As a natural dark brunette (almost black), I’ve only bleached my hair blond twice. The first time I bleached it blond with a kit I bought at Walmart, my hair in a half hour’s time was white at the roots and canary yellow everywhere else. I went back to Walmart and bought dark brown hair dye and vowed to never bleach my hair again.
Lesson forgotten, a few years later I bleached my hair blond again. After 6 hours of bleaching my own hair with 3 different bleaching kits, I was left with fried hair, 2nd degree burns all over my scalp, and the same canary yellow hair with white roots. Thankfully, my aunt, who is a hair stylist, was able to repair the damage I had caused and turn my locks into a “natural” looking blond, even fixing my white roots with a blond/brown dye to make the roots look more realistic. I’ve learned my lesson this go-round, and have learned some great tips on how to bleach your hair without frying your scalp and your locks.
First of all, it’s best to go to a stylist to have your hair lightened. They have the tools to take the red out of brunette hair without repeated dye jobs, which is something even the cool toned bleach kits you can buy yourself cannot achieve. This is the main cause for the white roots and canary yellow hue that most of us end up with, regardless of how many times we use bleach kits over and over. A stylist can fix this drama in a short time with products that don’t leave your locks screaming for relief.
If you are still reluctant to fork out the dough to have a stylist bleach your locks, then purchasing a kit designed for dark hair going blond is your best bet, particularly if you go with a cool tone that will help draw the natural red out. Dye the long part of your hair first, saving the roots for last, so you don’t end up with white roots and darker hair. Your roots are hotter than the rest of your hair, so have a chemical reaction far more successful to the dye than the rest of your hair, which is what leaves you with transparent roots and darker locks.
Wear a cap on your head to help your hair absorb the bleach more successfully and keep you from wanting to leave the hair dye on too long. Never leave on the dye longer than recommended, even if your hair doesn’t look the way you want it to. This can lead to hair breakage and frying, and can do real damage to your scalp.
When you’ve rinsed the dye out, follow through with a gentle shampoo and conditioner to help your hair relax and repair from the damage you’ve caused by bleaching. Almond oil and citrus oils rubbed into the hair can help relax the damaged locks and keep breakage at bay. If you didn’t get the results you wanted from bleaching your own hair, wait a few days and try again, keeping the dye on the dark locks only, forgoing the roots. Don’t repeatedly dye your hair over and over in one long process. Give your hair time to heal from the first attack before moving on to the next one.
Make sure you get a bleaching kit rather than just a blond hair dye. I’ve never had any success with blond hair dyes in actually lightening my locks, but when I really just want a light brown or a red-brown hair color, the blond kits rather than the bleaching kits work quite nicely. If you want to truly bleach your hair though, go with a bleaching kit.
Once again though, I can’t stress seeing a hair stylist to turn your brunette locks to blond enough. With the amount of money you will spend on bleaching kits, a backup hair dye just in case the bleaching doesn’t work out, and more bleaching kits if you are just plain stubborn enough to think you can achieve that golden hue on your own, you could have just seen a stylist to make your new hair color amazing without sacrificing a lot of your time, money, and your hair.