babyfatface asked: So, recently my dreads haven’t been satisfying me the way they used to, and I feel as if I need a change. I want to dye them, but i’m scared to because i’m unfamiliar with the process and my hair was difficult to dye even before it was dreaded (it never took or held color to well) I want to bleach a few of my dreads white, but I don’t want them to come out a copper brass color (the way my undreaded hair would always turn out before toner) because I don’t think toner could be good for dreads? any
Your dreads are only as strong as the hairs they are made of, so you do have to watch out for using damaging chemicals. It isn’t that you can’t use them, just that you need to be careful!
With loose hair that is damaged badly, you may see additional hairs break off & catch in your brush, but it might not be too noticeable overall. With excessive damage to dreads where several hairs break, the dread itself can become very weak & even break off entirely.
Bleaching to white is going to cause a lot of damage. Period. End of story.
It will likely take multiple bleach processes, & you won’t get “white” without toner to remove the yellow/orange tones. It just doesn’t work that way. Toner isn’t any more dangerous for dreads than it is for loose hair, same as bleach. It’s just damaging to hair in general.
Again, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it. You just need to judge the condition of your hair & decide whether or not your hair can handle it. If you don’t have much experience with heavy processes like that, try finding an alternative salon, or a friend with good experience. It’s definitely a risky deal if you don’t know what you’re doing!