If you have watched The Witcher, I understand why you would want to have white hair like Gerald.
He looks absolutely stunning. However, it takes a lot of work to have white hair. Luckily, with the right steps, care, maintenance, and precautions, you can get white hair that will stun everyone around you.
First and foremost, keep in mind that you’ll need a lot of lighting in order to reach that perfect shade.
Unless you already have blonde hair, you’re going to have to perform multiple bleachings. You can also use purple shampoo to lighten your hair even more. Purple shampoo is usually used after the bleaching.
It keeps the tone of your hair fresh and neutralizes the orange or yellow parts. In this article, I will share steps on how to make your hair white (step-by-step) and how to use purple shampoo to get white hair.
How Can We Make Our Hair White?
First, let’s take a look at all the supplies that you will need to turn into Snow Queen with silky white hair.
You will need to buy a tub of 100% unrefined pure coconut oil. Don’t worry because it’s not that hard to find coconut oil. You can try Walmart or other grocery stores. The coconut oil will minimize the damage and keep your hair moisturized. In other words, it will prevent your hair from drying out while bleaching.
Anything with blue- or violet-tinted powder is going to be great for preventing brassiness as you lighten. You can find bleach very easily. You can try Sally’s and order the Salon Care Prism Lites Violet Lightener.
This is a substance that you mix with bleach powder. I suggest Salon Care Creme Developer but you can try something else. You can also buy a liquid developer. However, in my opinion, a cream developer will mix better with the powder. Also, I do NOT recommend to purchase something higher than a 20 volume.
Dye brush, mixing bowl
You can find them at Sally’s or local supermarkets. Now, let’s go through the whole process of bleaching.
5 Steps to Get the Perfect White Hair in Record Time
If you’re new to the bleaching world, don’t worry. I have your back. Just follow these steps and you will be fine.
Step 1: Coat your hair with coconut oil
Apply coconut oil and leave it for a few hours. You can also do it before sleeping and leave it overnight. Make sure to apply the coconut oil before actually bleach your hair. Keep in mind not to rinse your hair.
Step 2: Apply the bleach
After two hours, apply the bleach. This procedure will be different depending on your hair. If you have very dark roots, make sure to get them to match the color of the rest of your hair before doing anything.
Mix equal parts of the developer and bleach powder. Next, add the developer until you get the consistency of pudding. Separate your hair into strips. After, start applying the mixture onto the length of your roots.
Step 3: Rinse your hair with lukewarm water
After 30 minutes (don’t leave the bleach on your hair longer than suggested) rinse your hair with water. Repeat the process until you get a light yellow color. Keep in mind that one session will not be enough to get that light color, especially if you have darker hair. But don’t worry. You will get white hair eventually.
I don’t recommend bleaching your hair more than twice in one week. Give your hair time to recover. It’s not all about having white hair at any cost. Take it slow and you will get white hair without damaging it eventually.
Step 4: Tone your hair
As I already mentioned, it takes a lot of work to get that perfect white hair. After bleaching, you’ll have to tone your hair to neutralize the yellow parts. Mix 1 part toner and 2 parts developer in a bowl.
Don’t forget to use gloves to protect your hands and start applying the mixture to the roots. Work the mixture down into the rest of your hair. First, it will become purple but don’t worry. It will neutralize the yellow.
Leave the mixture on your hair for 10 minutes tops. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water. After, apply a conditioner. It’s important to remember that your hair should be treated like a newborn fragile baby. It’s also important to take proper care of your white hair once you get the ideal shade, so it can last longer.
Step 5: Take good care of your white hair
First, you have to minimize washing. After such a drastic change your hair will be very dry. I recommend washing it once a week after the bleaching process. Use a dry shampoo if it starts feeling greasy. Last but not least, use a purple shampoo in order to keep the tone of your fabulous, white hair fresh and healthy.
How Long Do You Leave Purple Shampoo in Your Hair?
How long do you leave the purple shampoo in your hair depends on the hair color.
For instance, if your hair is naturally blonde, you should leave it for 3 minutes. If it has a natural, warmer blonde color or mild brassiness, 3 minutes should be enough time. After a couple of minutes, wash your hair with cool water.
Keep in mind that your roots require more time in order to absorb purple shampoo than your ends.
It’s why you add purple shampoo there first. Ends change tones easily because they’re more porous. Also, it depends on the brand of your purple shampoo how long you should leave it.
Some brands recommend 5 minutes. However, if you have color-treated or brassy hair, I recommend leaving it for around 5 minutes.
If you have recently dyed your hair blonde or have a significantly discolored hair, leave the shampoo for 15 minutes. It’s because your hair needs more time to completely absorb the tone.
After, rinse your hair with cool water. If this is your first time using a purple shampoo, leave it for 10 minutes and wash it off. However, if you don’t notice any change in color after drying your hair, leave it for 15 minutes next time.
If you leave the purple shampoo longer than suggested, there’s a chance that your hair will become purple.
This is not such a great deal for silver or gray hair. However, if you have blonde hair, it might ruin your look. If you have silver, platinum or gray hair, I recommend leaving your shampoo for about 30 min.
Those with darker hair worry about draining their hair of color but those with platinum or silver hair can benefit from leaving a purple shampoo in longer.
Most of the time, it depends on the state of your hair how long you should leave the shampoo. If your hair is silver, gray, or brassy, you’re allowed to leave it a bit longer.
Does Purple Shampoo Make Your Hair Lighter?
Yes, purple shampoo makes your hair lighter. However, that purple shampoo doesn’t work on dark hair.
It’s for people with lighter hair. The purpose of this shampoo is to make your hair lighter by neutralizing the yellow undertones. It gives your hair a fresh brighter look and keeps it looking healthy and beautiful.
What do I mean by lighter hair? If your hair is any of the colors I will mention, then purple shampoo will make it lighter. If you want to learn more about purple shampoo, please check out this dedicated article.
- Ashy blonde
- Very light brown
- Silver or gray
I said it once but I will say it again: purple shampoo works on light-colored hair only.
Meaning, if you’re a brunette, this shampoo will not work for you. However, if you have blond highlights, it will keep them in perfect shape. The same goes for people with ombre hair.
You can lighten or maintain the blond parts of your hair with purple shampoo. It has absolutely no effect on darker hair, so don’t worry about affecting your regrowth.
If you have freshly bleached your hair, this shampoo is a must-have to maintain the tone.
Do You Put Purple Shampoo on Wet or Dry Hair?
The choice is yours. You can put it on both wet and dry hair.
However, if you want a glossy finish, make sure that your hair is dry. Use the purple shampoo in the shower or bath. Massage it in your hair before you get it damp.
Let it sit for around 15 minutes before washing your hair with cool water. Applying this product on dry hair will provide glossier finish and help you remove the brassiness.
Try this method if your hair is brassy. I suggest using this shampoo on dry hair if you have seen limited results from using it differently.
Hopefully, this article has helped you learn more about purple shampoo, how to use purple shampoo to get white hair and how to maintain your white hair.
Feel free to ask anything in the comments below. And don’t forget to share this with someone who wants a fairytale, while hair.