How to Safely Bleach Your Hair

To change your hair color, lighten it, adopt a bold style, or cover gray hair, many women use hair bleaching products at home. Easy to use, they need to follow some rules for safe enjoyment.

Bleaching Your Hair: Achieving the Desired Lightness!

Bleaching is done with an oxidizing agent that opens the hair cuticles and removes pigments. Naturally, when the hair closes, it becomes thinner and translucent. For bleaching colored hair, it is also referred to as makeup removal or decolorization. This method allows applying a new color to already dyed hair!

Is it a method for all hair types?
It is advisable to have already healthy and strong hair for bleaching to avoid excessive damage and make them brittle. Perms or daily straightening are also not ideal for bleaching because the hair fiber is already damaged. Obviously, the length of your hair also plays a role: the shorter, the faster the hair will bleach and avoid excessive sensitization.

The advantage of oxidation is that it allows adopting the blonde or redhead color even if the hair base is dark (black hair, for example). However, it must be reasonable; if you want a white or platinum blonde, the base should be dark blonde. Black hair should not be bleached! Bleaching black hair is rarely a good idea, especially because dark hair is thicker (and therefore not made for bleaching), and the result would not look very natural with your features, eyebrows, etc. As a reference, consider that you can lighten 2 tones and even go up to 5 tones lighter for a pronounced lightening.

Choose your bleaching: dosages per volume
To avoid damaging the hair too much, be careful not to bleach more than necessary. Depending on your original color, choose the following strengths written on the packaging:
• Volume 20: for naturally light or already well-bleached hair
• Volume 30: intermediate volume intended for natural browns and hair that has had a first bleaching phase but still has pigments
• Volume 40: for naturally dark hair

Bleaching Hair: Effective but Aggressive Method
For lightening hair, bleaching is still the most effective solution that will give the best results. However, be aware that it can weaken the hair, making it dry and brittle. This weakening is inevitable, although it can be limited with good application.

Bleaching Natural Hair: Is It Possible?

To lighten the hair naturally, without hydrogen peroxide or any other product, you can use natural methods to give a lightening effect. There are already some well-known ingredients, such as lemon or chamomile.

Natural Hair Lightening... Or Not!

The term "natural bleaching" is a bit overused. You will not get platinum blonde with natural methods, especially starting with brown hair. Bleaching the hair primarily means removing the hair pigment to obtain a very light blonde (translucent white hair), and then dyeing. An intermediate solution to get a golden blonde or a tan tone if you are light brown can be the lightening spray. For redheads, the spray works to leave a Venetian blonde avoiding dyeing everything!

Home Hair Bleaching: Step-by-Step Method

For bleaching, I recommend proceeding in stages so that the hair gets used gradually, especially because long hair reacts to oxidation more slowly than roots, avoiding burning the scalp with too long exposure! Observe the application carefully; if you notice that after 5 minutes, there is no effect, remove the product; there is no point in keeping it, in addition to damaging the hair. Respecting the exposure time, rinsed and dried hair, the homemade bleach should be applied to the roots with a hairbrush. Then work on the lengths until they lighten, without exceeding 1 hour of exposure. To avoid leaving the hair sticky, rinse the hair completely and directly with shampoo.

Hair Care
To soothe the hair, I recommend applying a very nourishing mask that you can leave overnight or as long as possible. After rinsing the mask carefully, without leaving residues, you can dye the bleached hair! In fact, for a sparkling blonde, we avoid leaving only the bleaching that will give an opaque yellow. In addition, coloring on bleached hair restores shine and uniformity while producing reflections. If you are unsure about the color, do not hesitate to go to the hairdresser. They can advise you based on the condition of your hair and recommend hydration treatments if it is sensitized.

Bleaching, Coloring, but Above All Maintenance!

The more drastic the color change, the more care your hair will need! There are dedicated repair shampoos with blue or silver tones that will enhance the new color of your hair. They are suitable for damaged or dyed hair. Do not hesitate to use them regularly in the weeks following bleaching. For deep restructuring and hydration of the hair, also use nourishing and fortifying masks or hair oils that will remove the roughness of the hair by closing the cuticles.

How to Maintain Your Light Blonde Hair?

Your new color may turn pale yellow! This can happen with blonde coloring. To get a more ashy blonde, use an anti-yellowing agent: the color may look strange at first, but the blue neutralizes the yellow and leaves the blonde hair more beautiful. One of the hair treatments will therefore be to remove the yellowing from the hair to enhance it and revive the initial blonde. Avoid bleaching with oxidants in very large doses (volume indicated on the packaging, preferably above 20). Usually in powder form, you can also choose bleaching gels or creams. Avoid "10-minute" dyes as they may not adhere to your freshly bleached hair.

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