How to bleach hair at home step by step

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Hello my darlings! In today’s post I am going to tell you how to bleach your hair at home step by step.

In this blog I talk a lot about problems related to decorated hair: platinum blonde or with highlights. But I have noticed that I never did a post on how to bleach your hair at home.

I’ve been bleaching my hair myself for 10 years to be exact. I have done both scalp bleaching and highlights. I have tried countless brands of powders and developer. And also all kinds of specific products to care for hair treated by bleaching.

For a long time I had platinum blonde, almost white hair. In this post I tell you how to bleach your hair to white without mistreating it.

Before continuing, please keep in mind that bleaching is a very delicate process that can damage the hair a lot. But if you do it carefully and treat your hair with care, the result can be fantastic. And very low-cost!

If you don’t read the blog every week, you’ll wonder who I am to talk about hair bleaching. Well, I am not a qualified hairdresser, I admit it. However, my mom is, and from her I have learned everything I know about hairdressing. Specifically all the secrets on how to get beautiful blonde hair at home. Whatever finish we want to achieve, and whatever the hair from which we start as a base.

Since I was a child I have always dreamed of having a long and light blonde hair like Barbie’s. And now I have the hair I’ve always wanted. But without further ado, which then mess, I will tell you how to make a bleaching at home step by step.

Products to bleach hair at home

This is the list of products that are needed to bleach hair at home:

  • Bleaching powders
  • developer
  • Gloves
  • Mixing bowl
  • Brush to apply the mixture
  • Towel
  • Tint for nuance
  • developer for dye for nuance

Step-by-step bleaching

  1. Mix bleaching powders with developer

The ratio for mixing developer and bleaching powders is 1 measure of bleaching agent per 1.5 measures of peroxide (developer).

Mix the two ingredients in the mixing bowl until a paste is formed.

Here is a list of recommended products for bleaching powders and developers. It is super important to choose quality products in this step, since it is the basis of all the bleaching work. In addition, these products can be harmful to the hair if they are not good enough.

Best hair bleaching products

Bleaching powders from Wella Professionals Multi Blonde 800gr

These bleaching powders from Wella are great value for money. Great especially if you’re going to resort to bleaching often. It comes with anti-yellow properties. It also seems to me that they sell it in different sizes.

In the boat it says that it lifts 7 tones, but I would say that it lifts perfectly up to 9.

Wella Multi Blond Review
Wella Multi Blond

Schwarzkopf BlondMe Premium Lift 9+ Powder Brightener 450g

This for me is one of the most powerful. If what you need is to bleach all the hair, or if your hair is very dark, this can come in handy. Lift 9 shades. Even if you don’t use 40-volume water, 30-volume water also goes up well.

It is supposed to strengthen the hair fiber, although I do not remember great differences.

Schwarzkopf Professional BlondMe
Schwarzkopf Professional BlondMe

The developer designed for these powders is BLONDME Premium Developer 2 %/7 vol., 6 %/20 vol. or 9 %/30 vol.

Blondme premium care developer 6% 20 vol developer SCHWARZKOFT
Blondme premium care developer 6% 20 vol developer SCHWARZKOFT

Revlon Blonderful 8 Lightening Powder Hair Treatment – 750 gr

These Revlon bleaching powders lift 8 shades. Something intermediate between the 9 of Schwarzkopf’s BlondMe and Wella’s 7. As a feature that differentiates it I would mention the smell. Softer than usual.

Eye, there is also a super similar version, but that raises 7 tones instead of 8.

Revlon Blonderful 8 Lightening Powder Hair Treatment Reviews
Revlon Blonderful 8 Lightening Powder Hair Treatment

Igora IGORA Vario Blond bleaching powders from Schwarzkopf

You know that I personally like the Igora line very much. I use the dyes and I think they have a beautiful finish and are precise with the nuances. Well, this is the same in bleaching powder version. The color you are going to nuance, obviously, but it has a nice finish too.

These powders from Igora (also from the Schwarzkopf brand) lighten hair up to seven shades. Fibre Bond technology strengthens hair fibers and thus protects hair against breakage and dryness. It contains pigments that neutralize unwanted yellow and warm tones. Come on, it counteracts the yellow chicken.

schwarzkopf Igora Vario Blond
Schwarzkopf Igora Vario Blond

Blond Studio Platinum bleaching by L’Oréal Professionnel 500ml

From L’Oréal Professionnel I am a big fan of shampoos, but not so much of this bleach. The reason is that it lifts only 6 tones, which for me is not enough. Of course, I have to mention it because it is a completely innovative product in terms of formula and may depending on what you are looking for, it may be your star product. Instead of coming in bleaching powders, it comes in cream. Just like a dye. And as for others, you have to mix it with developer separately.  

I also want to include it in this list because it is an ammonia-free bleach. And I know there are people who are interested in non-toxic products, so there you have this option.

L'Oréal's Blond Studio Platinum bleach for hair bleach at home
Blond Studio Platinum bleaching by L’Oréal Professionnel 500ml

2. Apply bleaching

Apply bleaching to hair. Either through highlights, all over the hair or just the root.

3. Wait 45 minutes.

As a general rule, bleaching takes 45 minutes to raise 10 shades. But this varies greatly depending on the type of hair and effect to achieve.

Virgin hair lightens faster than dyed hair. Light brown hair lightens faster than dark brown hair. A thin tuft of hair lightens faster than a thick one. A full strand of hair takes longer to clear than just the root.

In any case, it is important to check every so often to ensure progress. As soon as we reach the desired color we must remove the bleaching.

4. Remove bleaching

Remove the bleaching by rinsing it with water. You don’t need to use shampoo.

5. Tone up bleaching.

In this post I tell you how to tone up highlights. It will also serve to tone up highlights.

How many grams of bleach is needed for all hair?

As a general rule to bleach a full mane long above the shoulders, you will need about 100 gr of bleach.

How to bleach hair at home safely: my tips

How to bleach your hair at home without yellowish undertones or your hair breaking into pieces? If this is your first time doing hair bleaching at home, please keep a couple of things in mind. First, that bleaching is a chemical process that can damage not only hair but skin. I myself have a burn on my neck from a bleaching, and after years I still have the marks.

Secondly, remember that you will have to take great care of your hair. It is not the same to dye than to bleach. I made a post about how to take care of bleached hair. And if unfortunately, your hair is already battered by bleaching, I also have a specific article on how to recover hair burned by bleaching.

Degrees of bleaching

During the bleaching process the hair can go through a total of 9 shades, from black to white. Normally bleaches raise between 6 and 9 shades.

Best hair bleach

I have tried many types and brands of hair bleach.

Surely I forget some, but the ones I listed above are my favourites. These are, for me, the best hair bleach I’ve tried to date. If I remember someone else, or try a new one that I like, I will update the post. Among all that, the best hair bleach, for my taste is Blondme from Schwarzkoft.

opinion Blondme Bond Enforcing by Schwarzkoft
Blondme Bond Enforcing by Schwarzkoft

Hair bleach prices

The price varies depending on the brand, but in general, bleaching powders cost between € 3 and € 10 per 100 gr.

Hair bleach is usually sold in large format for professional use (from 400gr) and usually comes in a bottle. But they also sell them in the form of individual envelopes. In this case the size is 30gr and the price is about € 3. That is, about € 100 per 100gr.

I hope this post has served you if you want to know how to bleach your hair at home. Good luck, and go ahead!

Finally, in this video of my Youtube channel I tell you my color routine to get a light blonde, in case you have not yet decided on the technique to follow to bleach the hair. Meaning, if you are still considering highlights or bleaching from the scalp.

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Lots of love,Deliria