Frost, Bleach, Dye Your Own Hair Instructions
I have found out how to frost my own hair and will appreciate criticism. I have been doing it for years.
You can put nice streaks in your hair, too.
Without the cap, you can use this to bleach your hair.
If you are not making your hair a lighter shade, you can do just the steps concerning dye and forget the cap and bleach steps.
I got tired, years back, of getting a run around from some people who were doing my hair. I do not like being dependent on people if I can help it. So I now cut and frost my own head.
You can too. Hair grows back. A renewable resource. Once you learn, you will never feel vulnerable or be victimized again when you sit in that chair in your favorite salon.
Beauty Supply stores(not Harmons), most, can supply these things. You can call ahead to make sure:
Once you get the cap, the rest is probably under $10 and can be used for several applications.
Magi cap Elite hair frosting cap.
Application bottle (one if you are using a bowl, 2 if not) You can cut the end off these for a thicker application.
2 Plastic bags(veggie bags from grocers will do) that loosely fit over head and
a clip/clamp to clip bag
I don't know if it came with the crochet hook that you pull the hair through the holes with, but you will need one of those.
I also have a small plastic cup which is the cut off bottom of a bottle.
The cup is a little larger than the applicator brush, with a long pointy end and
a flat brush on the other. My brush is narrower than most.
You can make the solution more or less runny by adding more powdered activator (1) or developer (2).
If you prefer using an applicator bottle, just add a bit more developer, and avoid buying the brush and cup. No metal should touch the solution, even your eyeglasses, while waiting for it to process. Mix it with a Popsicle stick or chop stick or something plastic, like the back of the brush. Shake the bottle, naturally.
You can certainly purchase other brands, which may be better. I just am used to Clairol.
(1) Clairol Professional Lightening Activators for 7th Stage, Instant Whip Ultra Blue, Born Blond. (this is powdered ammonia, especially for hair)
(2) Clairol Professional 7th Stage Crme Hair Lightener (this, too is some sort of ammonia for hair).
(3) 40 Volume Creme Developer (a peroxide for hair, comes in various strengths, '20' '30' '40' - I am told, up to 60, but I've never seen that. Higher numbers are stronger)
(4) Clairol Professional, Miss Clairol Conditioning Color - I use something level 8 and up for mixing with the peroxide after bleaching and adding a color to the hair. This will tend to mitigate remaining brassiness and add a bit of color to the hair. Called a 'toner' by some people. (the higher numbers are for more lightly bleached hair, they are 'blonder' - the toner also adds shine. This is the same thing as hair dye, but the lighter ones have less, more subtle, pigments and more ammonia). If you just wanted to dye your hair,
not wanting to go much lighter than your natural shade, you would choose a color with a lower number - ask to see the color chart - and add the same proportion of peroxide/developer as given here.
Pull hair through holes in cap with crochet hook. I find it best to pull very few hairs through many holes which lighten the entire head. You needn't use all the holes, maybe every third or forth. More in the front and sides. Experiment. This is the hardest part, time consuming and boring. But worth it because you are saving money and do not have to do touch ups.
I have short fine, hair, so mix very little of this solution.
Work fairly quickly for once you mix the solution, the chemical change is
going on. You want that to happen on your head, not in the bowl.
I mix in bowl or bottle
1/2 of (1) the activator packet
1 oz of (3) developer
1/4 bottle of (2) creme lightener
The bottles also have instructions on them.
Smear solution on hair either with the bush or applicator bottle. Do not push into holes of the cap, but try to be sure all hairs are thoroughly saturated. This is important because if you have hairs that are just damp, that area will turn brassy red or orange.
Put loose plastic bag over the entire thing, clamping it in such a way as to avoid the metal being in contact with the solution. The bag ensures that the solution will remain wet and the heat from your scalp will be more concentrated, enhancing the chemical reaction. Wait an hour.
Leave the frosting cap on, rinse and lightly shampoo frosted bits. Thoroughly dry hair.
In clean application bottle mix:
1/4 bottle of (4)Conditioning Color - this is about 1/2 oz
1 oz of (3)developer - I use twice as much developer as color.
Bag the head again, with a clean bag, as before
I leave that on for an hour.
Then, rinse, gently take cap off.
Shampoo with color safe conditioning shampoo.
People may have variations of this, if the hair is too dark or pre-treated you
may run into problems. If the hair is damaged with frizzy ends or permed or straightened or had too much heat treatment, you could have trouble.
If your hair is thick or long, you might need more solution to be mixed.
But for my hair, light to mid-brown mousy, short, and fine - this works perfectly. I have found nothing that will effectively cover grey for longer than a very short time. If I add color to my hair I shorly have 3 toned hair - regular color, roots and grey. So lightening all over lets me avoid the root problem and the blond sort of blends with the grey.
This also gives a lot of body to my limp hair. I leave the solutions on for a longer time than most people. As time drags on the chemical reaction will slow down and stop, so leaving it on for over an hour is counter-productive.
This is something I pieced together over the years that works for me. Maybe it will help others, too.
I welcome creative and expert suggestions. We are all here to help each other, no?