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Cheap, Easy Tips For Platinum Blond Hair

Get Platinum Blond Hair For $10 Without Using Bleach

I'm no Marilyn, but for the past few months I've been tinkering with box hair color, and I think I've finally figured out a way to get baby blond for $10 without using any damaging bleach or ammonia. So to find out what I concocted, just keep reading.
A while back back, I "discovered" a really cheap ammonia-free permanent color, Revlon Colorsilk ($4). Since it doesn't rip open your hair's cuticle like other dyes, there's minimal damage. The downside is that it takes a really long time to process— I have to leave it on for over an hour altogether — and the results for the lightest shades are orange-tinged, since it doesn't have the power of a bleaching agent.

But color casts can be corrected without dyeing again if you use filler, which is basically hair-strengthening protein that carries pigment molecules. So I just mix half a bottle of Colorful Professional Protein Filler #3 Platinum ($6) into my hair dye bottle after I've done my roots for 40 minutes, then massage the mixture into my hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.

The protein filler kills the orange, smooths hair, and helps color last longer. And when/if things start getting a little brassy, you can just grab the rest of the bottle and put it directly on your hair for 20 minutes to repair the hue. Let me know if you have any questions about this stuff, or self-blonding in general, and I'll do my level best to get you the info you need.

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Kimberly14311154 Kimberly14311154 2 years
Hi, so which shade of colorsilk do you use?
Kimberly14311154 Kimberly14311154 2 years
Hi..... O.k. Your probably sick of answering questions BUT I'm dying to know if your still doing this? I have the same dark blond hair I'm trying to lighten but the salon is getting expensive and it's still orangey! So, you get colorsilk 04 or 05. Do roots 40 minutes, add platinum filler and put on whole head another 30 minutes. Yes? Any new tips. Thank you thank you.
Nic15258211 Nic15258211 2 years
Hi I know this post is3 years old but I just came across it as I was googling how to get baby blonde without the brass. Your hair is exactly the colour I want to be but I have no idea what protein filler is. Is it something you can only get in America (in in the UK) and what is different about it to ordinary hair colour? I normally use a light Ash baby blonde colour which is great for when my hair was in a Bob but I've now got a pixie crop and want it to be much lighter so I used a pre lightener first which left my hair a hideous orangey blonde after the 30 minutes it said to leave it for. I used my normal colour after which counteracted the brass but left it still darker than i wanted. I'd I thought this filler stuff would work like it did for you I'd love to try it. Thanks
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 4 years
Thanks for the comments, all. Miriam is on vacation this week but I'll make sure she gets back to you next week.
KABangtson KABangtson 4 years
I too would appreciate a step by step process so I make sure to get it right. Not clear whether you put all over after roots are done. Sounds like you do roots w/just color for 40 min, then with whatever is left in bottle, you mix protein filler in bottle and massage through entire hair, not just roots for 30 min. Is that correct? I LOVE your color and have been trying to get my colorist to get it right for ages, but if I can get your results doing it at home Awesome! Thanks for sharing!!
mercurygirl3 mercurygirl3 4 years
Hello! Thanks for this, your hair is a gorgeous blonde. My hair is the same as your description of yours pre-dying. I have been trying to get your "after color" for some time. Can you please tell me step by step so I don't mess up? For example, do you put colorsilk all through hair including roots to begin with? Do you add the filler to the dye left in the bottle? If you could just list the steps, I'd be sooo thankful!! Take care girl, and I'll fill you in on the results.
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 4 years
Hey lorna26! Maybe a color conditioner would help you tone down the golden. A blue color conditioner is gentle enough to help neutralize the gold but without making the hair turn too ashy since it's not that strong. Another thing you can do is use a neutral blond hair color instead of a warm or cool color when lightening your hair. Hope this helps!
lorna26 lorna26 4 years
I have naturally mousy dark dark blonde (almost brown) hair, with loads of light highlights but I've been using dye to get a golden blonde for my roots so I don't have to keep bleaching. It's all too golden and gross now and I want to go completely platinum. If i use any ash tones my hair immediately goes horribly gray/silver (especially the already almost platinum light highlighted parts)...would you recommend I get a gold toned color to use with this or since it's combining with the dye at all, will it not make me gray? I got all excited reading this and then imagined myself all Sisqo-esque..not what I want!
steaky3 steaky3 4 years
Hey! i've been trying to go bleach white blonde but i have natural dirty blonde hair with red undertones so its very hard to go complete blonde. I normally end up with yellow/orange and thats coming from a salon. When i do highlights, after awhile the same strands of hair thats been processed will finally turn the blonde i want, but thats closest to the end of my hair, not the root. do you think I can do this same process with the protein filler and the colorsilk and get a similar result as yours? or will the red undertones just make me orangey again?
GlamAdore GlamAdore 4 years
Miriam~ Thanks for the article. Also, I have about the same length hair you do. Was the 2.5 oz Protein Filler enough for one application, or 2 if needed for brassiness later on? Thanks!!
GlamAdore GlamAdore 4 years
Miriam~Thanks for the article. Also, I have about the same length hair you do. Was the 2.5 oz Protein Filler enough for one application, or 2 if needed for brassiness later on?Thanks!!
GlamAdore GlamAdore 4 years
I'm a natural blonde that has died my hair med brown-ish, has some red at the roots. I've done this several times-brown to blonde and back. BUT this sounds amazing! AND Farrr better than bleaching my whole head, then putting Lightest Ash Blonde Box Color, like I normally do. I will try this...hope it works! Even if it's kinds of Straw-blonde I can do the Protein Filler after a weeks break. ?? Yay!
lady_jade lady_jade 5 years
Ok, I tried this over the weekend on my very brassy highlights and almost orange roots. It made my highlights look like new (no brass!), and took most of the red out of my roots. I used a full bottle (I have a ton of hair, and it's long) and left it on for an hour. I can't thank you enough for the tip!
Miriam-Lacey Miriam-Lacey 5 years
Frances R, this definitely does cover and color my roots. If they're stubborn, I would recommend leaving the color on for a full hour, though. The 40 minutes the packaging suggests isn't really enough if your hair (mine is stubborn, too) is pretty tough to dye. Angie, you put the filler in with the dye after you've done your roots. When it starts to get brassy, you just put the filler on, no dye required. You can also put only filler on if you've recently dyed it and it looks a little orange. The filler is much stronger than purple shampoo, and definitely actually dyes your hair cooler instead of just leaving a little purple behind.
Miriam-Lacey Miriam-Lacey 5 years
Frances R, this definitely does cover and color my roots. If they're stubborn, I would recommend leaving the color on for a full hour, though. The 40 minutes the packaging suggests isn't really enough if your hair (mine is stubborn, too) is pretty tough to dye.Angie, you put the filler in with the dye after you've done your roots.When it starts to get brassy, you just put the filler on, no dye required. You can also put only filler on if you've recently dyed it and it looks a little orange.The filler is much stronger than purple shampoo, and definitely actually dyes your hair cooler instead of just leaving a little purple behind.
Angie-Ohman Angie-Ohman 5 years
Oh one more thing: Is this filler the same as the purple shampoo/conditioner you find in beauty supply stores for brassiness? Is it available in drugstores. Thanks sooo much! I'm going to do this tomorrow :-)
Angie-Ohman Angie-Ohman 5 years
Oh one more thing: Is this filler the same as the purple shampoo/conditioner you find in beauty supply stores for brassiness?Is it available in drugstores.Thanks sooo much! I'm going to do this tomorrow :-)
Angie-Ohman Angie-Ohman 5 years
Hi! Thanks so much for this - i just LOVE your pic! A couple questions, if you don't mind... Ok, so after you do your roots you put the filler in the dye bottle WITH the remaining dye in the bottle?? Also,in the last paragraph you mention if/when it gets brassy to grab the rest of the bottle - do you mean just the filler bottle or the filler/dye mixed? Thanks! Angie
Angie-Ohman Angie-Ohman 5 years
Hi! Thanks so much for this - i just LOVE your pic! A couple questions, if you don't mind...Ok, so after you do your roots you put the filler in the dye bottle WITH the remaining dye in the bottle??Also,in the last paragraph you mention if/when it gets brassy to grab the rest of the bottle - do you mean just the filler bottle or the filler/dye mixed?Thanks!Angie
Miriam-Lacey Miriam-Lacey 5 years
Newsha, while the buildup of hydrogen peroxide does lead to gray hair, aging is the real culprit. We have a naturally-occuring enzyme called catalase, which breaks down hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen so that it doesn't damage us. As we age, though, we produce less and less of it, eventually leading to hydrogen peroxide buildup and gray hair. Fiffifun2, I would definitely try the filler—even if it doesn't totally ash you out, it'll help. It won't lift at all, but it'll tone things and probably get you closer to a neutral shade. I have fine hair as well, so breakage is always an issue for me, too. I would definitely recommend using something like this, or even a semi-permanent color like Clairol Natural Instincts, before I turned to high volume bleach—especially since you're already blonde.
Miriam-Lacey Miriam-Lacey 5 years
Newsha, while the buildup of hydrogen peroxide does lead to gray hair, aging is the real culprit. We have a naturally-occuring enzyme called catalase, which breaks down hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen so that it doesn't damage us. As we age, though, we produce less and less of it, eventually leading to hydrogen peroxide buildup and gray hair.Fiffifun2, I would definitely try the filler—even if it doesn't totally ash you out, it'll help. It won't lift at all, but it'll tone things and probably get you closer to a neutral shade. I have fine hair as well, so breakage is always an issue for me, too. I would definitely recommend using something like this, or even a semi-permanent color like Clairol Natural Instincts, before I turned to high volume bleach—especially since you're already blonde.
fififun2 fififun2 5 years
Hi, I've naturally golden blonde hair which i've tried dying an ash blonde. However due to the natural yellow/ golden tones in my hair, it didn't lift enough, and now my hair looks just as golden as ever. do you think I could use the protein filler no 3 to lift my hair color from golden to a whiter blonde? as my hair is so fine i am hesistent on using a strong bleach to lighten my hair. What would you suggest I use, if I wished for go from a golden blonde to a platinum/ lighter blonde.....
Newsha Newsha 5 years
"Peroxide is used as the developer or oxidizing agent. The developer removes pre-existing color. Peroxide breaks chemical bonds in hair, releasing sulfur, which accounts for the characteristic odor of haircolor. As the melanin is decolorized, a new permanent color is bonded to the hair cortex." - http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howthingswork/a/aa101203a.htm Also, it's the build up of hydrogen peroxide that causes gray hair. I used to bleach streaks into my hair and it's in those same exact spots that I now have a ton of gray hair.
Newsha Newsha 5 years
"Peroxide is used as the developer or oxidizing agent. The developer removes pre-existing color. Peroxide breaks chemical bonds in hair, releasing sulfur, which accounts for the characteristic odor of haircolor. As the melanin is decolorized, a new permanent color is bonded to the hair cortex." - http://chemistry.about.com/cs/howthingswork/a/aa101203a.htmAlso, it's the build up of hydrogen peroxide that causes gray hair. I used to bleach streaks into my hair and it's in those same exact spots that I now have a ton of gray hair.
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