I always get this question and now, I’ll answer it completely. This is going to be a photo-heavy post. So, if you’re interested on bleaching your own hair or you’re just curious, click below
Here are the basic things you’ll need to bleach your hair:
1. Purple hair dye, this is optional.
2. Gloves, to protect your hands from the chemicals.
3. Tinting brush and a thin comb, used to apply and even out the bleach in your hair. This is available in any Hortaleza’s beauty supply store (if you live in the Philippines).
4. Non-metallic container, to mix in your bleach solution.
5. Bleach powder, this is also available in Hortaleza’s beauty supply store but, they sell it in small quantities. You can get my jar of bleach powder at Quiapo. The store is near Quiapo Church along Recto. It’s an obscure beauty supply store, don’t be afraid about buying hair dying supplies there because, it’s all the same with the rest. I got this jar of bleach powder for only 180-250 php compared to Hortaleza’s tiny bottle of bleach which costs 99 php.
6. Cream developer in 30 vol. or 9%, you can get this at Hortaleza’s as well or in Quiapo. It costs almost the same price. Don’t get a 40 vol. or 12% cream developer. This developer will help lighten your hair the most but, it’s the most damaging. You can use this at your own risk but, from experience I wouldn’t recommend it. I’ve used 40 vol. developers for my hair before and it’s the hardest to keep up even with a lot of after care.
For this tutorial, I’m only bleaching my roots but, it’s all the same process if you decide to bleach your hair completely.
My hair is originally dark brown, and I would like to turn it into a very pale blonde. Usually, it would take 2-4 times of bleaching to achieve this color but, I’m only bleaching near the roots. Bleach solution develops a lot lighter near the roots rather than the rest of the hair.
If you’re planning to achieve a very pale blonde color, I would suggest bleaching it more than once but, you’ve got to give your hair a rest for about a week to a month, depending on how healthy your hair is. You’ve got to constantly treat it with a deep moisturizing conditioner or better yet, Keratin.
But, if you’re planning to just lighten your hair a bit, just one application of bleach will do but, it’s going to leave an orangey tone to your hair. You have to dye over it with the color of your choice. Usually ash browns leave out a nice color on bleached hair. Remember, you still have to do after care, your hair is already chemically treated. It’s no different with having your hair bleached 2-4 times.
The hardest to bleach out is Red and Black dyed hair. I would suggest buying a color stripper and applying that first before you bleach your hair. Sadly, it isn’t available in the Philippines, you can get them on Ebay though. The easiest to bleach out is Brown dyed hair and Virgin hair.
Before we get started, put on a shirt you don’t really care about getting messed up.
Prepare your bleach solution by putting the bleach powder and solution in the non-metallic container. The ratio of bleach to developer is 50-50.
Mix them up, you should achieve this creamy consistency.
Section your hair, it’s easier if you start from the back to the front. It also gives the most evened out finish.
Start applying! It’s kind of basic knowledge how to apply this.
Once you’re done, let it sit for 20-40 minutes and not more or less than that. Bleach solution will stop developing after a certain time, so keep watch. After letting it sit for a certain amount of time, wash it off with cold water, shampoo and LOTS of conditioner (let it sit for 15 minutes) then dry and style.
The next bit is optional but, I prefer doing this rather than just shampoo and conditioner. This is for after care and taking out the brassy yellow tones.
You’re gonna need Keratin, it’s the best after care for newly bleached hair.
Any non-permanent purple hair dye, I prefer using Manic Panic’s Purple Haze. It’s available on http://funkystreaks.multiply.com. It’s quite pricey but, it’s really worth the price.
Mix 80% of Keratin and 20% of the Purple haze. You should achieve this lilac colored solution.
Apply the solution to your hair. As you can see, it doesn’t turn out lilac once it is applied and it takes out the yellow tones of the hair. This is kind of using color math on your hair. If you’re an art student, this is similar to what you apply to your work from color theory class. If you’re a regular person who wants to learn more about this “color math”, do google it.
Let the solution sit in your hair for as long as you like, as it conditions your hair very well. You’d want to have your hair as healthy as possible after that much chemicals.
And, you are done! It’s kind-of a lengthy process but, if you’re cheap and you want fabulous hair, you’ve got to give it a risk just know all the necessary things to know before you start.
If you have any other questions about bleaching your hair and after care, just send me a message here on tumblr.