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I have very dark (nearly black) hair. I wanted to put a few streaks of fun color in my hair myself, but I know in order to do so I would need to lighten the strands first.
I have dyed my hair years before, I often got highlights in middle school, but my hair is natural right now and has not be dyed in at least 4 years.

I'm a college student and I live in a dorm. I don't have the money or the ability to get to a salon, and I wanted to try out a home remedy, so please do not suggest the obiviously better idea of getting it professionally done.:)

My questions are: Can I use hydrogen peroxide to lighten a few strands and then dye over it?
How do I apply hydrogen peroxide?
How long after do i wait before dying over the lightened strands?
Is there a specific type of dye to use after lightening?
If hydrogen peroxide is a bad idea, what is a better alternative?

Thanks for the advice!
[QUOTE=caramonaco;3777109]I have very dark (nearly black) hair. I wanted to put a few streaks of fun color in my hair myself, but I know in order to do so I would need to lighten the strands first.
I have dyed my hair years before, I often got highlights in middle school, but my hair is natural right now and has not be dyed in at least 4 years.

I'm a college student and I live in a dorm. I don't have the money or the ability to get to a salon, and I wanted to try out a home remedy, so please do not suggest the obiviously better idea of getting it professionally done.:)

My questions are: Can I use hydrogen peroxide to lighten a few strands and then dye over it?
How do I apply hydrogen peroxide?
How long after do i wait before dying over the lightened strands?
Is there a specific type of dye to use after lightening?
If hydrogen peroxide is a bad idea, what is a better alternative?

Thanks for the advice![/QUOTE]

Theoretically you could use hydrogen peroxide, however, since your hair is so dark it probably wouldn't work that well. It would lighten somewhat but would be very reddish/orangey and I doubt that you want that result. It will not lighten enough to look like highlights.
I have light brown hair and I've tried this without much success.

If you want to lighten hair significantly you will have to go to a beauty supply store (like Sally Beauty) and get a 30vol developer and a lightening agent, such as Clairol 7th stage or Clairol Born Blonde Creme lightener (I just did this two days ago). I would recommend Born Blonde. I used 7th Stage and found it difficult to work with because the bleach is blue so you can't see how your color is lightening and changing. Born Blonde Creme is white so then you will be able to see your hair change.
Since you're doing highlights you can simply foil those. The instructions on how to do that are on the bottles; basically all you need to do is mix 4oz of the developer with 2oz of the lightener (more or less depending on how many highlights you want).

After that you'd have to wait about 24 hours before dyeing them.
These products are very affordable... between $3-5. So you can do this yourself at home for less then $15 and at a salon it would cost at least $60.
Even if you just want to color pink, you will still need to remove pigment. If you apply the pink over your dark hair you'll just end up with probably an eggplant looking color when you go outside. In florescent lighting it will probably just look shiney.

IMO, you still need to lighten first. I would do it by way of hilights. The more you put in the more pink you'll appear. I would also think you would need @ least a 40 volume peroxide(peroxide is peroxide whether you call it hydrogen peroxide or not). You also NEED to stick with the blue based bleach as this will help to tone out brassiness as you lift. If you need to check the strand, with a damp cloth gently wipe the strand starting at the root working down the shaft in a motion like you wanted money from someone (I hope you got that). If you have not reached the desired level reapply the mixture to the strand and continue processing. Because your hair is so dark you want to take the strands to @ least a pale yellow. If they are darker than that when you apply the pink you may end up with coral or salmon color.

There are so many variables, I don't know where to start, but I would be more than happy to follow you through this if this is the path you plan to take.

If your hair is almost black this is what you can expect as it is lifting

violet
red-violet
dark-red
red
red-orange
orange-red
orange
yellow-orange
yellow
pale-yellow

P.S. If your hair is not black(which I suspect it isn't), you could probably start at the dark-red stage. Because you have about 7 levels of lift don't expect this to happen fast. It also won't lift the longer you leave it on. You may actually need to rinse/wash it off with COLD water and reapply following the color guide above.

Personally, I would try real hard to get your product from a beauty supply place as the ammonia content in non professional product is so much higher than it is in professional product.

One more thought. You could go to a beauty school(where it is cheaper) and have them do the bleaching foils(done under guidence, so to avoid disappointment), then go home and apply your pink. Good luck, I'll check in later to see how you are making out.

tup





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