How to Bleach Hair Chunks

Plan out the chunk effect before you dye.

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Chunky highlights were big in the 1990s, when stylists bleached fat chunks of hair all colors of blonde. This look gave way to a more spread-out piece highlight vibe to introduce more color variety. If you want to make a style statement that's funky, unique and a bit of a throwback to the grunge era, a chunk look will get you there. As always when bleaching hair, crack a window for ventilation and follow the timing instructions exactly to end up with an exciting new 'do.

1.

Take a bit of time to plan before you dive in with the dye, cause once bleach is on, it's not coming off without scissors! Decide how wide you want the chunks to be, how spaced out you want them and what to do with bangs, if you've got them. You might want to go whole hog and bleach the bangs, leave them dark, or split the dye. It's your unique style, so whatever floats your boat, girl.

2.

Read over the instructions on your bleach kit to find out how long to let the bleach sit on your hair.

3.

Change into an old tee-shirt you don't mind staining, gather all your supplies and put your gloves on. Now you're ready to go.

4.

Pour the peroxide into a bowl. Shake the bleach packet then open it and empty it into the bowl with the peroxide. Stir the bleach and peroxide together to make a smooth liquid.

5.

Test dye before you commit: Put a bit of bleach on the underside of your hair and wait the recommended dye time, then rinse off the bleach. If you love the color you're good to go. If it came out too light, take off five minutes from the dye time for less penetration. If you experience itching, watery eyes or severe irritation, don't bleach. You could be having an allergic reaction and should see a stylist for assistance dyeing your hair.

6.

Pick up a chunk of hair with one hand and brush bleach over it with an applicator brush, once you've done the dye test and are ready to proceed. Coat the hair from the ends to 1-inch from the roots. Then grab another chunk and apply the dye just like that. If you made a plan at the outset, you'll know how much space to leave to get the look you want.

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Set a timer once you've gotten all the hair, then hold your horses. Watch the dye develop. When you see your hair turn orangey, tint the last inch near the roots. This new hair needs less time to turn color.

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Rinse off in the shower when the timer goes off. Follow the highlight job with a gentle shampoo and moisturizing conditioner to restore some health to your stressed-out locks.

Things You'll Need

 

1.Old t-shirt

3.Hair bleach kit with peroxide and bleach powder

5.Applicator brush

2.Latex gloves

4.Bowl

 

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