Quarantine Bleaching: Read Before Buying

Quarantine Bleaching: Read Before Buying

In the United States, over 70% of women use hair coloring products. However, in times like this, when many salons are shut down, it can be hard to maintain the color you have. While it may be tempting you DIY your hair, it can also be really easy to mess up! So before you head to the store and pick up a bleach kit, here are some crucial tips to keep in mind if you absolutely have to pick up the bleach and can’t be talked out of it.

Bleaching

Touching up your roots if you have dark dyed hair color is going to be light years easier than bleaching dark to light. While it’s easy to find root touch up kits in browns and blacks, bleaching can easily go south if you’re not familiar with the process. Depending on the level of your natural hair, you can easily end up with orange or brassy results and unnecessary damage. You can also run the risk of overprocessing your roots if you leave the bleach on for too long. Because the roots process faster than the rest of your hair — due to the heat from your scalp — it’s important to check your strands frequently to ensure you won’t end up with too-light results.

Developers

If possible you should also look for kits that specify the level of developer provided. Many at-home box kits provide unlabeled bottles that often don’t specify levels, which can then lead to unnecessary harsh processing and damage. To break it down here’s what you need to know.

  • 10 Volume : is the lowest level of developer and it is capable of darkening hair by one level or adding a tint to hair at the same level of lightness.
  • 20 Volume : lifts by one to two levels and can be used for both temporary and permanent colors. If you’re starting with an already light color and don’t require much lift, this is a safe and less damaging option.
  • 30 Volume : can lift up to three levels and is most commonly used for lightening. If your tackling darker roots, this is an option to look out for.
  • 40 Volume : lifts up to eight levels and is not advise for at-home use. While it will definitely lift very dark hair, it can also easily cause damage if not used properly. Unless advised by your hair stylists, try sticking with 30 volume first.

Using Toner

Toner can be used if you’re struggling with orange tones or brassiness after bleaching. However, toners aren’t a one-size-fits-all option, and there’s a reason hair stylists and professional colorists spend so much time learning color theory. For instance, if you’re looking to combat orange tones you would need to use a purple or blue-tinted toner. This is due to blue and purple falling opposite yellow and orange on the color wheel, and as such neutralize each other.

If you’re looking to maintain a platinum or light ash blonde color, be sure to only apply the toner to the places that need it, as over application to other areas can cause discoloration or over-processing that can result in a lavender or grey end result.

Preventing Damage

While bleaching is always best left to professional hair stylists, if you absolutely have to do it at home, always err on the side of caution. Take the process slowly and always give your hair downtime between sessions. Try to stay away from products that don’t tell you what’s in them, and when in doubt try and ask a professional. While salons may be closed, if you have a way to contact your stylist for advice, do so.

With all that being said, if it’s not absolutely necessary, do try and wait it out. Although it may be frustrating to deal with, at the end of the day waiting to see your hair stylists for a professional touch up will always be better than running the risk of ending up with damaged hair.