I’ve always bleached my roots myself and never really stopped to think if that was unusual or something many people are scared to do. Last week I attended a hair-dressing event and the stylists I was working with seemed impressed but also a little horrified that I would attempt something as dangerous as bleaching my longish, blueish (direct quote) hair myself without fear of it all falling off.
I know there are millions of hair tutorials and tips available online but I was re-dyeing my hair last week and decided to take some pictures and share what I do. I included the bit at the end with the colouring, just in case anybody isn’t familiar with the conditioner trick.
So fist of all you need to mix the bleach. I use a powder bleach and a 9% peroxide. If you only need to lighten your hair slightly you can probably use a 6% and there is also a 12% but I wouldn’t recommend using this on your own unless you know your hair is very thick and hardy as it could easily cause snappage.
When you have covered all dark areas, leave it to develop. The time varies depending on the colour you are trying to achieve. I dye my hair very light colours so I wait for it to go a light blond, which takes about 40 mins.
In the next step, I add the colour. I use mainly directions, but you can try this technique with any semi-permanent hair dye. You will need a bowl of conditioner and the colour(s) you want to add to it. I hardly ever use just one colour as I like to mix my own shade. This time I’m using turquoise and violet.
When coated, leave for at least 20mins. If you only used a tiny bit of dye you can even sleep with it on all night. I leave it in for different amounts of time depending on the shade and effect I’m going for.
Please let me know if you found this useful or have any questions.