I am constantly asked how I went from dark hair to platinum blonde. What bleach did I use? How did I keep it so healthy? So on and so forth. The reason I haven't been able to answer you is because it is a very complicated answer, which is why I made this blog post. Just a side note, I am not saying this will work for you. I am not a professional and can only share my story. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, here is my story.
So as you know, I started with very dark blue hair. In reality, my hair was not just blue. I had my natural dark brunette with an ombre to a dark royal blue. I kept this blue for a year. The color was deep in my hair by this point. While my ombre was absolutely beautiful, this made my transformation sooooo difficult.
(In the beginning)
My end goal was as light platinum as I could be, while knowing there was a chance I may not get there. I started out by purchasing Manic Panic Flash kit at 30 volume. I have a ton of hair and needed to buy two of them. However, in the end, I really needed three. As I stated in my other blog post "how to remove semi permanent hair dye," I worked tirelessly to remove all the blue I had deposited. It was very difficult and took much longer than I though. Although, I still had quite a bit of blue holding on. Once I felt as if I had gotten enough out, I pulled out the bleach I had bought from Sally's.
I actually have nothing but great words to say for this bleach. It really does lift very well. However, they need bigger containers. I have thick long hair and definitely needed three, at least. At, $10.99 a piece, I thought I might get a little more for my money. I think this bleach works amazing on virgin hair, and am still on the fence on super dyed hair. I am going to be upfront with you and say, it came out horrible.
(My hair didn't lift at all basically)
So now I was stuck with this horribly yucky green and light roots. This blue refused to go. Before I bleached, I soaked my hair in coconut oil for 24 hours and left it on while I bleached. This really helped to protect my hair. At this point, I knew that I needed stronger bleach and a helping hand. I waited 2 days before I went to the salon. I basically had my hair in coconut oil the entire time.
(This is where I got after the salon visit)
My hair was still horrible, but knew I was making progress. At this point, I knew that I needed yet another bleaching and lots of toning. By now, you can see where my ombre was making this difficult. I will be honest again by telling you that my ends were fried and my hair felt gross. It was not stringy but definitely dry. I went back to living in coconut oil and waiting a few days before I decided to go to another salon to finish the transformation. To keep your hair healthy, you really need to over do it on the after care. It literally saved my hair. I did end up cutting about 2 inches off my hair.
(After the final salon visit)
Finally I had achieved platinum blonde. You can see where the top part had to be toned one color and the bottom another because of my ombre again. I was soooooooo grateful to have made it to this point. There were parts of me that thought I may never get to that point. You really have to find talented professionals. The first salon I went to, I really did not like the job that was done or the service. The second salon, I found someone amazing.
Now, the toning in my hair has evened out. I use purple shampoo about twice a week to make it more of an icey/platinum blonde. I finally absolutely love it. There are still parts of my hair that refuse to lift. Luckily, they just create lowlights and highlights now. Realistically, I got really lucky. I am lucky to hair strong hair and be able to complete this transformation in about a week. Know your hair and its strength before doing this. If you have virgin hair, bleach yourself. If you have candy colored hair like me, go to a salon.
(My hair now)
I hope this helps you and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. I hope I explained it all well for you. Good luck lovelies!! <3