HAIR BLEACHING AND LIGHTENING
Hair bleaching is the process of removing the pigment from the hair strand. Quite often hydrogen peroxide or ammonium persulfate is used as the main ingredient of hair bleach. These are called oxidizing agents. These bleaching agents must enter the hair and reach the melanin in the core of the hair to change its composition. These agents use oxygen to accomplish this and the resulting melanin is white or colorless.
Along with the oxidizing agent, an alkaline solution is used. This lifts the cuticle of the hair, which in turn allows the oxidizer to reach the melanin. If this process is done to the hair too often the cuticle will fail to lie back down over the hair shaft properly and the bleached hair may look dull and lifeless.
If you have brown hair the bleaching process should be done in several steps to lessen the damage to the hair shaft. Hair passes through many shades of color before it reaches the desired white color. Brown first turns to red. It then passes through an orange stage and on to brassy yellow. Then the yellow hair finally turns white.
Quite often a toner is applied after the bleach to rid the hair of some of the brassiness that might occur.
Hair bleach is hard on your hair. When having your hair bleached remember to get your mane trimmed at least once a month. Use a quality conditioner that is made to help the health of dry and processed hair. Damaged hair will eventually break off if not cared for properly.
If you have hair that has been chemically straightened, permed or recently dyed, you should not use bleach. These processes also damage hair. The bleaching process may totally fry your locks. Don't try this at home. Visit me and it will get done right.
What is the difference between a Gloss, Glaze and Toner?
In today's beauty industry these words are used interchangeably. These techniques have improved greatly. Not long ago they were limited to a gloss only adding shine, and a glaze adding shine and depositing color. Now we can use any of these terms to describe just about anything having to do with shine or color. Here are a few tips on how to discern what I have in mind for you.
A color gloss is a non-permanent color that is used for many different reasons. Most commonly, a gloss is used to make your existing color more dramatic or to create subtle change. Regardless, if you are a brunette, redhead or blonde your hair will naturally fade from the sun and frequent shampooing. A gloss has the ability to refresh your color while also conditioning it. Glossing your hair is also a great option for those of you who want to get your feet wet with hair color. A gloss will only last 5 to 6 weeks so you can have fun shifting your color to caramel brown, honey, rose gold or strawberry blonde without the commitment of permanent color.
A gloss is not able to lighten your hair or cover gray hair. For that, you will need to discuss other options with me.
A glaze (also known as a toner) is a non-peroxide hair color with a sheer shade option that helps achieve that perfect blonde tone and seal in an extra four to six weeks of shine. A glaze/toner can also be used to correct hair color. For example, your color can become dull or a bit brassy from the sun, environment or shampooing. A glaze is conditioning and non-damaging, so you are able to pop in and see me in-between highlights for a quick refreshing.