair is such a rich brunette, it's extremely tough to get bleach to take. It typically doesn't lift past a golden, brassy orange color, but I have had huge success with one bleach, which I'll be sharing in my video.
|This is the product I talk about using (and being my favorite) -- Kenra Lightener Color in the 1 oz packet, which I mix with 4 oz of volume 30 creme developer) from Sleek Hair.|
Some things to keep in mind:
- I'm NO expert or professional of any kind, especially when it comes to hair. I will be up front with y'all and tell you that I lack skills in this department greatly.
However, I've stuck to DIY-ing my hair color and bleaching from home since I was a kid. I've found a simple, screwy technique that tends to give me the best results every time I use it, so in my video, you'll get the low-down on that.
-Just because it works for me and my hair type does NOT mean it will for you.
- My hair is a very deep brunette, and it requires a lot of work in order to get my hair color to lift to a blonde shade (anything past brassy orange is very complicated to achieve for me without going to extremes.) So, that's what I do -- go to extremes. This does not mean you should do the same. I share this information, however, because I realize I'm not the only one with such complicated, hard-to-work with hair & therefore my experiences and the processes and techniques I use might shed some insight for others with similar hair.
- This video features what I call "mini product reviews" where I point out, briefly, some of the pros and cons of the products I use or have used and what I found useful or negative about them.
- Another intention of mine when making this video was to shed some light on what the experience of at-home, un-professional bleaching is like. I also hope this can help someone in some way. I want to be encouraging to those of you who are comfortable with taking the risk of at-home & un-professional hair doing, but I would like to put it out there that when we do this, we are taking a lot of risks and you need to be 100% sure that you're okay with whatever your finished result might be. That's a big step, and due to so many risks and possible mess-ups, I've made a point to carefully detail my own mishaps and what techniques cause me the most trouble, as a hair DIY-er with zero professional experience.
- If you're someone who can't bear to wind up with results that you find undesirable, then not only do I *not* recommend going the DIY route, but I highly recommend *against* attempting it.
- I *do* recommend having a back-up plan before you ever begin any process on your hair at home (whether it's dying it or bleaching it). I find that the experience is a lot more comfortable and less panic-y when I have enough product left over to do a whole 'nother "treatment" when bleaching my hair. This is due to my hair being so resistant to bleach and to make sure that if by the time I've rinsed and my hair is not lifted past a brassy color, I can simply add more bleach product & lift to the desired shade.
- I do not recommend bleaching your hair at all, much less more than once in one 24 hour period. But if you've made the decision tot do so yourself, then I do recommend having extra product on hand, whether it's a colored dye or bleach.
- I like to have a back-up plan, too, for the same reasons outlined above. Just in case things go wrong (and as someone who does this at home, by herself, that has happened more than once), you have at least some option for fixing. At the very least, it gives you something else to go on instead of ending up with a nightmare on your head & nothing to do to try and fix it. That would also leave you stuck with your nightmare results as you try to make your way to either a salon to repair it or the store in hopes of finding another product to fix it. Not having some sort of back-up plan means you'll just be adding panic and anxiety and stress to your nightmare of results.