So I bleached my hair last night! But I was super cautious as I am very paranoid that my hair my just give up on life any minute soon.
First step: Sunday night I washed my hair with a clarifying shampoo (Boots basics 60p stuff) and hopped out of the shower without putting any conditioner on. I towel-dried my hair a little and covered it in coconut oil and went to sleep.
- next day, my hair had already absorbed a lot of the coconut oil so I slathered on some more. Here is what my hair looked like:
Sorry about using my webcam, but my camera has gone missing. I hope you can tell that it's pretty oily (but not exactly dripping with oil).
Step two: the bleaching! I didn't get around to it until the evening but my hair still felt sufficiently oily. The application on oil is pretty interesting, it feels very different than on dry hair. I quite like it, it feels easier to get an even coverage. As I was being super cautious because my hair is long and fine and has been damaged quite a bit in the past couple of years I did two different mixes. On the bottom half of my hair (by which I mean the underlayer) which is darker and less damaged, I used bleach powder + 20 vol peroxide with only like a tiny squirt of shampoo. On the top half or canopy, which is not looking exactly amazing, I did a bleach bath so again bleach powder + 20 vol + a good amount of shampoo and a little squirt of water.
Left the bottom part on for 40 minutes then rinsed separately, top part was on for maybe 30 minutes total.
Then I washed it off with shampoo, and slathered on some toner (white virgin) mixed with a little bit of conditioner (Tresemme naturals) covered that with cling film and a hat and slept in it.
Results today (after rinsing with diluted vinegar and putting a little bit of a leave-in: Summer Panacea by Nightblooming on Etsy):
Again, excuse the webcam quality of the pictures. My hair is soft, looks shiny and not damaged at all by the bleaching. The underlayer which got the strongest bleach is perfectly fine and healthy still. Also, please ignore the roots, I have intentionally not bleached my natural regrowth which I've been growing for about 3-4 months now. I haven't decided yet whether to keep this as I like the ombre look or bleach it.
Finally, a closer look at my ends:
Okay so I know these aren't the best quality pictures, but I can assure you that I cannot see any sign of damage. My hair isn't stretchy at all, which is my biggest nightmare, and it feels soft and looks really shiny.
Now I have to decide whether to continue lightening very progressively like this until I reach pale yellow or maybe try the same bleach and 20 vol without diluting it with shampoo for a quicker lightening effect. I just don't want my hair to break/fall off/get nasty and gummy!
If any of you try bleaching/dying with peroxide after coconut oiling, please post your experience on this thread!