How many times should I bleach my hair to get it blonde?

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  • The number of times you need to bleach your hair to get it blonde will depend on your current hair color and the shade of blonde you want to go get.
  • Remember that you can lighten your hair up to three shades at each bleaching session with a 30-volume developer.
  • So, if your hair is black, dark brown, or brown, you’ll need to bleach your hair 2 to 3 times to get it blonde. However, if you want to get extra light blonde, you’ll need to bleach your hair at least one more time.
  • If your hair is light brown, dark blonde, or blonde, you’ll need to bleach it between 1 and 2 times to get it extra light blonde.

 

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Do you know how many times I’ve written on the blog that bleaching is a very aggressive process for the hair?

 

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Thousands of times.

And I’ll never tire of repeating it.

The bleach has such a strong corrosive power that the slightest mistake can lead to months of repair treatments.

So, when you want to bleach dark hair to very high blonde levels, you should be prepared for two things:  you’ll have to bleach your hair several times, and the process will take several weeks. 

 

You can’t go from black hair to platinum blonde hair in a week.

Let’s start by talking about the color scale, which is divided into three groups:

  • Dark (black 1, dark brown 3, brown 4).
  • Medium (light brown 5, dark blonde 6, blonde 7)
  • Light (light blonde 8, very light blonde 9, extra light blonde 10)

Now, you can check your hair color. Got it?

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Now, decide what shade of blonde you want to get.

Light blonde 8 is not the same as extra light blonde 10. They have different pigmentation levels.

With these two questions in mind, let’s see how many times you should bleach your hair according to the color and shade you want to get.

 

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How many times should you bleach your hair starting from dark hair?

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I start with dark-haired women because they have the hardest time bleaching their hair to blonde. It’s not possible to do it in one day.

 

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Dark colors are at the bottom of the color scale. Therefore, to get to blonde, you’ll have to go through many other colors first.

So, you’ll have to follow a gradual bleaching plan. Also, repair your hair in between bleaching.

What does this mean?

 

 If you bleach your hair for the first time today, you’ll have to wait three weeks to bleach it again. 

In the meantime, you should nourish and moisturize your hair deeply.

That said, let’s start with the math.

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If you start from black 1 and want to get to blonde 7, you’ll have to scale up 6 levels.

If you can lighten up to three shades with a 30-volume developer each time, how many times will you need to bleach your hair?

 

Let’s see the detail.

Black 1 + first bleach = brown 4.

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After three weeks: brown 4 + second bleach = blonde 7.

Now, the blonde 7 you achieve will have some unwanted colors like orange. So, you’ll have to remove that color with one more bleaching session.

Black pigment, like red, is a very persistent color, and it’s difficult to remove.

 

 My recommendation if your hair is black 1 and you want to make this radical change, is to go to the salon. They can advise you and establish a progressive lightening plan to take care of your hair health. 

 

Here are some examples:

  • Dark brown 3 + bleaching= dark blonde 6 + bleaching= very light blonde 9
  • Brown 4 + bleach = blonde 7 + bleach = extra light blonde 10
  • Black 1 + bleaching= brown 4 + bleaching= blonde 7 + bleaching= extra light blonde 10.

 

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So, if you want to get blonde 7:

  • Starting from black 1 to blonde 7: you’ll need to bleach your hair three times.
  • From dark brown 3 to blonde 7: you’ll need to bleach your hair twice.
  • From brown 4 to blonde 7: you may need to bleach your hair 1 or 2 times.

 

So, it’s time to think about what shade of blonde you want so you know how many times you’ll need to bleach your hair.

 

How many times do you need to bleach your hair to get to blonde from medium tones?

You already know that your hair will lighten by up to three shades with each bleach.

The difference in your case is that you’re starting from a hair color that is in the middle of the color chart.

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 Therefore, you can achieve lighter blondes with fewer bleaching sessions. 

To explain, I’ll take light blonde 8 as the color you want to get.

  • If your hair is light brown 5, and you want to get to light blonde 8, you’ll need to bleach your hair twice.
  • If your hair is dark blonde 6, you’ll need to bleach it once.
  • If your hair is blonde 7, you’ll also need to bleach it once, but in this case, your hair will be a little lighter.

 

Now, although you’ll need to bleach your hair less often, you’ll most likely find that your hair will have horrible yellow undertones.

In that case, you’ll need to apply a toner to neutralize those unwanted colors.

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Conclusions

The number of times you need to bleach your hair will depend on your base color and what shade of blonde you want to achieve.

The lighter the blonde you want, and the darker your hair is, the more times you’ll need to bleach.

 

I recommend that you go to your salon to work out the timing with the colorist.

You can also ask them to accompany each bleaching with products such as Olaplex 1 and 2, Wellaplex, or Fibreplex. These are excellent products that are applied in the coloring and bleaching process to protect the hair from chemical damage.

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