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How to Get Blonde Hair at Home Using Bleach
When I first decided to bleach my hair blonde I had no idea which products to use or how much they would cost. My search repeatedly came up with L'Oreal's Quick Blue Bleaching Powder. As the reviews were nearly all positive I decided to try the product without searching any further. Here are my tips and some experiences.
Quick Blue Bleaching Powder Sachet or Tub?
The Quick Blue came in one-ounce sachets, and I only bought one of them to try at first. I didn't doubt that it would do the job, but as you likely know, some hair products like this have a terribly strong odor and I wasn't sure how I would react, or whether it would burn my scalp. These problems are quite common, but thankfully, the Quick Blue was fantastic. It did a great job, smelled fine and not too strong, and didn't leave me with any itchiness or burning.
Please note, if you have medium-length hair, one sachet is not quite enough to do the job properly. I needed to spread mine rather sparingly in the first application and it was barely enough. I say this because bleach will continue to process so long as it is wet, and spreading it that thin caused it to begin drying before it was applied to all of my hair.
I chose to use the sachet because I knew I would need to bleach my hair a second time and didn't want to have several packets, or worse, a whole tub, of bleaching powder left over if the product was not satisfactory. The first time I bleached my hair I purchased one sachet for only $5.
Preparing to Bleach Your Hair
Sectioning your hair is quite simple, and the video below illustrates how to do so for bleaching. I use this basic sectioning technique before I apply the bleach to my own hair:
- Apply Vaseline to the skin surrounding your hairline on your neck, face, and behind your ears. This will help avoid possible skin irritation. I have also used hair conditioner for this purpose. Apply sparingly and don't rub it into the skin.
- Divide the back of the hair into two sections horizontally. You could do this either way, I find that dividing it into upper and lower sections is easier for applying the mixture.
- Start by applying the bleach to the bottom section first. The woman in the video is prepping this head for coloring, although the process is the same for just bleaching.
- It's much easier and takes far less time if you ask a friend to help apply the bleach to the back of your hair. You can do it yourself, but working with a mirror for this job can be time-consuming, and you need to get apply the bleach evenly into the hair as quickly as possible.
- Take some time to practice simply by painting conditioner onto the hair. Time yourself to see how long it takes, and how effectively you managed to cover all of your hair in that time frame.
Video: Sectioning Hair to Prep for Bleaching
How to Mix Bleaching Powder and Developer
After sectioning your hair and securing it with clips, gather the tools you need to mix the bleaching powder with a developer. I use Wella 20 Volume Developer.
You will need:
- A plastic or glass bowl. Never use metal tools for mixing bleach. A throw-away plastic bowl will make for quicker clean-up.
- A color applicator brush from any hair and beauty supply store. These look like pastry brushes. I purchased a pack of four brushes for under $5 on eBay.
- A cape or old t-shirt to protect yourself and your clothing from spillage. A friend of mine uses a lightweight plastic raincoat when she applies product to her hair, which is a great tip!
- I always wear a disposable paper mask when I mix the bleaching powder and developer. There will always be a small amount of dust when the ingredients are added to the bowl. You can purchase these masks at your local hardware store. They usually come in packs of 5 or 10 for just a couple of dollars.
- I also wear safety glasses for this step to protect my eyes. Some lighter style sunglasses will work fine too if you do not have any safety glasses.
- Rubber or latex gloves to protect the skin on your hands.
Caution: When you've applied the bleaching powder and developer to your hair, do not rub it into your scalp. It isn't necessary to massage it into your scalp, for one. Second, it can irritate your skin and possibly leave you with a nasty rash. All of these products have warning labels, of course, so be sure you always read them carefully and understand them before using any product on your hair.
In case you weren't aware, you can now find lovely bleach resistant towels on the market, unlike years ago, when all one could do was select the least favorite, most loved bath towel or old beach towel to sacrifice.