Where do you start bleaching your hair? The roots or the lengths?

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  • If your hair is virgin, you should start bleaching it at the lengths and ends.
  • If your hair is already colored and you want to bleach it, you´ll have to start the process in the lengths.
  • And finally, if you want to bleach your hair to match two colors, you’re facing a more difficult and complicated process. I’ll give you more details in a few moments.

 

As you can see,  in order to know where to start bleaching your hair, it is very important that you consider what goal you want to achieve and your hair history. 

  • It isn´t the same to bleach the lengths of a virgin hair, as to bleach a hair that has been colored a few times.
  • It isn´t the same to bleach hair color later, nor bleaching only a part of the hair to match colors.

 

Bleaching is a process to remove color from your hair fiber, either natural or artificial, and you must be very careful when doing it.

 In my salon I see daily cases of women who bleached their hair and the results were truly disastrous.  I’ve seen it all, and I’m not exaggerating.

 

From women with orange roots and the rest of the hair chocolate, to young girls with white roots and the rest of the hair blonde.

But the strangest and most painful one was a woman who came to my salon with yellow roots and ends, and the rest of the hair orange.

Do you know why these hair mistakes happen?

 

 Because most women believe that bleaching is about mixing the components and applying the mixture. And it’s not that simple. 

Bleaching can have different goals, which carry a specific technique, to achieve the desired results.

Are you about to bleach your hair and don’t know where to start?

 

Stay right there, because, together, we’ll look at the different possible scenarios, so you know exactly where to start bleaching your hair.

 

Where to start bleaching virgin hair

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If you’ve never colored or bleached your hair, your hair is virgin.

But before you take the big step, you should assume that the hair structure will change permanently and you won’t be able to go back to the previous state.

Do you still want to bleach your hair?

 

Then, you’ll need 30-volume developer and bleaching powder.

  • If you are looking to lighten some shades, start with the lengths and ends by leaving bleach in for 15 minutes
  • Then, apply the bleach to the roots for 5 minutes and rinse

This way, you’ll get an even color in your hair.

 

Where to start bleaching your colored hair

Here we need to analyze your coloring history.

  • What kind of hair dye did you color your hair with?
  • Did you use permanent or semi-permanent hair color?
  • Prior to applying the color, had you bleached your hair?

 

 The answers will be critical, so you know how and where to start. 

 

  • If your hair is colored with permanent or semi-permanent hair dye, you should start with the lengths.

Permanent dye is more difficult to remove. So, you should start bleaching where there is more concentration of dye, i.e. the lengths.

 

In this case, in addition to bleach, you should use aluminum foil or a thermal cap for an even bleaching and to help it remove the greatest amount of dye.

  • Apply bleach in lengths and ends, leaving 2 or 4 centimeters of root.
  • Wrap the lengths with aluminum foil and let it in for 20 minutes.
  • Then, apply bleach to the roots and leave it in for 10 more minutes, covering your hair again with the foil or cap.

This way, you´ll avoid your roots becoming lighter than the rest of your hair.

 

  • If your colored hair was previously bleached, you should start with lengths and ends, leaving the bleach in for less time.

If you had already bleached your hair to apply color, you must only do a slight bleaching.

  • Apply the bleach starting with the lengths and ends, and leave it in for only 15 minutes
  • Then, apply the bleach to your roots, and let it in for 5 more minutes.
  • Cover all your hair with a cap or aluminum foil so that the process goes smoothly.

 

Where to start bleaching hair to match colors

First, you must be very sure about which section of your hair you want to match.

  • Do you want to bleach the roots so that all your hair is blonde?
  • Do you want to bleach the lengths because your roots are lighter due to your natural blonde?

These two situations require different techniques.

 

  • If you want to match your roots with the rest of your hair, apply the bleach to your roots.

Once you mix the 30-volume peroxide and the bleaching powder, you must help yourself with a dye brush.

  • Apply the bleach to your roots, without staining the rest of your hair, and leave it in for 15 minutes.
  • CHECK YOUR COLOR EVERY 5 MINUTES AND, IF YOU REACH THE TONE YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BEFORE THE EXPECTED TIME, RINSE YOUR HAIR TO STOP THE CHEMICAL REACTION

If you stained the rest of the hair by mistake, quickly clean the stain with a cotton ball soaked in cold water.

 

 

  • If you want to match the lengths with the roots, apply bleach only on the lengths and ends.

Are your roots lighter than the rest of your hair? In that case, you should apply the bleach to the rest of the hair, without touching or staining the roots, starting where you see the difference in tones.

I recommend that you let your roots grow 3 or 4 centimeters to better identify that color division.

 

If, after bleaching you still see the difference in tones, wait at least three weeks to bleach your hair again so you don’t damage it severely.

 

Conclusions

If your hair is virgin or colored, you should start bleaching it at the lengths and ends.

If you want to match your roots with the rest of your hair, you’ll need to apply the bleach only to your roots. And, if your roots are lighter than the rest of your hair, apply bleach to the lengths, where you can see the difference in color.

Now tell me, where will you start to bleach your hair?

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