Whether you want to get blonde hair or you’re ready to hop aboard the rainbow hair color trend, one thing’s for certain: Getting a lighter hair color will require using hair bleach. If you prefer to color your hair at home as opposed to visiting the salon, it’s important to understand what the bleaching process will entail. Here, learn how to use hair bleach at home and how to care for your newly color-treated hair.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE USING HAIR BLEACH
If you’re looking to make the plunge and go blonde or try a trendy shade like rose gold hair, know that you’ll need to use a hair bleach first. If you’re starting with a dark brown base, it could take multiple sessions for you to achieve your desired color. And if you want to make a seriously drastic change—like going from dark brown hair to platinum blonde—it’s always a good idea to visit a professional colorist, as this could take quite a bit of work and skill to achieve. That being said, you can bleach your hair at home with the right know-how. Keep reading to learn what to do.
HOW TO BLEACH HAIR AT HOME
Now that you’re a bit more aware of what your hair transformation will require, it’s time to dive into the actual process. What, exactly, do you need in order to bleach your hair at home? Well, to bleach your hair at home, pick up a hair bleaching kit and make sure to follow the included instructions. Not sure what at-home hair bleach to use? Take your pick from our options below.
L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach All Over: This hair bleach is designed to work on dark blonde, light brown, and medium brown hair. The kit contains a developer crème, bleaching powder, lightening crème, anti-brass conditioner, gloves, and instruction sheet.
L’Oréal Paris Féria in Extra Bleach Blonding: This intense, one step lightening system can be used on light brown, medium blonde, and light blonde hair.
L’Oréal Paris Super Blonde: This hair bleach is designed to lighten dark brown and medium brown hair. With its advanced super-lightening action, it delivers smooth, even blonding from root to tip and lightens natural or color-treated hair in one simple step.
Once you’re done—if you want a hair color besides blonde—follow up with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Semi-Permanent Color, which is available in a wide variety of shades for bleached hair, including pink, purple, and blue. Apply the color all over or just to your tips for a stylish ombré hair color. You can also apply different shades to different areas of your hair if you’d like to create a unicorn or mermaid hair color. It’s up to you!
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BLEACHED HAIR
Color-treated hair requires special care. So, if you’ve recently bleached your hair at home, consider making the following changes to your routine.
1. USE A SYSTEM OF SHAMPOO, CONDITIONER, AND HAIR MASK FORMULATED FOR COLOR-TREATED HAIR
Try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair and Defend Conditioner. Once or twice a week, swap out the conditioner for a hair mask, like the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm.
Editor’s tip: While you’re washing, use lukewarm water, as super-hot H2O can strip your strands of essential oils, which can lead to hair feeling dry and looking dull.
2. MAKE TIME FOR TOUCH-UPS
If your starting color was brown or red, your roots are going to begin growing in sooner rather than later. So, keep your bathroom stocked with bleach so that you can touch up your color whenever needed. Of course, if you can’t bleach your hair again straight away, you can also temporarily cover roots with the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Cover Up or the L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Precision Pen.
3. EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL TEXTURE
Remember, you don’t have to heat style your hair to rock a gorgeous ‘do. Try showing off your natural texture alongside your bleached hair! A few spritzes of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray and you can enhance your hair’s texture and create beachy waves without using a single heat tool.
4. USE A HEAT PROTECTANT BEFORE STYLING
Can’t live without the occasional blowout? Just be sure to spritz on a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray, before any heat styling.