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Back to Black

Back to Black

Because my hair had looked completely fucked regarding it’s color, I thought it was time to go back to the basics.

I really loved the red hair, but it was so damn hard to maintain and I didn’t do a proper job of it. So it was just much easier to did it all black. I basically cover the red and the roots with the black dye. The proper way to do it, is by removing the old color first, which I obviously didn’t do but it still turned out fine.

Red hair

Red hair

I finally died my hair completely red 🙂

From Black to Golden Blonde

From Black to Golden Blonde

It has actually been about a week since I bleached my hair, and that’s why I think it is time to do an update about it.

I was supposed to film the whole process, but our bathroom is so tiny, I can’t use my camera with my 60 mm lens and studio lights in there (there’s also not enough light in there) so I decided that I didn’t want to film it anyway. And that was probably a very good idea, because the sent of the bleaching product made my eyes all watery and red. I looked like a person that had been crying for days without sleep! I have some pictures, but I’m grateful that I didn’t film it like I had originally planed.

But I’ll still tell you a bit about my experience with bleaching my hair with Manic Panic’s Flash Lightning Vol. 40 anyway. Of cause you have to follow the instructions on the package, but here’s a few other things to keep in mind when bleaching with this product:

  • Only bleach your hair in a room where you can open a window, because you are going to need the fresh air! The bleach has a very intoxicating smell and you shouldn’t breathe it for too long. If you need it, go outside and take in some fresh air. (that’s what I did).
  • Use tinfoil to wrap the hair, that way your old t-shirt doesn’t get too dirty or bleached.
  • I like to have straightened hair when I dye it. For this process, I only straightened the ends.
  • If you have really long hair like me, don’t bleach it by yourself! That’s what I did and because I parted my hair in two sections, there’s a color difference in my hair because one side had the bleach in it longer than the other (I tried my best to give the two sections the same amount of time, but I guess I failed). If you have another person or two to help you, you can dye all the hair at the same time, eliminating too much difference in color.
  • Also, I almost ran out of bleach. If I were to bleach it again, I would use two containers instead of just one. Before bleaching and buying the product, you should really think about how much of your hair you want bleached and if you are going to need only one or two products. The color difference is also partly because I ran out of bleach about halfway…
  • Think about where you want the color to be strongest and start with that section of the hair. I started from the back and then to the front. If you want the front to be brighter, you have to start there.

Well, that’s the extra advice I have for you when bleaching your hair. And I guess it goes for plain hair dyeing too. I hope this helps, so you don’t make the same mistakes as me 🙂

I was very pleased with the results and the color! I love the golden blonde so much that I’m thinking twice about dyeing it red now. Maybe I’ll stay with this blonde look for the summer and dye it red for fall.

If you bleach your hair with this product, you are very welcome to comment about your experience and advice if you have any.

Now it’s time for all the pictures! Notice that my left side is more brighter and golden than the right side. I still think it’s pretty though, but it would have been nice if both side had the same color.