Quick guide to how I did a bleach bath to strip hair of dye, and get closer back to my natural colour…
Recently I’ve been very indecisive about my hair, around early February I dyed my hair a dark purple, and then let it to fade. It did last a lot better than expected for a semi-permanent of a fashion colour I thought it would wash out really fast (8-12 shampoos). So I was happily surprised when it lasted a good 8 weeks maybe. I used a bleach bath to get rid of the last bit of purple, as it’s not as damaging as straight bleach and easier to apply; it was pretty successful. Unfortunately I completely forget to take a “Before” photo – that’s how out of practice of blogging I am! I would say it was very dark blonde/mousey brown, with the purple concentrated towards the ends.
I’m not a professional and please don’t take my word as Gospel! If it’s something you may want to try, and you think it could work for you this might give you an idea of what it involves.
So first off what I used:
- Plastic Tub (Old Ice-Cream tub)
- Hair Clips
- Tint Brush
- Russell Jerome Bblonde high lift powder bleach
- Russel Jerome Bblonde Maximum Lift Developer 40 vol 12%
- Richard Ward Keratin Restore Shampoo (or one for colour treated hair, as they’re usually gentler on your hair)
- L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Dazzling Colour Refreshing Mask
- Pastic/latex gloves
If you haven’t bleached your hair at home before, basically to make up the bleach you need to mix the powder with a developer. Which comes in various intensities, I used 12% which is really high. The only reason I picked this one was because it was the only one they sold in the shop, and I wasn’t too bothered if my hair went lighter. If you’re considering doing this, I wouldn’t use anything stronger than a 9% (30 vol), so it’s suitable for dark hair as well. So once you’ve made up the bleach, using one sachet of powder, and a whole 75ml bottle of cream peroxide; add shampoo. The shampoo I used was a 250ml bottle, and I added about half, as I was using a really strong developer I thought it would be wise to dilute it slightly, but normally you would only use as much as when you shampoo your hair normally.
To apply the bleach bath you’ve got to wet your hair, it’s important that it’s wet as this will inhibit the action of the bleach slightly as we don’t want the full effect of bleach. I sectioned my hair a bit, as I wanted to focus the action of the bleach in the underlayers; also as the top layers will usually take bleach a lot quicker. I used the tint brush to apply the bleach focusing mostly at the ends as this is where the colour was. Once I applied it everywhere I just massaged it in like a normal shampoo, but you’re not supposed to hit your scalp with it, so be careful with this.
You’ve got to keep a close eye on the colour, as it will change really quick. As I was using a 40 vol I didn’t leave it in for longer than 10 minutes, but whatever strength I wouldn’t leave it in for longer than 15 minutes. Once washed out I used the L’Oreal colour mask conditioner, I also drowned my hair in oil to restore it. Bleach is really stripping so you want to get as much moisture as you can back into your hair.
This is the final result, as you can see there is still a bit of purple colour, but I’m happy with the way it turned out. It has definitely lightened my hair; even though the under layers are still dark at the roots, the ends have lightened everywhere. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, I might bleach bath it again to completely get rid of the purple.
Thanks for reading!