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Girls have been bleaching their hair at home for decades to get a gorgeous and stylish look. But many of them include myself have bleached my hair in a improper way which has damaged my hair a lot. How to bleach hair safely to mitigate potential harm? What is the secret to hair salon’s bleaching techniques?
Luckily, we will introduce 7 tricks and 3 hair care tips from top hairdressers in New York on how to bleach hair safely to avoid a disaster. Keep scrolling for all things we picked up behind the scenes of hair salon.
The hair expert Denis De Souza gave some important advice, he said that the best way to protect your hair from breakage is to add coconut oil all over the hair and scalp the night before coloring.”
Apply two or three teaspoons of coconut oil on your hair, using your fingertips to massage from the hair roots to hair ends. This will help minimize the scope of hair breakage.
Peroxide is one of the most important tools in bleaching process. De Souza said that “the level of peroxide in the bleach is depend on the shade of platinum you want. The lighter you want to get, the higher the level of peroxide is.”
10 vol peroxide should be used on hair that is already close to your desired color. 20 vol peroxide is a fairly standard for bleaching hair. This level is commonly used to take dark brown hair to light brown, or to take light brown to a light blonde color.
Increasing the strength of peroxide will increase the lift, but will cause a lot irritation to your scalp, and more damage to your hair. Don’t use peroxide that higher than 30 vol to avoid the irritation of your scalp. For those who have sensitive skin, always use 20 vol peroxide or lower.
When applying bleach, a quicker application will reduce the chance of uneven results. In order to apply it quickly, divide your hair into 4 quadrants and secure each part with a hair clip.
Wear gloves, and mix the powder together in a 1:1 ratio of bleach and your chosen peroxide.The commonly recommended ratio is 1:1 or 1:2, unless the brand you are using specifies a different ratio. Once the mixture gets to a consistency almost like ketchup, then it’s ready to bleach.
Use high quality salon brands like Wella and Indola to go lighter, with less damage and better results.
“Bleach should be applied to the quadrants from top to bottom, as quickly as possible.” After mix the powder, apply bleach immediately as it may loses effectiveness.
Be careful not to apply the bleach directly onto the scalp, which may give you a chemical burn. Just paint your roots super-close. You can start front to back, or back to front. Do whatever is easiest for you.
Cover your hair with a sheet of plastic wrap to allow the bleach work. The length of time that you leave the bleach should be no longer than an hour. Check your hair every 5-10 minutes. If the bleach hasn’t lifted enough pigment by that time, you need to do another application, but don’t bleach your hair more than once a week. If the bleach has lifted enough pigment, wash it out immediately to avoid any damage.
Rinse your bleach out with plenty of cool water before using shampoo. It’s very important to make sure all bleach has been removed as it may continue to process and damage your hair.
Then shampoo your hair twice to remove any remaining residue. Use a quality brand shampoo like Aussie to keep your hair smooth and healthy.
"Bleaching hair leaves the cuticle layers open," explains the hairstylist Danny Jelaca, "It leaves it compromised and weak, and because the cuticle is open, that's why your hair has that rougher texture." With the right hair care, your newly lightened locks can look healthier than ever.
• Wash Your Hair Less.
• Condition and Condition.
• Take It Easy On The Heat Tools