At-home bleaching can be a way for you to refresh yourself regularly without spending a lot of your time or money. They can also be a way for you to entertain yourself during a time of crisis because of the epidemic and distance like now.
Though you might want to bleach your hair to get the perfect blond color, things can go astray if you are not able to do the job properly, for whatever reason.
If you too have ended up with a multi-colored hairdo, you don’t need to panic since there are a couple of ways with which you can easily fix those unevenly bleached strands of hair.
How to Fix Uneven Bleached Hair?
Dying it a Darker Color
First and foremost, you can dye your hair in a darker shade. By doing that, you can easily cover up earlier mistakes of uneven bleaching. Some of the best colors that can help hide unevenly bleached hair could include shades of dark brown or maybe even creative colors like dark reds and blues (even though not everyone would be inclined to use those colors).
What you need to consider is that you should use a darker color than what your unevenly bleached hair already has. Since you are trying to cover up a botched-up effort, dying them in a lighter color would be another disaster.
Yet another problem that could arise as a result of using a lighter color is that it could leave your hair in an unpleasant shade of green or grey, which is certainly not what you want.
Here’s how you can recolor your to fix unevenly bleached hair:
- Step 1: Take a close look at your strands. Usually dark brown, chocolate brown, and chestnut are the preferred colors to correct bleached hair.
- Step 2: Apply an even layer of shadow over your hair. Start by dividing each strand and applying color from root to tip, making sure not to leave any parts.
- Step 3: Let your hair rest for 40 to 60 minutes.
- Step 4: Wash your hair with warm water and rinse with cold water one last time to close the hair cuticle.
After dyeing, your hair will have a uniformly dark and light color. When you bleach your hair, this will be the base color of your hair
Rebleaching is another method to fix your hair. Although it is one of the best-known methods to correct or fix unevenly bleached hair, it can cause immense damage to your hair. Thus, this is a path that you need to tread with a lot of care and caution.
Most hairstylists recommend a gap of at least 2 to 3 weeks in between two successive bleaching attempts since bleaching chemicals are significantly harsh on your hair and they need time to recover and repair themselves.
But how does rebleaching or bleaching hair 2 times in a row affect your hair adversely?
Well, the real reason behind this is that bleaching your hair two times in a row without a proper gap in between can make your hair brittle or excessively dry resulting in hair loss. Not just this, the harsh chemicals that the bleach is made of can also burn your scalp.
On the positive side of things, re-bleaching is perhaps the best way to fix your hair.
- In case your hair is uneven all over, you need to apply the bleach all over once again.
- If however, the roots are too dark then you need to apply the color to the roots (once you are done with the rest of the hair).
Rebleaching can be done in a similar way as mentioned in the steps above.
Another option is to go for a bleach bath. It can help even out the hair color. This kind of method is used to remove one shade at a time ( so lighten the hair color). Even though a bleach bath is not supposed to be as strong as the actual bleach, it is not recommended for beginners. Moreover, it should be done with extreme care.
Rebleach Uneven Spot
Last but not the least, if you happen to have just a few patchy or uneven areas, you can only rebleach them to match them with the rest of your hair. In such a case, you can use foils in order to keep the re-bleached hair segregated from the rest of your hair. Here, it’s important to note that the hair covered in foil is likely to develop faster.
Go to a Hair Salon
In order to learn how to bleach your hair properly, you may also seek professional guidance and the best way to go about it is by visiting a salon and asking a professional to help you. The best place to visit, in such a case, is the salon that you visit for your beauty regime. If you visit a new salon, it’s quite possible that nobody would come forward to help you.
If, however, you feel that you won’t be able to fix your hair yourself or if you are scared of trying anything new on your hair, it is best to go to a salon and let a professional take care of your hair. I must say that this is the fastest and most effective solution. A professional hairdresser will surely be able to solve your problem in the best possible way.
Can Toner Even Out Unbleached Hair?
If you are thinking that you can use a tone to even out your hair, then let me tell you that it may or may not work. The condition of your hair is an important factor here. The results that you get with toner are likely to depend on how uneven your hair is. Not just this, the degree of darker undertones is also at play here.
For instance, if you have streaks or dark colors such as deep orange or red, then a toner is not likely to be of much use. What is worse is that it will only increase the damage to your hair.
Having said that, a toner can be a good option in case your hair is mostly light after a bleaching job. In such an event, it can help neutralize uneven hair.
Using a toner is more likely a hit-or-miss approach. You may get better results with any of the first two methods mentioned above.
Common Reasons Behind Uneven Bleached Hair
Dark Starting Color
Having the starting color of a darker hue could be one of the major reasons for uneven bleaching results. Darker colors bear a higher volume of red and orange pigments and thus, bleaching your hair lifts the darker color leaving behind traces of these undertones. The net result is that you end up with unevenly bleached streaks of hair, spoiling the way you look.
In case you have used dark color on your hair previously, you must use hair color remover before you set out bleaching them.
On the other hand, if you have naturally dark hair, you may start by using a lightening powder before you actually begin bleaching them.
One of the most important things to keep in mind is that going for a very dark hue to light bleached hair is something of a big challenge and the process to do so can be quite damaging to your hair too.
Using the Wrong Developer
Using the wrong type of developer can also lead to uneven bleaching results. The developer that you choose should depend on two important factors including
- The natural color of your hair and
- How much do you want to lift your hair
For instance, if you aim to get a gentler lift or if you have reasonably light hair then all you need is just a 10 or 20 volume developer.
Furthermore, if your natural hair color is somewhat darker, then you would be better off with a volume 20 or 30 developer.
However, if you have really dark hair then you need a 40 volume developer, which is not a very healthy option for your hair since its very strong, and if you already have damaged or dry hair, it can inflict even more damage to your hair, making them break and fall off to a certain extent.
Wrong application is another common reason behind unevenly bleached hair. At the onset, you must keep in mind that fully saturating every strand of hair is important to ensure proper bleaching results.
One of the most important and essential things to do is to divide your hair into small sections before application. This way you should be able to apply the bleach properly all over your hair.
At the same time, it’s essential that you must have enough of the product available so that you can cover all your hair properly. A limited quantity of bleach can mess up the whole affair and leave a major part of your hair unbleached. The net results, as anybody can guess, would be unevenly bleached hair.
Applying Roots First
Most people believe that they should apply bleach to the roots first. This turns out to be a massive mistake since hair roots tend to process color faster than the rest of the hair, mainly because of heating emanating from the scalp.
Thus, a better approach is to apply color to the middle of the strands or the ends of your hair first. This is likely to give you more even results.
Porosity of Hair
Another factor that can affect bleach applications and the results that you get is the porosity of your hair. What it implies is that more porous areas of your hair will absorb more bleach and areas that are less porous will absorb less bleach resulting in uneven bleaching.
Not Incubating for Enough Time
Not applying the bleach for enough time can also lead to uneven bleaching. This is a common mistake that a lot of people tend to make.
If you want to get better and even results, you must make sure that you leave the bleach on hair for long enough so that it gets absorbed evenly.
Bleach Mixture in Not Mixed Properly
It is not just the application and leaving the bleach for long enough that matters but also how well you prepare the bleach mixture. If you do not blend the ingredients well or in the right proportion, you will end up getting uneven results.
I would like to emphasize here that the mixing ratio depends upon the length as well as thickness of your hair. If you have long or thick hair, you would definitely need more volume of all the ingredients blended together.
The best way to get this right is by seeking help from a professional or you can also try to do more research and find things online.
How To Take Care For Bleached Hair?
Bleaching your hair is likely to leave them dry and damaged and this is why it becomes all the more important to take care of them. You may include a couple of things in your hair-care routine to repair this damage and some of these could include the following:
One of the most common problems bleach causes is excessive dryness of the hair. To deal with this problem, you need to apply a moisture-boosting regimen to your hair, using a variety of moisture treatment products.
In addition to using a conditioner for every wash. You might consider adding conditioner after shampooing to add moisture and prevent frizz.
Another great option is to use an intensive conditioner or a weekly hair mask.
In addition, light oils for hair such as argan oil, macadamia oil, avocado oil, etc. are also good choices to moisturize, increase softness and shine for hair.
Excessive heat can only damage your hair, whether it stems from hot water or hair styling devices.
Hot water can be quite bad for your hair since it can further increase dryness and it could even scald your hair. Thus, you must make it a point to use warm or cool water to rinse your hair. This would help improve your hair’s shine and strength.
Blow drying your hair with the dryer set to hot settings can also be bad for your hair. When using a dryer, try to set it on a cooler setting. Not just this, you also need to avoid using irons, curling irons, tongs, hair straighteners, etc. All these tools produce a heating effect and can be damaging to your hair. They should be avoided for at least 2-4 weeks after bleaching.
Improve your Diet
One of the most important ways to improve the health of your hair is by watching your diet. You must make sure that you include enough vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids into your diet since they are just great for both your hair and skin.
Purple Hair Products
Purple is the opposite color of yellow on the color wheel. So they have the effect of neutralizing dullness, reducing the brassiness of hair, giving your hair a shiny, perfect golden color.
Fixing uneven bleaching of hair is not as difficult as it may seem. However, you need to be fully aware of what you need to do. I am sure after reading the above article you would have a clear idea of how you can fix your hair and make it look great once again!