Sorry for the late reply. Bleach ALWAYS damages your hair. It has to in order to lighten it. But if you’re getting it done professionally, (which I recommend) they should have the training to know what to use, how to apply it, how long to let it process and what aftercare is involved so that it comes out as evenly as possible, is your desired color, and has the least amount of damage possible. Since you have 3 different colors in your hair right now, including your natural, it is probably going to be quite the undertaking. They’ll most likely need to apply a couple of different strengths of bleach, watch it very carefully, and possibly bleach some areas more than once. Getting it done professionally (especially if it’s your first time) is usually the best way to go, but don’t ever expect your hair to be damage-free or feel the same as it did before after you bleach.
I’ve never used Color Jamz before (if you saw a reference to that brand, then it was by whomever submitted the photo to me).
But I have done plenty of light pink hair with other brands. If it came out darker than you’d like, then I’d definitely recommend mixing it with some conditioner. Here is a guide I wrote on achieving pastel colored hair.
“bleached my hair in the summer, rebleached, then dyed last night with manic panic cotton candy pink… roots ._.”
Cute, thanks for the submission :)
“this is my friend Rachael, her hairs a mix of green and blue crazy colour dyes. “
Awesome, thanks to both of you for sharing the pic!
It depends on what you mean by short hair. For very short hair, like pixie cuts, I recommend doing a block color, as traditional highlights end up looking like spots in short hair. If you mean something more like chin or shoulder length (and not layered, or barely layered) you should be okay with doing highlights if you’d like.
If you’re doing a bright pink, you can put it over the lavender, but it will most likely be a slightly different tone than the roots that you’re doing. Your best bet is to try and fade the purple out of your hair as much as possible (see my tips here) before coloring it, or you may have to bleach the last of it out to try and get it to an even blonde tone before putting the pink all over. Be careful of bleaching over hair that’s already been bleached though, you won’t need as high a volume developer and you won’t need to leave it on as long, especially if it’s a light color. I always recommend leaving bleaching up to a professional.
First, please be sure that you are not using a bleach with anything stronger than 20 volume developer on or near your scalp. Anything higher than that will cause severe irritation and chemical burns. If you are especially sensitive, even 20 volume may be too harsh for you. Also, don’t apply bleach to the scalp twice (or more) in a row, give it time to recover.
But it could very well be an allergic reaction, as they can develop over time. When I first started bleaching my hair I had no reaction to it whatsoever. After about 8 or 9 years of bleaching (and working as a hairstylist, where I was around bleach all the time) I started to get itchy hands and feet and welts on my arms when my hair was being bleached even though there was no bleach on any part of my body except for my scalp. This is a systemic reaction, and it got worse every time I bleached my hair to the point that I had to stop doing it. What it sounds like you may be experiencing is a local reaction, which is more common. If it is an allergy, it WILL get worse the more you are exposed to it. The welts that are there now should go away after a while, but if you continue to bleach, you could cause sores on your head that may result in scars or bald patches. Psoriasis symtoms can also be made worse by bleach and other chemicals. If you’re worried about it, either stop bleaching your hair or adopt a method where the bleach won’t touch your scalp or skin, such as foiling (which is best done professionally. I’ve foiled my own hair and it sucks, trust me.)
As far as getting your hair soft and normal, the only way to get it “normal” is to let it grow out and cut off the parts that have been bleached. Once hair has been bleached, it’s damaged. You can make it feel softer and better by taking good care of it by washing with cool water, not using hot tools, staying out of the sun and using professional quality products on it. My favorite is Paul Mitchell’s Strength line, which puts protein back in to the hair and makes it a lot more manageable after it’s been bleached. Their Awapuhi Wild Ginger line is also really excellent, though it’s pricier and only select salons can carry it.
I hope this helps!