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How to Bleach Your Hair at Home

Lisa Stover is a part-time writer that has been published on numerous sites. She hails from Pittsburgh, PA.

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Bleach Blonde

Bleaching your hair at home is a great alternative to spending a lot of money at the saloon, but a lot of people don't know how to do it correctly. Some are scared and for good reason. A bad at-home bleach job can result in loss or breakage. You might end up having to sport a short bob when that was never your intention. Others simply have no clue what to do or what supplies they need. This guide will explain to you step by step what you need to do and what you need to safely and effectively bleach your hair at home.

Please read the entire article before you attempt to bleach your hair yourself.

After bleaching my hair at home myself.

After bleaching my hair at home myself.

Bleach Your Hair At Home Supplies

I suggest going to your local Sally's Beauty Supply to get the following products. They have a good reputation, and the products they sell are designed to do the job you want. The following is what you need to pick up:

  • Gloves
  • Powder Bleach
  • 20 Volume Peroxide Cream
  • Shower Cap
How To Bleach Your Hair At Home

How To Bleach Your Hair At Home

Instructions for How To Bleach Your Hair At Home

  • Make sure hair is clean and dry
  • Mix the peroxide and bleach together
  • Put on gloves
  • Apply bleach to the darkest part of your hair first, usually your scalp
  • Continue applying bleach to rest of hair
  • When finished applying bleach put on shower cap
  • Once your desired color is reached rinse with warm water
  • Condition hair
  • Throw away gloves and bleach mixture
  • Blow dry hair and style as usual

Additional Tips To Read Before Bleaching Your Hair

  • Make sure you wear old clothing because bleach will ruin your clothes.
  • Bleach will typically take about 30-50 minutes to work. However, I would check every 15-20 minutes to see how the color is coming along. If you are happy with the color sooner then it's pointless to leave it on longer.
  • If you have red-tones in your hair you will more than likely see brassiness. This can be fixed by buying a shampoo designed to reduce that orangey color.
  • Lastly you must make it a point to invest in a good conditioner. Bleaching your hair is damaging, so if you do it then taking good care of your hair needs to be a priority.

Now that you know how to bleach you hair at home you don't have to make an appointment at the saloon or spend a ton of money!

After bleaching my hair I then dyed it a shade of berry.

After bleaching my hair I then dyed it a shade of berry.

Adding Color

Now, if you are only trying to go blonde and are happy with the blonde that you have achieved, then you are finished. If you have not reached your full blonde potential I would recommend waiting at least a week before bleaching again. Bleaching your hair weakens it and you don't want it to break off. During the week you are taking a break use a really good conditioner designed for damaged hair. The goal is to get your hair in the best shape possible before you bleach again. Also in between bleaching you should use a shampoo designed to reduce brassiness.

If blonde was not your final goal, then read on.

I have bleached my hair myself to achieve various shades of blonde, bright red, and purples. Once your hair is light enough to take the color you want then you can go ahead and dye it. I know that most would tell you to wait. However, I never do. Once your hair is dry, put your color on. Leave it on until it's to your liking. Then rinse and condition. This process will damage your hair, I can't stress that enough, so be sure to invest in good products and use them regularly to keep hair as healthy as can be.

Happy bleaching!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 14, 2013:

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Most informative step by step procedure of bleaching hair, thanks for these useful tips

Lisa Stover (author) from Pittsburgh PA on March 10, 2013:

Prospectboy at least you'll know if you do (lol), thanks for reading.

Bradrick H. from Texas on March 10, 2013:

Although I highly doubt that I'll ever need a reason to bleach what little hair I have, I still found this hub very informative. Voted up, and rated useful. Great writing friend!

Lisa Stover (author) from Pittsburgh PA on March 10, 2013:

It's super expensive at the saloon so If I couldn't do it myself I wouldn't even try the look. Thanks for reading ladies :)

Laura Tykarski from Pittsburgh PA on March 10, 2013:

I may try this in the summer for high-lighting-Great money saver. Bleached-hair is hard to maintain.

Annette Hendley from London, United Kingdom on March 10, 2013:

I have tried highlights at home before as well and it worked quite well. Good info for someone who want to save some money and still look good.

Lisa Stover (author) from Pittsburgh PA on March 08, 2013:

I understand Marie, but most of us love the look esp. for summer.

Marie Anne on March 08, 2013:

I try to stay away from chemicals as much as possible, so there's no way I'd ever bleach my hair ... myself, or at a salon.

Lisa Stover (author) from Pittsburgh PA on March 06, 2013:

Your welcome Sheri, thanks for reading.

Sheri Dusseault from Chemainus. BC, Canada on March 06, 2013:

Well I would never have the nerve to try this although I have done my own highlights before. Thanks for the information!

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