Bleaching Asian Hair Blonde: Overview
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If you divide the entire people in the globe into three, Asians are enough to take two parts if not more. With a population of over 4 billion people all looking almost alike, it should not be difficult for anyone to understand why an Asian may want to look uniquely different. Hair dyeing is one way to stand out of the crowds.
Being an Asian, your natural hair is strong and dark. It is opined in some quarters that the melanin content is quite significant and as such, would require at least two sessions of professional bleaching to turn it to blonde. For many women, the look a platinum blonde hair gives is worth whatever stress comes along with it; while to others, hair bleaching is just another misdirected effort.
But in all fairness, the almost whitish (or should we say grey) hair can look very attractive on a typical Asian dude. It goes well with many outfits and, guess what? You are at liberty to change the color to whatever you like later. But maybe we should save the talks to later and get straight to business. How do you dye your Asian or Virgin hair blonde?
Of course, that is why you are here. You probably have surfed the net and haven't been able to get a concise answer to your puzzle. Never worry, here is where you'd get the best guide to help ensure nothing goes wrong in your adventure. The dyeing process is essentially a bleaching process and you would need help regardless of where you are having it done.
No doubt, salons are one of the best options for a process like this that can claim your 24-hours but then, everyone knows that the charges can be huge in the end. As such, you may want to consider doing it at home by yourself. With the aid of a friend or two, you can pretty much dye your Asian hair blond at home if you would follow some basic tips as rolled out here.
Bleaching Asian Hair To Blonde: What You Need
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In case you are considering dyeing your Asian hair at home, here are the things you need to get ready for the process.
1. Some hair clips (as many as you can get)
2. Bleach powder (comes in various colors but the color doesn't matter)
3. Volume developer (30% is okay)
4. Covering shirts
5. Plastic bowls (you would need at least two of them)
6. Wella Toner 050 plus T18
7. Vaseline and gloves
8. Hair dye brush
9. Face mask
10. Aluminum foil
As much as possible, you should avoid washing your hair with shampoos at least two weeks before your expected day of hair dyeing. The reason is that shampoos make both the hair and scalp become sensitive. And hair dyeing when the scalp is tender or sensitive can be somewhat painful. The longer you can abstain from shampoos before the process, the better for you.
Bleaching Asian Hair Blonde: Session 1
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The least session you can undergo for your Asian hair to be properly bleached is two. And during these two sessions, your hair color would experience a change from black to brown/orange and then to the platinum blonde. Remember that if you are carrying out the bleaching process at home, you would still need the help of at least two friends to help you apply the bleach and toner.
Your first assignment would be to mix the major ingredients together in the right proportion. Here, we are talking about the bleach powder and volume developer. The mixture is to be done in a ratio of 2:1. In other words, for every 1ml of the bleach powder, you are to add 2ml of the volume developers. Volume developers are in grades with the lowest being 10 while the highest is 60.
Hair bleaching is faster with volume developers of high grades say 40 and above but in turn, it does a lot of damage to the strands. The entire bleaching process that should be done in sessions can be completed in a day with a 60 volume developer but that would mean you are saying bye to your entire hair in no distant future. So, a 30 volume developer is recommended for your Asian hair dyeing.
Once you conclude mixing the two active ingredients in a bowl, it is now time to start the bleaching proper. It is preferable to start the bleaching from the tip of the hair upward and then end up with the root. The reason is that the root of the hair is at a greater temperature compared to the rest portion of the strands. So, even if you commence the bleaching at different times, they are likely going to give the same result due to the temperature differences.
Allow the bleach on the bottom to the middle of the hair to stay for 35 minutes while the one at the hair root should not exceed 15 minutes at most before it is washed off. The water to be used should be very chilled so you don't elongate the healing and drying time of your hair. Already, the bleach would have done some damage to the structural integrity of your hair; as such, washing with hot water can only worsen the situation.
Once the washing has been completed, your hair should be left to hair dry and you are set for another session in two weeks' time. At the end of this first session, your hair would have turned brown. Sure, you may not like the brownish color of your hair for that moment but there is nothing you can do until the two weeks is completed and you come for the second session.
Bleaching Asian Hair Blonde: Session 2
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After some two weeks, you are set to transform your brown hair further into platinum blonde and what you did earlier is practically the same thing you would repeat at this second session. The essence of leaving two weeks in-between the sessions is to allow your hair to regain its strength and structure before another set of chemicals run their effects on it. Remember that prior to this second session too, you are to stay away from shampoos.
For easy application of the bleach, you may want to divide your hair into sections holding each section in place with a clip. When bleaching this second time, you would have to take your time so that if there are patches you noticed from the first session, you can now concentrate on addressing it this time around. As with the first session, you should consider bleaching from the bottom up to the root of the hair and then your sideburns.
By this second bleaching, your brown hair must have turned to a uniform yellow or orange. However, if you discover that your hair still has some dark or brown patches, it means you would repeat the bleaching process in another two weeks' time focussing more on the areas involved. The bleaching is okay only if you have arrived at a light-yellow hair that is uniform. Only at this stage can you now wash your hair with shampoo so as to evenly distribute the color.
Bleaching Asian Hair Blonde: Toning
Just when you are sure the color is uniform and your hair looks uniformly orangy, the next and final step is to tone it to the color of your choice. Earlier, we suggested two kinds of toner which are 050 and T18. Well, your choice of toner would have to depend on what you want your hair to finally look like. You can use either of the two or mix them. In fact, you can opt for another toner altogether.
Whatever toner you deem best to use, you would have to mix it with a volume developer before applying it. However, for the volume developer, a lower percentage, say 20 would be preferable. Experience has shown that if you use 30 or 40 volume developer, your hair might get darker rather than turning blonde. But then, the mixing formula is not different from that of the bleach.
Once you pick a jar or cup of toner, then you need two of the volume developer to mix it. Do the mixing properly in another bowl and then you are ready to finish the business. Please be warned that both the bleach and toner have quite an offensive odor capable of numbing you. As such, ensure that the mixing is done in a properly ventilated place. Upon completion of the mixing, your next duty is to apply the toner to your bleached hair as fast as you can.
This is where you need hands. Seek the help of your friends to help apply it uniformly to your hair after which it should be left for about 15 minutes. The final thing to do would be to wash the toner off your hair, and there you just successfully bleached your Asian hair. As with the bleaching, you are to also wash the toner off your hair with cold water. Warm or hot water can completely rubbish your hair strands.
How To Maintain Your Dyed Hair
Of course, you should know that a level of damage has been done to your hair with these processes just described. It would be in your best interest to maintain your blonde hair keenly so it doesn't lose its color and strength. As such, you may want to keep the following things in mind for your blonde hair.
1. You would want to style your hair after a while but you should use less heat for the process. Check out other styles that do not require applying too much heat to your hair. Again, you should refrain from other hairstyles that can put too much pressure on your hair roots. paramount among this are ponytails.
2. Be selective in your choice of hair conditioner as some may prove very harsh to your hair. If you want a recommended brand, go for Olaplex 3. Make sure that shampoo gets to your hair only every other day. The longer your hair can stay without shampoo, the better.
3. Your bleached hair would naturally dry out more than your natural hair. As such, you should have enough moisturizing oil such as argan or Moroccan oil with you to keep it looking good.
4. Don't forget to always give your hair protein treatment. This is paramount because the bleached hair would have been deprived of its natural protein to a large extent and an artificial one such as Aphogee's 2 Step would help ensure your hair is not malnourished. Simply apply it often and allow it to stay some 30 minutes on your hair before washing it off.
Some Precautions While Bleaching Your Asian Hair
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Every time you bleach your hair, some precautions are sacrosanct and must be adhered to if your overall health must be preserved. One of such is to ensure that your body is effectively covered throughout the process. You are working with very harsh chemicals that react in a very harsh way with the skin.
Take, for instance, the volume developer; if it should splash on your skin, it could be very itchy. The same with other agents mentioned in this piece; they are not to be allowed on your bare skin. If there is any aspect of your body that you don't feel comfortable wrapping a cloth around, you should generously apply vaseline on such so that in the case of accidental splashing, the vaseline would reduce the effect.
In the same vein, ensure that while handling the toner and dyes, you wear a very reliable hand glove. The glove is to prevent contact of your hand with the chemicals. The face mask is also very important. Apart from the odor that the dye, toner, and bleach exhume, they equally can make your eyes uncomfortable. In fact, it is advisable that you wear it throughout the time your hair is being bleached.
Bleaching Asian Hair Blonde: The Disadvantages
When you decide to bleach your hair, you need to be aware that you are paying a very heavy price. Leaving aside the offensive nature of the chemicals on your eyes and skin, a lot of modifications take place on your hair which is usually permanent. Some of the dark sides of this hair bleaching adventure may include.
1. Hair loss. You could lose a substantial part of your hair permanently if anything goes wrong during the bleaching process. The chemical might react negatively with your hair root causing your hair to fall out in clumps. This is even aggravated when you employ heat in bleaching your hair.
2. Hair Becoming Curly. This is because you have distorted the arrangement of the molecules of your strands and you could find yourself having to comb your hair every now and then. It is susceptible to frizziness.
3. Hair Weakness. Of course, you could feel that your hair is light-weight just after bleaching it. Similarly, if you run your fingers through your strands, you might feel that your hair has become like a straw.
4. Maintenance. Asian hair bleached blonde needs a lot of maintenance to keep it in shape than if it were to have been left in its natural state. A little neglect on your part to do the needful can prove counterproductive to your overall outlook. You are to wash less and moisturize more.
There you have a guide on bleaching you natural Asian hair to blonde. Among other things, we have shown that it is pretty much possible to carry out the process at home without visiting the salon. Of course, where you have the money, having the process carried out in a salon by a professional would be your best bet. You can be sure that all precautions would be taken there.
That said, you surely must be obsessed with a platinum blonde hair before embarking on the process otherwise you might start feeling you've wasted your time, money, and energy at the end of the whole process. A good bleaching will surely take your time. And like we have shown here, you need at least two sessions with each session lasting for hours.
However, once your mind is set for the prize, paying the price won't be difficult. The and weeks would only look like a second. Now, that you have an idea of what it takes to dye your Asian hair; when do you plan to commence the process? Remember to get at least one more hand if you are doing it at home. Good luck!