There's always a first time for everything, the saying goes. There's also a saying that says if you don't have anything nice to say don't say it at all, and well...yeeeaa...around here, we say what we want! Including, if you don’t have fantasy hair, you CAN’T sit with us (J/K).
Here at oVertoneHQ, we encounter clients with many different levels of familiarity with hair coloring. We have clients that are not only fantasy color virgins, but new to bleach as well! We also have clients that are fantasy color "dye" hards, and only rock the rainbow!
While we may judge faded color, or muggle hair, we're still here for all mermaids, and even the mer-newbies looking to test the waters! COME TO THE DARK… er umm, COLORFUL SIDE!
If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are a few things you’ll need to know before starting your journey, whether it's your first time, or your first time in a while!
1. If you've been dyeing your hair: STOP. NAO.
Bleaching* hair that has dyes in it could lead to uneven lifting, and ultimately patchy color results in end.
*A good rule of thumb is to never use any harsh chemicals (like bleach, or dyes with developers) on your OWN head. We are PRO stylist around here, and for very good reasons. Even stylists don’t bleach their own hair.
Faded hair that's been bleached!
2. Fade your color as much as possible.
Faded color means less color to get out, which means less damage because you don’t have to leave the bleach on as long. This means stop using your oVertone conditioner, or any products that adds color into your hair ASAP. To help speed up the fading process you can use a clarifying shampoo every time you wash.
The Safe Fade!
3. DEEP condition! Go deep, but don’t Go Deep.
Bleaching your hair opens your strand’s cuticle up to help remove as much color as possible from inside the strand. This process can be very damaging and drying to your hair, so you’ll definitely want to use a hair mask or two in addition to your regular conditioning routine at least 2 weeks before the treatment to infuse your strands with extra moisture. This will help minimize the dry-out during processing, which can also help curb breakage.
We’re fans of any masks and treatments that have argan or coconut oil in them, and light leave ins are THE BEST.
4. Don't wash your hair at least 36-48 hours before your appointment.
Let your natural oils build up! Some mermaids have super sensitive scalps, and your natural oils can act as a barrier between the bleach and your scalp, making the process a little less painful and the very least help with dryness.
5. Get ready for some BOLD fierceness!
Having new colorful hair means assessing your makeup and style routine. Bold hair tends to steal the show, so you may want to punch up your makeup and style to keep up with the new attitude; or turn it down to let your hair do the talking. There’s no right way to do this – just make sure you’re ready to make heads turn!