So I have taken my hair from practically black to super blonde over the course of a month or so, by myself, and I thought I would share how I did it. Not that I recommend it, but I do get asked often how the hell I got my hair so blonde, so fast. Let me tell you, not easily.
My hair was about a 2N and pretty much freshly colored when I suddenly needed immediate and major change. I was really depressed and I took it out on my hair. I made a rash decision and decided it was time to be blonde. I know this is not the smart decision. I do. My very talented hair friends scolded me good. But once I did the initial bleaching there was really no going back. I didn’t want to just dump more dark dye on top and go backwards, I felt like I had to get it there! (in retrospect I would have used a product to pull the color out before I started bleaching, but you know, I jump in with both feet like a crazy.)
I wish I had a pic from after the first time! It was SO streaky, I did not have nearly enough bleach to saturate my whole head, so I HAD to do it again the next day. (bad!) After that, basically what I would do is bleach my hair every other week or so and then condition the heck out of it in between and trim it. Once I got it to light yellow, I used a toner (Wella) from Sally. I have tried 3 different toner colors so far and I like a combo of them. I also use purple shampoo and conditioner to help pull the brassiness out.
This really light blonde was too blonde for me, and never my actual goal, but now that I had it this light I could begin to lowlight and add darker color for more dimension.
Is my hair damaged? Yes, but not as bad as you may think. I lost a lot of length, but I knew that I would going in. I also have really coarse, thick hair. My friend Veronica, who does my hair when I am not being a lunatic doing my own, told me that I am lucky that I have very strong hair She recently did an additional highlight (not pictured) to help give me more dimension so it wasn’t all a flat color. I don’t really recommend doing this yourself, but here are the bullet points for those who want to know!
- bleached whole head of hair 4 times waiting a week- two weeks between bleaching (except the 2nd bleaching, I did that the next day…bad.)
- condition, condition, oh, and coconut oil treatments in between.
- Trim after each bleaching ( I also trimmed my own hair. I watch a lot of youtube for tips.)
- Toner after the last 2 bleachings- Wella brand from Sally, I stayed away from any of the ash colors.
- purple shampoo ( I have generic label from Sally and also Shimmer Lights conditioner, now that my hair is really blond I only use it a few times a week.)
- Bleach powder by the buckets from Sally (the blue kind)
- Started with 30V developer and then went down to 20V as it got lighter
I think that’s it! In the end, I spent a lot of time on this, and a lot of money on supplies. It was stressful, and I don’t really like it all that much. Ha! Once I add some dark blonde I think I will be happy, but the fact is, you can’t take black hair to light brown/dark blonde without bleaching it out regardless so, this is the route I took! Don’t yell at me!
***Update- I colored the underside of my hair a darker blonde and added the lowlights (2 rows of foils on each side of my head, by myself again with a 7n demi-permanent color) and used another toner combo (even parts of natural blonde, beige blonde and a half ounce of purple toner from Wella) and I am in love with the color! Finally!
I am going to keep adding lowlights and and highlighting roots every other time to maintain the color, but gradually become a darker/dirtier blonde color my overall goal. At least now I am not ashamed to leave my house, because there were times during this process that I HAD to wear a hat. For real.
Let me know if you have any questions about what I did!