Lightening Hair with Hydrogen Peroxide

I want to lighten my hair with hydrogen peroxide. Will it dry out my hair, and can I dye it afterward to get the orange out?

By Lisa from NV

July 15, 20090 found this helpful
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Yes! Peroxide will turn your hair orange! Maybe not right away, but for sure slowly over time. If your hair is naturally a dark blond you MAY be able to get away with it, but even then, it will most likely turn it orange (& Don't use Sun in either).

Put the lemon juice on in streaks for a more natural look, then sit in the sun. I did this with my 3 year old when she was little. I put lemon juice on her hair in streaks when she played in the sun) & it looked wonderful! She kept her "baby blond hair" a little bit longer. It's best to put the lemon juice on in streaks to get a more natural or "real" look. This doesn't work on dark hair. Only on dark blond, light brown or dishwater blond hair & sometimes on medium brown.

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July 17, 20090 found this helpful
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Always do a "strand test" from two areas of your head: 1) take about thirty hairs from the top off a center part AND 2) take about thirty hairs from behind an ear near the middle of your head but up from the bottom of your scalp about 3-4". Place clear tape around the base of each bunch and mark with up arrow or down arrow for where it came from on your head so you will know how to compare and time whatever you are doing.

(It's a real science so don't get over-confident nor blame those of us who try to advise and warn you, should you be disappointed. Without seeing it, no one can give you anything but guesses based upon their own personal experiences. Although I have a hairdressing license doesn't qualify me as an expert at coloring, nor does a colorist claim to know exactly what to expect nor how long a color will last. Every one's hair is different, period!) : )

It totally depends upon the color of your hair. If light, it will not turn very red. If med to darker, both lemon juice, and peroxide most definitely will. Why? Because the color of hair is made up of varying shades of reds, browns, or blacks, unless grey, white, or artificially "funky".

There is red in the brown and black hair colors. So lightening/bleaching is like removing SOME of whatever color is in each strand, leaving ONLY what amt. of color remains in each strand to live with.

Also, it depends upon what else you have or are doing to your hair. For example: If you have been using different chemicals, oils, conditioners, colors, natural or inorganic "things" you will not be able to accurately "predict" the color you will get.

However, if your hair is natural, virginal without added things ever, and IF you are not on any sort of drugs, or heavy vitamin/mineral supplements, your will have a better chance at predicting/ judging what it is likely to turn out like.

That strand test needs to be done for one hour, but tested for the color you want to achieve every fifteen minutes! Write down when you start, what was your formula, and every time you look to see if the color is where you want it to be shade wise.

Remember that clear peroxide is MUCH weaker than Creme Peroxide from the Beauty Supply or cosmetic dept. The Creme is easier to time and more reliable, but is also more damaging to the hair.

If you have been perming or shampooing with a strong/ cheap shampoo, you will most likely have sections/ bans of varying colors up/down each strand of hair. Realize that the hair grows about 1/2 inch a month, and if you permed last month, for example, that month's 1/2 "growth will react differently than the next month's 1/2" growth if you do not continue with whatever you used LAST month AND do not overlap into THIS month's growth.

Every time you use anything other than filtered water on your hair there is some degree of damage because each strand of hair can only take so much brushing, chemical, shampooing, sunlight, heat, etc.

There are so many factors to consider that this is why hairdressers need to be educated, tested, licensed, and experienced.

The good news is that if you do nothing too harsh

you will have more hair to grow out and replace any damage, unlike if our hair was a wig which is totally destroyed with only one bad thing that happens.

Read all instructions to whatever you use, do not drip the chemicals on anything you like to wear, and

wear gloves even with the strand test. Peroxide reacts faster when in the heat/light, so keep your strand test indoors, but you can then look at it briefly outdoors, noting the time in writing for yourself. Don't be in a rush nor allow distractions. Have excellent lighting. Keep your desires as simple as possible and don't get extreme for your

hair's health.

Remember that you are working with dead hair once it leaves the scalp, as if with fingernails that are dead as they grow beyond the nailbed. You cannot "add life" to hair or nails, only the appearance of "life".

Once you find the formula you like, keep the written information somewhere safe to refer to the next time you color or bleach. Coloring ADDS color, whereas bleaching removes color. A good idea after you reach a color slightly darker than what you really want is to use cheap beer to rinse and set your color, as well as condition it and make it shine, unless you have very dry hair and scalp. In that case use two slightly beaten raw eggs with a tblsp of Mayo and mix well before applying to your dry hair. Let set for 15 ins. and rinse with warm water much longer than usual but not

scrubbing too harshly.

Using Peroxide is not a "dying" process but a "bleaching" process, regardless of natural color. "Dying" is used when referring to coloring with tint.

I do hope you have good luck, that what I have said makes sense. I used Creme Peroxide bleach for nine years when I was young, turning dark brown hair into near platinum, almost ruining my hair for lack of knowledge back then. Frosting, foiling, illuminating, adding streaks is better than adding all over color or bleach from a hair-health standpoint, if the color is acceptable. Ideally, one should learn to be happy with their natural hair color, in my opinion. lol God bless and help you. : )

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February 11, 20130 found this helpful
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I am naturally dishwater blonde and have been dying my hair since I was 12. I'm now 16 and have been almost every common colour out there. Blonde, browns, black and red. I went from black to blonde in a very easy way.

I booked in with my hair dresser who gave me a half head of foils and did a toner. The highlights were perfect and blonde. I go back every 12 weeks to have my half head foils done again. Due to mistreating my hair with all sorts of dyes in the past my hair dresser refuses to redo them every 6 weeks so what I do is buy 9% cream peroxide (pharmacies sell these on their own) and I buy a purple shampoo I use pro voke. I mix these together about 15mls of each and lather into my hair before washing. Leave it for 5-8 minutes and rinse. Make sure you use a really deeply nourishing shampoo and conditioner after because depending on your hair type the peroxide may dry your hair out. I do this once sometimes twice a week and my highlights stay nice and vibrant ready for my 12 week touch up.

I'm attempting to go silver soon and I'll definitely use this trick to help make it lighter! I've been doing this for about 6 months and my hair is still in excellent condition :-) Hope this helps. Good luck!

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July 17, 20090 found this helpful

My God-don't do it! Your next hairdresser (or your regular one) will freak out. We don't know what kind of perms/color you can use without being bald. It's not a beauty industry ploy, we really mean it. Most horror stories start with lemon juice, peroxide or sun in type deals.

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July 18, 20090 found this helpful

If your hair does turn orange, when trying to make it blonde there is a product sold at beauty supply stores. It's a red/ gold corrector. A tube cost about $1.50. You can add it to your shampoo or conditioner. Good Luck!

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July 22, 20090 found this helpful

Take a quart pitcher and fill it full of water then add a capful of hydrogen peroxide and use it as a rinse after shampooing to give your hair natural looking high lights this is an old trick my mother taught me.

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December 14, 20090 found this helpful

I used to use Sun In off and on for years and never had any damage. In fact I couldn't tell that it did anything at all.

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October 10, 20160 found this helpful

People still use hydrogen peroxide on their hair? OMG, I thought that went out in the 1950's. Personally, I would never ever try it. The thought makes me cringe thinking about the unreal looking colors that your hair can turn.

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