In today’s post I tell you, my darlings, what hydrogen peroxide to use for bleaching and, in general, how to use hydrogen peroxide to lighten hair.
A liquid of humble appearance but that works wonders in the hair. Hydrogen peroxide or hydrogen peroxide is a chemical that lightens the skin and hair. In hairdressing it is used to remove the natural pigment and deposit the new color.
It manages to lighten the darkest hair to turn them into super glam light blondes. You know I love getting beautiful shades of blonde, and the only way to get a truly Barbie shade is by using bleaching and hydrogen peroxide.
Of course, you already know that hydrogen peroxide must be used very carefully. Just as it can produce a wonderful effect on the hair it can also destroy it completely.
To make the article a little more digestible and clear I have made a selection of frequently asked questions about hydrogen peroxide. I hope you find it useful.
Does hydrogen peroxide lighten hair?
Yes, hydrogen peroxide lightens the hair. It is the activator product that makes the dyes and bleaches we use have an effect on our hair.
What it does on the hair is break the cuticle to allow the color we want to apply to penetrate the hair and fix on it.
How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Lighten Hair
Hydrogen peroxide to lighten hair can be used in two ways: with dye or with bleaching.
In today’s post we are going to focus on hydrogen peroxide used only with bleaching. That is, if we want to lighten the hair between 6 or 9 shades. Soon I will prepare another article about what hydrogen peroxide is used for dyeing.
Here you have the article on how to bleach hair at home step by step if you need it. If not, we move on.
Can you bleach your hair with hydrogen peroxide?
Yes, hydrogen peroxide applied directly lightens the hair. However, the result is usually not very aesthetic. It is usually yellow.
If you have already reached this step, in this post I tell you how to remove yellow tone from hair.
But the worst thing about applying hydrogen peroxide directly to the hair is not to end up with your hair looking like a chicken’s, but with a fiber damaged in depth.
For this reason, it is not recommended to use hydrogen peroxide to lighten hair directly. It should always be used mixed with dye or with discoloration.
How to bleach hair with hydrogen peroxide
To bleach the hair with hydrogen peroxide we must mix it with hair bleach. This bleaching usually comes in powder format (white or blue), although it is also sold in cream.
To prepare the bleaching we will use 1 measure of bleaching agent per 1.5 measures of peroxide (hydrogen peroxide).
What hydrogen peroxide to use for bleaching
To bleach the hair we must use a peroxide of 30 or 40 volumes for medium to dark brown hair. Of course, as I say, always mixed with bleaching.
As hydrogen peroxide of 30 volumes the one I would recommend is Welloxon from Wella. Here we already need the peroxide to work a little more to lift the color. Therefore I have chosen this peroxide because it protects the hair fiber while lightening the hair:
As 40-volume hydrogen peroxide, we definitely have to choose one that will protect our hair. That’s why I chose Schwarzkoft’s Blondme Premium Care Developer as a recommended product. It is a hydrogen peroxide that in addition to being top in terms of effectiveness repairs the hair fiber. It is one of the best products on the market as far as bleaching is concerned. Although, of course, it is still a powerful lifter, and we must be careful when using it.
Hydrogen peroxide 20 volumes for bleaching
Many people try to use 20-volume peroxide to try to minimize the damage caused by bleaching. I have. However, the 20-volume hydrogen peroxide for bleaching will only serve to lighten hair from medium brown to blonde.
If we use this peroxide for darker hair, it is most likely that the hair will only reach orange. At this point, as much as we hope, the bleaching is not going to lift any more. Unfortunately the only solution, my darlings, will be to remove the bleaching, let the hair rest and reapply another with the correct peroxide later. A water of 30 or 40.
Conclusion, better to use the correct hydrogen peroxide from the beginning. If you have dark hair or want to lighten a lot, 30 or 40. If you have lighter or already treated hair you can go down to 20.
To use as 20-volume peroxide for a dye, Revlon Techniques can be a good choice. Basically for the same reason as before. It helps the color to be applied very well to the hair.
What number of hydrogen peroxide clarifies the most?
In hairdressing, water of 10, 20, 30 and 40 volumes is used. Water of 40 (hydrogen peroxide at 12) is the number of hydrogen peroxide that lightens the hair the most. As I said, it is the most recommended if you want to lift many tones or the hair is especially dark.
On the other hand, water of 10 volumes (hydrogen peroxide at 3) is the one that is usually used to dye in dark tones. It is also used for fine or sparse hair as it is less harmful to hair.
What happens if I pour hydrogen peroxide into my hair?
Hydrogen peroxide is not intended to be used on its own. Nor with shampoo, please, as I have heard out there.
If you pour hydrogen peroxide on your hair, without dye, your hair will probably be somewhat lighter, but also completely destroyed. The level of rinse is difficult to define, since you are not using any dye that serves as a reference.
Is it bad to pour hydrogen peroxide in your hair? No, it’s not bad, it’s terrible. Please, if you are fond of your hair, do not do it.
Does hydrogen peroxide damage hair?
Yes, hydrogen peroxide is a chemical that damages hair. For this reason, we must always use it with hair dye or bleach. And even using it in conjunction with these products, we must always be careful. Of course, after treating hair chemically with bleaching you should use specific products for bleached hair.
If you have hair damaged by bleaching here I tell you how I managed to recover my hair burned by bleaching.
Hydrogen peroxide to cover gray hair
The hydrogen peroxide that you must use to cover the gray hair is that of 20 volumes. The reason is that peroxide makes the hair absorb the pigment, but gray hair lacks pigmentation, therefore, in reality a low water will serve us the same.
Even so, it is necessary to continue using hydrogen peroxide so that the hairs still have color.
The complicated thing is to find the ideal point between a water high enough to fix the color to the gray hair. But low enough so that it does not lighten the hair more than we want.
This Revlon hydrogen peroxide that I leave here below seems to me a balanced option for those hairs who want to cover the gray hair:
I hope this post has clarified something if you needed to know what hydrogen peroxide to use for bleaching and how to use hydrogen peroxide to lighten hair based on your base color.
As always, see you here very soon.