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Time to lighten up with bleach!

Posted on January 26, 2010 in Uncategorized by


Whenever someone says they’re going to attemp to bleach their hair at home all you can hear is the sound of gasps from everyone around you or “she/he must be brave”. A lot of people would rather leave this in the hands of a pro but this can be very costly and a lot of salons will refuse to bleach dark hair to insure themselves if anything were to go wrong.
Whether its because you wanna be a blonde bombshell or whether its just a base for a more wilder colour were here to help.
So guys and girls, if you really dont think you can handle this yourself please seek help. For those of you ready to bleach…heres a guide to help.

Please read first:
-Do not allow bleach to get onto bare skin, clothing or god your eyes.
-Make sure you wear gloves throughout.
-Bleaching hair with reddish tones may result in an orange tone.
If your hair is naturally black then its okie to proceed although if your hair has been dyed black it would be best to wait until the black hair colour has faded or try to remove as much of it as you can before bleaching.
-Over bleaching can damage hair so if you must, condition, condition, condition.
-Try not to leave the bleach on for more then an hour.
– The developer and the powder react chemically. After a while they’ll stop reacting and your hair won’t bleach any more. So dont leave the mixture on the side and use it later.

Things you’ll need :
Bleaching Powder
30 Volume Creme Developer (creamy white one not the clear one)
Hair coloring brush (Helps to comb through and seperate hair)
Plastic or glass mixing bowl (no metal)
A shower cap

Note: First make sure youve done a patch test 48hrs before bleaching your hair. You can do this by applying a small amount of the bleaching mixture behind your ear and leaving it there for a couple of hours. If your skin because red, itchy or flakey you might be having a reaction and it would not be wise to continue. If not then were ready to go.


1, Give your hair a good brush to help loosen up and get rid of any leftover hair products and spray.
2, Put on a pair of gloves normally used when dying your hair then in a non metallic bowl pour in about 3oz of creme peroxide and 2 scoops of bleaching powder and mix together until you creat a creamy consistancy.
3, Now part your hair into sections and starting at the back paint the mixture on small sections at a time and remember to leave the top part (roots) till last as the heat from your head will make this part lighten more quicky and you dont wanna end up with lighter roots and darker hair.
(If you can try to avoid getting bleach directly onto your scalp as this may result in redness, itching and chemical burns.) After coating each section it might be best to wrap it in foil which you can buy from many hair and beauty suppliers.
4, Once you have covered your hair and done the roots cover your head with a plastic shower cap, this will keep in the heat and help the peroxide and bleach solution develop more quickly.
5, When you think your hair is light enough (try not to leave on then more then 1 hour max even if it has not yet reached that desired blonde as this will kill your hair.) remove the mixture using a PH Balenced shampoo, this will stop any other chemical reactions from the bleach and peroxide mixture from occuring on your hair and will help your hair regain its normal PH Level.
6, Make sure that all the bleaching product is washed out COMPLETELY!
7, If at this point your hair is not to the desired lightness, towel dry it and then apply a protein rich treatment conditioner to strenghen your hair. Leave this on for about 30 mins.
8, After the 30 mins rinse out, towel dry and apply a good conditioner.
9, Try to wait a week and then repeat the bleaching steps, it is highly unlikely unless you go to a pro that you can bleach your hair in one day unless you have pretty light hair to start with. After one or two more bleaching sessions your hair may reach a yellowish stage with no orange in it.
This shouldn’t take more than 3 bleaching in TOTAL  even for the darkest hair. But if you just can’t get it right or suspect it will it is highly recommended that you go to a professional hairdresser. Always wait at least a week between hair treatments!
10, Once you have reached that off yellowish colour it is time to TONE! First wash your hair with a PH Balenced shampoo but DO NOT condition.
11. Toning – After the final bleaching wait 24 hours then Mix up the toner of your choice (ie ash blonde, silver blonde, platinum etc) with 30 volume creme peroxide developer (or read toner instructions) and apply to your hair. After about 40 mins wash out, condition and dry.

Last tip: Now your hair is blonde you wanna keep it that way so invest in some silver shampoo. Everytime you wash your hair, after using your usual shampoo take a small amount of the silver shampoo (it will be mauve/lilac in colour) and lather it over for hair for about 30 secs max (no more then 30 seconds or your platinum hair might turn purple/blue) then rinse out. This will keep any yellow tones at bay.

And thats it…Good luck!


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