Keep Up With Your ColorSo let’s say that you have a fantastic shade of pink, purple or red hair that you are ready to flaunt, but by your second wash, it begins to fade into a pastel color that you did not seek out. How do you maintain this? No matter if your hair is blonde, brown, red, pink or purple color treated hair will always need to care to a particular degree. With the proper care, products and time, managing your color treated hair will no longer be a dreaded task but a regular part of your hair routine. Now, The state of your hair will always determine how well color takes, is your hair dry or moisturized? Well conditioned or due for a good wash day? Lifted to the right shade or is it still very dark? These questions and more will ultimately determine how well your hair takes to color and how long that color will last. However, let’s focus on the lifting part. “Lifting” your hair is a term many stylists use when they are referring to bleaching your hair to get it to a lighter, blonde shade. Bleaching or “lifting” is done to ensure that when you place the color or toner on top of it, you get the shade that you are genuinely seeking after. Even when bleaching your hair there are many steps and post steps and tools that you need to salvage your strands after using the harsh chemicals. See them below: Tools:
- Powder Bleach
- Hair mixing bowl
- Tinting brush
- Shampoo with protein
- Old towel
Step #1 Put On Your GearGrab those gloves, that old t-shirt, some hair clips and some time because your hair transformation is about to begin. Make sure that wherever you are, you have at least one mirror, you are in a well-ventilated area and bring your Bluetooth speaker because this is going to take a while.
Step #2 Prepare Your HairAre you a 1B or more of a 4A? No matter what your hair type is, prepare for the bleaching process accordingly by making sure (or trying to) work on virgin hair. Over-processing your hair only leads to breakage, “frying” or more extensive damage that will eventually lead to you cutting it. If you are working on already processed hair wait a few weeks or months before you start this new lifting process, it is worth the wait.
Step #3 Create Your Bleach MixtureAssuming that you are not the biggest hair pro, then you may not want to use anything higher than 20 or 30 volume developer. Take your mixing bowl and pour equal parts bleach and developer to accommodate the thickness of your hair. You will then use your tinting brush to stir your mixture thoroughly, and you do not want any lumps of powder in your mix.
Step #4 Part Your Hair and DistributePart your hair in equal sections making sure that you can evenly distribute the product down the shaft of each section. Begin to distribute your bleach mixture about a half inch away from the root of your hair. Starting at the root will cause what many stylists label “hot roots” which is when the heat from your scalp quickly processes the roots of your hair first which causes them to turn to a lighter color before you have had the chance to lift the rest of your hair.
Step #5 Work On The RootsNow, you can begin to work on your roots! Take the leftover product from your mixing bowl and bring them toward your roots. Since you are doing this last, you can let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes to catch up with the rest of your hair. After you have bleached your hair, you will begin the restorative process. This is where the protein shampoo and conditioner comes into play. You want to make sure that whatever products you use are adding the health back to your hair. Once you have washed and conditioned a few times, follow up with a deep conditioner to ensure that moisture is there.
Adding A ColorNow that you have your hair lifted, you might want to add some color. To do this, you might need some of the same tools that you had while bleaching:
- Mixing bowl
- Tinting brush
- Conditioning cap