Hair Tips and Tricks. Part One: Bleach. - The Dainty Squid

Hair Tips and Tricks. Part One: Bleach.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


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  1. This is a great idea for posts!
    I went from dark brown hair to purple and did the bleaching in between, and I found the same sort of results you were speaking about with the lightening results. It worked out well for me since I was going a dark shade of purple (Special Effects: Pimpin Purple).
    My boyfriend went blue and when we bleached that out to go to a different blue we were surprised to see the blue tint still hanging on after bleaching - glad you have a picture to show that :)
    I wish we had found something like you have posted before we started the entire process :P :)
    Love the hair! Keep it up :D

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  2. I love how much you dye your hair, iiiiits amazing. I have been dying my hair every colour for years and I have dark brown hair naturally.

    I agree with the over bleaching, all mine snapped and it was not plesent.

    I do however think that if you have dark hair and are planning on dying a warm shade of vibrant colour such as vibrant pink or bright red then you hair does not really need to be white bleached. Mine worked perfectly on yellow, copper bleaching.

    BLUE however is a nightmare :)

    Looking forward to seeing the next part of this
    Helen xx

    http://helenwaugh.blogspot.com/

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  3. So cute! Your pretty hair colors make me think of Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - my favorite movie. : )

    xo,

    Sarah

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  4. Even though I've bleached my hair for years and recently started using vibrant colours (currently pink!) I still read this and it's awesome. I've never been scared to do anything to my hair and just went for it, I'm glad you took your time to write this out for people who are abit scared to try this!
    I personally think everybody in the world should have bright, fun, coloured hair :D xx

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  5. Blessed with blonde hair, lucky!! I have daaaaaark hair and it's a you know what to bleach haha. Orange is my favorite color on me, though. It works because my brown hair kind of bleaches to an orangey/red instead of white/yellow.

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  6. this is awesome kaylah. currently i am having my hair bleached at the salon. the only thing i am scared of hair wise is bleaching my own hair! you definitely make it seem less scary though.
    i really need to get better at taking care of my white hair. it's getting a bit crispy. i need a good deep conditioner!
    again, awesome post!!

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  7. Thanks so much for the tips Kaylah!

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  8. This is an AMAZING post. I dye my hair a lot and I've been a darker color for some time...I'm ready to go to a Monroe blonde but I wasn't sure how to approach the bleaching process. I will definitely be using your tips!

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  9. thanks for this post. i am a bit of a scardey cat when it comes to trying different colours - but i really want to be more adventurous. here's hoping!! x

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  10. what a great post! a really good idea!
    i'm dying my hair since i'm ~ 13 and i love to see how other people do it - and maybe get some tips and new ideas.
    a really great post! thank you!
    i'm looking forward to post number 2 :D

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  11. Always good to hear what other people are doing. I use the Loreal Quick Blue Bleach with a 30 volume creme developer. I buy it in a huge tub and it lasts all year and then some. I like this because I keep a small portion of my hair white and this has a built in toner that pulls out the brassiness.

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  12. got any tips for going from natural red to dark green? everytime I bleach my hair looks orange like Leaf!

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  13. Great post Kaylah! i went to cosmetology school and i still can't bleach my hair without frying it. I can't wait until I have and excuse to bleach my hair again so I can try some of your tips :) And I agree, experience is usually better than just knowledge. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Oh man, you're really really making me want to change my hair to some crazy color! I've been trying so hard to stay boring brown...

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  15. Fantastic post!! I bleach mine in order to dye it light red ..nothing really wild, although i'm dying to do pink one day-- pun intended ;) I use the maxi blonde or ultra blonde or SUPER BLONDE (not sure exactly what it's called) from the drugstore, for bleaching dark brown hair blonde, and mine usually lightens to a bright yellowish orangey color within 20 minutes. It's perfect as a base for the red, because it makes the color really bright. hmm not sure why I wrote all this... :)

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  16. I have a question and please forgive me if it's something you've answered in the past... I use to bleach and dye my hair all sorts of colors (blue, green, pink-my mom's fave) in high school. I also use to do dyes out of the box, usually brownie-pinks but a few years back I began to develop allergic reactions to the dyes. Slowly but surely my last bout ended me up in the emergency room because my head swelled to the point that I didn't even look like me. I looked online and saw that it was happening to a lot of people that it hadn't happened to before and that it was some sort of chemical added to the dyes. I should note that I tried a lot of different brands including the "all natural" ones and the same thing kept happening. I haven't dyed my hair in probably 5 years because of this and I OH SO miss being able to do it. You seem very knowledgeable on the subject so I figured it couldn't hurt to ask. Any suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated. :)

    www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

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  17. I have been a hairdresser for 5 years. You did a great job explaining. Hair color is SO much fun! But I'm glad you warned people about over-processing. Thats where more people go wrong.

    I naturally have very dark brown hair, I lift it to a brass/orange color & then apply the pink. And that works quite well for me. I've never used Manic Panic though, so that might be different.

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  18. Dang it... I wish I'd found this post two years ago when I was trying to convince my momma to let me get blue streaks in my black hair... Now my sweetheart, Robert told me that he likes me with brown hair, so I'm trying to grow out my natural hair, and it's taking FOREVER :P

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  19. This is super helpful!
    I dye my hair allll the time and I wish I knew what I was doing when I first started, but luckily now I know what I'm doing.

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  20. There is something that will help the dark haired people with getting really blonde. Manic Panic has a toner that is a lavender color, I can't remember the name of it but all it does is help lighten without damaging. What you do is lighten your hair as much as possible without seriously frying it. (I had a hard time not frying my hair when it was purple and all other sorts of colors) Put the manic panic on the blonde hair and leave it there for at least an hour and it will def help. You might have to do it a couple times but it is okay because it is vegetable based and not chemical based so it wont damage your hair. Granted I am not a hair stylist either but I've been dying my hair for years and it's now getting a break. I hope that tid bit of information was helpful. :) I have a tribute to my hair on my blog, its called In Memory of: my hair if you would like to see it.
    BTW I love your hair and it makes me miss mine. <3

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  21. I forgot to say that you have to bleach it first then do the manic panic. Sorry.

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  22. Oooh I love this post, I'm a long time hair dyer and it's always good to hear tips, especially from you as your hair is always b-e-a-utiful! I was wondering... when you just bleach your roots how do you go about it? I always bleach over all my hair when my roots are showing (which I know is naughty!) Any tips would be greatly appreciated as I'm due a top up!

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  23. I've been curious to know your tips :) I'm excited for the posts to come!

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  24. I have dark brown hair with natural red highlights... I use 40 vol. by RAW, which usually gets my roots a white color and the rest of my hair a light yellow without frying it. However, a am a huge conditioner disciple, which probably helps. I love your hair posts! Thanks so much for putting these together for those of us who have less experience.

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  25. Yay! Hair posts!! :)
    This makes bleaching look a lot less scary, a hairdresser stripped my hair once - it took about 4 hours and my hair was absolutely fried, I've been afraid of bleach ever since then!
    Can't wait for the other posts!!

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  26. Great info! I am going platinum from black right now. It is such a long process!!

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  27. I was thinking of 'turning blue' when I next visit the hairdresser!
    You have made me want to turn blue now!

    www.katielovesthis.com

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  28. Just thought I'd share my experience with bleach:
    I started dying my hair pretty colors in January and I've been using Goldwell Silk Lift High Performance Lightener and it has allowed me to bleach my hair safely with only 2-3 days waiting time before I bleach it again. I haven't damaged my hair yet (I've bleached it A LOT in the last few months) and I have thick, prone-to-breakage hair. And I went from about one year's worth of dyed black (over my natural dark blonde) to "light enough to dye" in about 2 weeks. I only use 30 volume developing cream though (too scared to do 40), so I don't think my hair is as light as your's turns out before you dye it the pretty colors.

    Anyway, just thought I'd let you (and people who read this) know that it doesn't necessarily have to take that long to safely bleach out a dark color. Lots of conditioner and research make for healthy bleached hair. :)

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  29. this was SO helpful. thank you! i have been dying my hair black for years and i recently bleached a little section and it got orangish, so i dyed it a light brown for now. then i wasnt sure what to do but know now after reading this, i know i can just wait a while and bleach it again.

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  30. Hey, I stumbled across your post this evening b/c I too have blue hair and after a year of having the same color, I'm ready for something different! I've never bleached my hair before, my hair is naturally a light brown/dirty dishwater blonde and I use a darker blue so there's never been a need. I want to go reddish orange though. You mentioned that there will be blue left in your hair after it is bleached and you can't go straight to orange,in one of your upcoming posts, could you please explain how would you work your way to a new color if it was on the opposite end of the wheel from the color you previously had?

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  31. Great post and thank you for writing it! I am bleaching my hair this week and it's been a while...so I'm scared :) I don't want it to all fall out. Can't wait for part 2! xo

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  32. I found your blog through a fellow friend's yesterday. I have had my hair every color in the rainbow. It's naturally dark brown. What I've found that keeps my hair healthy, is that I condition it, like crazy. It's naturally thick, so it falls out a great deal (but my hairdresser said it's ok, because of how insanely thick it is. If it all stayed in, I couldn't even get my fingers through it.) Anyway, I like your posts about the bleaching & dyeing tips. Thanks!

    -j.
    thefabulousgypsy.blogspot.com

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  33. Hurrah! I am in the process of bleaching my hair from brown to white and than to purple - this post has made it all a lot less scary.

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  34. THANK YOU for this guide!! I am so excited to begin experimenting with bright hair color again. Last year, I added pink with the L'Oreal Color Rays in fushia. It was so much fun, and easy. Tonight, thanks to your guide, I am bleaching the ends of my hair and adding Beyond the Zone Not So Violet.

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  35. Hello! I love this post, brief but very informative for people like me who wants to dye up my hair into pastel colors. My hair's naturally dark brown, near to black but maybe black, depends at times. But I have been bleaching and dyeing my hair to light brown or greenish blonde from jet black. Thank you for the tips here because I am planning to dye my hair soon, gotta bleach it first.

    xx Aurora

    rottennuke.blogspot.com

    <3

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  36. Dear Dainty Squid I am thinking about dying my hair pink like yours do u think I should




    P.S im 13

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  37. My hair is naturally whire blonde and I've dyed it many times over the last 2 years. I've just decided to bleach my hair then dye it vibrant red. I would dye it midnight blue, but my twin sister already did. I love your post though!

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  38. Hmm!! This blog is really cool, I’m so lucky that I have reached here and got this awesome information.
    Yo=ons

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  39. Thanks for the post. It really helped me uncover some myths about bleaching lol. I'm planning on dying my hair black brown underneath and platinum blonde on top. And maybe adding some other color like purple or red.

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  40. Thanks so much! I'm doing a lavender ombre & the process is killing me but I am following these steps and it's good to know it's for a good cause. So many haters telling me I can't go from dark brown to lav but they are wrong! I'll show them.

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