Can you use high lift color on bleached hair?

  • You can apply a high lift color to your bleached hair as long as you evaluate it beforehand. Today, I’m going to show you how to do it.
  • If you apply the high lift color on your damaged bleached hair, you’ll only burn it.
  • You should always wait for three weeks between bleaching and applying the high lift color. Also, be very strict when applying the hair dye because it should be done in two stages.


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In many cases, it’s better to apply a high lift color instead of bleaching. Although both processes cause damage to the hair, bleaching is much more aggressive than coloring.

 Before rushing to apply the high lift color, you should evaluate your hair to make sure it can withstand another chemical process. 

Do you know why this is essential?


Because your hair has already gone through a very aggressive process such as bleaching, which is applied with a 30-volume developer and bleach powder.

The high lift color is also applied with a 30 and even a 40-volume developer according to the color you choose.


That means that  your hair would be going through two very aggressive processes in a short time and could dry out to the point of breakage. 

So, before applying the high lift color, the first step is to evaluate your hair.


Another thing to keep in mind is that  there should be at least three weeks between bleaching and applying the high lift color.   In the meantime, you should moisturize your hair with hair masks and intensive nourishing treatments.

Do you want to know if your bleached hair will resist the application of high lift hair color?

Keep reading.

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How to evaluate your bleached hair health before applying a high lift color

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You can use many techniques to evaluate your hair health. The most effective one is the strand test.

This test is used in salons before coloring or bleaching to see if the hair will withstand these processes.


What do you need?

  • High lift hair color and developer with the volumes indicated by the manufacturer.
  • Gloves
  • Plastic container
  • Plastic spoon


Step by step:

  • Comb your hair and separate a strand of 2 or 3 centimeters, preferably from the back of the head or behind the ear.
  • Inside the plastic container, mix a spoonful of hair dye and a spoonful of developer because you only need to cover one strand. Cover and store the rest of the hair dye and developer tightly, so you can use them within 24 hours.
  • Put on gloves. Using the hair dye brush, apply the mixture evenly on the strand you separated.
  • Leave the mixture to act for the indicated time. It’ll be approximately 45 to 60 minutes.
  • If you feel burning, itching, or extreme heat during this time, IMMEDIATELY RINSE WITH PLENTY OF COLD WATER AND SOFT SOAP!
  • After the exposure time, rinse the strand with plenty of water and apply a small amount of conditioner to restore its moisture.


Wait for the strand to air dry and look at it closely:


If your answer is YES to any of these questions, forget about high lift hair color!

Just focus on moisturizing your hair.


Those  signs indicate that your hair won’t withstand the strength of the hair dye and will burn. If that happens, you’ll have to cut your hair. 

What you should do is postpone the application of the hair dye for 3 to 4 weeks. In the meantime, perform intensive moisturizing treatments.


If your hair doesn’t have any of these characteristics, you can apply the high lift hair color.


How to apply high lift hair color on bleached hair

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The application of high lift hair color is nothing like the hair dyes you usually apply.

Lightening hair many levels should be done in two stages. You should allow 35 minutes for each one What do stages mean?


 It means that you should start on the mid-lengths and lengths in the first stage. Then, apply it to the roots and growth in the second stage. 

This is because the roots, which are newer hair, lighten faster. If you apply it from the beginning, your roots will be lighter than the rest of your hair. Let’s go step by step.


Step 1 – Hair preparation

  • Comb your hair by separating 4 sections from forehead to nape and from ear to ear, holding each section with hair clips.


Step 2 – Preparation of the high lift hair dye

  • In a plastic container, mix the hair dye with a 30 or 40-volume developer depending on the tone you have chosen. You can use a hair dye brush to properly blend the mixture.


Step 3 – Applying the hair dye – First time

  • Release one of the sections you separated and apply the hair dye from mid-lengths to lengths without touching the roots. Repeat on all sections.
  • Leave it on for 30 to 35 minutes according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Rinse your hair but don’t use shampoo or conditioner. Only use lukewarm water.
  • Blow-dry on low or cool heat. Let it sit for 10 minutes and separate the 4 sections again.


Step 4 – Applying the hair dye – Second time

  • Apply the hair dye from roots to ends in one go. Cover with a shower cap.
  • Leave on for 30 minutes.


Step 5 – Rinse and dry

  • Rinse with plenty of lukewarm, almost cold water, and use shampoo and conditioner. I recommend that you leave the conditioner on for at least 10 minutes to moisturize your hair.




Now that you know how to apply a high lift hair color on bleached hair, I find it interesting to dive deeper into why it’s better to use it before bleaching your hair for a second time.


Why is it better to apply a high lift hair color rather than a second bleach?

Bleaching is a very corrosive process for the hair because it involves two very powerful chemicals. When they combine, they remove all the pigmentation due to a chemical reaction that takes place in the core of the hair.

This chemical reaction requires a lot of heat. That’s why the hair tends to become extremely dry. The water molecules inside each hair fiber evaporate.


Now, if you already have bleached hair and you need to lighten it a few more levels, you have two options:

  • To bleach your hair again
  • Applying a high lift hair color


 My professional recommendation is to apply the high lift hair color  for some reasons.

Let’s take it one step at a time.


  • You bleached your hair with a 30-volume developer.

If you were to apply a second bleach, you would also use a 30-volume developer. Then, you’d have to apply a toner or hair dye with a 20-volume developer.

Shall we calculate the developer volumes you would have used up to this point?


  • That would be 90 volumes.

Do you think your hair can survive that without sequels? Of course not!


  • Let’s see how the high lift hair color works.

This type of product is a permanent hair dye that adds color to your hair while lightening it by 4 to 5 tones.

Don’t be fooled. They also damage the hair, but less than the damage caused by a second bleach.


  • They can be used on both natural and chemically treated hair as long as it isn’t damaged or falling out.

The lightening power lies in both the tone chosen and the developer volumes used in the mixture.

  Usually, a 30-volume developer is used, with the exception of lighter colors such as white, pearl blonde, or extra light blonde, where a 40-volume developer is used. 


  • Now let’s calculate the developer volumes.

You have already applied a 30-volume in the first bleaching session. Now, you’ll use 30 or 40 more volumes to apply the hair dye according to the color.

Result: 60 and 70-volume developer. Do you get the idea?


  •  High lift hair color is a better option. 

First, because you avoid applying more developer volumes on your hair.

Second, because high lift hair color manufacturers add various proteins such as keratin, silk extracts, and essential oils in their formulas.


 As you can see, high lift hair color is an excellent option for bleached hair, as long as your hair fiber is not damaged and you don’t have hair breakage. 



Applying a high lift hair color on bleached hair will always be a better option than performing a second bleach. However, you have to allow three weeks between bleaching and applying the hair dye. Also, do a strand test before coloring your hair.

Finally, remember to do intensive moisturizing treatments to your bleached hair after applying the high lift hair color.

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