While we love good DIY beauty procedures, at-home bleaching doesn’t fall into the same category as your favorite #SelfCareSunday face mask. This is a process that is usually best handled by salon professionals. But times have changed, and many beauty treatments that were once only intended for salons or spas are now being tried at home, including bleaching your own hair.
Fortunately, there is a way to go lighter – and in a safe way. So for those who can’t stand DIY, we reached out to Clairol Color Partner Priscilla Valles for all the tips, tricks and expert advice on how to bleach your hair at home without harm.
First things first: is bleaching your hair a bad idea?
Not if it’s done right, says Valles. “When you’re at the salon, hair colorists are careful not to leave the lightening products on for too long or use high volume developers which can cause breakage,” she explains. “If you do this at home, always follow the directions on the package carefully.” However, if you have dark hair and want to go platinum, you can’t get that level of lightening with one round of bleach. Valles recommends going through different levels of blonde for sufficient time, ideally a few months between each bleaching, to allow your hair to heal.
Ideally, you want to start with healthy hair before bleaching. Valles usually checks hair to make sure it’s not too dry, too chemically treated, and doesn’t have a lot of broken ends. One way to avoid damage is to lighten only your roots, not your entire head. “The root is virgin hair that has not been chemically treated,” she explains. If you’ve never treated or dyed your hair with chemicals before, consider yourself lucky. You have a better chance of not damaging your hair if you choose to bleach yourself.
What are some different ways to bleach your hair at home?
For fully colored bleach: use hydrogen peroxide mixed with hair bleach. This combination removes the natural pigments in the hair strands and helps open the hair cuticles so the bleach can easily remove the color. Valles doesn’t recommend bleaching your hair with peroxide alone, as this can make your hair look very rough and not lift as much as bleach.
To lighten hair at home without bleach: Try a permanent hair color. Valles recommends choosing a color that is two shades lighter than your natural hair color. (For example, if you’re a level 5 brunette, you can use a level 7 blonde dye to make it a little lighter.)
To get a brilliant white: “You should always paint the back first, then move forward to the sides and finish at the top of the head to achieve an even brightness,” explains Valles. Then use silver toner to remove the yellow and brighten your shadows.
For bleaching black hair, “While you can bleach black hair, you don’t have to go from black to platinum in a day because it can cause damage,” says Valles. She recommends going two shades lighter each time you bleach to give your hair a break between colors. This will allow you to gradually achieve the brightness you want without the risk of your hair breaking or falling out due to over-treatment.
How to bleach your hair before dyeing it another color:
This process will vary depending on the color you choose. For example, if you’re trying warm brown hair, you don’t have to be too blonde at first. The key is to get the brightness level you want and then use a toner to remove the brass. The bleach will make your hair lighter and then the color or toner will give you the final color you want.
What do you need for safe hair bleaching?
Valles recommends using a DIY bleaching kit like Clairol Nice’n Easy Borne Blonde Permanent Hair Color because it has step-by-step instructions and precisely measured chemicals, including hair bleach, developer, and conditioner. In addition to the bleach kit you used, bring a hair dye brush, some bobby pins, and a towel you like to dye to wrap around your shoulders to protect your clothes. You should also have coconut oil that you can dab around your hairline to protect your skin from excess bleach, and a wide-toothed comb and wand comb to separate sections of hair.
Now that I’m ready, how do I actually bleach my hair at home?
Before you jump in, a few quick tips: make sure you’re near a mirror so you can see your hair from all angles, only apply bleach to dry hair, and always start at the back where the hair is darkest as it takes more time. processing time. Well, Now you’re ready to bleach!!!
- Apply coconut oil around the hairline, avoiding touching the hair.
- Divide your hair into four sections: two at the back and two at the top. Starting at the back, starting at the nape of the neck, using a comb with a rattle, divide into inch-wide strips.
- Apply bleach to the first section, starting at the roots (try not to touch the scalp) and working your way down the center of the wick, leaving about three inches from the edges. Repeat until all of your areas are covered in bleach.
- Brush the edges with bleach, starting at the back and top.
- Allow the bleaching process to last for 20 to 45 minutes, according to the instructions on the product packaging and the desired color.
- Rinse and shampoo immediately, then with conditioner if included.
Finally, how can I avoid damage when bleaching my hair?
- Apply conditioning hair treatments and hair masks before and after the process to keep your hair hydrated.
- Try to keep your hair healthy at least once a week.
- Use a small bleach developer, no more than 20 volumes, and make sure it doesn’t stay too long on your head to avoid damaging it.
- Keep your blonde color and extend the time between bleaches by using a semi-permanent hair dye. Many of them contain moisturizing ingredients that will nourish your hair and keep your color fresh. JUST IN CASE …