After about 4 years of dread…(no pun intended) I decided to go ahead and re-lighten and color my locs.
I had been adding color to an older lift but I had never lightened my hair at this length.
WTH was I thinking??!!!
The last time I lightened it, my hair hardly touched my shoulders…..um, it is bra-strap length now.
I opted to only color the bottom half because my roots are rapidly turning gray and I am not into covering all that hair for the rest of my life.
By the way, I have VERY thick hair. I waited until the week of my quarterly re-twist to color it.
Now, if you are looking to color the roots, I would not do this because you don’t want all that stress on freshly colored hair that has been broken down by color or bleach.
Side note: I am a former cosmetologist 🙂
Whether you opt to pre-lighten with color or bleach, your hair will break down. I would wait about 2-3 weeks to give your hair a rest period.
Once again my hair is like steel wool so it can take a licking and keep on ticking.
You may want to see if you can get it to pull up with color before diving into bleach.
I had already colored the back of my daughter’s loc’d hair, blue so I had some BW2 bleach left and developer. I ended up using the entire container of this which was almost full.
Grab your gloves, goggles and maybe a mask because this stuff packs a punch.
Make sure the room has plenty of ventilation.
Walk in and out of the bathroom during this process because it’s going to get LOUD with that chemical.
I parted my hair in 4 parts to help control it. I added a ponytail holder to show me how high I wanted to bleach to go and to make sure that the color would be close to even all the way around.
I removed it once I knew I reach the ponytail so I would not have a sharp line or patchiness.
I applied the bleach with a brush….at first. Then it was all hands, it was just too much hair!!
You have to remember this stuff has to get though layers of hair that has been packed for years.
I used a shopping bag to keep the bleach off my body while it processed, as well as helping to create heat in order to process the bleach.
This was all in day one.
Between my hurting back, watery eyes and rinsing, rinsing, rinsing..and more rinsing I was whooped by my head of hair.
I made sure to shampoo with a good moisturizing shampoo.
I did not use conditioner because I knew I was coming back for round 2 the next day and I did not want to completely close my hair cuticles.
This is the semi-permanent color I used
I had this grand idea that I was going to do an ombre look with a brown spice color and magenta. Well, magenta won out.
It smothered the spicy brown.
I used 2 bottles of semi permanent color on my hair but I really needed 3.
I had to do the old school trick of add water and shaking it up…we’ve come too far to quit!!!
I sat under the dryer for about 20 minutes. I then rinsed it and sealed it all with conditioner….WHEEW!!
The results turned out beautiful and even my loctician thought I had extensions to achieve the color.
Here is a video of me after my re-twist.
I hope this helps anyone looking to switch it up!!