Bleaching hair at home: getting started
Before embarking on any kind of home bleaching, you need to make sure your hair is in top shape. The most important thing to ensure is that your hair has not been bleached or chemically altered in the last six months. If there is any existing color in your hair then adding bleach to this can alter or even ruin the final outcome. It is also very important to make sure that you have all of the products and tools you will need right in front of you before getting started: you don’t have the option of running to the drugstore when you are mid-way through bleaching hair at home!
Key items to make sure you have:
- Old towels and clothes
- Rubber gloves
- A plastic mixing bowl
- Shower cap
- Clips for sectioning
Important: The strand test is there for a reason. Don’t ever begin applying bleach to your hair without first performing a test: an allergy to the chemicals used can be very serious if you have a reaction following a full head application.
Hair bleaching tips
You want to dye your hair blonde but definitely want it to look natural? Then you should never lighten your hair by more than two shades. Also consider the color of your eyebrows. Your hair color will look artificial if the color difference between your hair and your eyebrows is huge.
Especially when bleaching hair at home, be very careful when coloring already bleached hair. The altered hair structure may lead to surprising colorations. The hair color may for example appear more intense than advertised on the package or more color pigments may penetrate the hair and make it darker than intended.
Do the rays of the sun give your hair a reddish shimmer? In this case the red pigments must be removed from the hair. Otherwise, they may give your light blond hair a yellow tinge. Special new blonde color treatments have been developed for originally reddish hair. They help to neutralize the unwanted yellow tinge.
Are you blonde already and would like your hair to be just a bit lighter? Bleaching hair spray may be the ideal solution for you. These lighten your hair by about one quarter shade per application. Sunlight and the hot air of the blow-dryer will intensify the effect.
Bold brunettes can use a strong bleaching solution at home to color their hair blonde – it may lighten the hair color by up to eight shades. It is important not to leave the bleaching solution in your hair for more than 45 minutes.
Do you abhor visible roots and don’t want to commit to frequent bleaching? Then the ‘blonette’ trend worn by Jennifer Aniston is a good choice for you. Your hair stylist will add highlights to your brown hair to give your hair color the desired flow of natural shading.
Hair bleaching tips
For anyone coloring their hair blonde, the first task should be to ascertain exactly how light you want to take your color. Remember that the more drastic the change, the greater damage your hair will sustain! Be sure to pick out the right type of bleach and developer according to your plans: some are designed to change bronde hair to lighter sun kissed hues, while others can take brown hair to blonde shades, such as Schwarzkopf’s Keratin 12.0 light pearl blonde.
Using a hair mask in the weeks leading up to bleaching your hair will help to ensure you have locked in as much moisture as possible before the intensive procedure. For best results, bleach hair at home on hair that is not freshly washed as this can sometimes irritate the scalp and cause itching or burning.
Whichever hair bleach you choose to use, the most important thing is to follow the instructions on the packet. Don’t think dyeing hair blonde is something that guesswork plays a role in: bleach is extremely strong and can even burn your scalp if left on too long. No bleaching product should be left in the hair for more than forty minutes.
Color hair blonde with toner
So you’ve learned the basics of how to bleach hair. Now what? The answer to this is invariably double-pronged: tone and moisturize. Think about bleach as stripping color off your hair, while toning hair neutralizes unwanted shades and helps enhance the final color. Typically, if you want a very ash final blonde color, a purple-based product is what you’ll need to get rid of all orange and brassy tones.
Finally, be sure to use a rich product like the Gliss Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage mask along with a daily nourishing conditioning formula to help nurse your hair back to health following bleaching.