Let’s talk lightener! Have you ever left the salon feeling like your highlight appointment turned you into an orange mess? 😨 Or even worse fried and frizzy?😱 Understanding how these chemicals work and consulting with your stylist will help ensure you have realistic expectations of what your hair will look like after a lightening process, and that it is done safely. 👍
Lightener comes in varieties of strengths. Some lift color consistently, slowly, and gently while others can be fast and aggressive, losing strength quickly. The stronger the lightener is, the more at risk your hair is to becoming brittle. Slow and steady wins the race! 🐢
Your stylist may suggest adding a bond protector to your lightener. These serums help maintain your hair’s integrity through the lightening process to prevent breakage! At @hairllounge we use @milkshakeusa safe lightener complex.
Lightener removes natural pigment much easier than artificial haircolor, because of this highlighting dark colored hair can be difficult and take much more time to remove. When color pigments begin to lift, they reveal tints of red, orange, and yellow.
The same lightener applied to natural hair could lift 6 levels more than previously colored hair (platinum vs brunette), ESPECIALLY If it was done at home with “box” color. Sometimes, even with multiple applications there is no way to safely remove home hair color.😫😬
Between sessions, unwanted brassy tones can be masked through a toning process or using a toning shampoo. These products help cancel out the unwanted tone, and will sometimes make the hair look temporarily darker. If you want an ashy tone with little to no warmth, your hair must be lightened at least 1-2 levels more than your desired color.
I always hear from clients that they didn’t how difficult the process could be, or why they were always told “no” when they wanted to be blonde. I hope this helped any of you guys who are thinking of going lighter!✨
Let me know in the comments if this was helpful or if there are any other things you would like to learn about!
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