Anyone know how to bleach hair?

  • Sparkycat

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    Jun 01, 2011 6:17 AM GMT
    I need some help fixing a dumb mistake. I have a beard, approximately 4" long. I've had it about 2 years. It grows in gray, so until recently I colored it with Just for Men facial hair dye. I decided to go gray so I trimmed it way back and let it grow out again, no dye. I suppose I looked older, but I liked it. So, I bought some very dark brown dye intending to only subtly darken a few areas to add some variation in color. In an apparent fit of madness I dyed the whole thing again, and I hate how it looks. I want to bleach it to gray. I do not want to shave it off or trim it way back again, as I like it long, and it takes too long to grow out again. I also do not want to pay a salon to do if for me.

    Advice I got from a Youtube video is to use bleaching powder and 30 strength developer to bleach the color. Then use 30 strength developer and and a toner.

    Can anyone give tell me if this is the right way to do it? Facial hair is harder to penetrate than scalp hair, so will this plan work?
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    Jun 01, 2011 6:50 AM GMT
    You need a hair color remover to get rid of the dye you already have in your beard,not bleach.

    "bleaching powder and 30 strength developer to bleach the color. Then use 30 strength developer and and a toner."

    ^^^ This is for someone that wants to bleach their natural hair color and the toner is usually used to get rid of the brassiness. If you try to use bleach on top of Dye it probably wont work and you'll end up with some other funky color.You can either try a hair color remover from your drug store or you might as well just start all over again.

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    Jun 01, 2011 6:52 AM GMT
    The best way that i know how is to use 50% Hydrogen Peroxide (3%, no higher than this), 30% Pure unsweetened lemon juice, and 20% water. All you do is use a spray bottle to apply it and comb it through throughly, then either go out in the sun for at least 30 minutes OR just use a hairdryer.

    This will lighten the hair tones naturally. The only issue is, this method is extremely drying to your hair, so make sure to take extra care by using a conditioner treatment so your hair won't become brittle and break, and by only using it a couple times a week. Just make sure that you pay extra attention after a few uses to see how your hair is reacting.

    I do this myself because my hair is a really dark brown. After about few applications of this, it lightens up to a rich light brown with tons of blonde and red highlights.
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    Jun 01, 2011 12:11 PM GMT
    Dude, just shave it off. I'm a Hair Stylist. Never try to fix your own color mistake. All this information above is wrong except using a color remover, but then there is a bit more process after which you wouldn't know how to do. Color correction is expensive for just that little area on your face. Like I said just shave it off and start fresh.
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    Jun 01, 2011 1:59 PM GMT
    It's just a bad idea, but it is also just hair. From what I gather 'Just for Men' is simply a demi/semi-permanent hair color. Easy fix, low pH will open the cuticle and it will come out a bit (baking soda or Dawn dish detergent). OR it's gonna fade quickly. Demi/Semi-permanents are usually progressive, and initially they are dark including tinting on the skin. Bleach is specifically used to break pigment to smaller fragments from the release of oxygen. Hence why bleaching goes through several stages (orange to pale yellow, never white).

    Just shave it or use something low pH like above to see if it lightens. Good luck.
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    Jun 01, 2011 6:43 PM GMT
    Shave?
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    Jun 01, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    Go to a salon. Bleaching at home is a great way to ruin your hair, or it will turn out brassy/yellowy which isn't a nice look.
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    Jun 01, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    don't forget to do the carpet too!
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    Jun 01, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    Go to a hair dresser! Even if you knew how to beach your hair properly, this is going on your face, which has much more sensitive skin than your head does, and may not be able to handle the bleach you get from hairdye.

    It'll be your best bet to use a professional. Good luck ! I know all about hair woes, so I feel your painicon_sad.gif
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    Jun 01, 2011 9:05 PM GMT
    Fill you sink with Clorox bleach. Dip your head in it. Hold it there for 30 minutes.
    Lather, rinse, repeat, indefinitely.
  • Webster666

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    Jun 02, 2011 12:23 AM GMT
    Lenoxx said You need a hair color remover to get rid of the dye you already have in your beard,not bleach.

    "bleaching powder and 30 strength developer to bleach the color. Then use 30 strength developer and and a toner."

    ^^^ This is for someone that wants to bleach their natural hair color and the toner is usually used to get rid of the brassiness. If you try to use bleach on top of Dye it probably wont work and you'll end up with some other funky color.You can either try a hair color remover from your drug store or you might as well just start all over again.






    Lenoxx is correct.
    You can get color remover (which will leave your hair kind of a platinum blond) at a drugstore, BUT, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S SAFE TO USE ON YOUR FACIAL HAIR.
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    Jun 02, 2011 1:07 AM GMT
    Yeah, I think you should just shave it all off and start all over again.
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    Jun 02, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    i need to see a pic of you because i am completely in love with a guy that uses your profile pic for his profile pic elsewhere and i need to imagine a face other than his when i read your posts. icon_cry.gif
  • Sparkycat

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    Jun 02, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    Thanks for all the advice. I'm very glad now that I did not try to bleach it. I tried putting the 3 per cent peroxide on it, then washed it with dish washing liquid. Then I conditioned it well. That seemed to take the edge off the color so it looks more natural and less like it's dyed. I kind of like it now.