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Top Nine Mistakes Made When Bleaching Hair At Home

Updated on February 27, 2016

Blonde Gone Wrong

Nothing is worse than trying to lighten your hair at home and ending up with an orange or green mess of what was once your beautiful hair. It happens all the time though even to those with lots of experience with bleaching and coloring at home. It is all to easy to make one little mistake using chemicals to bleach your hair is serious business. There are nine major mistakes that are made all the time. They are listed below you won't believe how simple some of these things seem but as simple as they are they just as easy to forget or skip. Find out what these mistakes are so you can avoid a bleaching disaster.



Getting started before you have what you need

This may seem silly and not like such a big deal but it really is. Make sure you have all the supplies you will be needing before you get started. Create a checklist and make sure that you go over it a couple times. This leaves less room for error and mistakes. You also save a ton of time since you won't be rushing back to the store or sending someone else.



Reading the instructions

Even if you have done this one hundred times read the instructions. Every box kit is different and so are the instructions. If it is the same stuff you always use you should still read the instructions because products do not always stay the same. Reading the instructions will help keep you from making any serious mistakes that will cause crazy accidents like orange hair or hair loss.

Strand test
Strand test


Skipping the test strand step

This is so important! Do not skip the strand test. The strand test will prevent anything weird happening to your hair. If it turns orange you will know not to use the bleach on your whole head. If you have an allergy to the chemicals in the bleach you will prevent a serious reaction. A strand test has saved me quite a few times. It may seem like a simple pointless precaution but it can really prevent the worst kinds of accidents.



Bleaching your hair alone

I know that not everyone will agree on this one but in my experiences I have found that it is easier to do anything to your hair when you have a friend helping you.Don't do it alone you could miss some spots and that can be a little embarrassing especially when you had no idea they were even there. Having someone else there to help or just to check for any spots you might have missed is really helpful. Trying to use a mirror or play it by feel can truly be tricky at times.

Watch the time
Watch the time


Leaving the bleach in to long

Do not leave the bleach longer than the instructions suggest. No matter what someone else says. Do not do it. Even if it worked for there hair. You have a completely different head of hair and you are the one taking the risk. Leaving the bleach in longer than instructed could permanently damage your hair beyond repair and even burn your scalp.

Deep conditioner
Deep conditioner


Forgetting to deep condition

Always deep condition your hair the same day as you bleach your hair. I have forgotten this step before and paid for it in the morning. My hair was almost impossible to brush through. It was so rough. I will never forget this step ever again. Do not make the same mistake that myself and many others have made. Deep condition your hair the same day this puts some of the nutrients back in your hair and making it more manageable and healthy.


Bleaching hair that has already been bleached

When your roots grow out just do a touch up on that area not your whole head. If you go over your hair with beach again you are just damaging it over and over again for no reason. Hair no matter how strong can only take so much before it is just completely toasted and fried. Hair that is over processed looks awful and feels awful to.

Over processedhair
Over processedhair


Bleaching damaged or over processed hair

If you think that your hair may be to damaged or weak to bleach you may be right. Seek the opinion of a professional. They know what they are talking about and will be able to tell you if your hair is healthy or not. You can also preform a gummy test. This will measure the elasticity in your hair. If your hair looks like stretched gum when you pull it and will not retake its natural form do not use any kind of chemicals on it.



Skipping the toner

This happens all the time. If your hair looks yellow and brassy it is probably in need of a toner. Orange hair should be lightened a little more but if it is a yellow or brass like color move on to a toner. Do not skip the toner and bleach your hair again this won't really work. This is a really common mistake made all the time especially by people who are inexperienced and new to bleaching and coloring hair. Toner will counter act the yellow color making it very light and even platinum blonde.

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      Karen Shiley 3 years ago from Washington

      Ah yes the toner is a very important step!

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      Ana Maria Orantes 3 years ago from Miami Florida

      good advice brittannie

    • Liz 2 years ago

      Great How To video! Thank you!

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      xxcccxxx 2 years ago from USA

      Toner! Now that one is definitely the key in all of this!

      One other tip: ASK THE SALLY'S GIRLS! If you're going to do this at home, consult a Sally's worker on your toner! [They'll probably tell you never to do it at home, but they'll still point you in the right direction.]

      Great article!

    • Lisa 2 months ago

      For the love of grammar, please have someone read over your writing before you post it! I can't count how many grammar/spelling/punctuation mistakes I saw just skimming through this article. I don't mean to be harsh, but frequent mistakes in your writing make you look uneducated, and will automatically turn people away from the article.

    • Luke Yancey 7 weeks ago

      Thank you for reminding everyone of the test strand step. I think most people get too excited and just dye their hair without thinking about the consequences if they mess up. I also recommend wearing gloves. I remember kids in high school coming to school with black hands for a week because they forgot to wear them!

    • Virginia 10 days ago

      I just recently bleach my hair and it turn a light blue i think I forgot the toner the lady at sallies DIDNT tell me I needed that but give tryed almost everything inthe book to get the blue out if you can help please do my hair is black wanting to go blonde instead went blue not a happy camper

    • IVANNA 71 minutes ago


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