Most commercial hair dyes contain hydrogen peroxide as an ingredient. It’s a cheap and simple way to brighten your hair or bring out natural highlights. However, keep in mind that any home bleaching or dyeing process has the potential to damage your hair or produce an unnatural-looking result. If you want to make a dramatic change or if your hair is already damaged or discolored, consult a professional hair stylist.
Getting Ready to Bleach Your Hair
1. Begin with healthy hair. Even old hair dye can have an impact on the outcome. In the weeks preceding the bleaching, refrain from coloring or otherwise processing your hair. If your hair is strong and unprocessed, bleaching will work better and cause less damage. If your hair is damaged or overly processed, you should visit a salon. Strengthen your hair by doing the following:
- Use organic shampoo and conditioner. Sulfates, which dry out your hair, should be avoided.
- Hair sprays, gels, straightening products, and other hair products containing chemicals should be avoided.
- Don’t use a straight iron, blow dryer, or other heating appliance on your hair.
2. Gather your materials. You’ll need the following items to bleach your hair with peroxide. Collect them all and place them on a table in your kitchen or bathroom:
- A solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide. If you apply more than 3%, you risk losing your hair. It’s not fun!
- An empty, clean spray bottle. You can either buy a new one or reuse an old one. If you use an old one, thoroughly clean it. Store the peroxide in a dark bottle away from light.
- Hair pins
- Cotton swabs
- It’s a towel.
- If you want to do highlights, use aluminum foil.
- If you intend to bleach your entire head of hair, wear a shower cap.
3. Hair should be washed and conditioned. Wash and condition your hair as usual on the day you intend to bleach it to ensure that the oils and grime caused by natural wear and styling products do not interfere with the peroxide.
- Use a good natural conditioner to condition your hair. Peroxide bleaching can dry out your hair, but conditioner will protect it during the process.
- Allow your hair to air dry rather than blow drying it. To keep it from dripping, pat it dry with a towel, comb it out gently, and let it dry for about thirty minutes. Hair that is slightly damp will absorb the hydrogen peroxide better.
Applying the Hydrogen Peroxide
1. Perform a strand test. Apply peroxide to a small section of your hair from the underside with a cotton ball. Allow it to sit for a few minutes before checking. You can leave it in for up to 30 minutes if desired, but when it reaches the desired color, rinse it out with cold water. Take note of how long it takes to achieve the desired color and use this time to help you determine how long to leave the peroxide on the rest of your hair.
It is critical to perform a strand test because hydrogen peroxide can cause hair damage.
2. Clip your hair into sections. Once your hair is reasonably dry, use claw clips to section off the areas you want to bleach. Sectioning your hair will help you ensure that you apply peroxide to every last lock.
- The claw clip method is highly recommended if you want a very even bleach. It takes longer, but the results are more professional and have more even highlights.
- Leave the first section of hair to be treated down. As you go, you’ll unclip more sections.
3. Highlight the sections with peroxide. Apply peroxide with a cotton ball to bring out natural highlights. Apply peroxide to a cotton ball. Smooth it through 14 inch (6.4 mm) thick vertical sections of hair. Begin at the roots and work your way down to the tips with the cotton ball.
- Wrap each hair section in tin foil to keep the peroxide from spreading throughout your hair.
- Repeat with multiple sections of your hair for all-over highlights, or just a few sections in front of your face for face framing highlights.
4. To create an ombre effect, apply peroxide to the bottom half of your hair. Start applying the peroxide near the ends of your hair if you want an ombre effect. Apply peroxide to the bottom half of your hair all around your head with a cotton ball.
- Apply the peroxide to a different spot on each strand of hair to avoid a blunt, horizontal line through your hair. You should still aim to apply it near the center of the strand.
- You can go as far up the strands of hair as you want, but make sure to start at the ends. The tips will be a brighter blonde, and the color will fade to a darker shade as you move up towards the roots.
5. Apply peroxide to your entire head with a spray bottle. To bleach all of your hair, spray the entire section of hair you left down with a spray bottle. Spray it thoroughly and comb it through your hair several times. Rep with the remaining hair clipped sections.
Put on a shower cap after you’ve finished applying the peroxide to keep it from dripping or touching your clothes.
6. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to sit in your hair for 30 minutes. You’ll want to experiment and play around with it depending on how dark your hair is, how light you want it, and how much irritation the chemical may cause.
- Use your strand test to determine how long you should leave the peroxide in your hair. You may only require a few minutes, or you may require the entire 30 minutes.
- Remove the tin foil or shower cap if you used them when you’re ready to rinse.
7. Apply conditioner after thoroughly washing your hair with cold water. To add shine, shampoo your hair to remove the peroxide and rinse with cool water. The conditioner will help to replenish some of the moisture that has been lost.
- Apply a second coat of deep conditioner to your hair. Massage it into your scalp to relieve any dryness or irritation caused by the peroxide. Cool water should be used to rinse it out.
- Allow your hair to air dry before styling.
Perfecting Your Bleached Look
1. Repeat the procedure to lighten your hair even more. Your hair may become slightly lighter the first time you use the peroxide treatment. If you want to lighten your hair even more, repeat the treatment one or more times.
- If you repeat this process in smaller doses every day for a week, your hair will become much lighter than if you use an entire bottle of hydrogen peroxide on your hair one night.
- The final color is also affected by the original color of your hair.
- If you have dark hair, your peroxide-saturated hair may appear orange at first. Continue the treatment, and your hair should appear blonder.
2. To hasten the process, apply gentle heat. Using a low-heat hair dryer to gently heat your hair can help to speed up the lightening process. Turn on a low heat setting on your hair dryer and move it from root to strand all over your head. Repeat until your hair is the desired lightness.
It is best to use heat if you have previously bleached your hair with peroxide and know how it will turn out. If you’re not sure, don’t use a hair dryer. Instead, go slowly and observe how the peroxide affects your hair as it air dries.
3. Wash your hair less frequently. You should not wash your hair every day. Daily hair washing removes natural oils that protect your hair from breaking. Try washing your hair only once or twice a week and using a dry shampoo (a powder that you comb into your hair) to keep it looking fresh in between washes.
4. Once or twice a week, use a violet-colored conditioner. This will keep any yellow tones in your hair under control. Violet conditioner can be purchased at a grocery store or a beauty supply store.
5. Reduce the use of heat treatments. Don’t over-dry or straighten your hair. These heating tools can aggravate the peroxide damage, so only use them once a week or less. Use heat-free styling techniques or a hair dryer on a low setting.
6. Handle your hair with care. Allow your hair to air dry as much as possible after showering, and avoid wringing it out or rubbing it with a towel. Simply give your hair a gentle squeeze with the towel and leave it alone for a few minutes. Also, when brushing your hair, start from the ends and go slowly to avoid breaking the strands.
How long does it take for hydrogen peroxide to lighten hair?
Lightening hair with hydrogen peroxide takes at least 30 minutes to an hour. However, the time required is determined by the thickness and color intensity of your natural hair.
Can you bleach your hair with peroxide?
A salon is the safest place to lighten your hair. However, you can safely lighten your hair at home with hydrogen peroxide* if you exercise caution. To get the right color without irritating your skin, dilute the hydrogen peroxide*, protect the skin around your hairline, and go slowly.
Is hydrogen peroxide better than bleach for hair?
On the one hand, hydrogen peroxide is far superior to other chemicals in terms of hair care. It is a permanent method of lightening your hair that is gentler than bleach. Peroxide, on the other hand, is bad for your hair.
Can you bleach your hair with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda?
hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
Baking soda can also lighten uncolored hair, but only when used alone. To lighten non-dyed hair, combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as a base. This is a hair lightening bleaching agent.
Does hydrogen peroxide ruin your hair?
Cuticle damage to the hair
Lightening your hair with hydrogen peroxide can cause cuticle damage because the hydrogen peroxide must enter your hair cuticle to dye the hair. Breakage, split ends, and frizz can result from cuticle damage.
How do you make homemade hair bleach?
Lemon Juice Hair Bleach
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup warm water OR 1/4 cup conditioner (for normal hair) (for dry hair)
1 squirt bottle