Q: Hi, my hair has blonde foils in it and has done for years now, but I can never seem to get it as light as I want. It turns
out more of a medium yellow blonde, while the look I want is a much lighter blonde more like a white even like Christina Aguilera's
hair color. Will a white hair toner after bleaching achieve this look or can you recommend something for me? My hair is naturally
light brown with blonde foils. Please help me.
A: First of all, let me say that I do NOT advocate any woman attempting to lighten her hair to the lightest shades of blonde unless
she is already a naturally pale blonde. In order to achieve the color you want, you will have to disperse virtually all the pigment
in your hair which can easily result in damaged hair. By damaged hair, in this case I mean destruction of the protein bonds which
give the hair structural support.
If you want to reach this level of hair color, you should really consult a stylist/colorist so
that he/she can evaluate the condition of your hair before attempting to lighten the hair to this point. My primary concern is that
given your statement of having repeatedly lightened foil highlights, your hair may not be able to withstand severe lightening
processes. That being said, I can offer you some information about lightening the hair, balancing the haircolor and about the “white toners” you referenced:
It is not uncommon for a woman to find that bleaching the hair results in yellow tones in the
lightened hair. The melanin in the hair comes in two forms – pheomelanin (imparting yellow and red tones) and eumelanin (imparting
brown to black tones) - and as these pigments are dispersed, often the more predominant pigments become more pronounced as the
complementary pigments are dispersed. In fact, the lightest safely-attainable shade of hair color is pale yellow.
Hair colors like platinum blonde and similar “white-looking” shades achieve their “whiter” tones
through the use of haircolor formulas with base colors of violet hue to counter-balance the yellow of the lightest bleach-attained shades.
The “white toner” you mentioned is actually the same sort of product. It uses a violet shade to
counter the yellow tone of the bleached hair.