Platinum Blonde Vs. Bleach Blonde: 3 main differences to help you choose your next hair color

The three main differences between platinum blonde and bleach blonde are:

  • Difference 1: Platinum blonde is a color, while bleach blonde is a state that the hair reaches after bleaching.
  • Difference 2: To achieve a platinum blonde, you’ll need to apply a hair dye or a toner. Alternatively, for bleach blonde, you can apply a toning shampoo.
  • Difference 3: Platinum blonde gives hair a neat and groomed look, while bleach blonde can give hair a disheveled and dehydrated look.


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As you can see, there are three essential differences between bleach blonde and platinum blonde.

Actually, what people call bleach blonde is a tone level that is reached after several bleaching sessions on dark hair.

Generally, when you reach that bleach level, a toner or hair dye is always applied to finish the job.


So,  bleach blonde refers to the tone level that was achieved by bleaching. 

It can equate to almost SIX different shades of bleach blonde.

Do you realize why I’m telling you that bleach blonde is not a color?


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  Now, platinum blonde IS a color. It’s a color on its own that has been worn by some of Hollywood’s most famous stars  both from the present day and from Hollywood’s golden age.

It’s a shade of blonde that can only be reached after applying a hair dye or toner to bleach blonde hair. It’s like the icing on the cake.


So, once you get to a bleach blonde, you have two options.

  • Option one: leave your hair as it is.
  • Option two: apply a hair dye or a toner that could be platinum blonde.


Of course, the first option will leave your hair messy and with unwanted tones. It’s difficult for bleach blonde hair not to show some orange or yellowish tones.

So, let’s take a closer look at the differences to help you reach the best decision.

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Difference 1: platinum blonde is a color, while bleach blonde is a state of the hair after bleaching

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Platinum blonde is the last color in the palette. To achieve it, you’ll have to go through several bleaching processes.


  • The color palette goes from the darkest to the lightest. It starts with 1, which is black, to 5 browns. Then, blondes are from 6 to 10.

Now,   within the blonde ranges, there is no such thing as bleach blonde. It’s a state of the hair that is reached by bleaching. 


  • Even if you get to a bleach blonde 10, you won’t have a platinum blonde.

Instead, you’ll need to apply a hair dye or toner to achieve it. Platinum blonde is a metallic undertone that has violet and blue pigments.


  • Depending on your natural hair tone, the bleach blonde resulting from bleaching may be orangey or yellowish.

So, all that’s missing between bleach blonde and platinum blonde is a chemical process: adding the platinum tone to the bleach blonde. It brings us to the second difference.


Difference 2: to achieve a platinum blonde, you’ll need to apply a hair dye or toner. Meanwhile, you can apply a toning shampoo for bleach blonde

Do you remember the two options you had for when you got to bleach blonde?


You could either leave it like that and face the consequences that we’ll discuss later or apply a platinum hair dye or toner.

 If you decide to apply a platinum blonde hair dye or toner, you’ll need to have bleached your hair to an extra light blonde. 


  • Platinum blonde hair dye

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This hair dye is similar to any other hair dye you’ve ever applied to your hair. So, you don’t need any coloring prior knowledge.

Each brand has its own line of extra light blondes with different names. So, I recommend you look up the hair dye number, which is 10.1.


Here are a few platinum blonde brands with their numbers for you to choose from:

  • Garnier Color Sensation is S9.
  • L’Oreal Preference is number 11.21 or Extreme Platinium.
  • Wella Koleston is number 10.1.


You should know that when you need to touch up the color, you’ll have to bleach your roots. According to the growth of your hair, it could be from 3 to 6 weeks.


  • Platinum toner

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If you prefer to apply a platinum toner, opt for any of these brands: Wella Blondor Pale Platinum, Wella Color Charm T10, and Revlon Nutri Color Creme 1002.


If you choose the platinum toner,  keep in mind that you should apply it with a 20-volume developer and leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes.  Check your color every five minutes because the toner acts immediately.

It lasts approximately 3 to 4 weeks, and you’ll have to touch it up then.

What if you don’t want to commit to maintaining a platinum hair color or platinum toner?


  • Toning shampoo

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If you don’t want to apply either a hair dye or a platinum toner on bleach blonde hair, you should at least tone your bleach blonde to remove unwanted tones.


And  to do so, you should use a purple shampoo to neutralize the orange or yellow tones. 

Some of the well-known brands are Fanola No Yellow, L’Oréal Professionnel Magnesium Silver, and Bold Uniq Purple Shampoo.


It’s easy to apply the toning shampoo. Just use it every time you wash your hair and leave it on for 5 to 7 minutes. In a few washes, you’ll notice a total change in your hair and it’ll be free of unwanted tones.


Difference 3: Platinum blonde gives your hair a neat and groomed look. Meanwhile, bleach blonde can give your hair a dull and dehydrated look

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I think that’s the most important difference. Why do I say this?


Because  if you’ve bleached your hair, even knowing that bleaching is an aggressive chemical process, your goal is to look different, even, and neat. 

And that’s never achieved when you get to a bleach blonde color.


Bleaching strips different color layers from the hair. So, if your hair was very dark, it’ll always have orange tones after going for the bleach blonde. It’ll make the hair look unattractive.

That’s why I always apply a hair dye or toner in the salon when I go to bleach blonde, whether the client wants to go platinum or golden blonde.


The bleach blonde is never the end result of a coloring job. It’s only one step in a journey to platinum blonde or other blonde shades.



Platinum blonde is a shade included in the blonde color scale. Meanwhile, bleach blonde is just one of the colors the hair achieves during bleaching.

If you leave your hair bleach blonde, you’ll have a washed-out look with orange or yellowish undertones. I doubt that’s your goal, right?

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