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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 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 bleach your hair at home and how to care for your newly color-treated hair.
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 bleach your hair 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.
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 the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach All Over, which 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. Make sure to follow the included instructions when you’re bleaching your hair at home. 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 to just 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!
Color-treated hair requires special care. So, if you’ve recently bleached your hair at home, consider making the following changes to your routine.
Try the L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & 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 it feeling dry and looking dull.
If your starting color was brown, 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.
Want to give yourself an at-home blowout? Spritz on a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray, which offers heat protection and volume.
Remember, you don’t have to heat style your hair to rock a gorgeous ‘do. Show off your bleached hair alongside your natural texture by air drying your 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.
Next up: 10 At-Home Hair Color Tips for a Gorgeous New Hue.