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Whether you want to go blonde or you’re ready to hop aboard the rainbow hair color trend, one thing’s for certain: Getting a lighter hair color will require bleaching. 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, 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 to platinum—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, 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 look. You can also apply different shades to different areas of your hair if you’d like to create a unicorn- or mermaid-inspired look. 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.
1. Use a system of shampoo, conditioner, and mask formulated for color-treated hair. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo, L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner, and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Ultra Recovery Mask. Swap out the conditioner once or twice a week, leaving it on for 3-5 minutes after using the shampoo.
2. Make time for touch-ups. 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.
3. Use a heat protectant before styling. Want to give yourself an at-home blowout? Spritz on a heat protectant, like the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray, which offers heat protection and volume.
4. Embrace your natural texture. 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. Use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to create beachy waves; use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse to add a touch of volume; or use the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Undone Style Cream to enhance your hair’s shape.
So you see, it is possible to bleach your hair at home. Remember to keep your expectations in check and follow all of the instructions enclosed with the L’Oréal Paris Colorista Bleach All Over. Then, switch up your hair care routine to help care for your new hue.