Going forward, I am now bleaching the knots before the ventilation process begins. In my professional opinion, bleaching afterwards causes the knots to swell and ultimately loosen, which leads to massive shedding.
This way I can assure you that your closures and frontals will look as natural as possible.... almost like the hair is growing right out of your scalp! To learn this process... continue reading!
What I used:
Clairol Lightening Activator
30 Volume Cream Developer
40 volume Cream Developer
I used only one pack of lightening activator.
I mixed the 30 and 40 cream developers together to total 1/2 ounce.
You don't want to use a lot of developer, as a matter of fact, you want to keep it to a smooth consistency and not waterly.
First before you begin, you must fold the hair at the 2" fold or however you fold it over to ventilate, then you must tape it securly.
A note about the mixture, if it sits too long, it will start rising like yeast, I was busy taking photos and not paying attention to the developer and that's why it looks puffy in the bowl. In all actuality, it started as a very little amount before it started growing.
So, without any more delays, I dipped each knot into the mixture, kind of swirling it around to make sure all the hairs were covered.
Take a large amount of Saran Wrap and completely cover the knots. At this point it's a waiting game. I would say my knots took about 10-15 minutes to start lightening. My goal was to achieve a very light brown color and stop at the point.
If your goal is to achieve blond, then you'll probably have to do two bleachings. If you don't mix some kind of "red out" into the mixture, most likely your knots will turn red before the'll turn blond.
If you do to bleachings, then you can lighten it to a light brown the first time, rinse and repeat the process lightening it to a blond.
This is the final results!