Bleaching Your Hair – Things I Learnt

Bleaching Your Hair – Things I Learnt

Unless you are blessed by the Gods you are going to need to bleach your hair to white(ish) blonde to make sure your bright colour takes and is as close to the tube as possible. Now, of course, starting with virgin hair gets you the best results, with a shorter bleaching time and is gentler on your hair. When I say virgin hair, I mean hair that has not known the touch of dye or bleach in any way shape of form. If you are attempting to take your hair from dark, box dyed at home since you were sixteen, perhaps you best seek a professional. However, if you like to live dangerously and want to do it yourself strap in and let’s see what we can do.Get Your Hair Ready…

If you have recently dyed your hair, now is not the time to bleach it. The bleach will be fighting the dye in your hair and not bleaching the hair colour underneath. This will increase the amount of time you have to leave it on and risk doing more damage to your hair. Give yourself a month before your bleach where you add no more dye, wash your hair a little more often, sit in the sun. Also, take this time to give your hair some TLC and get it in the best possible condition before you bleach it.

Find yourself a weekend where you do not plan on going anywhere and if you go out with your hair in glad wrap or an odd colour no will judge you. This can take time.


Ok, now open a window, change into an old t-shirt (preferably one you don’t mind ruining) and hide the good towels. It’s bleaching time! I like to start on the bottom layers of my hair as these are often darker and my top layers seem to cop more damage. Dye brushes really help with the process as you can have more control over where the bleach goes. Make sure all of your hair is evenly coated, it doesn’t have to be dripping bleach, but a good amount on. Using your hands (that have gloves on them) you can even work the bleach up and down. Be very careful about getting any on your skin, try and keep your skin clear. I do find that with some brands I get a slight burning sensation, but no damage afterwards.

Once you have done all of your hair cover it with glad wrap and let it process for however long the box says. It is a good idea to check your hair regularly. How is the colour going? Slightly orange, keep going. Hair starting to stretch a little? abandon ship and wash it out, right now, go! If you get to the cut off time as stated by the box and you are not happy with the colour yet and you can not see or feel any damage, push it out by a few extra minutes. But for all that is good do not leave it in for longer than 5-10 minutes.

Rinse it out and if you have toner put it in and let it sit for a bit. Also, rinse that out. I try not to blow dry my hair afterwards as I don’t want heat near my hair, air drying seems to be the most gentle.

After Care…

Once your hair has dried, how does it look? Is it white? Awesome you can dye it. A little yellow tinged? Eh, not too bad you can still dye it. Orange tinged? If you’re going for something in that spectrum of colour, you can still dye it and hope for the best. If not you can maybe give your hair 24 hours and a hair mask and then give it another round of bleaching. If you do for a second round, watch your hair like a hawk and wash it out as soon as you notice any hair quality change or if you reach the colour you want before the box time is up. Looking a little frizzy or dry? Give yourself 24 hours and a hair mask. If you don’t have anywhere to go, the break is really good and you do not put yourself under any pressure.

So you f***ked up…

Now if your hair has the texture of chewing gum or you notice some areas are a little shorter than before, sorry to break it to you love, you have fried your hair. This is not the end of the world, as it will grow back. No more bleach and TLC only for your hair. If you can brave it, even a trim will help as well. Pop in a colour that you can live with for the next few months and only touch your roots when you have to. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you, but use this time as a learning process. I have done this, I went from below the shoulder hair to jawline hair because I over bleached my hair. It’s scary, but rock your new short hair and don’t tell a soul. No one notices, I promise.


Good luck with your bleaching, this is often the most stressful part of the process. You can do it, just keep a very close eye on your hair. A little dryness we can recover from and even chemical haircuts. You are one step closer to having the colour of your dreams.

As always, I am not a professional, this is purely based on my years of experiences dyeing and bleaching my own hair. If in doubt, see a professional.

Keep an eye out for more posts in my Bright Hair Series.

❤ Miss T
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Dyeing Your Hair Bright Colours – Things To Think About

Dyeing Your Hair Bright Colours – Things To Think About

Dyeing my hair has been a big part of my look since I was a teen. In the last few years, I have ventured into bright colours. I have had my hair all sorts, from blonde, brunette, black and then red, blue, purple and pink. Along with a combination of all of the above. I love dyeing my hair and the ability to change it on a whim. I thought it was about time to share with you some of the information I have found on my bright-haired journey.


Now I shape, trim, bleach and dye all of my own hair. I am no expert and I have had my fair share of hair mishaps/nightmares. An expert is always advised and if you are ever in doubt of your ability to do it for yourself then don’t touch your hair 😉 However, if you are feeling a little brave to do it for yourself and to rock the bright then here are some things you might want to know before you pick up the bleach.

Your Hair Will Not Come Out The Way You Think It Will:

Whether you dye it yourself or you get someone else to do it for you, your hair will not look like the Instagram and Pinterest pics you have saved. Your hair and the products used are different to the what was used in the pictures. Especially split dyed, dip dyed or multi coloured ones, they are hard to get right, especially when not done by a professional. Some pictures aren’t even real and they are photoshopped. Go into this endeavour with an open mind and a vague idea of what you would like, especially if this is your first time dyeing in a non-natural colour. It may even take a few goes to get it exactly as you want.

I have rocked a pink fade into blue and people have thought it looked amazing and complex, but it was literally the fact that I could not get the ends white to put the pink through without frying the ends. So I just put pink over top and rocked the fade into blue. Sometimes you will just have to rock however it turns out and not let the world know it was an accident 😉

Always Follow The Instructions On The Box:

You do not know better than the instructions, use bleach especially, as the instructions say. I err on the side of caution when it comes to how long I leave the bleach in, but never leave it in longer than the instructions say and do not get fancy with the mixing process. This will stop you from washing your hair down the drain.

You Will Get A Lot Of Attention:

Your hair is bright and it is not exactly the norm for some people. People will stare, people may even have something to say about it. One hundred percent of all comments I have had about my hair have been positive. I work in public service as a supervisor and you can see it surprises people, especially when they are being grumpy with one of my staff, but I have never had anyone say something negative about it. People do funnily enough want to give you advice about your hair, how you must be careful or you will go bald and even suggest colours for you to try next time. Even the old “Oh I wish I was that brave”. It starts a lot of conversations and at times this can be a little tiresome. I do not dye my hair for attention, I dye it cause I love it the colours and how it looks.

There Is A Lot Of Maintenance:

Some days your roots will drive you nuts and the barest fade in your colour will have you twitching every time you look in the mirror. Then sometimes you will enjoy your hair fading and love the changing colours and the roots will not bother you at all. Some people will also just care a lot more about keeping their hair looking fresh than others. Having your hair brightly coloured does come with a lot of upkeep and things to avoid/restrict to keep it looking good. Roots will grow out, the colour will need topping up, washing your hair will become a once or twice a week occurrence with special shampoo and conditioner. Swimming in pools will also make your weary and rain will make you a little nervous the day after dye day. I will be sharing ways to make all of this easy in another post 🙂


If I haven’t talked you out of it then grab the bleach (read the instructions), grab the dye and go for it. Rock your inner colours on the outside and have fun. Try and remember it is just hair and you can always fix it somehow and it will always grow back.

Keep an eye out for my other posts about dyeing your hair bright colours to give you some more info on your bright hair journey.

Thanks for reading.

❤ Miss T


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