Amongst other YouTubers, My4tress used a different method to lighten her hair. Dying it blonde! Sounds simple enough right? I looked around and it seems both Dark & Lovely Lightener and Creme of Nature Honey Blonde have successfully taken natural hair from dark to light so I was tempted enough to do a strand test. And it worked. Using Dark & Lovely Lightener in Light Golden Blonde I was able to lift my colour to the same shade on the box...and get this, I didn't use the provided bleach (booster) packet!
Once I tried it on myself my hair felt normal, it hasn't lost it's elasticity (as with the bleach) and it's not dry. As you can see, My4tress then applied a semi-permanent colour to get the red. I followed suite and did the same. Using Creative Image Adore in Intense Red I got this:
Now I personally think my roots are far too bright but as I palm-rolled the loc, the colour became darker and I quite like it.
So I learnt:
- I should lighten my roots last so that they aren't as bright as the lengths.
- I should apply lightener/colour ⅛" away from my scalp so I don't get such a harsh contrast.
- I should pick a colour only slightly lighter than I want so that when it's applied to loc'd hair it'll appear slightly darker because less light can shine through it than if it were loose.
- I need only colour my hair permanently once or twice a year and then use a semi-permanent in the same shade to top up the colour in between.
- Semi-permanents can last longer on loc'd hair because we don't tend to wash and use heat as often as when it's loose.
- Adore brand semi-permanent colour isn't harmful to hair.
- I'm one step closer to getting healthy red locs.
Thoughts, advice, critique, dye stories welcome below.
DREADLOCKS ARE A LIFESTYLE
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