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You want new, lighter hair color, that's great, but before we get into anything about bleaching your locks with hydrogen peroxide, making sure that new hair color turns out great, you first need to consider the risks. Besides having a completely different color, your hair becomes more brittle, shine-less, and extremely damaged if the process is repeated too often.
It's important to mention that your new, bleached look will require a new hair care routine to avoid damaging the hair fibers more.
Now that we've covered the risks, let's continue on with how to properly bleach your hair.
There are a few chemical solutions used during the bleaching process, with the most effective being hydrogen peroxide. When you apply hydrogen peroxide to your locks, oxygen combines with the hair pigments, and creates a chemical reaction that lightens the melanin pigment's natural color. Bleaching also helps lift the cuticle scales making hair more porous, thus causing it to be more likely to hold new hair color or tint. Before the application of a permanent color, bleaching is typically performed to enhance the lightening of hair. The bleaching process is also used after applying dye to remove or lighten hair tint.
The safest way to achieve a bleached hairstyle is to pay a professional to do it for you - however, it can be devastating to your pocket book. On the other hand, you won't get good results from using a box of blonde hair dye, and at best, you'll end up with orange locks. If you have black or dark brown hair, you'll need to bleach it, color it, and then use the proper products to maintain the color and health of your hair.
With the basics out of the way, here is a guide to help you use hydrogen peroxide to bleach and get new, much lighter hair color.
You will need these items before you begin the process process:
It's important to do a strand test before bleaching all of your hair to avoid serious skin reactions. Also, you can purchase hydrogen peroxide in a 3% mixed solution in most department stores, as well as at beauty supply stores. Now let's move on to the steps for bleaching your locks.
You can purchase bleaching kits at your local beauty supply store with pre-measured ingredients and fully disclosed instructions for you to follow. But the main problem with bleaching kits is, for dark or long hair past the shoulders, you will need more than one box; possibly 3 boxes. And while this can become pricey, it might be necessary.
One thing that you should definitely avoid in terms of products is household cleaning solutions such as Clorox because they're unsafe and dangerous to use. This stuff causes extreme damage to hair and skin, and it’s not suggested in any situation. You should certainly check safe & natural hair dyes - good choices for yourlocks.
Once you've finished bleaching process, you will need to use products for color-treated hair. Nearly every brand produces shampoos, conditioners, and leave-in conditioners for color-treated hair, so it shouldn't be hard to find. Some of the more expensive ones are by Redken, but cheaper ones by Aussie work just as well.