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Uneven Lightening Help
« on: 09 Apr 19 / 06:46 AM »
About a week ago I decided I wanted to dye my hair a purple to blue color melt/ombre using the Arctic Fox colors Purple Rain and Poseidon. My natural hair color is light brown so I went ahead and applied bleach to my whole head first because I wanted the purple and blue to be vibrant. I was pretty nervous about ruining my hair so I added Ion Absolute Perfection Booster Step 1 to the bleach and I only left it on for about 30 minutes. When it was all said and done it lightened my hair for the most part, but it wasn't evenly lightened all over. It was a little darker in the mid-shaft area compared to the roots and ends, but I thought it wouldn't matter if there were some slightly darker patches when I applied the purple and blue because they were both dark shades of the colors. I was wrong, apparently it did matter. After I was done with the process of dyeing my hair the purple and blue I noticed that you could really see the purple and blue in the areas that were the lightest and not so much in the darker areas. It isn't real real noticeable, especially since I have super curly hair, but I would like the color to be more even all over. I now realize with the vibrant semi-permanent colors I'm using I have to start out with evenly lightened hair if I want the color to turn out evenly vibrant in the end. My question's are: Should I wait til the semi-permanent color in my hair fades before I try to lighten it more evenly again or can I do it now? Do I have to remove the purple and blue before bleaching it if I'm going to use the same purple and blue after I lighten it again more evenly? Does anyone have tips on how I can lighten my whole head more evenly if my hair is darker in some spots than others? The last time I bleached my hair the process of lightening seemed to slow down cause the bleach on my hair felt like it was drying out, is that possible and how can I prevent that? Any advice will be greatly appreciated. By the way, this is my first time posting a question and I wasn't sure if I should post it here or the semi-permanent hair dyes board so I apologize if this is on the wrong board.
 

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Re: Uneven Lightening Help
« Reply #1 on: 12 Apr 19 / 12:04 AM »
Oh boy, some breaking up of the paragraph would help a lot :) It's very hard to read a lot of text like that, especially with questions in.

"Should I wait til the semi-permanent color in my hair fades before I try to lighten it more evenly again or can I do it now? Do I have to remove the purple and blue before bleaching it if I'm going to use the same purple and blue after I lighten it again more evenly?"

No, you don't HAVE to remove it, but it's better to get rid of as much of the colour as you can. There's a few reasons for this, but these are the main ones.

1, purple can have an adverse reaction to bleach. It can turn green.
2, you need to be able to see as much of the depth of colour that your hair has without the colour on top so you can accurately spot bleach the darker areas.

"Does anyone have tips on how I can lighten my whole head more evenly if my hair is darker in some spots than others?"

You need to spot bleach those areas. Basically, pick out the darker spots and put bleach on it. You'll want a low volume peroxide as you don't want it to work too fast or be too strong as it's already partially bleached.

I do have a question though, was your hair dyed already? Hair getting lighter on the ends than the midshafts and roots is unusual.

"The last time I bleached my hair the process of lightening seemed to slow down cause the bleach on my hair felt like it was drying out, is that possible and how can I prevent that?"

Making sure you're generous enough with the bleach, don't put it on too thin. Get more bleach if it's going to be thin. Making sure you have the right ratio of powder to cream/liquid peroxide, there should be instructions on the pack. Making sure you have a good bleach is another. Don't work close to a heater. If it looks like it's going to dry out once it's applied, wrap it in cling film.
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Re: Uneven Lightening Help
« Reply #2 on: 12 Apr 19 / 02:46 AM »
Thank you for responding, I appreciate your advice. After reading your response I have a couple more questions.

- Can you recommend a good brand of bleach and developer to use when I spot bleach the darker areas?

- What volume developer do you think I should use being that my hair was previously bleached?

Sorry about my original post being hard to read, in the future I will break up my paragraphs and questions. And to answer your question, yes the ends were slightly lighter than the rest of my hair before I applied the bleach.
 

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Re: Uneven Lightening Help
« Reply #3 on: 12 Apr 19 / 03:14 AM »
Thanks  for breaking it up! It's very much appreciated :D

It depends what country you're in as you can't get everything everywhere, but I like BlondeMe by Schwarzkopf. You don't have to have the matching peroxide, the powder is the important bit.

Don't go higher than 20%, but I would recommend 10%.
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Re: Uneven Lightening Help
« Reply #4 on: 23 Apr 19 / 05:16 AM »
When I asked for your opinion on what volume developer to use I forgot to mention that I plan on using Olaplex. Do you still recommend I use 20 volume developer if I will be adding Olaplex to the bleach mixture or should I use a higher volume?
 

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Re: Uneven Lightening Help
« Reply #5 on: 24 Apr 19 / 02:14 AM »
They do recommend using a higher volume, so yes. Just checking it's part one you have?
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