Any success/advice for lightening hair slowly with 10 vol developer instead of once with 30-40?

Martreb2001Martreb2001 Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Posts: 14 Curl Neophyte
edited December 2018 in Coloring Your Hair
I started a discussion a while ago about wanting to bleach and color my own hair, and my original plan was to bleach once using 20 vol for around 45 minutes and then tone and color. But since then I’ve done more research and I don’t really think that’s the best idea.
I have level 4-5 natural brown hair, type 2 waves, and my hair is a bit past shoulder length and thick.
My goal is to have my hair level 8-9 by my senior ball so I can dye it purple to match my dress. Also I’m only doing the bottom half of my hair using balayage/babylights techniques. The purple dye I will be using is Arctic Fox and that’s curly girl friendly so I’m not worried about that part.
As you can probably guess, since it’s my senior year I don’t have a lot of money to get it done professionally, as I’m saving for college. I’d like to be able to do it myself using slow and spaced out processes, and I don’t want to lose the wave pattern I’ve worked so hard for.
So here’s what I’m thinking:
I’ve already been deep conditioning every single week, not using heat, only washing my hair twice a week, and using almost all CG products(I clarify my hair with a sulfate shampoo once a month). My goal is to get my hair as healthy as possible before I start bleaching.
My senior ball is the first week of June, so I’m thinking if I do one bleach process a month starting in February, it’ll slowly become the level I want. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe 10 vol mixed with bleach would lift one level each process, so since I have 4-5 hair now, when I bleach in February it’ll be a 5-6, March a 6-7, April a 7-8, May an 8-9.... you get the point.
I would also probably tone between processes so I’m not walking around with orange yellow hair until I’ve reached my desired level. Also, I may use the ion absolute perfection booster(olaplex dupe) to make the process even gentler.
If you can, please let me know if you’ve tried similar methods and give me feedback. :)


  • BrittanyMBrittanyM Registered Users Posts: 1,218 Curl Virtuoso
    Honestly, it probably won't do much. 10 volume is typically deposit only. The only time I have ever seen someone do this technique is when they have already bleached with 20-30 volume and just need to lift half a level or so or just want to gently lift a couple of levels. 10 doesn't have the strength to breakthrough and lift melanin. But then again, I have never tried this technique so no personal experience just going off of what I have read/studied.
    Keep in mind, that sometimes once with a high power developer is gentler than many times with a low. If you wanted, use the 20 volume first. Evaluate. Then use the 10 volume if it is 1.5-2 levels of your desired level once a month until you reach your desired level.
    As for toning in between, just to let you know, that may not work out. Toner typically starts at level 8.
    One last piece of advice, if you go to a salon (not a high end one... I don't know where you live but where I live you can find cheaper old school salons), you might end up with a cheaper expense when you compare it to buying supplies.
    What you are wanting is not that difficult and shouldn't be too expensive, I would seriously check a hair school to see if you can get it done there.

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