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How to dye your hair white at home

Updated on April 10, 2013
White hair
White hair

White hair

If you are looking to change your hair color and want something bright and vibrant that stands out or maybe just a lighter shade of blonde then you should think about trying White or platinum blonde. You don't have to go to the salon and spend tones of money to achieve this color either. You can buy the supplies you need at the local beauty supply store and even some grocery stores.

What you will be needing

You are going to need some supplies before you can get started what you will be needing is listed bellow.

  • Bleach
  • Toner
  • Developer
  • Gloves
  • Comb
  • Clothes you don't mind getting bleach on

Strand test
Strand test

Strand test

Before you ever dye bleach or use any kind of chemicals on your hair it is a really good idea to do a strand test. This is just taking a small section of hair in the back or underneath and testing the dye or bleach before applying to your whole head. This prevents burns, allergic reactions and bad coloring results. It is always a pretty good rule to do a strand test before you do anything to your hair especially when trying something new.

Hair bleaching supplies
Hair bleaching supplies

Bleach and developer

Bleaching is the process that is going to lighten your hair the most. You mix the bleach and developer together before applying to your hair. Follow the instructions closely and don't forget to do a strand test! The bleach will lighten your hair turning it orange and then kind of a pale yellow color. When you are done bleaching your hair and it looks brassy don't worry there is still another step. If your hair is still very orange you may need to bleach it one more time before moving on to the next step.



This is the part that is going to help you get rid of that brassy yellow color and it turn it a beautiful white color. This is the tricky part. The toner adds a purple color to your hair. Purple is the opposite of white so it neutralizes the yellow and turns your hair a white color. Toners are usually only semi permanent so this you may have to do once a month. Another option is using a toner shampoo or purple shampoo. This you use once a week you just wash it in and then wash it out again.

How to get and maintain white hair

Deep conditoner
Deep conditoner

Repairing and preventing damage

Bleaching and dying your hair can cause a lot of damage. This process strips you hair of oils and proteins it needs to remain healthy. The very best way to avoid damage is to only dye or color your hair once. Try to only touch up your roots instead of doing all over color over and over. The next best thing you can do is deep condition your hair. You can use a special deep conditioner at the store or you can leave you regular conditioner in your hair for half of the day. You can purchase leave in conditioners these condition you hair all day long. Another great way to condition your hair without spending a lot of money is by using egg whites. Leaving egg whites in you hair for a few hours adds shine and proteins in your hair to keep it healthy.

White hair

If you were to color your hair white would you do all over color or just streaks or highlights

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      Sharon A 10 months ago

      I have bleached my hair as many as 3 times in 1 week. 40 not necessary. 20 is fine! There are great online resources to help and you need common sense. It's not hard. To prevent damage saturate your hair in coconut oil 1st. I have never damaged my hair. Whoever said you can't do it at home is misinformed. My hair is 4 inches below my shoulders and yes I do my whole head. It's not rocket science.

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      Mo 14 months ago

      40 volume is too high! And getting all of your hair bleached evenly is an art. Have a professional bleach & tone it, or you will end-up disappointed.

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      Ana Maria Orantes 14 months ago from Miami Florida

      Hello miss Brittanie Pervier. I like your hub. I learn how to make platinum color from Matrix brand. The same way , first, I pre light the hair . Then add the platinum toner. I am going to try your suggestion. The new products always have some new ingredients that make it better with one application. Thank you so much for your excellent advice.

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      tammy 20 months ago

      Been hairstylist for 20 years and this is bull crap to say the least was never taken into consideration the level of natural color to establish if 40 volume is even needed...gonna fry off your hair and usually toner is available to pros only

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      Ginger 21 months ago

      Brittanie, do you do all your stuff at home or are you in a salon in Lakewood,wa

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      Ashley 2 years ago

      Coming from a cosmetologist who had studied and had actual practice, please dont do this at home. Leave this to the professionals. You could end up with serious chemical burns, chemical cuts, and mush for hair. Yes getting your hair done by b professionals is expensive but at least youll have your hair. We'd end up charging you more for your mess ups. So go the safe route and get your hair done professionally. Itll save you the heartache later on.

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      ash brown hair 2 years ago from USA

      Toner is the most usefull but hard to find , i look for it everywhere , and my girlfriend got it in French ,,,

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      Tracie 3 years ago

      I have been a hairdresser for 15 years and using 40 volume bleach on your hair has to be done carefully you could burn yourself or break your hair off.

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      Brittanie Pervier 3 years ago from Seattle WA

      I would try a local beauty supply store like sallys. Online is another great place to look and there lots of options.

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      greeneyedblondie 3 years ago

      Toner is so hard to find. Where can I buy it? Don't tell me just anywhere either, I've been to CVS's, Rite Aids, Wal-Marts, everywhere, and the only place I could find it was at a flea market. I know it's not just anywhere.

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      Karen Shiley 4 years ago from Washington

      Interesting I never really knew what toner was for. I have bleached my hair at home before and turned it a brassy orange. At that point I gave up and went to the salon to have it fixed. It sounds like I may have just missed a couple of important steps.