(Closed) Anyone bleach their own hair?

posted 5 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

This is a cautionary tale.

A few years back I bleached my own hair. I turned it orange. The home bleach kit wasn’t strong enough and it totally destroyed my hair. The next day I paid I think $300 for corrective color. My hair was completely wrecked… it was actually gummy feeling. I do not recommend bleaching your own hair.

My hair at the time was a darkish brown (dyed). My natural color is medium golden brown… it’s about medium thickness. Was pretty healthy before the bleach incident. I ended up cutting it short and growing it out again.

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you’re bleaching your hair in order to put a color on top, you really should have a professional do it unless you only want to do it once or twice for however long it takes your hair to grow from root to however long you like to keep it (in other words, months or years). When you bleach your hair, each hair strand gets roughed up and pitted, just a normal side-effect of bleaching. But if you are not careful, then it will grab any applied color wrong, and end up patchy. If you’re using a vegetable-based color dye then when it washes out, it will fade unevenly.  Your hair will end up looking like a really unfortunate pastel calico cat.

This doesn’t mean you can’t do your own bleaching at home, only that unless you’re REALLY good or really lucky at it, you will get better results from a professional.

Also you may want to apply a clear cellophane treatment after bleaching to seal the cuticle of the hair and prevent deepening of the cracks and pits caused by the bleach. This also makes the color grab more evenly.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’ve bleached my lady-mustache hair in the past. It got the job done but also bleached my skin, which gave me a weirder looking mustache in the end. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Yup the gummy feeling is a common side-effect from home color/home bleaching and indicates the hair is reeeeeeeeeally damaged. If you put a semi-permanent color on top of that, it’s going to do all sorts of weird and unpredictable things as it fades out through normal washing and wear.

 

OP if you REALLY want to do it yourself, then pay for a professional to do it once. Ask him/her to tell you the “weight” of the bleach— usually it will be 20 or 30 weight if you’re starting with a medium hair color, 40 weight if you’re starting from very dark.  Also if they apply any toner (not really needed if you’re putting a color on top but if you’re going for platinum blond with purple bangs for example, you may need a toner to even out the blonde bits) get the brand, undertone detail and color name and number. You will get much better results buying the bleach at a professional beauty supply store (in my area, they’re called Sally’s) but that may require a license. The stuff you buy at the Walgreens is usually only about 20 weight and if you have red undertones, very thick hair or very coarse hair, 20 weight isn’t gonna cut it. You’ll end up with orange hair. Also record how long the professional leaves the bleach on your hair, if they use heat or not, and how long they leave the toner on.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Shop around, you can usually find an assistant in a salon who is under the direct supervision of an experienced stylist and are about half the cost. I’m stylist and I charge twice as much for a corrective color than normal. Plus, you can easily fry your hair if you don’t know what you’re doing. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Do NOT bleach your own hair. You’ll end up spending much more money having it color corrected then you would if you just went to a professional to do it. Understanding the peroxide and how it lifts and hot roots, etc. Leave it up to the pro’s.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I bleached my hair myself (well, with “help” from my friends) in college and it was horrible. My hair was ruined, literally, for years. I had to wait until it all grew out to look normal again. I would do color at home, but never bleach.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I put a bleach panel in myself, on my fringe. The bleach worked fine but when putting a colour on top of it, it turned into a nightmare. Because bleach oxidises and makes the colour in your hair go “clear” when you put a colour on top of this like purple, it will become patchy, uneven and your blonde will come through extremely quickly and in patches. Also if you bleach at home you have no control over the amounts or strengths of the chemicals used. Home kits just put in the strongest amount so that this way it will cover all different hair types.

If you just want a small panel on your fringe putting in,speak to a stylist, it masy not be as much as you expect. Also look into training colleges,as the students are always closely monitered and services re often more than half the price. You will at least need to go to a salon for a test,ask them to take a small cutting and they will test this with bleach to see how your hair reacts. If hair goes gummy,like pizza cheese, or breaks then the best bet is not to do it. Most salons shouldnt charge for a strand test.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

My hair is too fragile, I won’t risk it.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Dont use beach.. Use color fix.. Its non peroxide!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I recently “dip-dyed” the ends of my hair pink. It was on a whim and I got lucky with an at-home bleach kit. My hair is dark brown with many rounds of henna on top, so I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to lift that color. I used “radical bleach kit” or something like that from Sally’s and covered it with Manic Panic hot pink. I probably wouldn’t have been so daring if it had been all of my hair and not just the ends. 

This is how it turned out:

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did, back in high school. I wanted to go bright pink, so I had a stylist do it for me (note that I had really short hair). She used the wrong kind of bleach and burned the hell out of my skin (I had blisters), and the pink dye she used was awful. I ended up waiting for that to fade and redoing it myself.

I bought an ON SCALP bleach kit from Sally Beauty, and some pink dye from Hot Topic (Special FX, I believe?), and it was AWESOME. Way better than the pro. My hair is also very healthy and extremely resilient.

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