Different Ways to Dye Bleached Hair

Updated on November 11, 2019
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Kasja enjoys learning new ways to style her hair and shares her tutorials with others.

How to Bleach and Dye Hair

  • Decide where you wish to add bleach to your hair. Tie away any parts of hair that you do not want to be bleached.
  • Prepare bleach solution and quickly work into hair. Remember to keep an eye on bleach when it is in your hair to prevent breakage. Hair closest to your scalp will bleach quicker, so check this area every five minutes.
  • Thoroughly shampoo and condition hair once a light yellow shade has been reached. If you are planning on doing a pastel colour, or if you want your hair colour to be as vibrant as possible, you may need to tone your hair after this step.
  • Blow-dry hair and prepare to dye it. Make sure to wear gloves and apply petroleum jelly to any areas of skin (such as ears and around your scalp) that may come in contact with the dye.
  • (Optional step): If you are planning on obtaining a pastel colour, you will need to mix your dye with white conditioner in order to tone down the colour. Depending on how much hair you wish to dye, always use a larger quantity of conditioner than dye when mixing it in a bowl. Add in more conditioner until you reach a shade that you like.
  • Let the dye sit for a minimum of one hour but no longer than three hours. Some vegan dyes are able to stay on for longer amounts of time as they strengthen and condition the hair. Consult the information packet that should have come with your dye if you are unsure.
  • Keep dye from dripping or coming into contact with objects by either wearing a shower cap or using aluminium foil. Shower caps are recommended for dye jobs involving half of or all of your hair. Aluminium foil would work best with dip-dye jobs and streaks.
  • Once the dye has sat on your hair for at least an hour, rinse it out using cold water. Again, follow the instruction manual that came with your dye as some require a shampoo job alongside this step.
  • Blow-dry hair and style as normal.

Hair dye is a wonderful thing. Presently, any and every colour known to man can be sought out in the form of dye whether it is a neon yellow look or a sea green look. Some dyes even boast the ability to glow under black lights while others leave your hair conditioned and smelling great. Hair dyes can be found in almost any drug store or boutique that specializes in hair care.

By bleaching your hair first and then adding dye, you are able to produce a shocking, vibrant colour or even a soft, pastel shade. It is completely up to you on what you wish to do with your hair and how you want to obtain it.

You may or may not have seen on the internet or even throughout your daily travels in your hometown, individuals ( both girls and boys ) sporting beautiful, unique, or sometimes downright crazy colours in their hair and wondered, how on earth did they accomplish that? Well, in this entry, you will find some of the most popular styles of dyed hair, how to obtain them, and what you should and should not do once you commit to the hair dye scene. Remember, the results are endless!

Where Should I Start?

The first thing you are going to want to do is to purchase hair dye. Some dyes are vegan and have a conditioning effect on them, whereas other dyes do not hold to hair easily and may bleed or fade quicker than usual. Wherever you shop to purchase your dye, it would be best to ask a sales associate on what they think of the brand you have chosen.

You will definitely want to re-assess the state of your own hair. Bleach is a very harsh chemical, and when used on weak hair or even when used incorrectly, it can result in extremely damaged hair or hair loss. If your hair is overall damaged through the use of products or other chemicals ( such as perms/relaxers), then you may be better off bleaching smaller sections of your hair instead, just to be on the safe side.

The best thing to do would be to consult a professional or have it done in a salon.

Gradient (Or 'Dip Dyed) Hair

Gradient Hair
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Gradient or Dip-Dyed Hair

Gradient Hair

Gradient hair is one of my favourite dye jobs. It usually involves two colours ( sometimes related to each other, sometimes not ) which 'run into' or 'bleed' with the other. We can use the image of the girl with the red and blue hair above as a good example. Where her colours 'met', she made sure to allow the red and blue dyes to come in contact with each other. This created the slight purple colour that is seen before the red turns into blue.

Gradient hair of this sort requires commitment. Your entire head must be bleached, complete post-bleach aftercare must be carried out, and it is not a good look for one who may need to switch up the colour after a short period of time. If you are looking for a dye job along these lines, but do not wish to commit to it, you may want to seek out Dip-Dyed Hair.

Dip-Dyed Hair

Dip-dyed hair is slightly different from gradient hair as bleach and dye are only added to the ends of hair. Dip-dyed hair is easy to do and does not require much commitment as only the affected hair must be given extra attention to. You are also less likely to run out of dye any time soon as you will only need a minimal amount. Also, if you for any reason need to remove the colour from your hair, or the ends of your hair become excessively damaged, you can simply cut the damaged hair off with little change to your hair's length and overall style.

As with when adding multiple colours to dip-dyed hair, remember to make sure to make the two colours 'run into' each other as much as possible to achieve a proper gradient look.



Streaks are a great idea for individuals who do not wish to bleach or dye a large portion of their hair. Some of the reasons for this are due to employment restrictions or fear of causing far too much damage to their hair. Streaks are also easier to hide should they need to be removed or if excessive damage does occur. This is a great bleach and dye job idea for those who are unsure of whether or not they wish to commit to having coloured hair or for those who are looking for a quick change.

Streaks can be done in random areas of hair, such as several strands scattered throughout the individual's hair, on one section only (such as on a fringe/ bangs) or even in a zig-zag effect for creative dyers.

The best way to obtain streaks is to simply bleach a small section of hair (sometimes no larger than half an inch in length, depending on your preference), add dye to the bleached section and cover it with aluminium foil for one hour minimum (check your dye's instruction manual as these times may vary).

If you want to simply add streaks to your hair but you are unsure of whether or not you want to bleach your hair, you can purchase multicoloured clip-in extensions if you wish.



Multicoloured Hair

Depending on how you wish your hair to look, multicoloured hair (sometimes known as rainbow or unicorn hair) is one of the most difficult dye jobs that one can take on. Sometimes multicoloured dye jobs can consist of every colour of the rainbow placed onto one's scalp. Other times, it involves half of your head's hair colour being different from the other side, which is not to difficult to obtain. There are also times where the hair is divided into three sections but consists of different shades of one colour.

Depending on how many colours are in your hair, this dye job can be an absolute pain to perform and to maintain, although it can be one of the most beautiful jobs you have ever seen (if it is done completely correctly). Roots may need to be re-bleached and dyed according to the pattern the individual has set out as often as every six weeks ( depending on how quickly one's hair grows ).

Multicoloured dye jobs quite often cover the individual's entire scalp, which means that a full-head bleach job is often required to obtain this look. Proper post-bleach care is crucial as bleached hair tends to be very dry and breaks easily. Those who tackle this look should be absolutely sure that they will be able to keep up with proper care and touch-ups.

One Colour


One Colour Only

Using one colour to dye hair is one of the simplest and quickest ways to obtain colour since it does not require sectioning certain pieces of hair or using more than one colour.

With certain colours, a bleach job may not be required. This is especially true with red or blue based dye. However, if the user wants an extremely vibrant look or a pastel look as seen in the pictures to the right, then a bleach job will be required.

For individuals in certain places of employment where extreme hair dye jobs are not recommended or for those who are still in school, a subtle one colour dye job would be best to use. For this reason, bleach should not be used. Red hair is often not frowned upon as much as other colours, and blue hair will only show up in areas of bright light so it may be easier to get away with.

For those with the freedom to dye their hair as they wish, you can go crazy with the bleach ( but only if you want to ). As stated earlier, one colour may be less of a headache than most other forms of dye jobs that were seen earlier, but, you may find yourself having to purchase many tubs of dye quite often. This is especially seen with individuals who have long, thick hair as more than one tub or tube of dye may be required for this dye job. When in doubt, always remember, it's better to have more than to find out that you've run out of dye and still have a whole back section to deal with.


  1. Invest in a colour protecting shampoo. These special shampoos are developed to reduce fading and keep your hair as vibrant for as long as possible. Examples include: Herbal Essences Colour Me Happy, Tresemme Colour Protection, and Nature's Gate Replenishing Shampoo.
  2. Always bleach and dye hair in a well ventilated and brightly lit area.
  3. Begin a deep conditioning regime. Bleach jobs can leave your hair feeling dry and straw-like. You should deep condition your hair after every bleach job and continue to do so with every wash.
  4. Experimenting with multiple colours can yield unsatisfactory results. Always do a patch test on a small strand of hair to make sure that you are satisfied with your colour choice.
  5. Always, and I mean, ALWAYS perform a patch test before using dye. Certain individuals can develop mild to severe allergic reactions when dye comes in contact with your skin. Always apply a small drop of dye to a clean area on your skin that is not in the public eye (for example, behind your ear) before use on your scalp. Most dye instruction manuals state that you should leave the skin patch for 24–48 hours. If no redness, itching, or swelling occur, then the dye is safe to use. If any adverse effects happen, wash the dye off your skin and do not use it.

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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.

© 2014 Kasja 00


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      4 years ago

      I haven't dyed my hair is years and all the different shades I used to use dark ash blonde Browns and even black, Well they all faded after all this time and I decided to bleach it to get all the different colors out. First time it was a light yellow 2nd bleach roots are white so e strands are white and the rest is a light/med yellow. I know if I bleach again it will ruin my hair. I love the Dark silvers,Black and whitish silvers . I ended up buying 2 Ion color Brillance permanent in Chrome , 2 Well Pale ash blonde T14, 2 Clairol soy4plex liquicolor Medium ultra cool brown. 3AA/57D.#1 30 devoleper , &# 2 10 Smaller bottle devolepers. I'm not sure what to do at this point Because of Many reasons 1. The bleaching left me with with different tones , Which devolepers should I use If I want the Chrome to be darker, Which if I want the pale ash blonde to be lighter and the cool med brown to look black and In which order would I put these on? Should I use this light of a toner (Wellas T14) And should I do it all over the bleach so it won't look 2 shades of the white bleaching and the yellowing of the bleach. I know the Chrome will cover me right now But I am just lost on where to put what and What would look best. Can anyone offer ne sone help I'm not leaving my house with this bleach job ;)

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      4 years ago

      How do you color blonde is pink hair to bright dark purple hair color


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