Supplies That You Need to Bleach Hair

Gwen Stefani is known for her ultra-blond hair.

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If you don't already know, you should be aware that bleach isn't good for your hair. And if you do it too often, you can cause your hair to be so brittle that it falls out or breaks off. But if you're felling like you want to try Gwen Stefani platinum or lighten up your dark tresses to something on the sunnier side, bleaching could be your answer. Doing it at home isn't hard and supplies are available on the cheap.

What You Need

The things you need to lighten up those locks are an old towel and an told T-shirt you don't mind ruining and a shower cap. Rubber gloves are a must. Bleach isn't something to mess around with when it comes to your skin. You need something you can use as a timer -- any watch or clock will do. You should get a spray bottle and hydrogen peroxide in a 3 percent solution. That's important -- pure bleach is way too harsh. The 3 percent solution is sold in drug stores and beauty shops, so no need to stress about mixing it up on your own.

Do The Test

The last thing you want to find out after you've sprayed a bunch of bleach on your hair is that it turned your tresses orange. Take several strands of your hair from underneath your mane and set them on a towel. Put your rubber gloves on and dip a cotton ball in the solution. Then rub the cotton ball on your test hairs. Let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes and see if your hair is lightened to your liking and if it's still intact. If so, you're good to use your supplies to bleach more hair.

How to Do It

Take a shower and wash your hair but don't dry it. Your hair should be wet when you put the bleach on. Put on your old shirt and stand on your old towel. Fill up the spray bottle with the peroxide. Clip up your hair and start with the bottom section. Then let down the next section and repeat until your head has been totally sprayed. Don't be shy, you've done the test. Get your head good and covered. Comb the bleach through your wet locks then put the cap on your head. Leave the bleach on for 15 or 20 minutes and then rinse it out with cool to lukewarm water. Follow up with a deep conditioner. No matter what, bleach is going to cause some damage. A deep conditioner is what you need to battle the negative effects.

Other Considerations

Contrary to popular belief, one application of bleach doesn't do much. It strips your hair of its natural color and it's damaging. So your best bet is to put on one application of bleach, then use a box of hair dye to apply the lightest color of blond you can find. If you have naturally very light hair, bleach will make it lighter and you might want to stop at that. But if you're a brunette, bleach is only going to make your hair orange. You'll need more than one application followed with actual blond hair dye. If you're trying to leave the bleach on longer than recommended, just remember it's at your own risk. Bleach takes away shine and makes hair more prone to damage.

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