Bunny Shares: Cheap DIY Hair Bleaching / Dyeing, Part 02

Hello again! 🙂

This is Part 02 of my DIY hair bleaching / dyeing series.

I hope you have already read Part 01 which covers some reminders before embarking on your DIY hair journey – if you haven’t yet, please click here –> DIY hair bleaching/dyeing, Part 01

I highly recommend that you read Part 01 first. Please do. Please? Yes? YES!

Anyhoo, let’s call this post my “Cheap DIY Hair Bleach/Dye review”

Lez start!

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Image from Alibaba.com
  • Product name: HANZHIXIU
  • Price: 15 – 25 pesos per box
  • Where to buy: Local Chinese or Taiwanese-owned thrift shops, Divisoria, local market, Farmer’s Cubao tiangge stalls

I bought some for 15 pesos at a Taiwanese-owned thrift shop in Binan City’s downtown area; I also bought some for 25 pesos  at one of the tiangge stalls in the uppermost floor of Farmer’s Cubao – they had more color choices in Cubao

  • What you’ll get: A small box with detailed instructions, ingredients, and how-tos. Two small bottles – one contains the developer and the other is for the tint/color.
  • Purpose: Hair coloring – can be used to achieve hair color sported by anime characters or by Ronald McDonald (like what my friend wanted and achieved – but, beware, she left it on her hair to process for 2 hours to develop! Eeek!).
  • Covers gray hair? – Yes, but a lighter color/dye has the tendency to make the gray hair look very brassy – imagine exposed wires, LOL.
  • Can be used for bleaching? – Yes. You can use the lightest shade, which is A-7 or Golden Yellow. It will help bleach/lift your hair color to around 1-2 shades lighter. You have to use a toner afterwards to mute the yellow/orangeness of your hair.
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Image from Alibaba.com
  • Ouch rating: 10/10 – It burns, itches and stings A LOT. My scalp was red after using this. My father could only tolerate the discomfort for 15 minutes when he used it once.
  • Odor rating: 10/10 – It has a very strong and unpleasant smell.
  • Color result: Very close to what is promised on the box but it lacks luster/shine.
  • Color washes out after: Almost never. LOL. The color is permanent although the vibrancy/intensity decreases after a week.
  • Hair condition result: Very, VERY, VERRRRRY DRY! And BRITTLE!

*Bunny says: I used this once for coloring (Purplish red, A-14) and for bleaching (Golden yellow, A-7). I used vco (virgin coconut oil) and conditioner before, during and after the treatment but deeeeym, my hair still felt like dry straw after.

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Googled image of SHADES by Kolours ad
  • Product name: SHADES by Kolours
  • Price: Around 60 pesos
  • Where to buy:  It can be found in most supermarkets, drugstores, groceries, and some convenience stores. I have seen it in Shopwise, Watson’s, Mercury drug, Robinson’s Supermarket, Savemore, and 7-11.
  • What you’ll get: A really small bottle containing the powder dye, a small leaflet containing the instructions and guidelines, and a small measuring plastic cup (imagine the one included in Tempra for Kids but 3 times smaller).
  • Purpose: To cover gray hair; hair coloring is very minimal
  • Covers grey hair? – Yes
  • Can be used for bleaching? – No, because they only offer dark colors.
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Googled image of the SHADES box because my mother threw all the boxes that I’ve kept. Huhu.
  • Ouch rating: 4/10 – Burns a little, stings a little and itches a little.
  • Odor rating: 3/10 – Still smells but minimal and tolerable
  • Color result: Dark
  • Color washes out after: 3 months (as shown in their ad) but my father’s gray hair popped out after 1 month or so
  • Hair condition result:  A little drier than the usual but goes away after conditioning.

*Bunny says: Please note that if you have plans of bleaching your hair in the future, AVOID using this kind of hair coloring kit (those meant to cover gray hair). Doing so, will make it difficult for you to lift the color of your darkened hair.

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  • Product name: Bigen Powder Hair Dye
  • Price: Around 35 pesos
  • Where to buy:  It can be found in most supermarkets, drugstores, groceries, and some convenience stores.
  • What you’ll get: A small bottle containing the powder dye, and a small leaflet containing the instructions and guidelines.
  • Purpose: Hair color and gray hair coverage. Better dyeing / tinting than SHADES by Kolours.
  • Covers grey hair? – Yes
  • Can be used for bleaching? – No, I haven’t seen any light color variant . I haven’t seen any bleaching kits as well.
  • Ouch rating: 5/10
  • Odor rating: 5/10
  • Color result: Dark but with better color than SHADES by Kolours if you choose the reddish ones
  • Color washes out after: 3-6 months
  • Hair condition result:  Very dry, so a good conditioner or better yet, a keratin treatment after dyeing is a must.

*Bunny says: Bigen powder hair dye  is a good alternative to SHADES by Kolours. It’s cheaper, too! BUT AGAIN! Please don’t use this if you have plans of bleaching your hair in the future.

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  • Product name: Hortaleza Professional hair bleach powder
  • Price: 90 pesos
  • Where to buy:  HBC
  • What you’ll get: A plastic pouch containing powder meant for hair bleaching
  • Covers grey hair? – No, it has the tendency to make gray hair brassy
  • Can be used for bleaching? – Yes
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  • Ouch rating: 10/10 -Any bleaching agent will sting, burn, itch the hell out of your scalp
  • Odor rating: 10/10 – It will smell like your hair is being damaged because, well, it IS damaging your hair to lift the color
  • Color result: Bleached! Expect a shade that is 3-4 levels lighter than your current hair color. Think of surfer dudes’ hair with an orange tint to it, if you have black / dark brown hair. A toner will help you mute and remove the orangeness of your hair.
  • Color washes out after: Never. No color to wash out, LOL. But! Retouching would depend on how fast your hair grows. Hair regrowth could show in as fast as a 2 weeks.
  • Hair condition result:  Very, VERRRY DRY! This could leave your hair brittle! Soooo conditioning beforehand is as important as after-care.

 

*Bunny says: Please note that you have to mix this powder with a developer before using it. Buy one from Hortaleza, it’s called an oxidizing lotion and you can choose from two volumes: 9% to lift to prepare hair for color change and 12% to prepare hair for a lighter shade of color. Tip! Buy a Keratin oil treatment pack from Hortaleza when you buy your hair bleaching kit. It costs around 30 pesos. After bleaching, skip shampooing for at least 3 days and just use the Hortaleza Keratin pack. You’re welcome.

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  • Product name: Silk Organics Permanent Hair Color Shampoo
  • Price: 25 pesos
  • Where to buy:  I found it at SM Savemore.
  • What you’ll get: A small pack that is divided into two sections inside – one section is for the tint/color and the other for the developer. (It kind of works like the divided plastic pouch of soy sauce and powdered flavoring included in most instant pancit canton packs). It also comes with a pair of plastic disposable gloves! Cool.
  • Purpose: Hair color
  • Covers grey hair? – Yes
  • Can be used for bleaching? – No, I haven’t seen any light color variant . I haven’t seen any bleaching kits as well.
  • Ouch rating: 1/10 – Didn’t feel anything, really. No itch, no burn, no sting
  • Odor rating: 1/10 – Fragrant and not unpleasant
  • Color result: I gather that the pack says ‘permanent hair color’ but it worked just like how ‘cellophane’ treatment in local salons work. It gave kind of like a ‘colored shine’ onto the hair. I was wondering if it should be left longer than what’s in the instructions.
  • Color washes out after: The ‘colored shine’ it gives probably lasts for 1-3 months.
  • Hair condition result:  Hair was soft and not dry after treatment.
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*Bunny says: This product – according to its pack’s label – is organic, contains Argan oil and does not have ammonia. It’s a good shampoo with conditioner and bonus ‘colored shine’ effect for your hair. LOL. Tip! Recycle the gloves! Wash and keep it for future use.

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  • Product name: Bremod Professional Colourant
  • Price: Around 65 pesos
  • Where to buy:  In stores selling salon equipment and materials. Luckily, there’s one in Binan City’s downtown area.
  • What you’ll get: A tube containing color/tint cream. You still have to buy a developer before you can use it. Bremod’s own developer costs 10 pesos per bottle. One tube of color cream needs one bottle of developer. Talk about cheap.
  • Purpose: Hair coloring/dyeing
  • Covers grey hair? – Yes
  • Can be used for bleaching? – Yes. You can choose the lightest color that they have. I think they carry a platinum / white colored variant that they also call their bleaching cream.
  • Ouch rating: 5/10 – I was told that most local salons prefer this brand. I was expecting it to really hurt but it was tolerable.
  • Odor rating: 3/10 – It was fragrant; I could still smell the hydrogen peroxide but it wasn’t so unpleasant.
  • Color result: The color was very close to what was in their hair catalog. Cool.
  • Color washes out after: It’s permanent so the color does not totally wash out but it fades 1-3 months after use
  • Hair condition result:  Dry, so a good conditioner / keratin treatment after dyeing is a must.

*Bunny says: This was my go-to hair color for almost 2 years because I was really satisfied with the color result and it didn’t sting so much. I think this is a safer way to bleach hair (using their lightest shade) than HBC bleaching powder but you’d have to bleach at least 3 times to achieve an acceptable color of bleached hair. Aaand you’d still have to tone it. Tip! The brand, Bremod is a well-known brand among local salons and they carry a whole array of hair treatment materials. Take advantage and buy their big tub of Keratin Oil treatment! It costs only 180 pesos! What a steaaaaaal!

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  • Product name: Hortaleza Professional Hair Coloring Cream
  • Price:  185 pesos
  • Where to buy:  HBC
  • What you’ll get: A tube containing color/tint cream. You still have to buy a developer before you can use it. Hortaleza’s own oxidizing lotion costs 35 pesos per bottle. One tube needs 2 bottles of developer.
  • Purpose: Hair coloring/dyeing
  • Covers grey hair? – Yes
  • Can be used for bleaching? – Yes. Hortaleza has a bleaching powder available but this product line also carries a bleaching cream which is the lightest color that the line carries.
  • Ouch rating: 3/10 – I was really happy that it didn’t sting so much, it was just a little itchy when it was already time for me to wash it out.
  • Odor rating: 1/10 – Not so fragrant; it didn’t have any strong odor – fragrant or otherwise
  • Color result: The color was very close to what was in their hair catalog. I was amazed.
  • Color washes out after: It’s permanent so the color does not totally wash out but it will probably fade 1-3 months after use
  • Hair condition result:  Very dry, so a good conditioner / keratin treatment after dyeing is a must.

*Bunny says: I know that this is almost three times more expensive than Bremod but given the gentleness of the mixed cream during the developing process, I have decided to switch to Hortaleza. I am happy that a local brand is this good. I have tried other more expensive, over-the-counter brands like L’oreal, Revlon, etc. (you name it, I probably have tried it, LOL) and I am confident to say that this product is almost (90%) at par with them in terms of the color result and comfort of usage. Although it’s not an all-in-one hair bleach/dye kit where you are already provided with tools and after-care, buying your keratin oil treatment, gloves, etc. at the HBC store will not really break the bank. In my experience, it’s the best one yet, and Hortaleza is a great go-to store for diy hair treatment needs. Highly recommended!

*Note! It is important to always take your current hair color (dark, bleached, etc), hair condition (virgin, dry, damaged, etc.) and previous hair treatments (rebonded, permed, bleached, darkened, etc) into consideration before choosing your color and color kit. It will highly, HIGHLY! affect your bleaching/dyeing results.

Alrighty, I think I have shared an extensive list of the cheapest ones I have tried. Soooo, have you decided yet? Hope I can hear about your diy hair adventures, too! 🙂

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