DIY Hair: How to Get White Hair
White hair can be absolutely beautiful, but it takes a lot of work to get there. With the proper care, precaution, and upkeep, you can manage a white that would make Draco Malfoy jealous!
Chances are you're going to need a lot of lightening. Unless your hair is already a fair shade of blonde, you're going to have to split this up over multiple bleachings. Damage to your hair is virtually inevitable, but, if you take care of your hair through the processing, you can minimize it.
Below, I'll detail the process, the tools, and the techniques you can use to get that Magneto mop. You can find a handy guide to using toner here!
Coconut Oil - You'll need to pick up a tub of 100% pure unrefined coconut oil (you can find this at WalMart) to glob on your head and keep your hair moisturized. This stuff is really important in keeping your hair from drying out.
Bleach Powder - I prefer Magic Ammonia Free Powder Lightener, but you'd need a cosmetology license to buy this stuff. Some viable substitutes can be found at Sally's, like Salon Care Prism Lights Violet Lightener. Anything that has violet or blue tinted powder is going to be awesome for keeping the brassiness out of your hair as you lighten.
Developer - This stuff is necessary to mix with the bleach. I use Salon Care Cream Developer. There's liquid developer out there too, but I find that cream mixes better with the bleach powder. I wouldn't go any higher than a 20 Volume or else you risk serious damage to your hair.
Dye Brush - Can't do it without one. Find at Sally's.
The first thing I love to do before bleaching is put in a little hair mask for a few hours. I'll coat my hair with coconut oil and leave it in for several hours before actually applying bleach.
After at least two hours, the next step would be to actually apply the bleach. This process will be different depending on if you've got roots or not! If you're working with super dark roots, try to get those to the lightness of the rest of your hair first.
RATIO: Start with equal parts powder and developer, and then add developer little by little until the mixture is the consistency of pudding.
Apply bleach as in the video above, separating your hair into small strips and painting the bleach/developer mixture onto the length of your roots. You're going to have to work pretty quickly, so your hair processes at the same rate.
Leave the bleach in for 20-30 minutes tops before rinsing out with lukewarm water.
IT'S NOT GOING TO BE PERFECT. Like I said, this is a process and it's going to take multiple bleachings to achieve. Your roots/hair at this point will probably be brassy, yellow, or orange. Don't worry little guy, you'll get there.
You're most likely going to have to repeat this process several times to get to a light yellow color. It's wise to space bleaching out over a few weeks - I try not to bleach my hair more than twice in one week. You need to give your hair time to recover and bounce back!
When your hair looks like Kim K's awful yellow locks in the photo above, you're ready to tone! This is where it gets exciting.
RATIO: 2 parts developer to 1 part toner.
Mix your developer and toner together in a bowl, and get ready to paint it on! You're going to need gloves for sure.
Start by saturating your roots, and then work the toner down into the rest of your hair. It WILL start to turn purple, but do not be alarmed. That's what's going to get rid of your nasty yellow tones.
Leave that toner on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing out, and then make sure to condition and then treat your hair like a new born baby! As in, it's fragile. Don't mess this up.
Upkeep & Care
At this point you may want a few tips as far as caring for your white hair.
Minimize washing. Your hair is going to be pretty dry after such a drastic process, and the less you was it the better. You'll get by, and your hair will thank you for it! I have bleached hair (though not white anymore), and I shampoo it maybe once a week. If it starts feeling greasy, I'll throw in some corn starch as a dry shampoo.
Use purple shampoo. When you do shampoo, you're going to want something that will keep your tone fresh. That's where purple shampoo comes in! Generic (that's the brand name) has an inexpensive purple shampoo available at Sally's.
Keep the coconut oil handy. Like I said, bleaching is drying. Coconut oil works wonders to keep your hair smooth, soft, shiny, and packed full of nutrients. Apply to ends and after washes.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.