That is the question.
Well in my case, NOT TO BLEACH.
I have had horrible experiences in the past using bleach that left me with a dry, broken, pitiful mess. But recently I’ve been getting sooooo bored with my hair color. I’ve come across some gentler methods of lightening ones hair with simple peroxide and baking soda. Note, I said less damaging, not un-damaging.
Peroxide is used as a bleaching agent for hair and works by breaking down the melanin in the hair shaft. Because this is in essence damaging the hair, continuous or prolonged use can lead to excessive dryness or extreme damage just like a regular bleach would, so please be careful. Make sure your hair is in tip top shape before trying any home dye jobs or just go to a professional.
Also never use 100% peroxide on hair. Always use 3% to avoid unnecessarily over damaging your hair.
The photos below show what I’m looking to do but not as extreme.
I’ve found numerous videos on YouTube showing how to do it but I’m scared lol.
The other thing that I’m afraid of is damaging the relaxed ends of my hair even more! But I think I can save them if I do a protein treatment right after… Hmm..