About two years ago – I dyed my hair blonde at home by myself. I was super scared to do it, but every salon refused to go as light as I wanted. I called one salon and they said it would cost around $600 to bring me to “white blonde” and to be honest – I just couldn’t afford that. One of my friends gave me an at-home recipe for blonde and I have adjusted it over the years. From time to time – I still get highlights or dye my hair other fun colors when I am bored. However, this is my favorite recipe for that ashy WHITE blonde look that you see on Pinterest.
What you need:
Ion Color Brilliance Permanent Liquid Hair Color – HL-B Hi-Lift Ash Blonde (Purchase Here)
Ion Sensitive Scalp 40 Volume Creme Developer 32 oz (Purchase Here)
- Ardell Red Gold Color Corrector Plus Hair Color Corrector Hair Coloring Products – 7ml (Purchase Here)
Wella Color Charm Liquid Permanent Hair Color – #T18 Lightest Ash Blonde Toner (get two of these) (Purchase Here)
Cream 20 Volume 32 oz. Developer (Purchase here)
Clairol Shimmer Lights 16 oz. Shampoo (I like the generic brand) (Purchase here)
L’Oreal Quick Blue High-Performance Powder Lightener – This is your bleach! (Purchase here)
Soft ‘N Style Applicator Bottle with Angle Tip 8.5 oz. (Purchase here)
- Gloves (Purchase here)
- Olaplex re-bonding Purchase Here
The process – please follow and read carefully:
To note: I am not a trained hair stylist, colorist, or cosmetologist. This is my own recipe + process. I can not promise this will turn out the same on your hair and I am not responsible for what happens to your hair. This is a great process if you are willing to experiment and want to save money. However, if your hair ends up looking bad – go to your local salon 🙂 This is a two-week process that includes 2 days of coloring with time to rest.
Week 1 Process (The Bleach + Tone)
Shampoo + condition your hair the day before (I suggest adding some coconut oil to your hair and allowing it to air dry)
Phase 1 – Bleach:
- In your bowl with the brush kit – Mix 2 oz of L’Oreal Quick Blue High-Performance Powder Lightener with 4 oz of Ion Sensitive Scalp 40 Volume Creme Developer (if you have long hair – just double the recipe)
- Drape a towel over your neck and put coconut oil on your ears and around your face to avoid bleaching
- Start at the nape of the neck and divide your hair into 5 sections (2 on the bottom, 2 at the top, and 1 surrounding your face)
- Using the brush – apply the mixed bleach to each section – starting with the root and working down.
- Completely cover the root area and brush lightly on towards the ends to avoid breakage
- Add bleach section by section – and separate hair when you brush it on
- Let it sit for 30-40 minutes (keep checking the color)
*After approx 40 minutes or less – rinse out the bleach with water and shampoo
Your hair will be neon yellow – don’t freak out!
Phase 2 – Tone (do NOT skip):
- Clean out your bowl and brushes
- Mix Wella Color Charm Liquid Permanent Hair Color – #T18 Lightest Ash Blonde Toner with 3 oz Color Cream 20 Volume
- Mix well and add to the bottle with angle tip OR apply with brush from bowl – I like to apply with brush first and then add the rest with the bottle to soak it
- Divide hair into sections and apply toner to hair – make sure to put your gloves on and completely cover your head like you would if you were shampooing – you want every piece of hair drenched in the toner.
- Using the brush – make sure the hair around your face is completely covered
- Leave on for 30-40 mins checking regularly
- Rinse out with water – then shampoo and condition with Clairol Shimmer Lights and a deep conditioning treatment.
3-4 DAYS LATER – Shower and night and apply the OLAPLEX to your hair to re-bond and heal your hair. Keep the Olaplex on overnight and shampoo out in the morning.
Week 2 – Dye + Tone:
After surviving the week with light blonde – slightly orange hair (YAY for Hats!) – you are ready to go WHITE Blonde!
Phase 3 – DIY DYE:
- In your bowl with the brush kit – Mix the whole bottle of the Ion Color Brilliance Permanent Liquid Hair Color – HL-B Hi-Lift Ash Blonde with 4 oz of Ion Sensitive Scalp 40 Volume Creme Developer
- Mix into bottle if you prefer
- Put about 20 drops of the Ardell color corrector into the same bottle (or in bowl) and shake until pink-ish purple and all mixes
- Use gloves and apply color through hair with gloves and brush
- Leave in hair for about 40 minutes. Check it often to see how the color looks. I usually just feel it out, so use your best judgment here.
- Rinse, and shampoo (I usually put several drops of the purple color-corrector into my hand with shampoo and wash just to be sure there are no yellow/orange tones)
Then – repeat phase 2 – the toner again!
Once you are done – I would continue using the Olaplex once a week to restore your hair.
Good luck – tag me on Instagram (@Jessi.Green) and show me the finished product – would love to feature you!
My work station – make sure to put towels down!
Bleach on the hair gets a little hot – I won’t lie!
Bleach turning hair orange gah!
Waiting for the toner to do it’s magic!
Waiting to dye + tone in week 2!
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