Is there any shampoo that bleaches your hair? Can you make one at home?

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  • For now, none of the big hair care companies have invented or developed a bleach shampoo. So, it doesn’t exist.
  • There are lightening shampoos that change your hair color a little bit and there are toning shampoos that get rid of unwanted tones.
  • If you want a bleach shampoo, you’ll have to make it yourself, and I’ll teach you how to do just that here.
  • The bleach shampoo that you’re about to make with your own two hands will get rid of some pigments, lightening your hair 2-3 levels, but you can only use it every 15 days.


You got that, right? No matter how hard you look in stores dedicated to hair products,  you are not going to find a bleach shampoo, because bleach shampoo doesn’t exist. It’s as simple as that. 

You can chase unicorns your whole life, but all you’re going to find are ponies and horses, or maybe even a horse with a horn glued to its head to make it seem like it’s a unicorn.


The same thing will happen if you search for that bleach shampoo. All you’re going to find are regular shampoos.

There are many different kinds of shampoos, though, like lightening shampoos and toning shampoos, each of which has a specific use.


  • For example, lightening shampoo works for subtly lightening your hair color, and you’ll see the results after you use it consistently for a while. Of course, it does not bleach your hair.

The most well-known of these kinds of shampoo are the ones that contain chamomile and one of the most famous brands of it is Klorane.


  • On the other hand, toning shampoos neutralize unwanted colors in your hair.

This kind of shampoo doesn’t lighten your hair, but it also adds pigments to neutralize those unwanted colors. As such, it doesn’t bleach your hair.


 And so, we’re back to the drawing board. If you want to have a bleach shampoo, you’re going to have to make it yourself, using your normal shampoo and a 30 volume developer.  

How many levels will this homemade bleach shampoo lighten your hair?


You can lighten your hair 2-3 levels with it. But, there’s a flip side to everything.

So, if you’re dead set on making your own bleach shampoo, keep reading, because I’ll tell you:

  • Why lightening shampoo doesn’t work for bleaching your hair
  • How to make and correctly use your own bleach shampoo


Who knows? Maybe you can even develop the first line of bleach shampoos! After all, every story has a beginning.


Why lightening shampoo doesn’t bleach your hair

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It doesn’t really get any clearer than this: lightening shampoo lightens your hair, just like its name suggests. But, it will only lighten your hair ½-1 level.

Do you know why?


Because this kind of shampoo doesn’t contain a large amount of peroxide. It’s made with 5-10 volume peroxide, and since it’s not very strong, you’re not going to get the result you’re looking for.

I mean, if you want to go from dark brown to blonde, then forget about lightening shampoo, since it will only lighten your hair in a subtle and natural way.


Most of these kinds of shampoos contain chamomile, which is a natural lightening agent, that will change your hair color up to a level and a half. But, you need to be careful.

You can run the risk of having unwanted orange and yellow tones appear in your hair.


In order to understand this, then you need to have a very clear idea of the difference between lightening and bleaching your hair:

  • Lightening your hair is making your color fade. For example, if you use lightening shampoo on brown hair, then it will still be brown afterward, but ½ to 1 level lighter.
  • Bleaching your hair is removing all of the color – natural and artificial – from your hair fiber.


So, by using lightening shampoo or chamomile shampoo, all you’ll do is cause the color of your hair to fade. And that’s why those orange and yellow tones can come out.

When should you use lightening shampoo?


 Lightening shampoo or chamomile shampoo are recommended for hair that hasn’t been dyed. Or, for really light hair like platinum blonde 10 or lightest blonde 12. 

In these extremely light colors, where the hair fiber barely has any pigmentation, lightening shampoo or chamomile shampoo will work perfectly.


If you don’t have virgin hair or super light hair, and you want to bleach it without going through the whole bleach process, then you still have another option.

Make your own unicorn! Oops, I meant to say, your own bleach shampoo.


How to make bleach shampoo at home

30 volume developer and shampoo

Before getting into the secret formula for bleach shampoo, I should give you a few warnings.


  • Do you want to use this shampoo to get immediate results?

Forget about it. First, this is an alternative to bleaching you hair – which would get you immediate results.  Instead, this is a slow process, and you’ll only be able to lighten your hair 2-3 levels, and on top of that, you can only use it every 15 days.  


  • Do you think that if you leave it in your hair for two hours, you’ll end up with totally blonde hair?

Forget it again. Because if you leave it in for more than 20 minutes, you’ll damage your hair, and you won’t be able to have a nice, bright color.

Are you ready to make your own bleach shampoo?


Let’s start with the materials you’ll need.


  • 30 volume developer
  • Moisturizing shampoo with keratin
  • Coconut oil
  • Gloves


Why do you need developer? Because that’s what will cause the bleach effect in your hair.

Why do you need coconut oil? Because the peroxide in developer is an aggressive chemical for your hair fiber, and coconut oil will lessen its effects. That way, your hair will receive nutrients during the process and won’t end up with as much damage.


Once you have all of the materials you’ll need, you can go ahead and start to make your bleach shampoo.

  • Put 50 mL of a keratin-rich moisturizing shampoo in a clean container – either a shampoo or conditioner bottle works – along with 50 mL of developer.
  • Please be very careful of the proportions of each ingredient you’re using. They must be equal!
  • Once you have the mix, add 5-7 drops of coconut oil.
  • Close and shake the container so the ingredients mix.


Now all you have to do is use it on your hair.

  • Don’t use the bleach shampoo while you’re in the shower because the developer can irritate your skin.
  • Wet your hair as you normally would.
  • Begin to apply the bleach shampoo on your hair, starting at your ends, then moving on to your roots.
  • Leave it in for 15-20 minutes. Remember you should never leave the shampoo in for longer than that because it can damage your hair.
  • Massage it into your hair every 5 minutes.
  • When you get to the color you’re looking for, rinse well with cool water.
  • Use conditioner on your hair, then dry it with a blow dryer.
  • Add a few drops of coconut oil to your hair to help moisturize it and get rid of any frizz. 


Once you’ve finished using the shampoo, put it away somewhere where you won’t confuse it with your normal shampoo and use it again too soon,  because you should wait at least two weeks after each time you use it before using it again.  

If you get to the color you were looking for the first time you use the shampoo, then you can use the dye you were hoping to use afterward immediately.



Bleach shampoo isn’t on the market, so you’ll have to make it yourself.

  • If you have light hair and all you want to do is lighten your hair a level or two, you can use a lightening shampoo with chamomile. If you want to get rid of unwanted tones in your hair, use a toning shampoo.
  • The bleach shampoo that you make will lighten your hair 2-3 levels. You should always be very careful when you use it, only use it every 15 days, and it’s also a good idea to do a deep hydration treatment after applying the bleach shampoo to your hair.

And now tell me: Were you really looking for a bleach shampoo or would a different kind work better for your needs?


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