Q: I just recently highlighted my hair with a home frosting kit and I missed some spots. The instructions say to wait two days before highlighting again and I was wondering how long the mix will stay good.
A: If the frosting kit is simply one that uses a “pure lift” action – meaning that it simply bleaches the hair from the natural color – then the bleach will be active as long as the mixture remains wet. You can even
theoretically remoisten a bleaching mixture by adding water and it will continue to bleach the hair when applied.
HOWEVER, most highlighting formulas mix their bleaching agents with a developer that also helps to moisturize and protect the hair, and using water to revitalize a dry solution may
not work to reactivate the moisturizing/protective properties. There is also the fact that storing these mixtures once they’re combined is dangerous. The bleaching properties use a chemical reaction that gives off heat
and by sealing the container you could discover that the container bursts, leaks or causes other forms of damage if it should escape its confines.
The good news is, that the warning of waiting TWO DAYS to highlight again, refers to the attempt to lighten an area previously lightened. If you used a cap or foils to isolate locks
of hair to be lightened, then you can easily get another cap (or use foils) and highlight the hair that hasn’t been previously lightened whenever you are ready to do so. Just be sure to us caution and not double expose
pre-lightened hair to lightening solutions again or you could seriously damage that portion of the hair.