Whatever your hair goals—whether you want to go platinum blond or experiment with bright rainbow colours—colouring your hair at home is easier than ever, once you understand how to use hair bleach. Here is everything you need to know about how to bleach hair at home.

Before You Bleach Your Hair

Hair transformations are a fun way to experiment with your look, but it’s important to understand what you’re getting yourself into first. If you’re ready to go blond or try a pigmented hue like faded pastel, you’re going to need a home bleach kit—you can’t lighten your hair without it. If your hair colour is currently dark brown, be prepared that it may take multiple hair-lightening sessions to reach your desired shade and time in between each round. That said, bleaching your hair at home is possible when you’re armed with the right knowledge. 

How To Bleach Your Hair At Home

Bleaching your hair at home begins with determining your end goal. Are you looking to go icy platinum blond? Do you want to add highlights? How about experimenting with colour, like purple, pink or lavender? These are all important decisions to make because it will influence the overall process of your hair dye journey.

The next step is to pick up a home bleach kit. Look no further than L’Oréal Paris Féria Absolute Platinum. It’s designed for the imaginative trendsetter, and this platinum formula was custom-blended by L’Oréal Paris’s master colourists to give your hair a multi-faceted shimmer. It comes with Power Shimmer Conditioner to hydrate and condition your hair so it never feels damaged or dry. Plus, this powerful formula can lighten hair by up to four levels.

It’s important to follow the instructions when bleaching hair at home and it’s the kind of situation where you might consider phoning a friend. Not only will a second pair of eyes help you see the hard-to-reach places on your head but it’s also fun to have company during your hair makeover.

How to care for your bleached hair

Bleaching your hair at home will change more than just your hair’s colour. Any colour-treated hair requires its own special TLC, which means using daily haircare products designed with bleached hair in mind. After you’ve bleached your hair, making a few small changes to your hair care routine will keep it looking its best.

Start by adding a new shampoo, conditioner and hair mask system that has been specially formulated for dyed-blond hair. Once or twice a week, skip your conditioner in favour of a hair mask or treatment. These supercharged formulas will make sure that your hair has all of the nutrients it needs to keep it from looking dull or dry. Another easy hair hack is to use lukewarm water to wash your hair. Hot water can actually strip essential oils from the hair, leaving it on the dry and dull side.

And don’t think that just because you’ve finished bleaching your hair means that you’re done. Maintenance and touch-ups will also require some time, and if your starting colour was brown or red, your roots might make an appearance sooner than you’d like them to. Always have a home bleach kit at the ready or use a temporary root cover-up to keep things in check.

Finally, one of the easiest ways to care for your bleached hair is to do just that. Heat styling can be hard on your strands, so embrace your natural texture whenever you can. There are certain products that will enhance your hair’s texture without your having to use any heat tools like curling irons, blow-dryers or straightening irons. You can smooth frizz or get bouncy curls or beachy waves by adding the right products. And on those days when you can’t resist styling or giving yourself a blowout, remember to apply a heat protectant like L’Oréal Paris Stylista #Blowdry Heat Protective Primer ahead of time to give your bleached hair a buffer.

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