Going from DYED BLACK, to LIGHT BLONDE. please help if you have experience with this.

KaleneDearestKaleneDearest Registered Users Posts: 16
hey hi hello. I'm a 3a with some 3b and it's fine but I have a lot of it. ok, here goes.

so I have been wearing my hair curly, and I haven't straightened it for about a month. I want to continue wearing my hair curly. after some initial anxiety, I have grown to accept and love my hair, and instead of straightening it every day and dreading the amount of time it takes and dreading taking a shower because it means the curl will return, I now look forward to doing my hair- probably because it only takes about 5 minutes- I LOVE IT. I feel so freeeee.

Something you should know about my hair history is that I am bored very easily. I have had every colour of hair you can imagine, I promise you. Most recently (the past year) I went from my natural colour (dyed on half, virgin on half) to highlighted, and then a month or so later I went blonde, achieved with tons of foils (so not just pouring bleach on the whole head.) the condition of my hair was fine, and keeping in mind that j straightened it every day, this is remarkable. I had fun with colourful, non damaging semi permanent dyes, then as my hair grew longer and I continued to use heat on it daily, it became damaged. I cut off some of the ends and went chestnut brown. then I decided I didn't like it, so I had the ends dyed blonde in an ombré effect. THEN, I got bored again and dyed my hair TURQUIOSE. it was fun, but i got bored so i did a box dye (the only one I have ever done, everything else is done in a salon), BLACK to cover the green- but my hair was pretty damaged again from the heat so I did a major chop (a few inches) and had my hair dresser use a very dark brown ilumen dye (supposedly removable by the salon that put it in, by using a reversing process.)

No here's my dilemma- I much much much prefer myself with blonde hair, and I know that I would be able to keep it up because I'm no longer using heat on my hair. my hair is in good condition now, having used less heat, and I'm using Lots of moisturizing products and minimal shampoo (working perhaps towards no poo, eventually, but right now I use silicone products so I shampoo once a week.) I want to go back to blonde.

Please don't tell me that my hair will be damaged. I know that. I want to know what the likelihood of my hair surviving a lightening process from black dyed. I think I will have my hairdresser strip my hair and then highlight it, more generously around the roots (I have almost an inch of natural growth). has anyone ever done this process before? I'm wondering, if I'm sure not to use heat for a looooong time afterwards, and make sure to condition my hair very well, would this be something possible? I know my hair will be a bit frizzier and dryer and harder to manage but will it be so bad that I will regret it or should I risk the damage to have my beloved blonde locks back?

Please help if you've ever gone through this process.


  • anissafersureanissafersure Registered Users Posts: 255
    One of my friends went from dyed black hair to blonde, and she actually had some hair loss. When she told me the story it really scared me!!! From what I've seen online though, it's supposedly bad to go from dyed black hair to blonde because of the amount of chemicals it requires to successfully do it. What you probably could do though, is have it done slowly over time. Like, try to get your hair to a light brown, then from there go blonde. That way, you won't need to use all of that bleach on your hair to get it blonde immediately.
  • KorkscrewKorkscrew Registered Users Posts: 1,834 Curl Neophyte
    Please don't tell me that my hair will be damaged. I know that. I want to know what the likelihood of my hair surviving a lightening process from black dyed.

    What, for you, is the difference between "damage" and the hair not "surviving" this process? Truth is, when it comes to curly hair and lightening it from black to blond (which I've done, along w/many other color changes), you risk damaging your hair (or your hair not "surviving", if you prefer that euphemism). There's no way around this basic fact.

    Then again, since you're used to changing your hair a lot, if you don't like the state of your hair after lightening it, you can always cut it off and start again, right? I've done that myself (I was a punk rocker and didn't mind.)
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Registered Users Posts: 3,750 Curl Neophyte
    I got from dark burgundy box dye (a lot of build up) to strawberry blonde with three packs of peroxide free colour remover and three of peroxide only (no persulphate bleach) blonde box dye. I lost a few inches of hair that would simply not curl any more. At the time the hair was mechanically damaged but I had not heat styled.

    Nobody can give you assurances one way or the other there are far too many variables, from the original strength of your hair to current damage, to whether you have cuticle staining. Using high temperatures and silicones can sometimes 'melt' the silicone onto or into the hair which makes some colour truly permanent, not even bleach will shift it.

    Best thing to do is purchase some peroxide free colour remover such as Colour B4 Extra or Color Ooops and practice with it on shed plughole hair rather than use your head as a laboratory. You may need to do two or three treatments, you must follow the instructions to the letter (temperature, rinsing time, agitation) and not redye too soon afterwards or you risk re-oxidising any remaining colour molecules and re-darkening your hair. This will leave your hair feeling like straw, but is much less damaging than using bleach or a colour stripper that contains peroxide. The straw feeling goes with a couple of deep conditions and acid rinses, there is no chance of making your hair into stretchy noodles as with bleach.

    Do understand the damage you already have from heat styling and colouring cannot be repaired, your hair feeling in better condition is likely largely down to better hydration and/ or the faux shine and slip of silicones, it doesn't mean you hair is 'healing' unfortunately. The vast majority of ingredients in conditioners cannot penetrate the hair. Proven beneficial ingredients for damaged hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, panthenol and 18-MEA.

    Both the oil and the protein can help protect against bleach/ peroxide damage if used ahead of time, you can literally bleach or peroxide right over the top of a coating of oil.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • LISA LISALISA LISA Registered Users Posts: 566
    Wow - I'm pretty late to this thread - but yes I've done exactly this! Did you end up doing it? How did it turn out? Love to see pics!
    Big Chop from hip - 5/2014
    Enjoying the journey to APL or BSL!
  • CurlyFries314CurlyFries314 Registered Users Posts: 40
    I've done this, ruined my hair completely. I would get a color stripper or two and try to get the most black out you can, then bleach.
  • mizzmizz Registered Users Posts: 12
    I bleached my hair blonde also a 3a/3b mix went from dark brown.
    The hairdressers will probably advise you that you won't get the blonde colour right away in one sitting you have to gradually turn it blonde so it won't damage your hair as much. Just need to keep the hair from getting too dry an cut down on straightening.
    3A/3B Pattern , Medium texture, Low porosity, normal density, and high elasticity.

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