Bleaching your hair is not one of the healthiest solutions for achieving the hairstyle and color you want. However, it could be the fastest and the most efficient as long as you use it correctly. But what to do if you bleached your hair in an uneven way?
If this happens to you, there is no need to panic. There are solutions to fix uneven bleached hair. And we are about to discuss all of them in this guide. To fix uneven bleached hair you can either dye your hair in a darker color or bleach it again.
How to Fix Uneven Bleached Hair?
As we mentioned, there are two methods that will help you take care of uneven bleached hair. You have to consider that one of them is a faster fix while the other one will take longer.
1. Dye your Hair in a Darker Color
This is the easiest and less damaging method that you can try out. It is ideal if you don’t mind having a darker shade than you originally planned. And it is fairly easy to do.
Choose the hair color that will cover your uneven bleached hair
All you have to do when you choose your hair dye is consider it to be one or two tones darker than your hair.
So, if your hair is a blonde shade after bleaching it, you can try using a light brown dye or anything darker. There are many shades of light brown hair dye on the market to choose from so this shouldn’t be a problem.
Dye your hair
Once you picked your hair dye all you have left to do is color your hair. You will do this as you normally would by following the instructions of the dye. Apply your dye all over your hair with a brush and give it around half an hour to take effects. The time you have to allow your dye to color your hair is specified in the instructions.
Don’t forget to use gloves at this step as you don’t want to stain your hands as you color your hair. A great trick is to add some cream on your face, around the contour area so the hair dye will not stain your face skin either.
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Wash your hair
When the time passed, you will have to wash the dye off your hair. There is no need to use shampoo when you wash your hair dye off your hair. But you should use a conditioner in order to nourish your hair in the process
Some hair dyes come with a hair mask that will leave your hair feeling smooth and healthy once you use it. Make sure to rinse your hair properly so all the hair dye comes off the strands. Use lukewarm water during this wash and massage your scalp as you do it in order to eliminate any excess of hair dye.
2. Bleach your Hair Again
Bleaching your hair a second time is the slower option you have and the riskier one at the same time. Bleaching your hair involves exposing it to chemicals that will damage it to one degree or another.
First of all, you need to wait a few weeks
If bleaching your hair is the way to go for you, you will have to be patient.
Give it a few weeks to regain its strength before you use bleach on it again. Usually, three weeks minimum should be a decent break between bleaching processes. However, if you can wait for four weeks it will be even better.
Bleach gets your hair extremely dry and dehydrated so giving it the time it needs to recover is essential.
Nourish your hair between bleaching processes
Waiting up to a month before you can bleach your hair again doesn’t mean that you will ignore it during this time. Use a highly moisturizing conditioner every time you wash your hair in order to make sure it regains the hydrated aspect it lost during the first bleach.
You might also want to use a hair mask once a week to offer it the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. Such products will build your hair’s resistance for the next bleaching phase.
Bleach your hair
Now that you waited several weeks in which you nourished your hair, you are ready for a new session of bleaching. You will bleach your hair the same as you did the first time.
Prepare your bleach powder according to the instructions that it comes with and apply it evenly on your hair. Splitting your hair into different sections will help you during this process. You will apply the mix of bleach powder and developer on your hair just like you would apply your hair dye.
A good tip as you bleach your hair is to start from the back sections and work your way to the front of your head. Check constantly to see how your hair color modifies as the bleach will take effect faster than the hair dye. You can expect to see the results you want within 20 minutes after applying the bleach mix on your hair.
Wash your hair as you normally would but add more conditioner
After you bleached your hair you will have to wash it and dry it before you see the final results.
You should use a shampoo with a balancing level of pH in order to nourish your hair after the bleaching. The best conditioner for this stage is one that has a lot of protein too.
It is important not to dry your hair with the blow drier after you wash it.
Allow it to dry naturally because you might damage it even more if you apply the heat of the drier. Even if you are thinking to cool dry your hair, giving it the time to dry naturally is still the way to go after bleaching it.
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Can You Tone Uneven Hair?
Using a toner on uneven bleached hair might also be an option. This will come handy if you are not a fan of warm tones present in your hair. You can use a toner instead of a bleach while you follow the same method as above.
Or you can choose a toning shampoo that will work miracles for your hair.
If your hair turns out uneven after you bleach it, using a toning shampoo will make it look much better over time. However, it takes several washes to notice a difference and ultimately, this will delay you from obtaining the color that you need. But it is an option nevertheless.
So, if you want to fix your uneven hair, your best option is to use the toner instead of the bleach.
Since the steps of applying it are the same, you shouldn’t struggle with it. Plus, the toner is less risky for your hair too so you will damage it less than if you would be bleaching it again.
This will remove warm tones but will not fix all types of uneven bleached hair. So, evaluate how uneven your hair color turned out after bleaching and choose the best option based on that.
As you see, obtaining an uneven hair color post bleaching is not a tragedy. By applying the two methods in this guide you can fix that with little to no hassle.
If you are not sure how to get the shade you so badly want, you might want to consider talking to a hairstylist as that is always the surest path. But you can definitely get it done at home and for less investment by using the information in this guide!