Annyeong! As mentioned on my previous post, I am now going to show you how my hair went from dark brown to blonde. I did this at home and I’m so happy it was a success. Just a background, what inspired me to do this was this Chinese girl I saw one time at a local store rocking her short platinum blonde hair. I couldn’t stop staring at how it looked so good on her. I wanted the same hair color but I thought my hair might get super damaged if I did. It could’ve cost me 3 sessions of bleaching so I decided to at least just go for blonde.
I’ve been dying my hair myself for the longest time. I thought going to a salon is too expensive because you have to have it retouched regularly. I normally dye my hair every two weeks because I hated when my dark roots are already showing so I had to find a more cost-efficient way to achieve and maintain blonde hair. I did a lot of research on DIY bleaching and thought that “hey, that’s not too hard”, so I decided to do it myself. If you’re curious how I did it, read on.
L E T ‘ S S T A R T !
W H A T Y O U N E E D
Virgin Coconut Oil
Plastic Applicator Brush
Argan Oil / Macadamia Oil
R E M I N D E R
Before anything, please keep in mind that I am not a professional. The results may vary on different people. It’s impossible for everyone to get the same result.
Before the bleaching, my hair had layers of permanent dye already. It might be different for virgin hair.
If you’re not used to dying your hair by yourself, I suggest that you seek professional help from your hairdresser.
B E F O R E T H E B L E A C H
Hair damage in bleaching is inevitable. Before you do anything to your hair, it is a must to apply some virgin coconut oil. I used Hair Treats’ Hair Coat Coconut Oil. You can get this from Watsons for only Php89.00 (buy 1 take 1). I couldn’t find any that’s as pure as this. I simply looked at the ingredients on the back and assumed that the lesser ingredients, the better. Lol.
According to my research, coconut oil helps a lot in protecting your hair from any damages. When you’re planning to dye your hair, simply apply this the night before, and leave the oil on your hair covered with a hair cap overnight. Do not wash it off before bleaching. Remember that your hair will still be damaged, the oil will just minimize it.
I’ve been coloring my hair using boxed hair dyes for about 6 years now and this really made a huge difference. I totally expected my hair to get super dry after bleaching it. Yes, my hair is still damaged but it’s not as damaged as I thought it would be. It actually turned out really soft.
In bleaching you’re supposed to feel a stinging or burning sensation on your scalp because the bleach strips off the pigments of your hair. I can still remember how it felt when my sister bleached the tiny hair above my lips a long time ago and I couldn’t stand it- I was in tears! I’m glad that this time, I didn’t feel anything crazy.
B L E A C H I N G
As a true believer of Korean beauty products, I knew had to try Korean hair bleaches! So far, locally available are the Make HD Hair Bleach from Tony Moly and the Bleach Hair Color Cream (with Taeyeon on the cover- AHH!) from Nature Republic.
I chose Tony Moly’s Make HD Hair Bleach for my first time. A box of this costs Php178.00 each. I know! SO CHEAP! I found about this from a beauty vlogger that I follow on Youtube. I did a lot of research, so I suggest that you gather as much information as possible before doing this.
If your hair is in the same length as mine, you will need 4 boxes of these. My hair is thick, though. If you have thin hair, you’d probably just need 3. For people with long hair, you can base the number of boxes that you will need from this. Like say, for my friend, Tricia who has thick and long hair, I think she will need about 7-8 boxes.
One box includes 1 bleach powder (10g) and 1 developer lotion (30ml). You will find instructions inside the box which I simply followed. The instructions are so on-point!
Following the instructions, I opened up the 4 bleach powders and put them in the container then gradually added the developer. Before applying the bleach, remember to test it just in case you’re allergic to it.
I applied the bleach starting from the ends of my hair all the way to my roots which wasn’t the smartest thing to do. I think I should’ve started on my roots first like how I usually do when dying my hair. By the way, I had my sister help me with the application. It is important to have someone help you do this. You wouldn’t want any dark patches on your beautiful blonde hair. Make sure that you don’t miss a spot.
Unfortunately, I only had help when I have already started and missed some parts. My sister did cover up those parts but not in time to make my hair look even. I ended up with dark patches but good thing I bought extra boxes from Nature Republic and decided to bleach the dark patches on the next day. I went ahead and did the same thing. I also applied some coconut oil that night.
I left the bleach on for about 30 minutes. You can check your hair every 10 minutes to know if you hair is light enough. I don’t suggest leaving the bleach on for too long unless you want super damaged hair. Putting on a hair cap speeds up the process so 30 minutes should really be enough.
After the bleaching, this is how it turned out. It’s slightly orange but it’s not bad. You can actually end the process here if you have bleached all of your hair evenly. Dying your hair is like putting on some make-up- the lesser, the better. Well, that’s just my opinion.
(If you want your hair to be lighter, you can always bleach it again but you have to let your hair rest for about 2 weeks. In those 2 weeks, you have to provide intensive hair care. You can put on some hair masks and apply some coconut oil.)
As for me, my hair was totally uneven so I knew that I had to tone it. Toning your hair can be a necessity if your hair somehow ends up really brassy after bleaching (since we have different hair). I came across a local online DIY hair shop. I saw reviews of different hair products from their Instagram account and ended up getting the Color Brilliance Permanent Hair Color in High Lift Ash Blonde for Php600. I definitely wanted a lift and get rid of the orange-ness from my hair.
I basically mixed the hair color with the developer then applied it all over my hair starting from my roots. Left it on for about 45 minutes. After rinsing and drying, I immediately noticed that my hair color has evened out. No more orange hair! I was so pleased! My hair color became Barbie blonde. Now that my hair is this light, I can achieve any hair color. Granny hair is next on my list but I think I’m gonna keep this for a while.
A F T E R T H E B L E A C H
Bleaching requires intensive hair care. I had read a lot about sulfate-free shampoos and how they are way better than regular shampoos. I have been using L’oreal’s ever since I learned about them. I recommend for people to switch to them especially if you have dyed your hair. It will make your hair less frizzy and dry. Bleach will really dry up your hair so I suggest using hair masks as much as possible and avoid using shampoo every day. I would shampoo my hair every other day and in between shampoo days, I would just wash my hair with conditioner and spray on dry shampoo after drying so my hair wouldn’t look greasy (or mukhang hindi naligo, lol). When I do wash my hair, I would put some Make HD Argan Oil (that I also got from Tony Moly) on my damp or dry hair.
This is so far my hair care routine. There’s a lot of hair care tips online. You may simply google it and find out what works best for you. Bottom line is you just have to take care of your hair even more after bleaching.
..And there you have it! You can now bleach your hair by yourself. I hope this helps everyone who wants to achieve their K-pop idol’s dreamy blonde comeback hairstyle. <3 If you have any questions and suggestions, please comment away! ~