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What Are the Best Tips for Bleaching Brown Hair?

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  • Written By: Amanda R. Bell
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 03 April 2014
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Bleaching brown hair can be extremely difficult and, oftentimes, damaging. Some of the best tips for doing so include using the correct bleach and developer for one’s hair type, applying the product as quickly and evenly as possible, and waiting between applications. Using an extremely moisturizing conditioner or hair treatment after bleaching brown hair can be helpful in repairing damage. In most cases, especially with very dark hair, having a professional do the bleaching is best.

There are a variety of hair bleaches and other bleaching products on the market from which to choose. In most cases, it is best to purchase products from a beauty supply store, as these are salon-quality and offer the most options. Discussing the purchase with a knowledgeable employee at the store can also be helpful. In most cases, a stronger developer will be needed to properly lift the hair color while bleaching, although one that is too strong can severely damage hair during the bleaching process, depending on one’s hair type and its condition. In most cases, those who work at a beauty supply store will be able to recommend products and product strengths after looking over a customer’s hair.

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When bleaching brown hair, it is important to not only apply the product evenly throughout the hair, but also to apply it quickly to make sure that the entire head processes at the same time. This is especially important if hair color is going to be applied after the bleach; an uneven bleach job can turn into uneven color. Most bleaching products are activated by heat. For this reason, it is typically best to apply the product to the roots last, as the hair in this location is closest to the scalp, a natural heat source.

Those with especially dark brown hair may need to go through two or more bleaching processes in order to fully lift the color from their hair. The vast majority of people with brown or dark brown hair have significant red tones underneath the hair, even if their natural shade appears to be cool-toned. In order to protect the hair from too-strong products, bleaching brown hair in stages every one to two weeks until the desired color is attained and brassiness or red-tones are eliminated is best.

Bleach not only removes color from hair but also moisture. For this reason, applying a heavy conditioner, leave-in masque, or oil treatment to hair directly after the bleach products have been rinsed or washed out is best. This helps to return some of the moisture and nutrients lost during the process, and prevent hair from breaking in its delicate state.

While bleaching brown hair can be done at home, it is typically best to go to a salon. Stylists usually have the knowledge and experience to monitor hair during the bleaching process, making sure that too much damage does not occur. They can also provide a trim directly after bleaching brown hair, cutting off any dead ends and preventing further damage to the hair.

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