DIY: Gone Blonde

by farrah

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
Hair Bleach
Plastic Gloves
Plastic Container
Plastic Applicator Brush
Hair Cap

Optional:
Argan Oil / Macadamia Oil
Hair Mask
Dry Shampoo

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.

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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.)

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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! ~

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43 comments

ada November 28, 2015 - 2:22 pm

woah! that was awesome i actually thought you went to the salon. i have a question about the tiny hair above your lip, do you still bleach it? what do you use?

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Farrah Espina November 28, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Never again! Lol. Just letting them be. My sister uses Sally Hansen.

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genie November 28, 2015 - 4:16 pm

Hi! Where did you get your dry shampoo? Loving the look by the way! Had I not read this post, I wouldn’t even think it was done at home. 🙂

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genie November 28, 2015 - 4:21 pm

Also, what hair color brand did you use before? Thanks!

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Farrah Espina November 28, 2015 - 5:15 pm

I would switch between Revlon and L’oreal. I had also used a lot of bubble hair dyes in the past from Liese and Etude House but they’re super damaging. I got the dry shampoo from abroad. Lush has dry shampoo, too!

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armyn torres November 28, 2015 - 7:15 pm

the color of your hair really reminds me of red velvet haha (ice cream cake era) 🙂

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farrahespina@gmail.com November 28, 2015 - 9:11 pm

Exactly what I was going for 😉

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Lhia Ibardolaza November 28, 2015 - 9:26 pm

This is sooo helpful! Thanks for sharing this, F! 🙂

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Farrah Espina November 30, 2015 - 12:57 pm

Let me know if you have any suggestions! 😉

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Dana Mae Lopez November 29, 2015 - 1:15 pm

Wow! I Finally found a super helpful tutorial… Thanks for that.. Your hair reminds me of krystal’s hair in red light <3 …

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Farrah Espina November 30, 2015 - 12:56 pm

Krystal is my favorite!! <3

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Cherry December 2, 2015 - 6:03 pm

You look awesome! I’ve been wanting to go blonde for like forever but kept on backing out for fear it might not suit me.
I hope I can finally have the courage to do so! More power ??

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Farrah Espina December 2, 2015 - 6:18 pm

Confidence is key! 🙂 Hehehe! Thank you! <3

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Laura December 4, 2015 - 12:44 pm

I think the orange looked good actually, haha! If you didn’t want to go Barbie blonde, you could have easily kept it like that 😉

Anyways, you look good! I look forward to your next hair adventure 😉

(Ps, I can’t find you on bloglovin 🙁 Will you ever join?)

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Farrah Espina December 4, 2015 - 7:44 pm

But it was so uneven 🙁 and I like the Barbie blonde <3 Also, I just plugged my blog to Bloglovin'! You can check out the button on my side bar below the social icons 😉 Thank you! Come back soon!~

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Laura December 6, 2015 - 9:21 pm

I know, but I guess I liked that uneven orange 😀 Barbie blonde looks good on you. You’re so courageous to try this, it’s been on my bucket list forever, but my hair is stil its natural colour and I’m too afraid to damage it….
I am so happy you joined bloglovin, I finally get updates from you, yaay!

I look forward to seeing more content from you!
Q: would you try a Barbie (or pink) outfit to go with your hair? I think it woult be something quite interesting to see 🙂

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Farrah Espina December 6, 2015 - 10:32 pm

Haha! Definitely! Recently bought a pink top! 🙂

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Heza December 10, 2015 - 8:03 pm

It really suits you! ?
How i wish i can also dye my hair blonde but i’m afraid bcoz i don’t have a fair skin like you. I can’t imagine myself having a blonde hair, it’ll be always a dream for me ?

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Farrah Espina December 10, 2015 - 8:13 pm

I think anyone can rock blonde. You just have to find the perfect shade for you!:)

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PAULINE December 15, 2015 - 1:59 pm

Daebak!~ I really love your K-style stuffs!^^ I was just wondering, how often do you blow dry your hair? 🙂

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Farrah Espina December 15, 2015 - 3:17 pm

All the time! Except on days when I don’t have plans of going out. :))

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Eunice ng chee ling April 6, 2016 - 4:15 pm

Hi, your hair look so awesome ♡ btw if your hair dark roots grow out ~ what u do tho??? Did you bleach again? Hehe coz my dark root already grow like 3 cm … oh goshh…

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Farrah April 6, 2016 - 5:45 pm

I bleach it again! Just on the roots, though. 😉 Just tone it so it’s even.

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Aaliyah Ybanez April 21, 2016 - 3:21 pm

Hi! I’m going to bleach my hair soon and I was wondering if Korean bleach products are better than American ones, do you have any recommendations? Also, would you prefer the Tony Moly Hair Bleach over the Etude House Hair Bleach? Thank you!

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Farrah April 21, 2016 - 3:40 pm

Hi Aaliyah! I haven’t tried using American brands since the Korean ones work fine for me already. Also haven’t tried the Etude House one. Been using Tony Moly and Nature Republic only. 😀

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Tea June 7, 2016 - 2:41 am

Hi, Farrah! Was just wondering– how many boxes do you think I’d need to bleach 1in+ long root regrowth? 0:

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Farrah June 7, 2016 - 1:17 pm

I would normally use 3 boxes for my roots OR 2 boxes plus shampoo. 🙂

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Lubaba Bazlul Moon June 7, 2016 - 4:12 pm

hi.. i am brown so my hair is pitch black and i left the bleach on my virgin hair for 30 mins…but my didn’t even turned brown 🙁 so can you suggest me what should i do? and isn’t more than 30mins gonna damage my hair badly?

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Farrah June 7, 2016 - 6:35 pm

Hi Lubaba! Virgin hair is supposed to be easier to lighten with bleach! :O What did you use?

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Alai July 2, 2016 - 3:06 pm

Hi! Whenever I see your posts in ig, I always thought you went to the salon. I was so happy when I came across your blog just last week and I super love your hair! You really look like you came straight out of Ice Cream Cake MV ?. So, I decided to try, I used 4 boxes of Nature Republic bleach hair color cream but I have medium length hair so it didn’t turn out that blonde. ? I bought 4 boxes again and I wanted to bleach my hair after a week because we’re going out of the country and I want my hair already bleached during the trip. Would it be okay to do the cover up after 1 week only? ?

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Farrah July 4, 2016 - 8:43 am

I think it’s safe as long as you do an intensive hair care routine= Hair masks + virgin coconut oil! Or, you have the option to get yourself a toner. I suggest Wella in T18. You can get it from @rainbowheadph on IG. Glad this helped you Alai! <3 Thank you! 🙂

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Hannah August 10, 2016 - 8:21 pm

Hi Farrah! I wish you’d go for granny hair already! I really think it would look absolutely good on you! Have you thought about how to do it? We have almost the same hair color, I wish you could give me a quick start on how to go gray. 🙂

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Farrah August 11, 2016 - 10:49 am

Hi Hannah! I’ve had gray hair before but it fades so quickly 🙁 I wish I had the time and effort to check other products out. I haven’t tried using the Wella Cooling Violet toner. I heard it will easily make your hair gray. Maybe I’ll do it in the future but right now, I have something else in mind! 😀 Thanks for your comment!~

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wulan November 21, 2016 - 5:52 pm

looks awesome… i hope could do that without damaged my hair so bad.
i have several question, please help me.
did u mix the nature republic hair coloring together with tony moly bleach?
or u do tony moly bleach first then u apply nature republic?
there is any gap after u apply tony moly bleach with nature republic hair color?

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Farrah November 21, 2016 - 6:18 pm

Hi Laura!! No, I didn’t mix them and no, there wasn’t. I only applied the latter because I missed some parts.

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wulan November 21, 2016 - 6:22 pm

so u just bleach it first?
and if i bleach, may i coloring directly?
i mean today i bleaching and tomorrow i coloring my hair with nature republic hair color?
is it okay?

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Farrah November 22, 2016 - 9:07 am

Hi! Yes you can do it but I really don’t suggest it. I think you should give it a week at least. 🙂

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Lisa November 26, 2016 - 7:41 pm

Hi Farrah,
I’m currently in Seoul now and I want to color/tone my hair may I ask what online shop you got the color brilliance from?
It’s quite difficult to find wella toners and other hair color products here.

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Farrah November 28, 2016 - 8:48 am

Hi Lisa! I don’t know any international online shops that sell them. Maybe you can try Amazon? 🙂

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Yeon Hyo December 12, 2016 - 5:58 am

Did you apply the hair color right away after you bleached your hair?

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Farrah December 13, 2016 - 2:34 pm

I waited for a week.

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shyla January 16, 2017 - 10:44 pm

i love it ahh ?? but what brand of developer did you use? is it the one with taeyeon on the cover? thankies 😀 x

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Farrah January 18, 2017 - 1:20 pm

I used Tony Moly’s at first then switched to Nature Republic for touch ups. 🙂

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