Estimate Budget: $50 or less
Estimate Process: 2 months
- Hair color stripper
- 30 Creme developer
- Bleach powder
- Tint brush & mixing bowl/applicator bottle
- hair clips
- tin foil/plastic cap
- hair dryer (optional)
- A friend (if you have one) OR 2 mirrors. forever alone
*Before dying hair: Do not shampoo hair for 3 days+ before dying hair. It is good to have the natural oils build-up to protect the scalp before bleaching.
Step 1: STRIP YOUR HAIR (If your hair is at its ‘virgin state’ skip this step)
For those who already has dyed hair with the colors of red, black, brown etc. You will need to strip those colors off your hair. There will be a ginormous tint of orange if you do leave it as is. Highly suggest this for those who have dyed their hair black.
Product you can use is One n’ only
Depending on your hair length, you may need to get two boxes. Follow the instructions on the box.
**Note: You can bleach your hair after the process after this process, however, most of the natural oils in your hair may be gone. Wait another few days.
Step 2: CREATING BLEACH MIXTURE (Wear gloves and cover neck with a towel. Touching bleach with uncovered skin may sting during the process. Honestly, feels like ants biting you every second. Also, wear pants & t-shirts you don’t mind getting ruined. Make sure you’re in a location where there are no carpets/rugs that might get stained. Bleaching hair can be a messy process.)
Products you will need is a cream developer and bleaching powder. Products you can buy are:
- SALON CARE CREAM DEVELOPER: There are different levels of cream developers from 10-100 volume. 40 is already really strong and damaging to the hair so it is suggested to use the 30 volume. (You can also dilute the 40 to a 35 by adding a 20 volume developer).
- QUICK BLUE BLEACHING POWDER: If you are planning to achieve a platinum blonde/white hair, it is best for you to buy the 1lb tub of bleaching powder because you will be doing this bleaching process several times, especially if you have dark hair/long hair/both. If you have short hair, you can use the Quick Blue Bleaching powder packets they also have available if you don’t want to buy the tub.
Add 4 scoops of bleaching powder into the mixing bowl and add 2 oz of creme developer. If you have long hair you can x2 it or x3. If you have a packet, add 2 oz of creme developer. If you do not have any measuring cups and would like to estimate. Just add developer into bleaching powder little by little until you get a cake batter like consistency. If it’s too watery you’ll need more powder, if it’s too thick you’ll need more creme developer.
If you prefer using the applicator bottle because of preference, just follow the same steps and shake well for mixing.
Step 3: APPLYING BLEACH ONTO HAIR. (Separate hair into sections of four for helpful even coverage. If you are clipping them in place, make sure not to use silver clips because most silver clips contain metallic salts that could ruin the mixture and may turn blond hair purple toned. Recommend plastic clips)
Optional: Before applying bleach you would want to protect your ears or hair line by putting Vaseline so no irritation will occur.
Have someone to help you with applying bleach on your hair especially from the back because it’s the most hardest to reach & see. And if no friend… have a mirror in front and behind so that you’ll the the reflection of the back of your hair by looking at the front mirror.
Start by applying bleach from the back side of the head because the back has less body heat and so it takes the longest to process. When applying bleach make sure you start from the ends/tip of hair going up all the way up to the root. We do not want to start from the roots down because the roots are closer to your scalp, which creates body heat. Heat usually induces the bleach making it react faster in lightening and we want an even coverage + the roots are the most healthy part of your hair so the bleach will react more more with it.
Make sure you don’t smash or rub your hair together because it will cause breakage.
Step 4: Aluminum FOIL (optional, usually for those with longer hair. If you do not want the foil process, just stick a plastic cap/plastic bag over your head)
Have someone help you too…?
Wrap your hair layer by layer with the foil. What the foil does is that it induces heat on to the hair and give a faster reaction with the bleach and lightening. After your whole hair is covered with foil, take a hair dryer and set it to ‘Hot’ and start pointing the hair dryer on the hair covered with aluminum foil. Make sure to heat everywhere for even lightening.
Step 5: WAITING PROCESS + Wash
The suggested waiting process said by many professionals is 30 minutes. However, just because a time interval is mentioned, you should still check the color of lightened hair if its the color you desire. If you want to wait longer, the longest you should wait should be 1 hour.
After the time interval has ended, wash out your hair with warm water till water runs clear. Do not use any shampoo. After you’re done washing, hair dry/air dry hair to see the bleached hair properly.
Note: Your hair will most likely result into a orangey, cooper, or deep yellow color.
Step 6: REPEAT (Wait 2 weeks before this step)
If your hair turned out orangey or a really dark yellow from your first bleach you will need to repeat the process from STEP 2 - 5 a few more times. Usually it will take up to 4 times bleaching till you reach the light yellow color. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Just make sure when bleaching, you stop once your hair is turned into a pale yellow ( ex. color of an inside of a banana). Remember to wait every two weeks every time you bleach.
Step 7: TONER (Wait another week before this step)
Product you need is creme developer and toner. A toner you can get for is a Wella Color Charm Ivory Lady hair toner hair toner OR Wella Color Charm White Lady hair toner.
This is what WELLA’s boxes usually looks like.
Follow the instructions the box give you for mixing. Keep checking every minute for changes. The yellow tint from your bleached hair will change drastically with-in time. The toner does react to hair fast so if you are not checking, you may end up to a hair color tone that you may not like. For fun you can keep it on longer for a more purple tone to your hair it will turn to a purple if you keep it on long. After you noticed the desired color of hair, wash out your hair out until water runs clear. Hair dry and you’re done.
That’s all the steps you will need to get platinum blonde.
All these products mentioned can all be bought from Sally’s beauty supply store. You do not need to use these products, these are mainly guidelines as to how you should do the process of bleaching your hair. However, these are the most popular choice and recommended by many people who have used them. If you would like to go cheaper than you should. Especially if you are worried about budget.
Good luck to anyone who tries this! c:
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