Coloring Strategies for Bleached Hair (A Story)

Coloring bleached hair can be quite the adventure, and my friend Jessica has had her fair share of colorful escapades in this realm. I've had the privilege of witnessing her hair transformation journey, and it's a testament to her creativity and tenacity.

Jessica, a natural brunette with a penchant for change, decided to take the plunge into the world of vibrant hair colors a few years ago. She'd already bleached her hair to achieve a beautiful platinum blonde shade, and from there, the possibilities seemed endless.

One of the first tips I'd share about coloring bleached hair based on Jessica's experience is the importance of research. She spent hours scouring the internet for inspiration, reading articles, and watching YouTube tutorials to learn about the best practices. Armed with knowledge, she was ready to experiment.

The first color she chose was a fiery red, which she applied herself with great enthusiasm.

The result?

A striking, eye-catching shade that turned heads wherever she went. However, she soon discovered the need for tip number two: invest in quality products. After a few washes, her vibrant red started fading faster than she'd anticipated. She realized that using color-safe shampoos and conditioners, along with periodic color-refreshing treatments, was crucial for maintaining her desired hue.

Putting color over bleached hair can be a bit different from coloring natural hair because bleached hair has undergone a chemical process that removes pigment and can make it more porous and prone to damage. Here are some steps to consider when putting color over bleached hair:

  1. Assess Your Hair's Condition: Before applying any color, assess the condition of your bleached hair. If it's damaged, it's important to take steps to repair it first. Use deep conditioning treatments to restore moisture and strength to your hair.

  2. Choose the Right Color: Consider the color you want to achieve and choose a hair dye that is suitable for your desired shade. If you want to go darker, you have more options. If you want to go lighter, it might require a more specialized approach, such as using a hair toner.

  3. Perform a Strand Test: Always perform a strand test to ensure that the color will turn out as expected. This test will also help you determine the processing time needed for your specific hair type.

  4. Use a Quality Hair Dye: Invest in a high-quality hair dye from a reputable brand. Cheap or low-quality dyes can lead to uneven color results and may cause further damage to your hair.

  5. Consider a Semi-Permanent or Demi-Permanent Dye: These types of hair dyes are less harsh on bleached hair compared to permanent dyes. They won't lift the existing color but can add depth and tone.

  6. Apply the Color Carefully: Follow the instructions on the dye package carefully. Use gloves to protect your hands and apply the color evenly, starting at the roots and working your way down to the ends. Pay special attention to any uneven areas or spots that may have absorbed more bleach.

  7. Monitor Processing Time: Keep a close eye on the processing time. Bleached hair can sometimes absorb color more quickly than natural hair. Start checking the color a few minutes before the recommended processing time, and rinse it out as soon as it reaches your desired shade.

  8. Post-Color Care: After rinsing out the color, use a color-safe shampoo and conditioner to maintain the vibrancy of the color. Consider using products specifically designed for color-treated hair to prevent fading.

  9. Limit Heat Styling: Heat styling tools can further damage bleached hair, so try to limit their use. Use heat-protectant products when styling with hot tools.

  10. Regular Maintenance: Color-treated hair requires regular maintenance. You may need touch-ups or toning treatments to keep the color looking fresh and to neutralize any unwanted undertones.

  11. Consult a Professional: If you're uncertain about the process or if your hair has been severely damaged by bleaching, it's a good idea to consult a professional hair colorist who can assess your hair's condition and provide expert advice.

Remember that the success of coloring over bleached hair depends on various factors, including the quality of your hair, the color you're aiming for, and how well you follow the instructions.

My friend Jessica discovered that patience is key when coloring bleached hair. Achieving pastel colors, like the lavender shade she once rocked, required multiple rounds of careful bleaching and toning. She also learned that not all colors were created equal. Some shades, like pastels and bright blues, required more maintenance than others, so she had to be prepared for regular touch-ups.

One particularly memorable story from Jessica's colorful journey was her experiment with temporary hair chalk for a music festival. She turned her hair into a vibrant rainbow masterpiece that left everyone in awe. The best part? She didn't have to commit to a single color for weeks on end, which made the experience all the more fun.

But perhaps the most valuable lesson Jessica learned was the importance of hair health. All the bleaching and coloring took a toll on her locks, making them more susceptible to damage. She became diligent about using deep conditioning masks and limiting heat styling to give her hair the love and care it needed.

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Sky Hoon
Hair Lover, Idea Starter. He started HairQueenie, which is ranked #27 in the FeedSpot Top 40 Hair Care Blogs and mentions in ManeAddicts and Tempest. Hair is not everything but something. He started Hairqueenie to share great hair products. Over time, he found there are more value to share answers to hair problems that cannot be found easily.
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