Today I am going to talk to you guys about a soap cap ( or also known as shampoo caps ). There are a few different types of soap caps that I can think of and will explain to you what they are and how to use them…
1. The “Traditional” Soap Cap with Color
This type of soap cap can be used to freshen up color. Hair color is mixed with equal parts of shampoo and then added to the hair. After processing from 5-10 minutes, rinse, shampoo and style as usual.
You can use this method when you just need to touch up your roots, and just want to refresh the rest of your hair. Additionally, this can be used to refresh color in between applications. The purpose of the added shampoo is to dilute the color so it will not darken your previously colored hair. It also ensures even application.
2. Soap Cap with Bleach and Developer
I use this soap cap technique fairly often. It can also be called a “color balancer” or “bleach bath”. You just mix equal parts of bleach, shampoo, and developer. Like the previous form of soap cap, process for 5-10 minutes.
Personally, I use this to freshen up my bleached hair after touching up my roots or to freshen it up in between applications. It does a lot less damage than re-bleaching the hair over and over again.
You could also use this type of soap cap to gently lift color. For instance, it will take out most semi-permanent colors without doing extensive damage. You could also try using it to gently lift darker colors. The Paul Mitchell color line recommends doing this before any color service (when switching color lines) to leave the hair as a “fresh canvas.”
3. Soap Cap with Bleach, No Developer
I honestly just learned about this type of soap cap yesterday and it’s pretty much the greatest thing ever. You can mix powdered bleach with shampoo and it will lift color out of the hair. Skipping on the developer cuts down the damage done to the hair.
Yesterday, my co-worker tried to tone her hair with Redken 8T (Titanium), which is silver for those of you that don’t know. Her hair quickly turned silver. We used this method of soap cap to safely lift the color out of her hair.
Scientifically, I am unsure of how the bleach works without peroxide, but believe me, it works. And you can bet that I am going to find out how!
Now you know…