Have you tried to lighten your hair only to end up with a disastrous shade of orange instead? I know I have, I quickly found out that orange is certainly not my colour. Luckily, it’s easy to fix orange hair and achieve the color you really want. Bleaching makes your hair lighter, but doesn’t always fully strip your hair of its undertone pigments, which are often brassy oranges and reds.  Caring for your hair before you bleach it, as well as learning how to bleach it correctly will prevent it from turning orange, letting you enjoy your lighter, bleached hair.

Here’s how to color your hair blonde without it going orange.

Per-care for your hair for 2 weeks. 

Caring for your hair before you bleach it is very important. Using a good conditioning or a treatment for your hair before stripping can help it to be strong. Bleach damages hair, so it would be wise to get a few good treatments before bleaching it.

Avoid washing hair for 3 days before bleaching.

Bleach can irritate and make your scalp itchy if your hair is clean, but greasy hair will help to reduce the itch.Keeping your hair as healthy as possible before, during, and after bleaching will make it more likely for the bleach to work successfully, and for your hair to not turn orange.

Choose a bleach powder

its easier to got for the bleaching kits. It usually sold with both the bleach powder and the developer. Reading the instructions on the box of your bleach kit will let you know what hair color and type that kit works best for. The Bleaching kits also comes with an instruction leaflet. This makes it easier to follow the the bleaching process. The bleach powders come in white, purple, or blue, but it doesn’t make a difference to which one of the three you use, the end results are the same.

Choose 10 or 20 volume developer for your hair.

If you have darker hair, 30 volume developer works faster than 10 and 20 volume, but it may lighten your hair too much or leave it damaged .Bleach developer comes in 10, 20, 30, or 40 volume units. 10 is the weakest in strength, while 40 is the strongest. 40 volume is used for highlights only by experienced hair stylists.

Mixing and applying the bleach to your hair

  • Tip: Put on disposable gloves and drape an old towel over your shoulders. 

Make sure that you put the disposable gloves on before you begin mixing any bleach. Bleach can damage your skin and fabrics, so putting the towel over your shoulders will protect you and your clothes from any bleach that drips from your hair.

Mixing the bleach powder and the developer together 

The ratio of the bleach powder to the developer will be specified on the bleach kit box. Make sure that you use non-metal blows,clips or combs.

Take a thin section of hair from one of the back quarters.

Divide your hair into quarters. Remove this sections from the plastic clip, and keep the rest of your hair clipped back.Each section should be about 1 inch (2.5 cm). Using small sections when bleaching your hair will make sure that the bleach is applied more evenly.

Use a tint brush.

Make sure that the bleach covers the full length of your hair, try not to get the bleach to close to your scalp since the bleach may irritate it. Brush the bleach through in the same direction that your hair grows, starting at the top and ending at the tip.

  • Remember to work as quickly and carefully as possible, so that the first section doesn’t lighten too much before you done bleaching the last section of your hair.

Flip the first section over to show the side that hasn’t been bleached. then Apply some bleach to this side too. Ensuring that you don’t accidentally miss a piece.

Use a plastic clip to pin back the sections you’ve bleached already to keep it out of the way while you doing the rest of your hair. Continue applying bleach to thin sections until each quarter is complete. By the time you have finished the front quarter, the first back quarter will start to lighten.

Processing and Rinsing Your Hair

Check your hair until it has turned pale blonde.or the desired blond color. Check your hair in a mirror every couple of minutes to see lightening process. Your hair will experience several color changes, going from orange to yellow to pale blonde when you have dark brown hair.

  • Bleach normally takes at least 30 minutes to work.
  • It will take more than 1 session to go from black to blonde.
  • The time it takes for your hair to reach pale blonde will depend on your original hair color.
  • Also the type of bleach that you are using will determine the time your hair will take to go blonde.

Rinse the bleach out of your hair. 

Once your hair has reached pale blonde or desired blonde color, Use lukewarm water rinse your hair thoroughly, Make sure all the bleach is out.

Shampoo and condition your hair.

Using lukewarm water, wash your hair with shampoo and then conditioner.

Towel dry your hair.

Like I mentioned before, bleach weakens your hair, so towel drying or wrapping your hair will help to keep it protected while it’s drying. Never rub your hair with the towel, as this could weaken it further. Remember to never comb your bleached hair until it is completely dry.