Should i bleach my hair?
Bleaching your hair yourself: What you should consider
As a child, I had white-blonde hair and, thanks to my page cut, looked like a female version of little Michel from Lönneberga. The older I got, the more cheeky, dark strands of hair took control of my head, until I ran through life at the age of about twelve or thirteen with wonderfully street-pooch-blond hair. However, anyone who has tasted the tree of temptation once knows no way back. This led to often frightening color experiments on my head and the consequence that today I like to deny entire periods of life and have carefully destroyed their photographic documents. In the meantime, however, I have found the hairdresser I trust and am in the best of hands when it comes to hair bleaching.
In this article you will find out how to get blond hair that looks as natural as possible, what you better keep your hands off of and who should dream of the dream anyway.
What exactly happens when you bleach your hair?
Strictly speaking, bleaching does not involve coloring. On the contrary, the pigments are withdrawn from the hair. Hydrogen peroxide opens the cuticle and roughens the surface of the hair, penetrates inside and breaks down the natural pigments. The blonde hair is then deprived of its color and, strictly speaking, actually colorless.
What methods are there and is my hair even suitable for bleaching?
Not all blonding is alike. There are tints, intensive tints, tints, you can dye the entire hair or just highlights. At home or at the hairdresser's. Apply the paint with foam, spray or traditionally with a brush and mixed paint.
The first question that every woman willing to bleach should ask is whether her own hair is even suitable for bleaching. I know that when you really want something. But if you have very dark, damaged or permed hair, it is better to leave it alone. You'll look more like a plucked chicken afterward than Marylin Monroe. If your hair is well cared for and healthy and medium to light brown, things are looking better and a good end result is very likely.
Should I lend a hand myself or should I wait to go to the hairdresser?
Anyone who knows me knows that I would rather pick up a few more notes and hand my fate into the hands of a professional than disfigure myself. So my advice is to visit a hairdresser, seek advice, and approach the subject with patience and common sense. The structure of the hair, realistic nuances and the right care - your hairdresser can discuss all of this with you.
If you dye yourself, you run the risk of letting the hydrogen peroxide act too long or not long enough. If you are not sure, you can use an intensive tint, which washes out after a few weeks and does not attack the hair, to test whether lighter hair is even an option. If you want to dye yourself, you should read the instructions for use very carefully and find out how many shades you can go with your original hair color.
How long does it take to bleach hair?
Bleaching is not for impatient people. Depending on the initial shade, a staining procedure of two to six or even eight hours must be expected. With dark hair, start at the tips and work up to the roots.
Highlights are a gentler way to appear lighter and these can also grow out comfortably as the roots become different. Attention: highlights should always be worked in by hand. If your hairdresser pulls a foil over your head and starts pulling out individual sections of your hair, press the STOP button immediately! Unless you're sporting the 90s stiff look. After bleaching, the hairdresser can use special rinses to make the hair look even golden or cooler, because these contain corresponding color pigments.
What are the risks of bleaching?
In addition to a destroyed hair structure, which can cause the hair to break off, mishaps that are too visual can also occur. If you interrupt the oxidation process too early, your hair will get an unsightly reddish cast. It can also happen that you choose a shade that does not fit the type at all and makes the skin appear reddish. The scalp and eyes can also be burned and damaged, especially when bleaching yourself. Testing the color on the scalp 24 hours before use is highly recommended. Wherever you are bleached, subsequent hair care is a must. You can also top up your repertoire with a rich mask for the hair, which you leave on the ends of your hair after every hair wash.
Good to know: Hairdressers are obliged to pay damages in the event of an improperly carried out bleaching.
What costs should I expect?
In drugstores and specialist shops, home bleaching costs between € 7 and € 40. At the hairdresser's, you pay between € 50 and € 400 for a lightening, depending on the original hair color, duration, type of bleaching and consultation time. Again, the price varies considerably depending on the studio. My advice, but you already know that by now: Better put more money into your hand and let a professional do the work. Nothing is worse than ruined hair.
Sayings like "Blondes are more fun" or "Blondes preferred" belong in the superficial generality drawer and should not serve as a drive for a light head of hair. But if you really want to be blonde, you should remember the tips and recommendations above and then decide for yourself how you want to get to your goal.
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