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How to go from Black Hair to Platinum Blonde

Updated on January 22, 2015

From Black to Platinum

Have you ever wanted to go from black hair to platinum blonde, but can't afford going to the salon? Well, here I will explain how I have done it many times before, slowly, with minimal damage. The key word here will be Patience. Yes, it is possible to do this in a few days, but from experience, unless your hair is in extremely healthy condition, you have to be patient. First I would like to say I am not a licensed cosmetologist. I write this from personal experience, gained over the last 8 years of switching from dyed black hair to platinum and every shade in between.

Bleach Bleach Bleach

Well, before I went platinum, my hair was dyed jet black. There are 2 options to remove the black. I have tried both. Option A would be buying Color Oops. Color Oops is, yes you guessed it a hair color remover. It is Ammonia and bleach free, and restores your color to its original shade. Now let me explain, it wont bring your hair back to its natural color, but I will leave it a bronzy brown color. I have actually left the color alone for a few days because it is actually a pretty tone and looks good with my skin. It is less damaging that bleach, but it does dry out your hair. The smell, the smell is just unexplainable, something like rotten eggs, but as long as you do it by a window, you should be fine. You leave it on your hair for 20 minutes, and then the fun part begins. You have to rinse and shampoo your hair for the next 20 minutes! The more you rinse, the more color you wash out. It works by oxidizing your hair and shrinking the color molecules. So after, your hair will be extremely porous. After you are done with the color oops, I recommend you deep condition a lot. A lot. Sleep with coconut oil in your hair overnight, or olive oil.

I have done it like this, but for me, and that's because my hair is strong and very resistant, for me it has worked better to just start the bleaching process straight on the black hair. Now before you bleach the hair, make sure you do an overnight hair masque treatment. This could be with a protein conditioner, or once again, coconut oil or olive oil. You have to prepare your hair for the bleaching.

For bleaching I have used different products, but my favorite Bleach is Color Brilliance Powder Lightener, as well as their developer for sensitive scalp. I use a 30 volume, 40 volume is just too harsh, and yes, that was the first volume I ever used when I was a teenager, and it was awful. So stick to the 30 volume. Apply the mixture on your hair, and do not leave on hair for more than 60 minutes, I don't leave it on for more than 40. After, you rinse, and condition, do a protein mask again, a good one is ION Repair solutions, and you can find that in Sallys Beauty Supply.

Your hair will be a Deep dark orange after your first bleach, and usually your roots will be lighter. So after this, bleach again, be patient and wait at least a week before the second bleaching, if you can't wait, at least give it a few days, or if you are like me, then go for it, but remember that patience and conditioner is the key to avoid gummy over processed hair. Bleach your hair until it is a pale yellow color, mostly like an inside of a banana. Once you are there, then its time to tone.

Here is a before (top) and after (bottom)


Toning is a very important part of the process. You can buy all of the things you need at Sallys Beauty Supply. For toners, I prefer to use the Wella Colorcharm T18 and T14. I say both because my hair never bleaches to an even color, there are light yellow parts as well as yellow. So what I do is I mixed the toners, half on t18 and half of t14, that way it tones all of it at once, and it comes out a very pretty ashy blonde color. Remember toners wash out, so toning will become a must to maintain your hair platinum/white. I also recommend Shimmer Lights Shampoo, by Clairol. It works wonders, and tones your hair, and keeps it from getting brassy. This is a must have.

Condition and let your hair rest

Ok, now that you have slowly reached your platinum goal, make sure you trim the ends, and make sure you become a conditioner lover. My go to products are Dumb Blonde Conditioner, it averages about 20 dollars, but it is 20 dollars well worth it. Also the Aphogee protein treatment for damaged hair found at Sally Beauty Supply. And of course, my go to products are coconut or olive oil. Make sure you stay away from any heat in your hair, at least for a few weeks. Be gentle when you brush it, and make sure you give it time to get stronger. It is possible to have strong hair, you just have to take the right steps and taka care of it.

I hope this has helped anyone who is thinking about taking the plunge. Platinum hair has always been my favorite color on me, and with a lot of hit and miss I have found what works for me. Good Luck and Happy Hair Dying!


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