I first started bleaching my hair about 3 years back, started from my natural (virginal) dirty blonde and used a box of drugstore bleach (do not recommend, btw). I have naturally stick-straight hair, and it always used to be pretty frizzy. For some reason, bleaching has actually helped the frizz a lot.
Went from this
Not a big difference, not super impressive.
That’s drugstore bleach boxes for ya.
Luckily, it didn’t damage my hair - and I’ve always taken very good care of my hair anyway, weekly moisturizing masques and deep conditioning.
After the first time I looked around and found lightning bleach (I use Manic Panic’s) and that’s all I use any more. I use 40 volume with heat for about an hour. It gets my hair from its natural state to a nice light platinum color
This was about a year ago, 8 or 9 mos after I started using flash lightning, and as you can see, I hadn’t quite figured out the toning process.
I kept my hair at this yellow-platinum stage for about a year, then experimented with a few semipermanent colors (pink, orange, red, purple, finally blue) before returning to blonde a month or so ago. I’ve also started growing my hair out. Before I kept it at between 8-10 inches max, and cut it myself every month or so. (It’s much more difficult to keep hair from being damaged as it gets longer, just take care not to fry the ends - they get the most wear and tear from styling and even just washing.)
This time I used toner as well (a very, very light amount of purple mixed into my regular deep-conditioning treatment) and got my hair to a lovely bright white.
The blue you see at the ends is what remains of the deep navy I’d had in, the bleach took most of it out. You can see that my roots/bangs (areas of new growth) are a nice soft white.
I wash my hair once every three days, sometimes I can get away with longer if I use dry shampoo/haven’t been terribly active. I like to use either Burt’s Bees or something off the Organix line (moroccan argan oil, brazilian keratin therapy, etc). I only ever apply shampoo to my roots, and use hair oil on the ends when they feel dry.
I never ever use curling irons on my hair, opting instead for overnight rag curls. I always air dry my hair as well. If I need to straighten it I keep my flatiron on the lowest possible temperature and run it rapidly over my hair several times, rather than hold it on the lock and pull slowly.
I went to a hairdresser once before I started bleaching my hair, I wanted to go strawberry blonde with highlights. It ended up being nothing like what I wanted, and I hated it until it grew out.
The one thing I can say to those who want to do at-home bleaching is DO YOUR RESEARCH. I can’t say how much time/fretting about the outcome I would have been spared had I just taken the time to look around and see what other people had done.
Best of luck
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