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Everything You Need to Know About Bleaching And Dyeing Your Hair At Home Without Frying It

Everyone—even the celebs—are coloring and bleaching their hair at home! But how do you do it without ruining your hair? We break down all the secrets hacks for you!

The quarantine has indeed given birth to a lot of new hobbies and trends: baking, dancing to TikTok duets, dried flower arranging, and so much more. Even hair experiments—from cutting your own hair to bleaching and dyeing—have been huge!



From our experience, there are three main reasons why we’ve seen so many people experimenting with DIY haircuts and hair color at home: One, having more time on your hands generally gives you the incentive to try and experiment with new things. Two, delivery services and e-commerce have boomed so much that it’s so easy to get access to everything—hair bleach and color included. And three, since we’re all staying at home, there’s little chance to embarrass yourself in front of other people if it goes wrong!


During the quarantine, we’ve seen some local and Hollywood celebrities play with bleaching and coloring their hair at home. Dua Lipa has been known for her quirky blonde hair, but in the last months, she tried playing with pink hair—which is super adorable!



Elle Fanning also has gorgeous blonde locks, but just for fun, she also tried going peachy pink for a while.


Locally, Bela Padilla tried cutting and coloring her hair at home, too. Although not as drastic as others, being a brunette looks so fresh and beautiful on her!


If you’re ready to take on the challenge, let us walk you through the whole process so you can save yourself the heartache of ruining your hair, and keep everything within the budget (since doing it at home is so much more cheaper!).


Step 1: Bleach your hair

Bleaching your hair is the first step to unlocking the world of possibilities. If you’re gunning for the popular ashy tones or brighter and pastel colors, you absolutely have to go through pre-lightening your hair.


Locally, one of the most popular and established brands is HBC, which has been popular with both DIY-ers and salon owners. Their bleach powder and peroxide set is a no-brainer to use: just mix the bleach powder with the peroxide, apply, wait, and then rinse. All their products are also cruelty-free and not tested on animals.



If you’re looking for a vegan option, international brand Manic Panic has a Flash Lightening Bleach Kit, available in volume 30 and 40 strength.



Some box dyes also promise to lighten your hair “without bleach,” but these still use peroxide to accomplish the job. They may be gentler compared to bleach, but that also means it lifts the color of your hair less. The L’oreal Blonde Supreme Excellence line has proven to lighten your hair by a few levels; but please manage your expectations. Bleach will still do a much better job at lifting your hair to your desired lightness.



Some people are afraid of bleach because it is known to damage your hair. There’s no easy way to put it, but the truth is, most hair treatments tend to ruin your hair—even box dyes, or salon treatments. You just have to know how to protect it.  


Dua Lipa is hair goals!
Dua Lipa is hair goals! | GC Images
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Step 2: Protect your hair during and after bleaching

Bleaching once might not be too harsh on your hair, especially if you have healthy virgin hair. But if you must bleach a second time to achieve lighter colors, you will be subjecting your hair to a lot of torture.


But you don’t have to have fried, dried hair if you must bleach! There are secrets to maintaining healthy scalp and hair.


• Don’t bleach more than once a day

If you’re going for lighter blondes and pastels, bleaching once is not enough. But no matter how tempting it sounds, don’t bleach your hair more than once a day. Give your hair at least a week to breathe and recuperate before bleaching again. This will give your hair and your scalp time to recover.


You might look like an orange or yellow chick for a bit, but trust that it is worth the wait.



•Protect your scalp
If you’re bleaching up to your roots, virgin coconut oil goes a long way in protecting your scalp. It’s best not to wash your hair 1-2 days before your bleaching session so you have built up enough oil to protect your scalp. You can then protect it further by lathering on some virgin coconut oil. Doing this will not affect the bleaching process—but you will smell like kakanin, so don’t do it hungry!


•Your ultimate best friend: Olaplex

Those who have been coloring their hair for a while now will know what this secret treatment is. This was also the secret treatment used by Kylie Jenner in 2016 when she decided to go platinum overnight. Without the help of Olaplex, Kylie’s hair absolutely wouldn’t have been able to handle that amount of bleaching in such a short time.


Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner | Elle UK


For the uninitiated, Olaplex works to repair broken bonds. Our hair contains millions of disulfide bonds, which give our hair its structure and strength. These bonds are damaged by various factors—going out, blow drying, flat ironing, perms, bleaching, and hair color. Olaplex repairs all of these hair damage by addressing the problem at the molecular bond level. It’s a cult favorite because it is able to prevent hair breakage that might be caused by intense hair treatments like bleaching, and revive even the most dead and driest of hairs.


This writer, among many DIYers, swears by the power of Olaplex in protecting the hair during bleaching. Without Olaplex, expect wire-y and dried hair after 2-3 bleach sessions. But with Olaplex, three bleach sessions feels just like one.


Usually, higher end salons can offer Olaplex add-ons and can be very expensive. But since you’re doing your hair bleaching at home, you won’t have access to these products because they’re very hard to get by in the country.


Good thing, there are local resellers working hard to make Olaplex more accessible to DIYers. La Fae Hair Dye and Color, a new hair color and dye reseller that carries local and international hair brands, is selling Olaplex kits to help more people protect their hair during bleaching.



Step 3: Coloring

Brown is easy enough to achieve, with the plethora of box dyes available in drugstores nationwide. But if you want something more interesting like Maisie Williams’ pink, blue, and purple hair colors, there are a number of options already available online to help you achieve your desired color.


Maisie Williams
Maisie Williams | Wallpapercrave


Popular vegan hair dyes with good color payoff are Manic Panic, Lunar Tides, and Arctic Fox. These dyes will only work on pre-lightened hair, but will leave your hair smoother and vibrant after use. They are also non-permanent so you can expect the color to fade in a few weeks.


Manic Panic has a wide range of colors available, which can be ordered online through their website. But if you’d rather not go through the hassle of international shipping, La Fae Hair Dye and Color carries some shades.



If you’re looking for something a bit more temporary—think three to four washes—Korean brand Etude House has the Two Tone Treatment Hair Color. It’s designed to let you pick and change your hair color more easily, just like how K-pop idols would do it!


BLACKPINK Rosé
BLACKPINK Rosé | Koreaboo


Want to cop Rosé of BLACKPINK’s pink, purple, and red hair transformations?  Etude House’ Two Tone Treatment Hair Color comes in those colors—and more!








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Step 4: Maintenance

We can’t emphasize enough how crucial this part of the process is for anyone who wants to keep their bleached and colored hair beautiful and healthy.


•Purple shampoo and conditioner are a must

If you don’t want your ashy or blonde hair to turn yellow after a few days, then you should ditch your regular shampoo and get specialized ones that will keep the brassiness off your head. Purple shampoo and conditioner are very helpful in keeping the brassiness at bay. These will keep your blonde hair blonde, and your toned hair toned.


Local haircare brand Beach Born has purple shampoo and conditioners that come in bottles or bars for the more eco-conscious. Their products are all natural, cruelty-free, and do not contain parabens and artificial fragrance. The conditioner comes with essential oils, too, to keep your hair moisturized and soft.



Invest in quality hair care and treatment

Sometimes, conditioner just doesn’t cut it. Remember, your hair has been bleached and treated, so it needs some extra love and care.


Don’t skip the hair treatments just because you can’t go to the salon for a hot oil or a scalp massage. Davines has amazing hair and scalp masks that does just an amazing a job in keeping your hair hydrated, nourished, and happy.  


For colored and treated hair, we suggest picking up The Wake-Up Circle Hair Mask and The Let It Go Circle Hair Mask. Leave the masks for at least 10 minutes and you’ll see how it can bring back softness, hydration, and recovery to your hair and scalp. They smell super amazing, too, so enjoy the processing time!


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