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Old 01-11-2008, 01:54 PM   #1
 
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I tried highlights a few years ago and it totally fried my hair. It was a BAD idea but the color looked good. I ended up growing it out and now my hair is very healthy but a very boring dark brown.

I read somewhere that you can use a mixture of baking soda and peroxide to hightlight your hair. I read that it is more gentle than traditional highlights.

I did a strand test. I left the mixture on for about 20 minutes and it came out slightly lifted but maintained it's moisture and health.

I am curious about doing more of my hair but I am unsure if this is really a safe thing to do.

Have any of you heard of this, tried this or know more about highlighting with bs and peroxide?


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Old 01-24-2008, 05:32 PM   #2
 
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Aww come on....somebody has to have an opinion. I will not be upset if you post that it's a crazy idea.
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Old 01-24-2008, 11:26 PM   #3
 
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I've never heard of it. I use baking soda and vinegar to clean drains! I'd be interested in more info too. What kind of peroxide? 20-30 volume for hair or what? Maybe the baking soda buffers it?
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Old 01-26-2008, 02:46 PM   #4
 
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Actually you just use regular household baking soda and peroxide that you'd get from the grocery store/drug store.

I can tell you that it actually does work from my strand test. Also Ive experienced no breakage from my strand test either.

Since I am considering doing more of my hair, I wonder if anyone has any more information or experience with this?
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I googled it and they didn't have much info on the effects on the hair long term. What color did your strand turn out? Blonde, red, orange, copper? Just curious. I guess you can try it all over if you haven't had any damage on the strand after a few weeks. Sometimes damage doesn't show right away. An old stylist did bleached highlights on me, then used a color with ammonia and peroxide to tone it afterwards (big NO NO for my hair! ) It seemed fine for a couple of weeks, then my hair became dry and fried. Never again!
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I'm not nearly the color expert CurliLocks is, but the thought of anyone using baking soda and peroxide to highlight their hair gives me a headache. Baking soda is much more alkaline than hair, so it will crack the cuticle wide open and leach all the moisture out of the hair strand. Peroxide is the oxidizing agent in haircolor, and its role is to break the chemical bonds in your hair so your natural pigment (melanin) is decolorized. Put the two together and it sounds like a perfect way to fry the heck out of your hair.

If you do pursue this, you need to finish with an ACV rinse to bring your hair back into balance and then condition, condition, condition your hair like crazy, including overnight deep conditioning treatments for at least a week afterwards and maybe even one or two protein packs (assuming you don't have very coarse hair). Even then, I don't think there is any guarantee you won't be dry.
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SW - But you are more of a hair expert, in general.
I agree that it seems harsh, but she seems intent on trying it.
That's why I suggested waiting to see what possible damage could show up in a few weeks. But I wouldn't do it on MY hair. I'll stick with a light bleach.
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You still have to be careful especially with the peroxide. I use it to highlight my hair and a couple of times have left it on too long and my hair was dry. I usually put it in a spray bottle and spritz my hair it then go in the sun. It takes a few times of doing this to get the desired color. I have a friend who takes a bit of peroxide in her hands each day and just rubs it through with her regular styling gels. Over the course of a few weeks it gets to the color she wants.
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