Although it isn’t something I’ve spoken about on this blog, I’m extremely passionate and overly experimental when it comes to changing my hair. I first dyed it when I was twelve, and haven’t stopped since. In that time, I’ve done everything, from natural hair colours to the most-out there you could possibly go. With naturally dark-brown-almost-black hair, bleaching my hair before doing anything crazy is kind of a given to get any decent payoff.
You’d have thought, after engaging in this hobby for a number of years, I’d have learned the wrong and right things to do when bleaching your hair. Apparently, though, you’d be wrong. I’d read countless blogs and informative blogs over the years, don’t get me wrong, but I’m someone who does something before I really believe it. I guess that’s something that’s never really gone well in the past.
One piece of advice that came up time and time again was not to use 40 volume bleach near your scalp, under any circumstances. From what I can remember, the blogs I read never went into detail about what would happen if you did, so I didn’t take it very seriously at the time. A bigger concern to me was turning my dark-brown-almost-black hair blonde in the quickest way possible, so that I could get on with the crazy colours I had always wanted.
Besides, I thought to myself, what was the worst thing that would happen if I discarded the advice I’d received from literally every blog post ever? It was sold in the supermarket, so it couldn’t be that harmful, could it?
Apparently, chemical burns are a thing. Whoops. It didn’t help that I pull my hair out when I’m nervous, and applied a rather generous amount to a bald spot near the back of my head. The pain and blisters that leaked puss like nobody’s business definitely weren’t the desired effect I’d considered when first dying my hair.
I’d always had a mantra of “no pain, no gain” when it came to bleaching my hair. I guess to say this experience put it to the test is an understatement. Click to tweet.
Your Hair Belongs In A Horse’s Mouth
When it comes to learning my lesson from previous mistakes, maybe I’m not the best at it. Apparently my disaster with the chemical burns didn’t put me off too much, as less than two months later when I was re-bleaching my roots, I decided I might as well re-bleach my fringe at the same time.
It didn’t occur to me until my hair was dried from it’s chewing-gum state that I realised how dry and dead my hair felt. It was exactly the same texture of straw. Attractive, right?
Drastic Ways To Make A Change
If you’ve read this far, I commend you. Even I’m starting to wonder why my previous mistakes didn’t serve as a warning that me and bleach are not a good mix. Hindsight is a great thing.
At the time, however, all I could think about was how bored I was with my current look, even though it had been barely two months after the previous mistake had occurred. I’d bought a lilac dye, planning to re-dye the underneath section of my hair, but instead of bleaching that section alone, I decided my whole head could do with a refresher.
As well as this, I also left the bleach on for three hours instead of the recommended 20-90 minutes, because I thought it would work better if I left it on longer. Considering I had already bleached it to get it blue, it was overkill, but I didn’t care.
Repeating Previous Mistakes
As well as having to cut nineteen centimetres off the bottom of my hair because it felt like straw, and snapped off like chewing gum when wet, there were other mistakes, too.
This might seem familiar if you read the top of my blog post, but apparently leaving bleach on your head for three hours causes chemical burns. Who’d have known, right? This time, instead of just covering the bald spot on the back of my head, the blisters spread all along my hairline. It’s honestly one of the most painful things I’ve experienced in my life, even though I fully accept it was my fault.
I’m honestly surprised my over processed hair wasn’t snapping in my hands, though I have to admit I was a little shy when it came to brushing my hair for the next few weeks.
Finally Learning From My Mistakes
You’ll be glad to know that this story had a happy ending. Those stories are always the best, aren’t they? In my case, common sense was the hero that came along and defeated (for the most part) the impulsiveness that had injured me and destroyed my hair on several occasions.
Common sense also convinced my to dye my hair with a dark, conditioning dye close to my natural colour to help my hair repair itself after the damage I had done to it. Some of you may view this as a waste of time and money after how little I kept my crazy hair colours going for, but I knew what I needed to do if I ever wanted my hair to recover.
You’ll be glad to know that my hair care routine has since readjusted, too, which you can read about here. I’m reading blog posts, and this time, I’m actually taking on the advice that I read in other people’s blog posts.
Have you ever had a similar disaster or disaster(s)? Fancy making me feel a little less ashamed of the mistakes I’ve made in the past?
Thanks for reading, and until next week,
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