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Old 01-20-2014, 01:51 PM
 
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Default Bleach or Strip Hair? Please help!

I currently have dyed dark brown hair (L3 or L4) and I want it to be an ash dark blonde/light brown color. Do you suggest I strip my hair or just bleach it? Is bleaching only good when you want your hair to be really blonde? Is stripping less damaging? Any suggestions would help, thanks!
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:24 AM
 
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Stripping is bleaching. Depending on how long you leave the bleach on for depends on how much color it lifts. If you leave it on for a little bit, it'll be healthier hair and you can dye over it with your lighter brown/dark blonde color. You don't need to bleach it all the way to white to get the look that you want. Probably 5-10 minutes of bleach and your hair will be light enough to color.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:09 PM
 
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Stripping is bleaching. Depending on how long you leave the bleach on for depends on how much color it lifts. If you leave it on for a little bit, it'll be healthier hair and you can dye over it with your lighter brown/dark blonde color. You don't need to bleach it all the way to white to get the look that you want. Probably 5-10 minutes of bleach and your hair will be light enough to color.
Really? It can lift to just an orangey color and I can still color over it? The thing I'm worried about is the color fading and turning really brassy afterwards. That's why I thought I need to get it as light as possible before I color it. Would it help to apply a protein filler before I dye my hair?
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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Honestly, for anything that requires bleach, I really recommend going to a colorist. You can really mess up your hair doing it at home. If you leave bleach in your hair too long, you can say bye bye to all of your hair.

But you can use a toner and that will keep the brassy tone out.
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Old 01-24-2014, 07:42 AM
 
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Honestly, for anything that requires bleach, I really recommend going to a colorist. You can really mess up your hair doing it at home. If you leave bleach in your hair too long, you can say bye bye to all of your hair.

But you can use a toner and that will keep the brassy tone out.
Absolutely true. When I was a teen, I used to like to make my hair blonde. It was OK until I decided to leave the bleach in to bring it to almost platinum - after that my hair literally seemed like it was "melting", and I ended up having to cut my beautiful long hair off. I would think twice before going heavy handed with bleaching of dark hair.
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Old 01-24-2014, 12:53 PM
 
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I know that bleach can be dangerous, but I'm pretty confident that I can do it. My hair hasn't been colored since October and a lot of it has faded, so it's definitely not as dark. Plus, I don't want to be really blonde. I just need to lift my hair so that I can dye it a dark ash blonde color.
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Old 01-26-2014, 10:41 PM
 
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I currently have dyed dark brown hair (L3 or L4) and I want it to be an ash dark blonde/light brown color. Do you suggest I strip my hair or just bleach it? Is bleaching only good when you want your hair to be really blonde? Is stripping less damaging? Any suggestions would help, thanks!
Stripping is bleaching, unless you mean using a product like Backtrax that is.

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Really? It can lift to just an orangey color and I can still color over it? The thing I'm worried about is the color fading and turning really brassy afterwards. That's why I thought I need to get it as light as possible before I color it. Would it help to apply a protein filler before I dye my hair?
Yeah. So you are a lvl 3.5 or so and want to go to a lvl 7 with blue green tone? You will need a lightener AND a toner.

Seek a professional.

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Honestly, for anything that requires bleach, I really recommend going to a colorist. You can really mess up your hair doing it at home. If you leave bleach in your hair too long, you can say bye bye to all of your hair.

But you can use a toner and that will keep the brassy tone out.


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I know that bleach can be dangerous, but I'm pretty confident that I can do it. My hair hasn't been colored since October and a lot of it has faded, so it's definitely not as dark. Plus, I don't want to be really blonde. I just need to lift my hair so that I can dye it a dark ash blonde color.

Since you have color on your hair currently; you don't have a clue what will happen with the lightener. It's not a virgin application, so that causes unpredicatble results at best.

Again, go to a professional we have tools and products and lighten and tone all in one step and can get you to the lvl and color tone you want in one setting.

Good luck!
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Old 02-03-2014, 05:46 AM
 
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kgordeeva- I am a hair color specialist with over 33 years experience and hundreds of hours of advanced training. Go to a hair color specialist to do what you want to do. There is a non bleach product to remove permanent hair color from the hair shaft safely, not damaging the hair shaft or scalp. The regrowth from October, (aprox. 2"), must be taken into consideration separately to avoid banding in your end result. Have the operator do a comprehensive consultation with you, outlining every step of the operation. Do NOT have anyone start working on your hair if they seem to not have a clear and concise plan. Expect to pay from $100 to $200 not including a generous tip for a job well done. Make this person your exclusive colorist for the future because what one manufacture produces does not always jive with what another manufacture makes and can have unexpected results when combined on the hair shaft.
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