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What to use to bleach hair

Hair bleach can help you reach a lighter hair colour and is often a necessary product to use when you dye your hair blonde. If you bleach your hair, you ensure the best results when you use the best products and the right tools for the job. Knowing what to use to bleach hair, and how to apply bleach are the two main factors that are paramount to your success.


There are a few tools that are required when working with hair bleach. The most important of these is of course a tinting bowl and brush, but depending on what sort of result you want, you may need more than that. Some of the equipment you might need includes:
  • Tinting bowl
  • Tinting brush
  • Tail comb
  • Sectioning clips
  • Highlighting foil or meche

Bleach powder

Even with all the right tools, you need the best hair bleach powder to get the best results. Supermarket brands, as well as generic brands of bleach are far less effective than their salon product counterparts. Cheaper varieties of bleach powder generally produce less lift and cause more damage.

For the best lightening possible, always use a high quality bleach powder like Igora Vario or Wella Multi Blonde. Brands like this are able to lighten your hair in less time than other bleach powders, giving you cleaner, brighter results. On top of that, they are less damaging and will leave your hair looking and feeling healthier after a process. If you're wondering what to use to bleach hair, one of these bleach powders should be first on your list.

High quality salon bleach powders:


To use quality bleach powder, you will need developer to mix with the powder. Developer is what activates the bleach and the actual lightening effect of bleach is also due to this combination. It is for this reason that a higher volume of developer is able to lighten your hair more than a lower volume.

Developer consists of hydrogen peroxide in different concentrations, and this is largely the exact same thing no matter what brand you're using. There isn't much way you can improve upon developer other than through the inclusion of conditioning agents and other nourishing ingredients. All salon developer will include these ingredients and you can use any of them.

However, using the same brand of developer as your bleach and dye will make mixing easier because the consistency of the developer is geared towards mixing with that brand's particular consistency. As long as the developer you're using isn't a poor quality product that forms lumps or separates, you will never run into problems with your developer.


Highlighting hair

If you're planning to highlight hair instead of applying a full bleach, you will also need either highlighting foil or meche. Foil is well known as being the typical material for applying highlights. It is easy to work with, and you can even use kitchen foil if you're desperate and don't have proper hairdressing foil to work with.

Meche, however, is in the form of plastic slips that perform the same function as foil but are non-metallic. Because this highlighting material is transparent, you can see the results through the meche as the colour develops.

Whether you use foil or meche for highlighting is partly a personal choice. Foil is definitely cheaper and hairdressing foil rolls can easily be cut to any size to suit your hair. Meche can prove useful if you need to lighten your hair significantly during the highlighting process and need to keep checking its progress. It can also be used to create certain kinds of highlights with more ease.

After bleaching care


After you bleach your hair, it needs to be cared for properly. Hair that has just been bleached is dry and needs a good deep conditioning treatment to restore as much moisture as possible.

To speed up the restoration of your hair, you can also use an after-bleaching rinse like Wella Performance Plus. These rinses normalise the pH of your hair, seal the cuticles, and help repair any damage that has occurred during bleaching to get your hair back to feeling and looking its best.

Your hair will also benefit from a protein treatment. Applied once a week, protein treatments are the easiest way to restore even the most damaged hair back to good condition. Using a protein treatment after bleaching will keep your hair strong and healthy.

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