Switching up your hair color is one of the best ways to amp up your style, but it’s not as simple as just choosing any color and applying it. Bright and bold colors often require an extra step — bleach. Bleaching your hair might sound scary at first, but if done correctly, the results will allow you to play with a wider range of hair colors. Most people think that you have to pay a professional to bleach your hair, and they’re right, but with the proper precautions and products, you can safely treat your hair right at home. Keep reading to know how!
Why Use Bleach?
For those with dark brown or black hair and who wish to go lighter, the first step before dye is to create a blank canvas that is free of color. Bleaching hair erases color and creates a clean slate for you to apply a completely new shade. The bleaching process may seem complicated, but it’s simply a chemical reaction between the bleach, a peroxide product, and the natural melanin in your hair, making it colorless. Bleaching your own hair can help you get the coveted platinum blonde, almost-white color without costing you a fortune at the salon. With household products and safety precautions, you can bleach your hair from the comfort of your own bathroom. However, before using a homemade product, it’s important to know all the steps and safety measures.
+ DIY Bleach Will Save You Money
Why spend money at a salon when you can safely bleach your hair at home? Professional bleaching processes can cost up to $100. When carefully following a step-by-step guide, you can achieve the same results yourself.
+ You Don’t Depend on Your Colorist’s Schedule
If you have a sudden big party tomorrow and simply can’t book an appointment, things still can be done. At-home bleaching can save you.
+ You Can Challenge Your Inner Colorist
Dying hair is a creative process and some girls enjoy experimenting. Remember the main rules, read instructions and keep proportions to.
– Final Results Are Unpredictable
If you don’t know the basics of coloring hair, you may do it wrong and regret.
– You can’t see your whole head of hair while DIY
It can be very uncomfortable to apply bleaching mixture without seeing the whole strands, especially if your hair is thick and wavy. Think about this moment and ask your friends for help, if you’re not sure.
– Bleach Can Strip Your Hair
It’s vital that your properly prep your locks for the bleaching process, otherwise you’ll end up with seriously damaged strands. Founder of Bleach London, Alex Bronsell, recommends not washing your hair for a couple of days before you bleach to keep the chemical from irritating your scalp.
How to Bleach Your Hair at Home
Bleaching your own hair doesn’t have to be a complicated process and we’ve broken it down into three easy steps. Follow these instructions, and you’ll have perfectly bleached hair that isn’t damaged or dry.
You gonna need:
- box powder bleach, cream bleach and developer;
- vinil or latex gloves;
- tint brush;
- non-metallic (plastic) bowl;
- measuring cup and spoon;
- hair clips;
- old T-shirt.
Step #1: Prepare the Bleach
Be sure to follow the instructions on the box, keep the right proportions. Before you apply bleach to your hair, you must prepare it by mixing the powder together with chosen concentration of peroxide (always check this information reading instructions). Never use a developer of volume 40 because it is too strong. After you mix these two products, you must use the mixture immediately, as the chemical reaction taking place quickly loses its effectiveness. And don’t forget about numerous contraindications for bleaching hair during pregnancy, taking medication, having periods, or going through stressful events. Everything is connected and all these details can affect your final results.
Remember to always wear gloves to safely handle bleach. Also, apply coconut oil to your hair before applying bleach to help prevent damage.
Step #2: Apply the Bleach
Once you are ready to apply the bleach, be sure to act quickly and efficiently. If you delay the bleaching process, you could end up with uneven results. The easiest way to guarantee even color is to divide your hair into four parts and apply the bleach to each quadrant from the roots all the way to the tips. It is also important to start at the back of your head and work your way towards the front. Once your hair is completely covered, it’s time to wait. As a rule of thumb, leave the bleach mixture on for about 40 to 50 minutes. But if your scalp is burning, don’t wait for miracles and wash out the bleach immediately. However, you can’t become a platinum blonde from the first time, if your hair is very dark. You should be ready for several bleaches to achieve the perfect result.
Step #3: Rinse the Bleach Out
After your waiting time is up, rinse the bleach out thoroughly with cool water. Any bleach that isn’t rinsed out will cause serious damage, so make sure you get all of it out before you shampoo your hair. If you wish, you can apply a toner immediately after rinsing out the bleach and drying excess water with a towel. If you already have blonde hair, the toner will cancel out any warmer tones for the perfect bleached hair look. Leave the toner on for about another 40 minutes and then rinse your hair again. After the toner, you can now use conditioner to revitalize your hair’s moisture.
What Products Will You Need?
The best way to properly bleach your own hair without damaging it is to have the right tools and to effectively prep your hair. It’s important to hydrate and moisturize your hair before applying bleach. Kérastase’s Elixir Ultime Oleo Complexe Masque penetrates deeply into locks to seal in the moisture and leaves your hair super-shiny. After your hair is prepped and ready to go, it’s time for bleach. L’Oreal’s Quick Blue Powder Bleach is one of the most trusted at-home bleaches and is lightning-fast, so you won’t be waiting for your hair to process all day long. This bleach is also the most cost-effective, so it really saves you from spending a lot at a salon. Mix this bleach with L’Oreal’s Oreor 30 Volume Creme Developer, and you’ve got the perfect mixture to start lightening your locks. After your hair has processed, you may want to follow up with a toner to revitalize strength and moisture. Wella Color’s Charm Toner will remove any brassiness from the bleached color, giving you the perfect shade of platinum blonde. This will also give you a squeaky clean slate if you wish to dye your hair after the bleaching process.
Bleaching your hair must not be taken lightly. One mistake can seriously damage your locks, but if you follow the procedures we’ve outlined and take the necessary precautions, you will have great results. And remember about high-quality hair conditioners and masks to make your locks great again after damage. Want more details about how to bleach your hair at home? Watch this how-to video tutorial!
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