Best Hair Bleaching at Home
For a number of years bleaching as well as dyeing of hair have become a fashion. Men often prefer blondes and women have been trying to add to their charm by changing the color of their hair. The object of bleaching the hair is to lighten the color of the hair or to prepare it for a dye, which cannot be applied directly when it is desired to dye the hair lighter than its natural color.
How does Bleaching React on the Hair?
The bleaching agent, by oxidizing the granules pigment in the hair, transforms it into a diffused form which gives the hair its yellowish or reddish color. The women of Venice in the 13th century used to bleach their hair by exposing their wet hair to the sun's rays for hours. By a slow oxidization process, the sun bleached their hair.
Bleaching can be done at home by wetting the hair with hydrogen peroxide (20-30 vols) for approximately 15 minutes, then rinse and allow it to dry. If the shade obtained is not to your satisfaction, repeat the process a few days later.
The bleaching can be done at the hairdresser's saloon too, who will use either a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ammonium hydroxide in varying proportions according to the degree of bleaching required or a paste-like mixture of hydrogen peroxide and other oxidizing agents.
It Bleaching Harmful?
Women usually ask this question. Bleaching, by oxidizing the granules pigment in the hair, oxidizes the keratin at the same time and thus damages the hair. Frequent bleaching weakens the resistance of the hair and renders it more liable to be affected by any future perms. Bleaching is therefore not advisable, unless you have strong,
thick, healthy hair. Do not bleach the hair if you:
have had an abnormal loss of hair in recent months.
have recently delivered a child.
are having menstruation periods.
have a baby suckling after childbirth.
have unhealthy, sensitive and. delicate skin.
are suffering from skin disease.
have asthma, heart or kidney trouble.
feel burning sensation when bleaching.
In Case of a Bleach Reaction?
In case of irritation due to bleaching, the reaction usually subsides after a few hours. When the reaction is severe, seek your doctor's help and you may go for a skin test, if the skin is too sensitive. Apply bleach on a .sensitive part and observe its reaction for some time. If the skin feels itchy, avoid going for a bleach in such conditions:
If you are going to have a perm in the near future, or if you have to change the color of your hair, choose a dye which does not require prior bleaching.
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