Dying your own hair is very easy. First, you need to try several brands to find the best one for you. You need to know that your hair will probably not come out the color shown on the box especially for the first time unless you are bleaching your hair. Going from dark brown to blonde isn’t easy and it can cause damaging if it’s not done safely. Here is a step by step process on how to bleach dark hair DIY at home.
Things To Consider Before Bleaching Your Hair
It’s important to know that there are 10 hair color levels, with 1 being the darkest such as black, and 10 being the lightest such as platinum blonde. It’ll all depends on how much lift you wish to desire. Choose the right level of volume developer such as; the 10, 20, 30 and 40.
- 10 Volume Developer is a standard level for permanent and it does not lift hair color. If your hair is already dyed then, it only lifts 1-2 levels.
- 20 Volume Developer opens the hair cuticle and it lifts the hair by 1-2 levels if you have darker hair. Works great on grey hair too.
- 30 Volume Developer will lighten the hair by 2-3 levels and is more efficient to achieve the desired color. If you want a developer that is stronger for a lighter and deeper color then go with a 30 volume developer.
- 40 Volume Developer is the strongest developer. It can lift hair 3 to 4 levels. It is not recommended to use because it is so strong and it can cause severe damaging to your hair. If you do use it, make sure it does not stay on your hair for longer than 15 minutes to minimize damage.
Once you have chosen the color you want, it is suggested to go one shade lighter. Also keep in mind that your hair color will eventually fade out and you will have to recolor every four to six weeks or use a toner to avoid brassiness. Do not shampoo the day you are going to apply it and don’t shampoo for 24 hours after. Moisturize your hair with coconut oil the day before bleaching it. This will help your hair from getting damaged.
Things You Will Need When Bleaching Your Hair
- Bleaching Powder Such as Wella Blondor Multi Blonde Powder Lightener, 28.2 Ounce
- 20 or 30 Volume Cream Developer By Wella
- Toner such as; the Lightest Ash Blonde T18 or T10 Pale Blonde
- Tinting brush
- Hair Clips for sectioning
- Plastic/Glass mixing bowl
- Shower cap/ Plastic bag
- Old towel
Bleaching Your Hair At Home
Step 2: Divide your hair mid line and section your hair into 4 parts using hair clips. You will start with the bottom sections first.
Step 3: Mix the bleach powder and developer in a glass or plastic bowl using the brush. Add 2:1 ratio to the mix. Two parts of the developer and one part of the bleach. Make sure the mixture is consistent and gel like solution.
Step 4: Apply the dye on your hair starting from the bottom sections and moving upwards. Start mid length and then tips of your hair. Then your roots since they get lighten faster. Then once the dye is all over your hair. You can use your hands to rub it well all over and cover your hair with a shower cap or a plastic bag.
Step 5: Leave the bleach in for 30-45 minutes depending on your hair.Keep checking on the hair to see if the color is lifting to the levels you want. It’s normal that it turns orange if your natural hair is dark brown. You can use a toner later.
Step 6: Wash and dry your hair. Make sure you rinse the bleach out thoroughly.
Step 7: Use a toner for your hair. You can use Color Charm Lightest Ash Blonde T18 by Wella Or T10 Pale Blonde. It works amazing at removing yellow/orange brassy hair. Mix 1 part toner to 2 parts developer. Make sure you get a form of gel like mix. You should first do a test on a strand of hair to figure out your processing time.
Hair Care For Bleach Hair
Try not to wash your hair too much and use color treated shampoos and conditioners. Avoid bleaching your hair too often. To help restore and repair your hair use hair masks treatments regularly. Continue using blue/violet shampoos to avoid brassiness. Try to minimize hot tools for styling hair since bleached hair is more fragile than normal hair.
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