I’ve bleached my hair white countless times and everyone is always asking me how the hell I did it. Now I am sharing the secret with you. You can do this at home for less than $20. Most salons won’t do this because they are scared of screwing it up, and if they do you can bet it will be for an obscene price.
You will need:
30 vol activator
It helps if your hair is a lighter shade, but this can be done even to black hair. You’ll want to get some professional bleach from a nearby salon supply shop or order some online. How much you get depends on how dark your hair is; mine was dyed black and I went through four applications of bleach before I got to white.
The bleach and acivator will need to be at least 30 vol. You’ll want to get a bottle of activator (no less than 30 vol) with your powder lightener. I recommend Clairol Professional Pure White activator and Clairol Professional Kaleidocolors Violet powder lightener.
1. Mix the bleach and apply to your hair; make sure hair is completely covered in bleach. You may want to wear gloves for this part, but if you can stand a little pain you’ll be fine without them.
2. Then, take a sheet of plastic wrap and wrap it around your hair, covering it. You must do this so your hair doesn’t dry out during processing; if you don’t have plastic wrap, you can tear up a plastic grocery bag and use that, just make sure it doesn’t have any ink on the portion you use.
3. Process under heat for approximately 15 minutes. Just use your hair dryer for this. Let your hair cool off for about two minutes and then rinse.
4. Wait at least three hours before another application. Repeat until your hair is the desired shade. Just one application is not going to do it unless your hair is already a very light shade. If you see orange or a lot of yellow in your hair, you should probably do one more application.
Keeping it white: To maintain this shade and keep away brassy tones, I recommend a product called Fanci-Full Hair Color. It’s a toner and you can get it in the hair dye isle in most Wal-Marts. Just make sure you get one that is white because they make them for all colors of hair.
WARNING: Yes, a few pieces of your hair might fall out during the last application. Just be very gentle with your hair during washing the bleach out, drying, and combing your freshly bleached hair. It’s very fragile in the beginning but just remember to condition every day and your hair will be back to its original health in a week or less.
If you have really thin hair or hair that falls out easily, first rethink this and if you want to risk it, use 20 vol instead of 30 vol.