How To Bleach Hair – Detailed Step By Step Instructions

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I remember the time when hair color was only associated with senior citizens or people with premature grey hair. But today, the trend has changed.

Hair coloring has become a very popular trend—the young and the old, boys and girls, everybody wants to change the way their hair looks! What was earlier a hush-hush affair, has now become something that people flaunt proudly. Every teenage girl today dreams of coloring her hair. Brown, burgundy or even blonde—the choices are endless!

Hair coloring in itself has several styles, from coloring the whole head to only streaks or highlights. Salons are also cashing in on this trend by charging extravagantly for the various hair coloring procedures. So what do you do if you want to color your hair but don’t have the intention or money to splurge on a proper salon? DIY (Do It Yourself)!

DISCLAIMERif your hair is dark, heavily processed, very fine and prone to breakage, very thick and curly, already colored, permed, otherwise damaged, very long, etc — then you should not try this at home. Rather, it is better to spend money and go to a salon to avoid damaging your hair!

Tools Needed for Bleaching Hair:

  • Powder Bleach: Specially developed for hair. Please do not use the bleach we use for bleaching our face/ body!
  • Developer: A liquid, which when mixed with the powder bleach, strips the color out of your hair. It comes in different strengths – 20, 30, 40, etc. You can use 20 when you only want to change your hair color by 2 shades. 30 is used to bleach your hair a little more and 40 is used to turn your hair from brunette to blonde.
    Note: 40 is very very strong and should not be used at home, specially by beginners as it can lead to severe hair damage!
  • Toner: When you bleach your hair, don’t expect your hair color to magically change from black to blonde. It will first become orange. To remove the orange color from the bleached hair, you use a toner.
  • A Plastic Mixing Bowl: Do not use a metal bowl as the hair color will get spoilt on coming in contact with the metal.
  • A Plastic Spatula: To mix al the ingredients together.
  • Hair Color Applicator: It comes with the hair color package.
  • Shampoo and Deep conditioner: Generally comes with the hair color.
  • A few pairs of Gloves for your hands: Buy a pair and keep it handy.
  • Old Towel and Clothes: Make sure you have a bunch of old towels and clothes handy, unless you are OK with dropping hair dye on your good clothes and ruining them!

How to Bleach Hair Step by Step:

So get set go! Wear an old t-shirt, wrap an old towel around your neck, spread out all your tools on a clean table, wear your gloves and get ready to get some awesome hair color! Here is a step by step bleaching hair method:

Step 1:

Mix the bleach and the developer. Read the instruction manual of the products being used and follow them to the tee!

Step 2:

Section your hair and apply the color with the hair color applicator/ hair brush. Make sure that the sections are very thin to ensure even coverage.


TIP: Apply the color first to the tips, as those take the longest time to bleach. If you want to color your entire head, put the bleach first on the tips for at least 20 minutes and then apply the color to the roots. That way you will get an even application, rather than light roots and darker tips!

If your hair is already bleached and you are just doing a root touch up, avoid getting too much bleach on the sections that are already colored, else the previously colored hair will get damaged and look fried.

Step 3:

Now, it is time to sit back and wait for the magic to happen! Keep the color on for as long as it says on the instruction leaflet. 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. This is where the toner comes in!

If it doesn’t lift enough after 45 minutes or so, DON’T wait any longer. Go to a salon and tell them the procedure you followed. OR you can cover your head with a hat or bandana for a few days, deep condition like crazy, and repeat the process. Ideally, you should maintain atleast 2 weeks gap between hair color sessions.

Step 4:

Jump into the shower, rinse out the bleach thoroughly, then wash your hair with a mild shampoo and a deep conditioner. Towel dry hair.

Step 5:

Now is the time to apply the toner. Again, follow the instructions manual which must have come with the Toner. This will tell you how to apply it and for how long to keep it.

Step 6:

After keeping the toner on for the desired period of time, rinse out the product thoroughly, wash your hair with shampoo and condition.

There you have it! Bleached hair, right at home! If you follow this hair bleach tutorial directions correctly, you’ll never need to shell out money for amazing hair color.

Do you like coloring your hair? Do you visit a salon or DIY? Let’s swap ideas in the comments section below!

Until next time!

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