Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday Special: Iva Insane

Hello again sweethearts!

Today I'm gonna continue to educate you how to treat your hair the right way.
I hope this advices will make you look more beautiful, and let me see less people with unsuccessful haircolors on the streets ;)


I've got a lot of questions how do I keep my hair in good condition, while bleaching it.
Read this blogpost and you will find out what's the underwork for having a beautiful and "healthy" hair (as healthy as you can get your hair when you bleaches it)

My natural haircolor is copperblond/strawberryblonde, so my natural haircolor is quite light but has a LOT of red pigments in :(
Remember that it's much harder to bleach a hair that have been coloured by artificial pigments from haircolor, than bleaching a natural hair.

I only bleach my roots everytime I start to see that ugly, copperblond, little line at my scalp. I use professional products, so I'm sorry that I can't give you any advice what kind of bleach you shall buy at the store.
I mix the bleaching-powder with the activator who has a strenght of "7 vol" or in Swedish terms "2 %"
Sometimes I add a bit of 20 vol/ 6% activator to my mix (Lower number= more healty to your hair, but the bleach need to stay in a little bit longer to get a nice result)
I'm very particular to not "overlap" the bleaching-product at the hair that already have been bleached before.
If you do that, your hair will sooner or later just be a memory laying on the floor.

When you've applyed all the bleach at the roots it's time to let it stays in for a while.
It's very different from haircolor to haircolor how long the bleaching-product must be in, and there's not any given time when it's time for you to rinse out the bleach.
Take your fingers and scratch away some of the lightning-product to see if your hair is white or
yellow as a chicken. If it's still yellow....let it be in for some more minutes. (I don't want to see yellow
chickens running around in town, ok?!)
The Swedish artist Robyn has a lovely blond color. Come on, go whiteblond don't be a chicken ;)

After you've rinsed out all bleach, make sure you treat your hair with good products (bought from a hairdresser-salon!)

You can use a toner to get more white/gray impression to your hair ect.
For me it use to be enough to just use the silver shampoo and silver treatment from Lakmé.
Using semipermanent haircolor

If you like to have a nice, extreme hair color there's a lot of brands that makes semipermanent hair colors.
I've used directions and Stargazer, but I prefer Directions as I think the package is a lot better!
You can mix all the colors together, and you can add conditioner or treatment to the color to get i lighter.
My blue hair has a really simple reciepe- a few teaspoons of Directions turquoise and then a looooot of conditioner.
I think that the haircolor turned out better, after washing my hair once, and got that "lightblue/turquise" color.
If you like to get rid of the semipermanent-haircolor you have coloured your hair with, my tips for you would be to shampoo your hair many,many times (I know that some people thinks that dandruff-shampoo is more effective when you want to wash out the color) If it feels like you still have a lot of unwanted color left in your hair, you can try to make a mix between lukewarm water, shampoo and some bleaching powder to wash your hair with.

If you already have a very damaged hair or you're not 100% sure how to bleach it. Please, go to a good hairdresser who can help you with it! *pointing at myself and force everyone to get tickets to Sweden to be treated by the best hairdresser ever!* ;)

If you curious about what I'm doing the rest of the week. Visit my blog
Hi, Adora here!
Thank you, sweet little sister for this enlightening entry. Much appriciated as usual :)

At my (still not 100% working) web site I have a list of how to mix all the haircolors I've had and there used to be pictures attached. The pictures will be put up again, I'm just falling behind.

I have brown hair originally.
When I bleach, I bleach the "common people" way; I buy Swedens most bought home bleaching : Jane Hellen: Ultra Blonde that lightens 6 nuances. I've used the same since 1984.

My natural hair color seen at the top (I don't color when pregnant).
At this picture I have kind of a more natural blond.

Here's my bleaching procedure:
(I'm working on this right now...)


  1. Does white/blonde go well with brown eyes? I want to do it, but I'm a bit worried about my olive-based skin tone and brown eyes clashing. Ideas?

  2. I would like to know is it possible to order these products from internet? and also products of Lakme?

  3. I've been trying to dye part of my dark brown hair to a navy blue shade. I can't get the right combination and it just ends up looking black or black with a hint of blue sheen.

    I bought some blue dye that is meant as a mix-in with regular hair-color, but it's the navy blue color I want. Can I use it on my own or are those mix-ins meant to only work when activated by using a regular hair color?

    Help me get the color I want. I've been going insane for nearly 2 months trying to get it right --- even going to a salon, and they couldn't do it right! Help please :)

    my email is kisses (at)


  4. Thank you for all your beautiful tips and advice you beautiful person. I love reading your posts on Fridays. I was wavering between perming my hair and coloring my hair but Iva and Adora, you both are so visually inspiring and motivating that I made up my mind and chose color. Maybe use one of your haircolor concoction

  5. Thanks for sharing your experience and profession to our deadly souls! It helped me even if im dyeing my hair black (that colour can be a bad treatment for the hair as well). I know you both use a lot of extensions and I have a questions about that. Do you braid them in and wear them for several days or do you take them out every night? I have loose dreads I use to braid in the hair, but since it takes a lot of time I tried to sleep with them this night, a bit worried that this will damage the hair. What do you think about it?
    Puss å kram

  6. I've bleaching my hair for about two years now but unfortunately it's starting to hurt my scalp more and more with each consecutive bleaching. Feels like fire! I use Schwarkzopf Live Colour XXL, absolute platinum which is the lightest one. I'm just wondering if either of you ever had the same problem and how you managed it? Or if you've never experienced it, what would you advise? I don't want to have to go back to boring brown :(

  7. I would love to full on bleach my hair but its naturally curly and heavily dyed- it would be a disaster. When I want to strip the colour I use Garnier pre-lightener which has a small amount of bleach in it. It turns your hair orange but you just dye over it. Could be useful for some people here who don't wanna bleach but are unhappy with their hair colour. Awesome post!

  8. Your blue-hair picture remind me of You and Mattias's cat fight video! XP