Hair Product Reviews

Drugstore Find: Sasha Professional Hair Colorant

LipstickSushi

Hi again! This is my first hair color post! Technically, Hair dying, yes. I want to share my hair dying obsession with you, specifically the Red color. But you have to take note that I am not a professional, but I know quite a lot about hair bleaching and dying, through research – based on internet, other blogs – and from my own experience.

You might get confused about the results from this hair dye, or any hair dye in general, and since this is a bit tricky and risky thing to do to your hair, so I have to be clear about my hair history…

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I desalinized my hair year 2011, start of summer or end of school year, yes, first year in college’s done. In time to my trip to UAE to visit my parents and stayed there for two months.

I bleached my hair using a…

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Basics 101, Hair bleaching, Hair Product Reviews

How to: Bleach your hair + Colisi Bleaching Powder and Lan.Caress Developer Review

Here’s a review on my Quiapo finds last, last month; at the same time, this would be a tutorial/photo diary on how to mix these chemicals or how to bleach your own hair.

DO NOT TAKE A BATH AT LEAST 2 DAYS BEFORE BLEACHING.

Clean your body, except your head. (I’ve tried 5 days.) This is for letting the natural oils of your scalp spread around your head, the natural oils will help lessen the damage that bleaching will give your hair.

You can add in VCO or olive oil, too.

Get your tools:

  • Non-metallic bowl (for mixing chemicals)
  • Tinting brush
  • Gloves!
  • Vaseline/ lotion
  • Hair clips (large mouth clips)
  • Measuring cup (optional, you can use any non-metallic scoop)
  • Bleaching powder
  • Bleaching oxidant or developer (30/40 vol.)
  • Hair toner (you will need developers for some toners, or click here for an alternative)
  • Hair treatment creams

Before bleaching:

  1. Prepare all the tools you need.
  2. Set-up your space; make sure the room’s ventilated because the smell would be strong and it can sting your eyes. Use old newspapers to cover up the floor, table or desk, whatsoever around you.
  3. Wear an old shirt or top that you don’t care about staining.
  4. Remove your earrings and other metallic accessories that you’re wearing.
  5. Put a generous amount of vaseline or lotion around your face, behind the ears (and your ears, themselves), the nape, and upper part of your back, (especially when you have long hair.)
  6. Mix it uppp! Ratio is 1 part bleach powder:2 parts developer

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Part your hair into four sections. Start at the lower back part of your hair.20140325-024052 PM.jpg
Get a pinch-sized section of your hair and, using your brush, start at the roots, all the way down to the tips of your hair. This is for an equal distribution of hair bleach on all your hair that will result in even lightening.

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Work on the next parting, going up. When you’re done — make sure you did not miss a spot — you can cover your hair with a shower cap to lock-in the heat on your head.

Leave it on for 20-40 minutes maximum. Clean up the mess while waiting!

Rinse it out with running freezing cold water, avoid eye contact, use shampoo (to remove bleach residues on your head) then conditioner. 

Hair is already damaged, do not blow dry. Use deep conditioning for the next 2 months. Do not bleach your hair twice within 2 months — one month, tops. Unless you want to go bald.

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Basics 101, Hair bleaching

Developers: Volume–Percentage Conversion

When watching YouTube tutorials and reviews about hair bleaching, I noticed that in the US, they use the “Volume” of the Peroxide for indicating the strength (amount of Oxygen) of the developer, while in our country, the standards of the developers are labeled with Percentages (3%, 6%, 9%, 12%). (More about it here / Reference)

In case you’re somewhat confused — like me — and planning to purchase developers anytime soon here in the Philippines, here’s a chart of the conversion for your reference:

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Hair bleaching, Hair Timeline

Peculiar Hair Chronicles: Summer Starter… or Ruin-er?

It’s been a while. Here I am updating this blog before the month ends (I made it!) and I’m on my way in fulfilling my promise of bleaching my hair this summer *horray* then dye it with an unusual hair color.

SO. Without further adieu, I would share how I officially started my summer this 2014, aside from the humiliating (myself) year-ender party of Archinet plus some weird stuff I’m trying — I bleached my hair [again] the night I got back home. Now here’s the back story:

  • March 16, Sunday, I honestly can’t remember what happened but I bleached my hair, left it for about an hour, and the usual result of the first bleaching process: Black to [somewhat-dark-and-Orange-y] Brown. 1 Level lighter, that is. The week went on complying with last few requirements we have to pass, then, after 6 days;
  • With the block party and org party in between, I got back home, March 22, Saturday late in the afternoon, with hangover, and was thinking, ‘hey, school works are (somewhat) finally over… I can now fry my hair!’ and bleached it. I left the bleach for about 45 minutes and it’s so uneven. My roots are Orange Orange.
NOTE: It is definitely *NOT ADVISABLE* to re-bleach your hair just after a week, wait for at least a month or two -- don't follow my foot steps unless you want to burn your scalp, and have bald spots, and super-ultra-mega damage your hair.

Before going to the next one, I have to share something about the Purple food coloring I planned to use on my hair for toning: I asked my aunt to buy me one and got me a powder food coloring in Violet under the name of Mr. Brown. I don’t know what it means, but when I mixed it with our drinking water, it only turns into Blue; then, using the tap water, it turns Purple, yes, but after some time, I noticed that there are Red-colored bits on the sink, melting just now.

I don’t know if it has something to do with the ‘Hard water‘ thing-y, where you got some Iron or minerals on your water source, depends on your place, which adds to the brassiness of your hair (I made some research, and will definitely make a post about it soon) but if you’re planning to use food coloring to tone your hair, I suggest using the [already] liquid ones, because…

  • The next day, March 23, Sunday, I “toned” my hair twice: First, using the food color and lots of conditioner (it has a Blue-ish color, by the way,) and the Second one was mixing the food color to my Shampoo. I realized it was just getting my hair darker and darker. It’s not lifting or neutralizing any Yellow up that much. It was so frustrating that I bleached my hair, again.  My roots are now White and the top of my head is pale Yellow, and from the mid-length to my tips, it’s fucking Orange. And, oh, I have a few skin burns around my neck and poignant wounds on my scalp, plus one patch of my hair where I usually test bleach, easily breaks when you pull it, too brittle: I look like I have a texture of a [Mad] Witch’s hair. Remember the NOTE above guys — I’m such a loser.

I now have an ugly colored hair, without a toner and cannot go out without looking Jeje.

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As of March 24 2014 11:47 PM

Grabbed from my Instagram account, which explains why the photo’s very grainy (thanks Apple iPad selfie-cam). Processed with VSCOcam, thus what you see is not the actual hair color I have now. It’s a lot more Orange and full of Yellow tones it’ll kill you when you stare at it.

I cannot go out with this hair color (Hello, Badjao Yellow) unless I want to humiliate myself (to myself) twice within a week. Luckily, someone would run an errand for me and pay for the toner I ordered online… which is Wella Hair Toner T18 and currently looking for more information about it on the internet.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Do your research, plan your process of dyeing, have backups (or stack-ups) of different products for different purposes, ask for a friend to lend a helping hand.

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