Bleaching hair

Is it damaging to bleach the end of curly hair?
I went CG 4 days ago, but I've always considered bleaching my hair for that ombré effect. Would this damage my quite frizzy hair? Should I wait untill I have healthier hair? (as a result of weeks with the CGM)

Also, is it damaging to straighten my roots? I'm not too happy with them :-)
- Type 2, I think 2B
- Porosity - very low
- Density - medium-high
- Hair width - coarse
- Length - Long
- Rarely oily hair, I can not wash my hair for 1 week ++


Yes and yes.

Bleaching is very damaging and will leave you with dry, frizzy hair. Heat styling is also very damaging, will destroy your curl pattern and also leave dry, frizzy hair.
Well then I should avoid both. Thank you I guess bobby pinsnong my roots should solve my problem for now.

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- Type 2, I think 2B
- Porosity - very low
- Density - medium-high
- Hair width - coarse
- Length - Long
- Rarely oily hair, I can not wash my hair for 1 week ++


If you really want to lighten or ombre your tips, you should leave that type of color service to the professionals. I've had great results with highlights done by my stylist and didn't experience any issues with the health of my hair. Because I keep my hair moisturized and DC every single week as part of my regular wash day routine, I feel that was detrimental to the success of maintaining healthy highlights. Besides, my stylist (who successfully got me through a long-term transition) would have discouraged me from getting the highlights if she felt I didn't take good care of my hair. So it is definitely possible to have healthy colored (light or dark) hair but it's important that your hair is healthy to begin with and that you are committed to the necessary upkeep to maintain your color. I give kudos to everyone who is able to color their own hair as I am scared to death and will happily pay my stylist for this type of service.

Also be careful with just bleaching the hair as I've been told that since the bleach lifts the color from your hair, you should always deposit some type of color after;this may be toner but my understanding is bleaching should always be a 2 step process.

I have to add that I don't blow dry or straighten my hair so the elimination of potentially "damaging" styling practices in general is something to seriously consider once you decide to dabble in color.

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Last edited by NYCgirl; 09-17-2013 at 12:47 AM.
Sorry for such a late response!
My hair is not healthy at all yet, but after months with CG I really tjink i am going to rethink highlighting for an ombre effect. But I still like to blow dry and straighten my hair once in a while, so I am not quite sure

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- Type 2, I think 2B
- Porosity - very low
- Density - medium-high
- Hair width - coarse
- Length - Long
- Rarely oily hair, I can not wash my hair for 1 week ++


Persulphate bleach is always damaging, more or less depending how many shades you lift, the initial health of your hair, whether it is fine or coarse and other factors.

If you have old damage you'd be best to grow this out before bleaching: hair is dead so can be made to feel and look better within a few weeks but permanent repairs are impossible, your hair will not be healthier in such a short space of time.

Proven beneficial ingredients for damaged hair include coconut oil, hydrolysed protein, ceramides, 18-MEA and panthenol. Both coconut oil and hydrolysed protein can reduce bleach damage if used as a pre-treatment.

Straightening can cause irreparable damage in just one session, be sure to use a low heat, only ever flat iron bone dry hair, use proven protective ingredients such as hydrolysed protein, glycerin, propylene glycol and certain polyquats.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

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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

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