If you are blessed with naturally dark hair, then you may at some point of time been enamored with the idea of sporting a blonde head or at least wondered how it would make you look. Going from brown to blonde is such a big change, that you may even have trouble recognizing the person in the mirror. It may take a few days for you to get used to the new look, and by that time you may gain a new confidence or at least let go of a few inhibitions.
Whatever the personal change be, it is sure to be a fun experiment. However, this new look does not come without some risks. We've all heard of bleaching jobs gone bad with results such as orange or brassy hair, hair that breaks or falls out in clumps, etc. Therefore, it is best to get it done by the hands of a professional to get the desired look. However, we also know that getting your hair bleached blonde at a salon can cost a fortune, so here are a few ideas on how to do this at home.
- Powdered hair bleach
- Old clothing
- Hair peroxide (level 40)
- Hair dryer
- Plastic gloves
- Towels and washcloths
- Plastic dish and plastic spoon
- Deep conditioning mask
- To begin with, wear an old set of clothes that you won't mind staining. Hair bleach has a pretty harsh chemical composition, and wearing a pair of gloves will protect your hands from its ill effects.
- Buy a good quality product that offers consumer help. Now, add in a plastic bowl one part peroxide and one part powdered hair bleach, and mix it well with the help of a plastic spoon.
- Now start applying the bleach to your hair, starting with the hair at the back of your head. Also, apply from tip to scalp. The most effective way to bleach is to section off your hair in ½'' bunches and deal with one bunch at a time.
- Be very careful not to get any bleach on your face or scalp. In case it does happen, quickly wipe it off using a wet towel. One way to protect your skin is by applying Vaseline or hair conditioner to the edge of your hair line. This will act as a barrier between the bleach and your skin.
- After application of the bleach, collect all your hair and pile it on the top of your head. Now, put a shower cap and blow dry your hair all over to keep the bleach warm. After about 10 to 15 minutes of heating, rinse out the bleach. If your hair has not attained the shade you desire, you may repeat this process but ideally after a few days. If you find that your hair has become brittle or is falling off, minimize the damage by not combing or tying it.
- If after the first bleach, you find traces of red or orange in your hair, wait a few days and use a toner. Follow the instructions on the pack strictly while using it on your hair. This should help get rid of any remaining auburn shades in your hair, but may also leave it weak and dry.
- After rinsing out the toner, coat your hair with a generous layer of a deep conditioning mask. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse. To assist your hair to truly recover its former glory, continue to condition it daily and stay off any further processing.
These steps should help you have a decent hair bleaching job at home. However, if it is the blonde hair color you are after, then it is vital to understand a few basics about your natural hair color. Dark brown or black hair has tones of red in it. Thus using blonde hair dye will leave you with red tones. Therefore, in order to attain blonde hair, bleach and peroxide are a must.