Colouring your hair at home is easy, but bleaching... let's just say its much riskier.
However if you're set on giving it a try, this guide is for you. Here are some things to note before getting started:
Do assess the condition of your hair before starting
If you have super-fine or frizzy dry hair that breaks easily, its not recommended to bleach your hair again as bleaching causes more damage to your hair.
What do you plan to do with your hair in the future? What happens in 2 months when your roots grow out? Do you plan to maintain a full head of bleached hair? There's no going back from bleached hair, the bleached sections will never be as healthy as your hair was before, all you can do is to wait and cut it off so make sure you don't regret your decision.
What You'll Need
- Hair bleach of choice
- 30 volume developer
- Clothing cover/old t-shirt
- Brush applicator
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Do note that bleach processes very quickly so try to work fast. Hair closer to your roots also processes quicker than the mid section and ends of your hair as the heat from your scalp speeds up the bleaching process.
If you have virgin hair (full head of unbleached hair), start by applying the bleach on the mid sections and ends of your hair then go back and apply it on the roots. But if you have already bleached hair, you can apply the bleach directly on the roots. If you dyed your hair previously with box dye, do use a colour remover to get as much of the box dye out of your hair before bleaching to achieve the best results.
Take a once inch section of hair and start applying a generous layer of bleach to coat each strand of hair. Your hair should look white when you have applied enough bleach (because bleach is usually white in colour).
Once you're done, let the bleach process between 20-45 minutes, depending on your hair colour, desired results, and package directions. Do keep a close eye on how your hair is lightening. If you notice any darker spots, apply more bleach on that section and wrap it with aluminium foil. If you notice that your hair is becoming too thin and stretchy, wash off the bleach with shampoo immediately. If you're planning to dye your hair immediately after, do not apply conditioner after shampooing and let your hair dry completely.
If you need a guide on how to dye your hair, do check out this blog post!