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A Crash Course on Bleaching your Hair

It is no surprise that we would consider the upkeep and management of your hair to be a major investment. Stylists spend their careers growing within their trade in an effort to improve your confidence and self-esteem. But, when it comes to the precise art of bleaching, its best to leave it to the professionals. As tempting as it may be to save a penny or two, opting for the box-bleach kit from the hair-aisle is not the best route for that beautiful head of hair. Take a look at some commonly asked questions relating to the bleaching process before you schedule your free consultation with one of our talented stylists. 

 

How does it work? 

There is a common misconception of how the bleaching process actually works. Contrary to popular belief, the chemistry of bleach and dye are complete opposites. The process of dying and toning essentially “stains” the hair cuticle to reflect a new color. Bleaching is the process of “stripping” existing melanin from your cuticle, which is a necessary step to achieve lighter hair. Depositing light hair color on top of existing, dark color is the same as drawing on black paper with a yellow marker. In order to see optimum color payoff, you must first invest in the bleaching process. The transition, if done correctly, is incredibly satisfying, but it does require a solid commitment of time and money. So, if you are dying to transition your dark locks, its best to see a professional so that you can weigh the pros and cons of the process and decide if it's the best route for you.  

 

Is bleaching right for me? 

The first step is to evaluate the current state of your hair cuticle before chemical processing. Your stylist will touch and analyze your hair during your evaluation to determine whether your hair can withstand the work required to lighten your color. Here are some questions to consider before you commit.  

 

1.       How has your hair recovered since your last chemical treatment? 

2.      How long will it take to strip the appropriate amount of color (melanin) from your current state? 

3.      Do you want to bleach to the root? If so, can you commit to the upkeep of root maintenance? 

4.      For dramatic transitions: Are you willing to sit for multiple sessions to maintain the integrity of your cuticle?

5.      Does your desired look fit your budget?

 

Can I bleach at home? 

Time after time, clients make the decision to bleach their hair at home before toning at the salon in an effort to save time and money. Talk to any stylist, and they will urge you to never bleach at home because of the irreversible damage you could inflict upon those precious locks. At its core, bleaching is stripping molecules from your hair. Without the right guidance and products, you could be removing way more than just color. There is nothing worse than losing that hard-earned hair because you wanted to cut corners on the investment.

 

Even if you manage to maintain the integrity of your hair, achieving an even color from root to tip is very difficult to come by. Timing is everything! Deciding how long to leave the product on the length of your hair versus your roots takes precision and experience, so don’t risk damaging your hair in an effort to learn the proper techniques.

 

Whether you come in to reinvent your current style or to fix a makeover-mishap, we are here to guide you in the direction that best suits your look, needs, and lifestyle. We succeed when you feel beautiful, so let us spoil you the way you deserve to be spoiled. Schedule your free consultation with one of our talented stylists to plan your journey to a new you!