I'm Asian and I want to make my natural hair color one or two shades lighter. Do I have to strip all of the color with bleach first or is there an easier alternative?
If you want to lighten Asian hair one to two shades you do not have to strip out color with bleach. A professional can easily lighten your hair to a softer shade of brown without harsh chemicals. If you plan to do the job yourself, be sure to choose a cool, ash-based medium brown color (it will have the word "cool," "ash," or "smoky" on the box). Ash tones are usually blue or green based to prevent hair from turning too red or orange as it's lifting.