Calling all blondes! Going from highlights to all over dye?

posted 2 years ago in Beauty
Post # 2
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Helper bee

MarieeToBee:  If you want to stay lighter than your natural color…Your best would be for a stylist to lift yours roots as close as possible to the rest of your hair (keeping in mind that you should only lift up to 2 levels lighter than your natural level with a perm color formula, or it can pull very brassy). Since there will still be a line of demarcation where the existing highlights meet the new base color, she will likely need to pull a few highlights through, as to help blend during the “growing out” process.

She honestly may want to so this 2-3 times before you get that “naturally grown out highlights” look. Former stylist here, but I also just had this done to my own hair (to both save money and grow it out healthier). Def worth the tedious transitional process, as my hair has been growing like a weed… Whereas it broke off more quickly than it grew when I bleached it every 3 weeks highlighting my roots.

Also, I wouldn’t recc doing it yourself… Now, or later. If not based on lack of technique, but mostly because the color formulas you can buy publicly are sub-par in terms of quality and can result in unnecessary damage. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you have an expert of a stylist she/he can do wonders. You don’t have to stick to levels lighter as the pp said.  The woman who does my hair does wonders. I a natural blonde and have gone from red/black/brown and now have blonde with purple.  It  all it really takes is someone who knows what they are doing.  I have never had issues with this stylist and I have gone way off the 2 levels lighter/darker 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

MarieeToBee:  I cannot stress to you how similar we are. I have the exact same hair color as you. I felt the same way and bit the bullet to all over bleach. It RUINED my hair and I highly regret doing this. You really won’t even save money because roots show up in 2-3weeks and look BLACK compared to your bleach blond and look terrible compared to roots showing up 6 weeks after highlights that you can stretch to 8+ weeks, which aren’t nearly as drastic of a contrast in color with highlights. So basically, if you go to a salon you’ll be going twice as often. I strongly advise against doing your roots yourself. I had cosmetology friends and knew the basics of mixing bleach with peroxide so I thought I knew how not to fry my hair. In reality, there’s just no good way of reaching the back of your head yourself and you are bound to overlap with already-bleached hair which is SO BAD. Touching up roots with bleach is much more complicated than dying your roots with dye. I had my roots bleached and did my own touch ups sometimes for about a year in 2011-12 and I am STILL suffering the consequences. I went back to highlights/lowlights in late 2012 and was experiencing such bad breakage from the previous bleaching that I had to chop 6″ off in late 2013 and the texture still isn’t back to where it was prior to all-over bleaching. Something about only bleaching some of the strands each time really saves the health of your hair. I am totally rambling, but going from highlights to all over bleach was a terrible decision and I am still wishing I could undo it! Don’t ruin your hair like I did! 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

Sassygrn:  Color does not lift color. Any “good stylist” knows that as one of the golden rules of cosmetology. Your stylist may work wonders taking you from black to brown and blonde/purple, but what you are talking about requires bleach, color remover or high-lift colors (at the very least). All of which are extremely damaging and can be expensive. Which I think is what OP is trying to avoid. Mor importantly, from what I can read, she wants to stay as close to her current color as possible, sans bleach. Not black, brown or purple. That’s what I have a suggestion on, again, as someone who has done hair for years. 

And to clarify, OP, when I say lift your roots to as close as your current color… I mean with a permanent hair color. Not bleach. The bleach is only to add a few highlights at your next couple of visits to better blend the demarcation line you will have during the transition of ditching the bleach altogether.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MarieeToBee:  Wow, sounds like I am exactly like you hair color wise! I was naturally platinum until i was about 12 or 13 and then it changed to kind of a blah ashey regular blonde color. I used to do highligths for years to but switched to all over color and I will never go back!! I think it just looks so much fresher and modern.

The really great thing about it is that being so naturally light, my stylist lifts my hair to super light blonde, almost platinum without using ANY bleach at all! Doing this has allowed me to go super light like I prefer but have super healthy hair at the same time. Here is a pic of the color for reference:

Before this I actually used to lift and tone it myself at home but now I just have it professionally done to make sure its perfect every time. Even being as naturally light as we are, it’s not always easy to touch up roots everywhere perfectly and get the tone right. It’s definitely cheaper than highlights — I pay $90 for root touch up and tone and she usually throws in a gloss. I go every 4-6 weeks like clockwork because I can’t stand the look of grown out roots!

ETA: Would definitely recommend asking your stylist if she can get you to the color you want without all over bleach. I bleached my hair myself for years and liked the look at the time, but now my hair looks SO much shinier and moves and feels so much better. Yes, it does take maintenaince but so do many things when it comes to beauty. It’s just another of those things. For me, the look of it is so much brighter and nicer than highlights/lowlights it’s worth it!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

missoptimism:  I think her goal is to leave the bleach behind altogether and use color instead to achieve a solid “blonde” look, as opposed to multidimensional highlights created with bleach foils. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

PoliticallyIncorrect:  I get that, I am just saying a person doesn’t have to stay 2 levels.  A person can become really any color they want with a good colorist.  The woman I see that is all she does and is constantly going to school to keep updated in colors.  

 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Sassygrn:  I never said a person has to stay within two levels. I said you shouldn’t lift more than two levels with permanent color, as it can pull very brassy. When pulling more than two levels, you use bleach or a high-lift…. Which is what I think she is trying to avoid.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MarieeToBee:  haha, i just saw this update after I added an update to my post saying don’t go to all over bleach. sorry!

So yeah — sounds like i have the same natural color as you, and went from highlights to all over color and i love it! Hair has never been healthier, I like the look a lot better, and it is a bit cheaper. I say go for it!

Post # 12
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Helper bee

MarieeToBee:  Exactly. So, yes. It can be done. Take your natural root color a couple shades lighter via color. Throw in a few foils to blend… Do it for the next couple times you see your stylist, and she should be able to get it to where you are able to eventually maintain by only using color. It took me about 2-3 visits for it to look completely natural… The old blonde highlights just look like beachy, sun-kissed/grown out highlights, which I actually love.

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