Rectifying a bad bleach job
I guess not... I guess I have to try again but follow the directions to the T.
soaring eagle said:
having never dyed mine at all im no expert but i would imagine its the dyes fault
from my understanding the bleach should act on the hairs pigment wich it probably did but theres a artificial dye overlaying that wich was unaltered (im guessing)
you may need something that strips away the previous dye?
in this case my answers probably the worse answer since i really am unsure
But its good enough, thanks SE
So I did a strand test with two of my dreads. I mixed the bleach and developer and applied it to two dreads. I then covered it in aluminum foil. I waited 30 minutes and then had a peek. They were still black some with a couple of brown. The other dreadlock had this reverse ombre effect where only the top portion had bleached. I removed the foil and waited another 30 minutes. After removing the product I noticed that the locks had not really bleached. Anyone know what I did wrong? The blue flash bottle said not to add heat so I did not, but was I supposed to? I dyed my hair black a year ago with Bigen so could that have played a part? By the way I used 30 volume developer.
By the way I know most members don't approve of bleaching hair. So please don't tell me to sit in the sun with a bottle of lemon juice or just don't respond if it is not going to be useful advice. I have enclosed a webcam snapshot. Thanks in advance!
I just hope that I can stay away from the Salon. My sister is convinced its the way that I wear the elastic cap and does not think it has anything to do with the salon. Of course she wears wigs, lives 1000 miles away, and bases this on people's dreads that she sees on the Subway.
the Barrellady said:
Hi Mary, please show a new photo in a couple of months so we see the improvement from no salon visits. Hope it repairs soon for you.
So I finally looked at my hair in the mirror. I have my father's hairline so I normally don't have much hair on my upper sides but now I realized how much damage I have caused.
For starters I have been going to the salon for maintenance and styling once a month. Before I get a million I told you so's it was not the Salon's fault entirely. I either wash my hair once a month or get it done at the salon. I have not put ANY oils or nourishing products in my hair for many months (I once sprayed some Sproil.) Over the last few months I have switched from having one of those satin pillow covers that are supposed to protect your hair to one of those bonnets with a thick elastic band inside of it. I did this to cut down on the lint problem and because the head scarf kept falling off. I would pinch my hair sometimes and it came off like dust.
I know my negligence is my problem. But at the same time this happened a couple of years ago, when I had an afro and wore matching elastic headbands everyday to work. But I did nourish and wash it normally. I am skipping the salon this month but next month is what I dread. I need to trim off the excess hairs and a good palm rolling. I just don't want to sit in that salon chair as she tightens my dreads. I even have some gaps in my dreads. I thought that was because of how they were originally created but I think its from the constant twisting. A few months ago, my Aunt with floor length dreads told me that all I needed were a brush and a spray bottle of olive oil. My rasta Uncle told me I should not eat pork. All I can think of right now is apply some homemade dreadlock oil (rosemary,etc) . I am just at wits end, I have no idea what to do!
I just got back from NYC ( went to a salon to get twists and style) and I realized how badly I have accrued some lint. I have heard that the tea method (spray locks with tea, I did a few strands with oolong tea and I don't know if I have the patience. My aunt recommended a brush and some olive oil (her dreads are down to her waist) and she wears a stocking like almost all the time. I took some pictures but they are not the best quality and I am bad with angles. But it is really bad like nothing but white dots. Back in the city I wore a bonnet to sleep. I don't use wax and usually go to natural salons if I have to go. Im thinking of going to a salon and getting them dyed. Anyone know any tips?f I have to go. Im thinking of going to a salon and getting them dyed. Anyone know any tips?
So yesterday I was on the bus and it crashed into an animal center van. The bike rack prevented the bus from doing a lot of damage and it was a five car accident. At behest of my family I decided to go to the Hospital anyway. While I was waiting to get X-rays I noticed two black guys with dreads. The first one was a little taller than me and had manicured dreads. I could see the front looked a littlle bit odd, as if in the future it would recede. Then I saw the other employee with different color scrubs. He was really tall and his forehead was starting to recede terribly, to the point where he looked like he was from feudal Asia.
I sat there and could understand that they worked in a hospital and had to manicure their locks for professionalism, but 80% of Hospital staff/EMS I encountered had tattoos, barrels, and eclectic scrubs (it was hard figuring out students from technologist. So my question is, would you manicure your dreads for a job?
Have you ever noticed that when you get your braided it shrinks a little? Well the same things happen when you twist dreads because they are all forming together. They are not going to be as long as your original hair unless you are caucasian and follow the method that they do. Just relax and let them grow stop worrying. Im not going to tell you to avoid getting them retwisted at a salon but you do not need to go often. If you do go wait until you have two inches of new growth.