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How To Safely and Properly Bleach Hair At Home

Beauties have found time and inspiration to attain their bleached hair goals in this quarantine situation. Let’s keep it safe with this tutorial below.

Bleaching is a marathon, not a sprint. Let’s break down how to bleach your hair at home so your mane won’t have to.

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Stay Gorgeous and Safe This Quarantine With This Easy Hair Bleaching Tutorial

What You’ll Need:

  • Gloves
  • Old shirt
  • Bleach
  • Developer
  • Mixing bowl (non-metallic)
  • Weighing scale

Day 1: The Prep Work

Step 1: Make a Schedule for the Week (Or Two)

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Invest a week or two to achieve blonde hair, and this will mean that you can’t leave your house during the process. Unless you don’t mind revealing yellow hair, that Zoom meeting may have to wait. By spreading out the process, we minimize can the damage bleach will unavoidably have on our hair.

On this day, take the time to purchase everything you’ll need. I recommend adding a bond maintenance solution to your cart for proper hair care.

Step 2: Wash, Detangle, and Moisturize Your Hair

Wash your hair and making sure to detangle it, and apply a nourishing and moisturizing leave-on treatment. Tie your hair into braids to help your strands absorb the treatment and to make sure it doesn’t get tangled.

Make sure your hair is at its best before you start bleaching since hydrogen peroxide will only further damage your hair. Hair damage is inevitable, but we can minimize it with proper hair care.

Day 2: First Round of Hair Bleaching

Note: We’ll be applying bleach on dirty (unwashed) hair.

Step 3: Section Your Hair Into 4 Quadrants

[instagram url= hidecaption=true width=600] Part your hair in the middle and section it into four quadrants. Sectioning your hair will help apply bleach evenly, and most importantly will prevent you from missing out less visible areas. If you’re doing this on your own, pay close attention to this step.

Put on your old shirt because you don’t want to mess up your cutest tee from step 4 onwards!

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Step 4: Prepare the Bleach and Developer

Make sure to wear your gloves and old tee at this point since we’ll start handling bleach and developer!

Combine 1 oz of bleach to 2.5 oz developer into your mixing bowl. If you want to add a bit of hair booster into your bleach to protect your hair, you may do so. Be warned that this may lower the volume of your developer by approximately 10 points.

Blend the mixture until it turns into a thick consistency, which is perfect for evenly applying onto your strands later on. Lumps are not invited to the party.

Step 5: Start Applying the Bleach Onto Your Hair

[instagram url= hidecaption=true width=600] Begin with the quadrant nearest your nape, applying bleach in smaller sub-sections within. Don’t take too much time in each section because you don’t want a section to soak in bleach longer than others. In effect, you will end up with an uneven and blotchy bleach job.

Don’t worry about saturating the roots, since we will tackle this more in the second round of bleaching. Focus on the ends and the shaft.

Leave the bleach on for 30-45 minutes with a plastic shower cap around your head. Some parts of your head are warmer than others, so a plastic wrap will keep your whole head of hair warm. Heat supports the bleaching process and helps your hair cuticles to lift more.

Step 6: Rinse Your Freshly Bleached Hair

Rinse the bleach mixture off with lukewarm water. If you have a bond maintenance treatment, apply it before you shampoo your hair. Wash your hair with your most luxurious shampoo and let’s call it a day.

That’s it for day 2! If you have yellow to bright orange hair, take a deep breath and know that it’s alright. Black to deep brown hair will not turn blond in one sitting. That’s what we have day 3 for!

Day 3: Second Round of Hair Bleaching

Day 3 doesn’t have to be the next day, put it off as much as possible and do some hair care treatments during this time.

If it’s your first time, wait two weeks until your second round of bleach. Your hair will love you for it, and you can take this time to revive your hair before it takes another hit.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 & 6


On your second round of bleaching, you can focus more on getting your roots and baby hairs bleached. These parts get the most warmth from your head, so they will bleach more easily. Another round of bleach to your lengths will kill the orange and yellows – you’re welcome.

Finished Bleached Hair Look:

[instagram url= hidecaption=true width=600] If you want to rock blond hair, grab a great purple toning shampoo to keep it from getting brassy. If hair color is next your list, I ask on behalf of your crown to wait at least three months or until you feel your hair is healthy enough.

Wash your hair once a week at most, your natural oils are there to nourish your hair and over-washing will cause further damage. Give your hair plenty of TLC with protein and moisturizing masks and treatments.

Check out Camille’s complete tutorial on how she managed to bleach her curly hair beautifully below:

If you’ve caught the experimental bug, this is a great time to try something new with your hair! Because dealing with hair bleach is no joke, let’s continue to err on the side of caution as we have been for months now.

Did it turn out exactly as you hoped? Share your experience with us! We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.


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