FIRST AND FOREMOST; BUY PROPER BLEACH
The powder bleach I use is the Schwarzkopf Igora Vario Blond Extra Power White bleach powder, and again it’s a strong product. It can be quite intense and is quite stripping, so I wouldn’t 100% definitely not use it on thin or weakened hair at all. My hair is very thick, very resilient and very strong and copes with it fine, but you really must assess your hair first and see what it is you need.
As a guideline:
1.5% – 3% strength – fine, thin and light hair
6% strength – regular/fairly strong brown hair
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED
Bleaching hair works far better on hair that has been looked after. In the months leading up to needing to bleach, try not to use excessive heat – straighteners, hair dryer on a hot heat etc – on the hair as it will weaken it. Use strengthening and thickening shampoos and conditioners and generally take real good care of it. When people ask me how i’ve kept my hair 1. on my head and 2. in good condition it’s because I really dedicate a lot of my time to looking after it properly. Hair is like skin, it needs real good TLC or it’ll break, fall out or frizz. I learned this the real hard way as a kid and it’s not fun. Do not under any circumstance put bleach on damaged or broken hair – it WILL fall out.
WHEN YOU’RE READY, USE A TINT BRUSH TO APPLY THE BLEACH
As a side note to this step, you’ll want to heavily ventilate the area you’re putting the bleach on in as it’s a very strong chemical smell and can really overcome a room and make you feel nauseous. Make sure you’ve got a window open and you’ll be fine.
MOVE OVER WITH COMB TO ENSURE YOU COVER ALL DARK AREAS
AFTER BLEACHING, TAKE REAL GOOD CARE OF IT AND DO NOT BLEACH AGAIN
Here’s how my hair looked after the bleach was finished and I know it may look a little yellow (blame my studio lighting for enhancing that) it’s actually a very light white blonde. Of course all bleach does kinda leave a bit of a yellow-ish tone if you bleach on dark hair, especially very dark hair, so if you’re going for blonde as your final look, you need to use a lot of purple based toner and good shampoos in the coming weeks. Also you can mix a red gold corrector creme into your developer and bleach mix earlier on in the process should you want a more platinum blonde result.
For me this base is perfect to put my turquoise/blue on top so from here I continue to the finished result which you can see below, but after bleaching is the most important time for your head to recover.
You must dry it on the cool setting and use lots of great treatment masks and conditioners to keep it healthy and shiny, and really do take good care of it. Hair oil is also your best friend and will help to keep moisture and shine into the locks, too. As I outlined above, for the next few weeks you need to take real good care of it when washing, drying and using heat on it and do always keep this at the forefront of your mind.
I felt really cautious writing this blog as i’d never recommend anyone to put themselves in danger but I am living proof that you can at-home bleach your head for years if you do it properly, make sure you research well and do all the measures outlined above for a safe bleaching environment. Nothing will go wrong if you’re aware of the risk and the strength of the product you’re using, and if you’re confident you can do it, you can.
Good luck and I hope this helped in some way!