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Women and men alike who wish for blonde hair can often achieve this look by bleaching the hair and applying a blonde hair dye afterward if necessary. Someone who wants to bleach hair blonde should first do a quick analysis to determine what state her hair is currently in, and what product will work best. The right product to bleach hair blonde depends on the user’s current hair color and the shade of blonde she wants to achieve.
The user should start by determining if her hair has been dyed or otherwise chemically treated within the past three months. This includes perms or chemically straightening the hair. Weak or damaged hair also spells out potential problems when it comes to bleaching. Those with dry hair that breaks easily or who have chemically treated their hair should have their hair dyed at a salon or wait until the hair is healthy and chemical-free before attempting to bleach hair blonde.
Next, the user should determine what shade of blonde she wants and what shade of hair she has. If she has dark brown or black hair, it’s best to let a professional either bleach the hair or give the user recommendations of what colors will not work. Going from black to blonde is not a simple process and often results in an unexpected shade the user may not like. If the user only wants to lighten her hair, she can simply bleach it and see if she likes the results. If she wants a different shade or does not like the results after bleaching, she will then add the blonde hair dye of her choice after the bleach.
When bleaching and dying hair, it’s important for the user to follow the instructions on the box. She should start by performing an allergy test and a strand test as directed by the instructions. The allergy test will let her know if she is allergic to the product, which can happen even with a product she has used before. The strand test allows her to dye a single strand of her hair to see how long she should leave the mixture on her hair.
Once the woman is ready to bleach hair blonde with a bleach kit she should mix together the ingredients in the kit as directed. After putting on gloves to protect her hands and wrapping an old towel around her shoulders to protect her skin, the woman applies the bleach evenly throughout her hair. She waits the amount of time listed on the bleach kit before rinsing the bleach out.
After the bleaching is complete, the woman proceeds to follow the instructions on the blonde hair dye kit if she wishes to dye her hair after bleaching. Certain kits may include bleach and dye. Once the process is finished, she should give her hair a day or two to recover and see if the color changes. If she is unhappy with the results, she can visit a professional for help with altering or removing the color without damaging the hair and causing it to break off.