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November 12, 2022 by Edna K. Martin – Hairstylist, Certified Skin Care Coach
Adding color to your hair can give you almost the same rush as vodka does – it gives you a wild and sexy vibe.
Before you rush off to the salon, what if we told you that you could bleach your black hair at home and get the same professional results?
Yes, in this article, we will cover everything you need to know about bleaching your black hair at home.
Let’s get started.
In This Article
What Do You Need to Bleach Your Black Hair?
We’ve all admired the super-blonde hair, and learning that you can create that look from the comforts of your home is pretty amazing!
However, before you rush off to buy just any bleaching kit, read this.
We have outlined the tools you will need to pick up from the store; thankfully, they do not cost much.
- A quality hair bleach kit
- Plastic gloves
- Tinting brush to apply the bleach
- Glass or plastic bowl to mix the bleach in
- Transparent plastic bag or plastic cup to cover your hair
- Balancing shampoo
The toner is the magic ingredient in the potion. Without it, your picture-perfect blonde may wind up a rather unattractive shade of brassy yellow.
How Many Times Does Black Hair Need to be Bleached?
If you want to go from black to blonde, you will need to dye your hair at least twice to achieve your desired color.
The actual number of times you need to bleach your black hair depends on two main factors:
- Your natural hair color
- How light do you want your hair to be
Step By Step Guide to Bleaching Your Hair At Home
The darker your hair is, the longer it would take to bleach it to a lighter color. Typically, you will need to reapply the bleach multiple times.
Here are the steps to help you achieve lighter-colored hair with minimum damage.
Get the Right Combo
We suggest that you get quality bleach and hydrogen peroxide: yes, bleaching black hair will require a potent combination.
Go for 30 volume peroxide; it is delicate on your scalp and still gets the job done beautifully.
The 40 volume peroxide is too harsh and can end up burning your scalp.
Prepare the Bleaching Mixture
Read the directions on the product packaging. The typical measurement is 1 to 2 of bleaching powder to the cream developer.
Try to get the right consistency.
Do A Patch Test
Try out the bleaching combo on one patch of your hair to check the product’s efficacy before you apply it to your entire head.
Then, for better results, apply the dye and set the timer for 5 minutes intervals. After each 5 minutes interval, check if you have achieved your desired blonde.
Moisturize Your Hair
Hair bleach can strip your strands of their natural moisture; this process is worse when you’re bleaching black hair. To mitigate the stripping effect, apply a hair mask beforehand.
Divide Your Hair Into Sections
Divide your hair into smaller sections and hold it in place with clips. You will apply the mixed bleaching powder section by section. Add more powder if your mixture is too watery.
Wear Protective Gear
Bleach is harsh, so you must ensure you are well-protected at all times. Wear clothes that you can afford to do away with and gloves.
It makes sense to carry out your bleaching session in a well-ventilated area.
Create a barrier between the bleach and your skin with petroleum jelly – apply it to your ears, forehead, and neck.
Start from the back of your head to apply the bleach evenly from the roots to the tips.
Ensure that you saturate each section properly with bleach before moving on to the next.
Use the brush to make it easy and work through your hair quickly to avoid uneven tones.
Once you have worked your way through all the sections, cover your hair with a processing cap.
Check your hair every five minutes till you’ve reached your desired tone. Rinse off the bleach and reapply the bleach in a week.
Use a Toner
A good toner helps you balance your dyed hair and rid it of any yellow or orange pigment that it may have. They are like the holy grail of bleached hair.
What to Do After Bleaching Your Dark Hair?
Now that you’ve successfully bleached your black hair at home, you want to maintain that professional look at all costs.
Luckily, it is not so hard to maintain if you follow these tips.
- Give yourself a trim seven days after your bleaching session; this seals up the ends
- Shampoo your hair less often than you’d usually do – 2 -3 times a week is perfect
- Switch to purple or blue shampoo to prevent the blonde from going orange
- Condition your strands before and after bleaching and after every shampoo session
- Use post-color treatments like Olaplex to repair damaged strands
- Use a nourishing and hydrating hair mask regularly
- Apply hair serum to your hair daily
- If you have to heat-style your hair, use a heat protectant
- Wait at least six weeks after your last bleach application before applying bleach to your hair again
Bonus Tips: What You Shouldn’t Do When Bleaching Your Black Hair
Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t do if you want to achieve the perfect blond look. Don’t:
- Forget to set a timer for 5 minutes that way, you prevent rot scalp
- Skip the instructions in this guide
- Skip the strip test; it helps you determine how long you should leave the bleach in
- Forget to trim your ends after you go blonde; split ends is not your friend
- Skip using a toner for best results
Bleaching your black hair to blonde is pretty easy once you know what to do.
Follow the clear instructions in this guide, and you’ll get professional-looking results.
Remember, always do a patch test and check your hair at 5 minutes intervals.