DIY Hair Bleaching - How To do It At Home
For best results, ensure you don’t wash your hair at least 2-3 days prior to the bleach. Set up in a well-ventilated area with good lighting, a mirror, and a table to place all your tools on.
You will need:
Step 1: Wear Some Old Clothes, And Put Your Gloves On
Make sure you put on some old clothes that you wouldn’t mind getting the bleach on. Put your gloves on.
Step 2: Section Your Hair
Divide your hair so that the crown section is secured away. This way, you can freely work with the back of your hair first.
Step 3: Mix The Bleach Powder And Developer
Use two parts of the developer for one part of bleach, 2:1 ratio. Ensure there are no lumps, and the mixture is consistent.
Step 4: Apply The Bleach
Start with the bottom section, once you are done, undo the section you secured away and start applying to the upper sections. As soon as all of your hair is covered in the bleach, cover your hair with a shower cap or a plastic bag, make sure to poke some holes in the plastic to prevent the heat to build up.
If you feel your scalp is getting uncomfortably hot uncover your hair and let it cool down.
Tip: Apply the color first to the tips and mid-lengths of your hair as they take longer to lighten than your roots. Let the bleach sit for at least 20 minutes before you apply the color to the roots. This can ensure even color (and not lighter roots and dark tips).
It is time to sit back and wait for the magic to happen! Do not leave the bleach on for more than 30-45 minutes. Keep checking on the hair periodically to see if the color is lifting to the levels you want. Don’t worry if your hair is turning orange. It is normal for dark hair to turn orange when lightened.
Note: Keep an eye on your hair and the surrounding skin. If you notice redness, itching, or burning after you have kept the bleach on your hair for a while, please wash the bleach off wit cool water and let your scalp rest for a few days.
*If you see sings of an allergic reaction – swelling or shortness of breath, visit a doctor immediately.
Step 5: Wash Your Hair And Let It Dry
After 45 minutes rinse the bleach out thoroughly. Wash your hair with a balancing shampoo to balance the pH levels of your scalp. Follow with conditioner. Let your hair air dry.
To tone out unwanted yellow or red tones use our Patel Lavender White, Pastel Silver Gray or Pastel Silver Purple ColorConditioner. To maintain the desired cool tone use GO Silver or GO White ColorShampoo.
Post-Bleaching Hair Care
Note: Bleaching works best on virgin hair. If you have really dark or color processed hair and want some heavy lift, it might take a couple of sessions before you achieve the color you desire. It is best to space these sessions out every couple of weeks or a month apart. This way, you will not be over processing your hair.
If your hair is extremely dark, long, heavily processed, fine, very thick, curly/kinky, coloured, permed, or damaged, do not bleach at home. Instead, get it done professionally to achieve the results you are expecting.
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