how to bleach hair04.02.2013

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I wanted to write a post on how to bleach hair for so long but have never had time to do it properly. I get a lot of e-mails, comments and messages from girls asking how do I dye my hair, what products do I use etc… I decided that it would be best if I wrote a full post on how I do it, share some tips and how-to’s in one place, rather than just explaining the whole process each time someone asks. Plus, you can bookmark this article and get back to it any time you need a reminder.

I have been bleaching my hair myself for few years now and am pretty satisfied with the outcome most of the time. However, before I had the guts to try and do that myself, my hair had been regularly dyed by a professional hair dresser. That’s where I learned how to bleach hair. I’m always stressing this and I cannot stress it enough – if you aren’t absolutely sure what you’re doing, it’s best if you leave it to pros. It’s not only your hair at stake, but your scalp and overall health. These type of things are not to be taken for granted and easily messed with, so please always read the instructions on the boxes, take precaution measures, consult a professional, learn all you can before attempting to do it by yourself. I also need to state that I’m self taught, but have been learning how to bleach hair for a year before I tried doing it on my own. In that time period, I found out what works for my hair and what doesn’t. With that being said, what I’m about to write here may or may not work for you and your hair. Note that every type of hair is different and you need to see what’s best for you. So, let’s start!

 

Products needed for bleaching your hair

 

First, let’s discus products that you’ll need. I can’t really recommend a particular brand, because I use anything that I find at the drugstore. But I have some tips that’ll help you pick the right ones. Also, you can shop for everything you will need at the bottom of the post!

1. Bleach – Since I bleach my hair every month (or sometimes two), my roots are approximately 2-3cm long. For that length, I recommend using a 30g or 50g pack of bleach. Look for the powder that has a purple or blue tone to it, that’ll help prevent the canary yellow tone in your hair. If you can’t find any of them, use regular white powder, it will work just fine.

2. Developer/ Peroxide – I always use 12% (40vol) peroxide or do a 50:50 mix with 9% (30vol). I know, I know, it damages my hair so much, right? Well not really and I’ll explain why later on, so keep reading.

3. Toner/ purple shampoo/ hair dye – This is mandatory if you seek white/ greyish hair. For toners, always look for those that have the purple tone or are white. If you use hair dye for toning, use the whitest of whites or silver/ grey ones.

4. A plastic bowl, a brush, a comb, few plastic hair clips – Pretty self explanatory. Never use metal crafted bowls, brushes, combs and hair clips when working with peroxide and hair dyes, it can cause damage.

Before I start describing the process, let’s take a look at some…

 

Tips for hair bleaching

 

– First and foremost, if you want your hair icy white, don’t fool yourself into thinking you’ll get the result by just dyeing your hair with white dye. You won’t. Bleach is not the same as dye. What bleach does is giving you an empty canvas by pulling the pigment out of your hair, whereas dye just adds color to it. I know a lot of girls that have been dyeing their hair every month just because “their hair will fall out if they used bleach”. Let’s try simple math. What’s more damaging – 12x dying with 9-12% peroxide or 1x bleaching with 9-12% peroxide? Yeah, I thought so too. If you get it right the first time, you won’t need to do it again. Then it’s all maintenance from there – you will only have to dye the roots once they grow out.

– If you’re planning on bleaching your hair soon, always allow it to get really greasy beforehand. I know it’s gross, but it’ll protect your scalp. Do not ever apply bleach or any kind of dye to clean hair – it can cause severe damage to your scalp and hair and cause burns, hair breakage and falling out. And it burns like hell.

– Try to work quickly but carefully

– Wear old clothes while dyeing your hair – you don’t want to ruin your shiny new stuff.

– When buying the products ALWAYS check expiration dates!

– Do not start the process if you’re in a hurry. It can easily go wrong and you’ll have no time to fix it. Take your time if you want to get it right! I like to clear out my schedule for the whole day when I’m planning on dyeing my hair.

– I don’t use gloves as it’s easier for me to work that way. However, I recommend using them because the bleach can burn a bit, especially if you have ripped cuticles or scratches.

 

So how to bleach hair? Read on!

 

1. Take your plastic bowl and pour your powder and peroxide and mix them together until smooth. For 50g of bleach powder I recommend using at least 120ml of peroxide. Feel free to add more if your mixture is too thick. Be careful not to make it too liquid though. It needs to be just right, like yogurt for example. As for the peroxide strength, I personally use 12% developer. My natural hair is very dark with red pigment and it’s the only way I can get the lightest shade possible. You can use 6% or even 3% developer, if your hair is already light blonde. Since I’ve never used those, I can’t guarantee you will get the desired color. Now, if you ask any hairdresser, they’ll tell you that 9% is the best even though I have no idea why. Of course, you can try it and see how it works for you. However, I found that it doesn’t work for me as my hair turns bright canary yellow every time with just 9% peroxide.

2. Section your hair using a tail comb. I like to do the front part first because I want the bleach to work longer in that area – no one cares if there are yellowish parts in the back, the front is what’s important. It’s best if you do one by one section, lightly combing through each time you apply the bleach. DO NOT apply it to sections that have already been bleached as it’s likely to cause unnecessary damage! Make sure you distribute the bleach evenly so all of the dark parts are covered. So let’s review – section, apply, comb through. Repeat until you’re done coating every part of the hair.

If you’re bleaching your hair for the first time, same goes. Section, apply evenly and try to work as quick as possible. When all of the hair is coated, take a big piece of cling wrap or a plastic bag and wrap it around your head. This helps develop the bleach work faster as it preserves the heat to leave the head. Leave the bleach to work its magic for at least 30 minutes. I leave it to an hour. After 30 minutes check the process. You’re shooting for a very light yellow so if it hasn’t reached that shade yet, leave it for another 20-30 minutes. It’s important that you don’t panic and rinse it out earlier than you should. Relax, read something, grab a snack.

If you’re a redhead, have black hair or have already dyed your hair before, it’s almost certain that you will not get a light yellow the first time. You might need 2 or even 3 or 4 takes. I highly recommend taking a 2-3 month breaks between each bleach job as it will allow your hair to recover. If you cannot wait that long, at least do a one-month break and in the meantime ease up on washing your hair too often & make sure you deep condition it every single time. Before bleaching, you can also try one of those color removers. I’ve never used them so I can’t tell you much about them, sorry.

3. After the time is up and you’ve reached a light yellow shade, you can rinse out the bleach. I like to use herbal and/ or baby shampoos as they’re very gentle to your hair. Wash your hair once, twice – just the way you do regularly. Luke warm to cold water works best at this point. After that, be sure to use a conditioner or a hair mask. Use plenty of it and leave it in. Don’t rinse out just yet!

4. You’re half way there – it’s time for fine tuning! The easiest way out is the purple shampoo, it works the same way as a normal shampoo. Massage it into your hair and leave it for at least 20 minutes. The label often says 2-3 minutes, but I found it does literally nothing in that time period and that you need to leave it in at least 10 times longer. Be careful not to leave it in too long though, it might color your hair purple. If that happens, don’t worry – just rinse it out with warm water and normal shampoo until it’s gone. I can recommend Clairol Shimmer Lights purple shampoo, I have used it and it’s pretty good for getting the yellow out of your hair.
I don’t really use toners, but I’ve heard that they’re quite good. Basically, you use toners in a similar way you would a hair dye. You pour it into a plastic bowl and mix with developer, apply to your hair, wait 20-30 minutes (or however long it takes to get the desired color, make sure to keep checking on the process) and rinse out.

If you use hair dye, be sure to pick white or ash/ silvery grey shade, it will get rid off that yellow tone. Always do a test before using hair dye – it’s done to discover if your skin would react to the dye product. (Put a small amount of dye on your forearm, if you don’t have any reaction to it within 48 hours, you’re good to go). Now, you can use it according to the instructions provided in the box or you can dilute it. To dilute the hair dye pour half of the dye in a bowl, mix it with half of the developer, put a tablespoon or two of conditioner and add a little water. Mix well until smooth and apply evenly to your hair. Leave it in for at least 30 minutes, checking the process every 10 minutes. You can use the same technique with dye as you did for bleaching – wrap your hair in cling wrap or a plastic bag. Feel free to scrape the dye off one strand of hair from time to time to see the progress. When you’re satisfied with the color, rinse out.

5. At this stage, your hair is pretty vulnerable and weak, it craves nurturing. Take a generous amount of hair mask, conditioner, hot oil, whatever you have and massage it gently into your hair. Make sure you cover all of it! Leave it in for at least an hour or more, if you can. When the time is up, rinse out but not all of it. That way your hair will stay silky and protected. Also try to use cold water since it closes the pores and your hair will look shinier once it’s dry. Wrap it in a towel. Don’t ever rub the hair with a towel! If you must, lightly pat it until mid-dry. It’s also important not to comb wet hair, especially not freshly bleached hair – it may leave you half bald. Kidding, but you really shouldn’t do that.

Be sure to use heat protecting sprays, nurturing ampoules or hair creams, whatever you have will work fine.

Blow dry if you’re in a hurry, but it’s not recommended. I personally blow dry most of the times (guilty!), but I make sure I keep the blow dryer at least 20cm away from the hair. After your hair is dry, use silicone drops or serums for dyed and damaged hair for a silky finishing touch and additional health points.

 

And there you have it, girls (and maybe boys)! The definitive guide on how to bleach hair in the comfort of your own home while spending ten times less than you would normally in a salon. I hope you all made it to the finishing line without dropping dead. I’m sorry the post is so long, I just wanted to make sure I covered all the stages and that it’ll be helpful to you. Of course, if you have any further questions, you’re more than welcome to leave a comment below, I’ll gladly reply. Also, be a friend and share this post as I know a lot of people struggle with getting their hair color right, thanks!

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PS. Be sure to read the comments below, you can find some good advice there as well! Also, feel free to add suggestions and tips if you have any! You can shop the needed products below:

Disclaimer: Not that I haven’t already said it, but for those who skipped the introduction, here goes. Keep in mind that I am not a professional and I will not be responsible for any of the problems you might have with bleaching your hair. I repeat, what works for me may not necessarily work for you too. Before you try to do anything yourself, please consult a professional hair dresser.

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Irena M. 04.02.2013 - 7:53 PM

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Thanks Minnie! But I think I’ll still go to the hairdresser, I’m not ready yet. I really don’t have the guts to do it myself. May I add, about the blue shampoo, for me works best the one from Schwarzkopf Professional.

Tine 04.02.2013 - 8:03 PM

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Hmmmm I might give it a try ;)

moiminnie 04.02.2013 - 8:06 PM

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@Irena: Take your time, girl :) And thanks for the suggestion! x

@Tine: Do share how it turned out! :)

Irena M. 04.02.2013 - 8:13 PM

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It’s called Silver Shampoo! You get it only by the hairdresser!

Les is more 04.02.2013 - 8:20 PM

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Your hair is so amazing nice! I love it.
xoxo

Chelsey A 04.02.2013 - 9:22 PM

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Excellent post! Your hair is really pretty

hiPop 04.02.2013 - 10:31 PM

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Jako volim tvoju alien belu kosu, pogotovo kada je malo toniras…i zao mi je sto mi tako nesto nikako ne bih stajalo :(

Jovana 05.02.2013 - 12:03 AM

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Ja mislim da sam ti vec vise puta rekla koliko volim tvoju kosu :D Super je tutorijal, interesuju me ovi ljubicasti i plavi samponi/toneri, sta vec, gde to ima kod nas i pod kojim imenom da ga trazim? :)

moiminnie 05.02.2013 - 12:22 AM

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@jovana: Nisam koristila toner, ali pokusaj u Liliju, Cvrletu i Shobot salonu, tako su mi rekli. Trazi ljubicasti toner/ sampon ili objasni sta zelis da postignes i pomocice ti :)

Caroline Topperman 05.02.2013 - 7:03 AM

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Well I’ve decided that you are amazing! I can’t believe that you go through all of that. Wow!!!!
xo
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Issa Tchieu 05.02.2013 - 4:05 PM

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its a length but informative post. Appreciate the effort in writing the steps.
Ive been bleaching my hair but getting it white will mean Zero nutrients or zero pigments as u put it. But I still not giving up on the idea of having it white. lol. Thanks for sharing..i took home with the part where u said to bleach while the hair is still greasy and not clean..Totally taken that advice :)) Ur hair is amazing and im amazed hw u maintain it too :) as u said, roots are all that u need to manage. Love this generous post much.

moiminnie 05.02.2013 - 4:34 PM

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@issa: Thanks darling, I’m glad I could help! Keep trying but keep it healthy! xxx

Velvet 05.02.2013 - 6:57 PM

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i just dyed my bleached hair red and after reading this i want to go back ahh. there is just something so pretty about bleached blonde or pastel hair.

Katie Frank 05.02.2013 - 8:00 PM

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these tips are very good and useful! thanks for sharing!

melissa 05.02.2013 - 11:03 PM

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I have never changed my hair colour, this is my natural baby. I always wanted white hair, but being a brunette doesn’t help, I feel being blonde will be easier to do the process and in the end your brows will match in a better way
M

Pardon My Fashion 06.02.2013 - 2:55 AM

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Yessss I’ve been waiting for this! On it.

ODYSSEY 06.02.2013 - 11:01 PM

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Beautiful hair. I’d never guess there is no actual toner involved in your process but as you wrote, a good purple shampoo and conditioner help eliminate yellows.

Melanie Hunt 07.02.2013 - 3:26 PM

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ooo i think white hair and dark brows looks really cool actually, I’m trying to get my brows all big and bushy for this reason + like really pale eyebrows can look strange, but still cool in their own way.. basically cool either way :)

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Maria 07.02.2013 - 8:25 PM

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Oh, what a pity I hadn’t waited for this post, when I have decided to dye my hair blonde. I made the basic mistake as you wrote. I knew I should use a bleach, but I was afraid, so I only used a hairdye… So I ended up with orange-yellow hair. From that time I was afraid to do anything, so right now I’m slowly coming back to my natural color.
Anyway, thanks for the tips, I’m still thinking about ash blone, so maybe later I will bleach my hair again!

Lara Takahashi 07.02.2013 - 8:28 PM

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True want you have telling, been there done that so many times.
I bleach my hair coz I want my pinks and purples to stick which they won’t do without bleaching ;). (Before I used to just dye it to get it a bit lighter ;))
I would add that pros don’t always handle bleaching very well, some of them will try to convince you to go pretty natural even if you say you know you it will damage your hair but you sill want white ;)
x, Lara
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moiminnie 07.02.2013 - 8:35 PM

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@Maria: Sorry to hear that! But you’re right, let your hair rest for a while and then you can try again. And be sure to bookmark this for future reference, if you ever need a reminder x

@Lara: Yes, I agree, but I guess they just won’t take responsibility if something goes wrong, so it’s easier for them to scare you into thinking that bleach will make you bald the second you put it onto your hair. Thanks for adding that, I forgot to mention it! :)

Kate 07.02.2013 - 10:19 PM

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great how to, although I don’t know if I would be brave enough to do this:)
xx Kate

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Isabelle 07.02.2013 - 10:47 PM

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aaah no! Don’t tempt me, i had my hair bleached for 2 years and i’m in rehab for more than a year now! My hair were alright but it was sooo much money, I didn’t knew you and your homemade technique at the time ;) oh I miss it so much!

s 07.02.2013 - 11:07 PM

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Morwen Anjelais 13.02.2013 - 4:39 PM

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Amazing post! I plan on turning my hair white within the next year, so this post was super helpful and educational for me.

HONEY 18.03.2013 - 4:45 PM

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love this post of yours! i’ve tried to bleach my hair at home first and it went really bad so now i do it at a salon, but still, my hair has a looooot of breakage and it still continues to break after using a lot of good products, my hair just probably cannot take all of the bleaching, so i’ll just have to let it grow naturally. oh how i’ll miss my grey hair :( i love love love yours!

Sonja Janković 23.04.2013 - 7:45 PM

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inspirativno i odlicno objasnjeno! :)
usudicu se da probam, iako sam se do sad farbala samo kod frizera.
mislim da sam samo propustila deo sa nanosenjem farbe nakon izbeljivanja..prvo osusis kosu, pa onda ide regularno farbanje, ili?
boja ti je za pozavideti, btw :D

Anonymous 07.05.2013 - 1:15 AM

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This is amazingly detailed, I appreciate this so much! I am planning on growing my hair out (currently it is shoulder length) and then will try this bleaching process. I do have one question, though – you mentioned that freshly bleached hair should not be combed when wet. The next day, or a few days later, is it okay to comb the wet hair, or will that end badly? I just don’t want it to get tangled and knotted. Again, thank you for this post! Looking forward to more :-)

moiminnie 07.05.2013 - 4:12 PM

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@Sonja: Mozes da osusis, a ne moras. Ja licno vise volim da na mokru kosu stavim preliv jer je manje unistavam tako – sto manje vrelog vazduha u procesu, to bolje :)

@Anonymous: I wouldn’t recommend combing wet hair ever. It’s bad for the virgin hair, let alone hair that has been treated with various chemicals. Since bleach or any dye weakens your hair, it’s going to be a bit knotted when wet and combing through would just make it fall out and break. x

Anonymous 17.05.2013 - 10:29 PM

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I love it!!
Thank you for very detailing explanation of how to bleach our hair step by step.. I am a natural brunette n I have been coloring my hair for a long time, n been blonde for 5 years. But this is the first time I got it right now my hair it’s pale blonde but not white.. How can I achieve to have it white like yours? So beautiful n shinny??
Any tips?

Anonymous 25.05.2013 - 12:46 PM

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What about if some of the hair is orange after the first bleach? What would u recommend? Either a second bleach on the orange parts, or a light ash blonde colour over it all??

moiminnie 25.05.2013 - 1:14 PM

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@Anon1: Well those are the only tips I’ve got right now, I listed everything I know up in the post..If I try some new products or ways of dyeing/ bleaching, I’ll update this post! x

@Anon2: I’d say you’d have to do a one more bleach job, to get it pale yellow. And then you can do a light ash blonde color over it x

Takeru Takaishi 29.05.2013 - 11:46 PM

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I’ve been going to the salon since January taking steps to get my hair white, but now I’ve reached the point where it’s doing the same thing every time. No matter what, there is still an annoying amount of pale yellow in my hair. My hair is still healthy, but I can’t seem to reach white like I want. I just recently bought Clairol Shimmer Lights shampoo and I think that’s helping keep it light but it’s still not eliminating the yellow. Do you have any suggestions for me?
This is a recent picture, although obviously the sun is beaming down on me. http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/h395/JMuttface/hair_zps7240e7cc.jpg

rozelaine 17.06.2013 - 8:34 PM

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Awesome!! thanks!! also have you tried bleach wash? im also considering or thinking of doing that to gradually lighten my hair. any tips?

moiminnie 17.06.2013 - 10:34 PM

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@Takeru: I guess you could try with the diluted dye, as I described, if the purple shampoo is not doing it for you :)

@rozelaine: I haven’t tried it since my natural hair is pretty dark and I don’t think diluted bleach would work. But if you’re going for just a few shades lighter, I guess it could get the job done. But please consult your hairdresser first! :)

Anonymous 05.07.2013 - 5:56 AM

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Hi, I had my hair bleached balyage about five months ago and the blonde is a dark yellow now honey colour, I would like it to be more lighter do you recommend putting more bleach or just a ash blonde toner? My natural colour is very dark so just worried about it breaking off as this has happened to me in the past, thanks :)

moiminnie 06.07.2013 - 8:16 PM

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@Anonymous: I would do one more bleach job and then do a light ash blonde toner. But if your hair is weak and you think won’t handle it, it’s best to get it done by a professional! x

Danielle 04.09.2013 - 9:07 PM

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I’m bleaching my previously bleached hair, and I had a question. I’ve always been told to start from the roots when applying the bleach and make my way down to the tips. However, my roots turn out more yellowier than the rest of my hair. When I researched about it online, a few websites told me to do the opposite to ensure that my roots turn out a similar colour as my hair. They said to bleach it from the tips, continuing upward towards the roots. What do you recommend? Bleaching it starting at the roots or starting at the tips? Please help! Thanks, Danielle.

moiminnie 04.09.2013 - 9:19 PM

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@Danielle: I’ve never tried to do that, but doesn’t sound like a bad idea. My roots also turn out more yellow than the rest of the hair, but I always use purple shampoo or hair dye to tone it and get that white or grey color so for me it doesn’t really matter if I start from the tips upwards or the other way round.
If you try and do that next time, please let me know how it turned out! x

Anonymous 06.09.2013 - 3:43 AM

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if i put a bright red over the top of this will it damage it more, ive been wanting bright red for ages but as someone said, the hairdressers dont like bleaching and always syke me out, so i end up with deep red shaded hair :(

Alexandria 06.09.2013 - 11:27 AM

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THANK YOU! I used your instructions almost to a T, but used toner, and my hair turned out AWESOME. I’m so glad I stumbled across this blog.

moiminnie 06.09.2013 - 1:30 PM

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@Anon: As I said, every single chemical will damage your hair to a certain degree. But I don’t think you’ll get bright red without lightening your hair a bit. You could try bleach wash – I never tried it but I heard people do it. xx

@Alexandria: Great, I’m so glad you found this guide helpful! x

Anonymous 30.10.2013 - 2:30 PM

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Hi;) can you recommend a good purple shampoo for yellow blonde hair? I really want to get my hair white like yours!!

moiminnie 30.10.2013 - 10:52 PM

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@Anon: Hi, I don’t use purple shampoo atm, but I’ve heard that Schwarzkopf Professional Silver shampoo is really good, as well as Clairol Shimmer Lights. xx

Anonymous 02.11.2013 - 5:09 AM

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Hi ! Hope you can help me! I recently had a disaster in bleaching (touching up) my roots, the roots turn out awful yellow despite I used 40 vol developer with purple-blueish bleaching powder. And I thought I could solve this through toning and purple shampoo, but no.., the toning and purple shampoo got absorb more into my ends instead giving them a white-silver shade and.., my roots are still yellow but more of a ashy-greenish yellow T^T do you think it safe to bleach it again? just the roots? What should I do ;'( I have very short hair btw.

moiminnie 02.11.2013 - 5:38 AM

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@Anon: I don’t think bleach will make it any better at this point. Try again with purple shampoo just on the yellow parts, if it doesn’t work, try diluting the white hair dye – I described how to do that in the post. xx

Claudia 13.11.2013 - 12:02 PM

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I stumbled across your page because I’m debating whether to go blonde or not because I want to dye my hair a light purple after. I’m a dark brunette at the moment and have dyed my hair for about 10 years….Luckily my bf’s mums a hairdresser so I’ll ask her but I still fancy trying myself. So glad I read this as now I can follow it through step by step! THANK YOU!

Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

moiminnie 19.11.2013 - 12:40 AM

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@Claudia: You’re welcome! You’re lucky that your bf’s mom is a hairdresser; she can do it for you the first time and you can also pick up some tips from her too! Good luck, hope it turns out amazing :) x

topfool03 16.12.2013 - 9:25 AM

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I have light blonde hair and i want to dye it crimson red, after i bleach it do i have to wait a day to add the color or can i do it the same day? Im new to the bleaching i cant afford the salon prices, ive always just dyed my hair from the box. Thanks. Your hair looks great!!

moiminnie 16.12.2013 - 11:28 PM

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@topfool03: Technically, you can do it the same day. But if your hair is weak and you feel like it’s going to break, it might be better to wait a couple of days and do it then. Although if your hair is already light blond and you want to dye it red, I don’t think you need bleaching at all. And even though you can’t afford going to the salon, I would suggest you consult a professional anyways – they shouldn’t charge you for an advice :) Good luck!

Anonymous 05.02.2014 - 9:01 PM

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Odlican post, verujem da ce mnogima koristiti :)
Jedino nisam bas najbolje razumela u prvom delu o blansu, kakav je to plavi/ljubicasti puder? I koje marke blansa si ti koristila? Hvala :)

moiminnie 07.02.2014 - 4:06 PM

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@anonymous: Hvala! Trebalo bi da uglavnom pise na kesici da li je blans plave boje/lila ili beli. Ja sam uglavnom kupovala neke grcke u lokalnoj parfimeriji ili Farcom u zelenoj kesici u Lily-ju x

Irma Rosario Gonzalez 23.06.2014 - 4:58 PM

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Hi Minnie! Your blog eased the anxiety. I was imagining that I was bleaching my hair the way you explained it. I am pannin to dye my hair berry color from Splat. Have a great day GBY with more knowledge.

Mimaaaa 26.07.2014 - 8:30 PM

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This is an amazing post, really informative .. thank you so much

Jeannet Tea 06.11.2014 - 2:16 PM

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i love it very much….tq for the info..

Joanna 26.03.2015 - 6:07 AM

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I guess I wondered, while in between stages of bleaching (the waiting of a month or two before bleaching again to get that light yellow) what shampoo do I use in the meanwhile? And exactly what do I do to keep it moisturized? I went to Sally’s today and I saw everything from different hair masks, to different types of coconut oil shampoos and conditioners…I bought the purple shampoo but you said thats after its the right shade with bleach. I also bought “Deep daily conditioning color defense intense moisturizer” which I dont know if it counts as a conditioner or not, or if you leave it it in for 1-2 minutes and then use a different conditoner after? Would really appreciate a reply as soon as possible as I will start bleaching tomorrow with my friend. I’ve read this and a few other articles several of times. i just needed some clarification, thank you! (Am going from virgin black hair > silver/white)

Kristen 30.12.2015 - 7:56 PM

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Hi! Your post was very informative. I’ve been bleaching my hair at home for a while now. I have a tip to add for anyone who wants to try it. Coconut oil! I heat up some coconut oil & rub it into my hair, making sure to get my scalp & ends saturated. The longer you can leave it on before bleaching, the better. It helps the bleach to not burn your scalp & not completely dry out your hair. It’s amazing! :)

    moiminnie 31.12.2015 - 12:32 AM

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    Thanks so much for your input Kristen, that’s a great tip! xx

carol 31.12.2015 - 12:08 AM

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Hi i have never bleached hair myself first time. My hair is medium to dark drown. I want to bleach it and then go a vrant red with a couple chunks a different color. I got everything at a beauty supply store. Question is after bleach is rinsed out do i blow dry it and do i use foils on the other parts of ha rthat won’t b red. Also i got bleach its in a blue and silver bag but i dont think i got what is needed to be added. What should i get to add to bleach . Thanx

carol 31.12.2015 - 12:24 AM

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The bleach stuff i have is high performance quick blue extra strength for on and off scalp and a bottle of salon care 40 volume creme developer. I dont understand how to mix it and want to make sure i have the rigt stuff .it says on the quick blue it lifts to 7 levels. Thanxl

    moiminnie 31.12.2015 - 5:27 PM

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    Hi Carol! It sounds like you have quite a task on your hands :) I strongly recommend going to a hairstylist and letting them do it for you since you don’t have any experience with dying your own hair. Even though it might be an investment, it would still be cheaper and way less stressful than doing it yourself, damaging your hair and having to fix it afterwards. Especially since you don’t want to just go blonde, but dye it vibrant red in combination with another color. It’s truly better to be safe than sorry! xx

carol 31.12.2015 - 6:21 PM

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Thank you!

diamondz 07.01.2016 - 9:24 PM

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hi, if you don’t have purple shampoo, what shampoo can you use in it’s place?

    moiminnie 12.01.2016 - 6:14 PM

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    Hi, well for this effect of getting rid of yellow tones in your hair purple shampoo is the best. If you want, you could use a gray or purple toner. Since those work the same way as a dye, they will damage your hair a bit more than a shampoo – you could however dilute them as well with a bit of conditioner and water. Good luck!

Lisa Burl 29.02.2016 - 12:06 AM

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Hi:-) I just wanted to ask you a quick question. I want to quick bleach the tips of my hair as a freshen up on already bleached hair. I have 12% peroxide. How long should I leave it on the ends for whiter tips? I was thinking maybe two mins or so, hopefully to prevent breakage? Or would it still break my hair do you think? Xx

    moiminnie 29.02.2016 - 7:34 PM

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    Hi, I don’t think re-bleaching your hair will get it white – the furthest you can get with bleach is pale yellow. I recommend toning it with a toner or purple shampoo. For instructions on those, please read the post above. Good luck! x

Alex 11.04.2016 - 12:58 PM

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Hi! I have a question about highlights, I want to do balayage on me, but I wonder about the metal part. I have done highlights before but with a cap, so now that I am supposed to use foil, I wonder how it will react with the bleach. Do you maybe know? x

    moiminnie 12.04.2016 - 2:47 PM

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    Hi, I’ve never got balayage professionally done, but when I did my take on the technique last year, I used plastic cling wrap. It worked much better imo, since it’s see thru and you can check the process without taking it off. Hope this helps! x

Elle 18.04.2016 - 3:26 PM

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Hi!! Just bleached my hair 4 days ago and it turned out brown, I used a white powdered bleach at that time. Now, I have a tub full of blue powdered bleach. Can I bleach my hair now? Or should I wait for a month first? And also I have a white dye for my hair, can I use it as a toner? How? Thanks for the reply in advance:-)

    moiminnie 18.04.2016 - 3:49 PM

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    Hi, I wouldn’t recommend bleaching your hair again now since it’s been only four days! Take your time, condition your hair, use deeply nourishing treatments in the meantime.
    Toning your brown hair with white hair dye will do nothing at this point. Toning works only on hair that does not have any more pigment in it – when it’s the palest shade of yellow.
    If you have any trouble, please read the post above again. I would also suggest consulting a professional as I cannot see or feel your hair and therefore cannot advise you further in your specific case.
    Best of luck! x

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