Nobody is perfect all the time. When it comes to do-it-yourself hair bleaching, this saying is especially true. One quick look in the mirror can reveal the shocking results of a botched bleach job. The stark reality of seeing your uneven bleached hair can be alarming.
Fortunately, you don’t have to pretend you’re starting a new hair trend. There are several options you can take to even out your hair color. The most obvious step is to seek help from a professional hairstylist or colorist. However, if you persist in doing it yourself, there are two good options. We will guide you through both.
Why Your Bleached Hair is Uneven?
It helps to find out what went wrong the last time. You can begin by retracing your steps before you discovered the horrible results. As you review the process, consider these four leading causes for uneven bleached hair and see if they apply to you.
- Not using enough product: If your hair is dark, you should use more bleach. By falling short, your hair could turn orange or red after bleaching.
- Choosing the right product for you: You should take your time shopping for the right bleaching product. These products have various volume strengths, ranging from 10 to 40. If you have very dark hair, a volume 10 product won’t get the job done.
- Poor product mixing: Make sure the product is not outdated. Also, it is imperative to mix the developer and bleaching powder evenly. While stirring the mixture with your brush, take your time, and don’t stop until a homogenized blend.
- Not sectioning your hair: Applying bleach on unparted hair is an invitation to a hair coloring trainwreck. Long and thick hair is particularly vulnerable. Starting from the lower part, use rubber bands to tie off small sections until you get to the top.
Will Toner Fix Uneven Hair?
It is possible to use toner on uneven bleached hair. After several washes, you’ll most likely end up with slightly uneven toned hair, but it is not a clear pathway to getting to your desired hair color. However, if you prefer to skip the harsh effects of bleach, toning may be a viable option.
Toning may work for you, but it doesn’t correct all types of uneven bleached hair. Before considering this option, try to determine the degree of your hair’s unevenness. If it’s severe, you may be better off with the other methods.
Toning your uneven hair involves the same steps as dying over uneven bleached hair. Just substitute the bleach for toner.
Two Ways to Fix Bleached Uneven Hair
Want to know how to fix uneven bleached hair? These are two successful ways to take care of the problem.
The Quick Way
If you dread the thought of appearing in public with a multi-hued hairdo, the quick way may appeal to you. You still have to wait a few days before doing it, but your days of embarrassment will soon be over. All you have to do is dye your hair a darker color. This method is simple and safer. It just requires walking around with a darker shade of hair color for a while.
At the offset, it is essential to choose a hair dye that will adequately cover your mistake. For instance, if you’ve bleached your hair to a blond color, select a light brown hair dye or darker.
When you’re ready to start the hair dyeing process, do the following:
- Wear gloves throughout the whole process.
- Put cream or vaseline on your face to avoid getting it stained.
- Follow the instructions closely.
- Apply the dye evenly and wait within the specified time-limit in the instructions.
- After you wash out the dye, rub in the conditioner to nourish your hair.
The Slow Way
If you are dead set on achieving your desired uniform color, you can bleach your hair a second time. The bummer is you must wait at least three weeks after your first try. Bleach dries out the hair and roots. If fact, the damage can get to a critical level.
It takes three to four weeks for your hair to recuperate from the first bleaching. During the in-between time, this would be the perfect time to enrich your eating routine with high-protein, low-fat foods. Eat plenty of veggies and berries. A nutritious diet will help nourish and strengthen the roots.
Plus, massaging your scalp with Ayurvedic oils will prepare your hair for the next round of bleaching.
Successfully Completing the Bleach Job
After the three or four weeks have passed, you’ll be ready to give it another try, but this time will be better. Hopefully, you have followed our instructions for preparing your hair and scalp for this moment.
Before you start the second bleaching session, make sure your work area is clean, and all surrounding surfaces have a protective layer of cloth or newspaper. Also, to expand your view, position two mirrors in the front and back of your head. Now, you are ready.
As you go through the process again, keep these key elements in mind.
- Slip-on your gloves and protect your face with a layer of cream.
- Prepare the bleach mixture precisely as the instructions dictate.
- Remember to split your hair into different sections.
- Apply the mixture the same way you would apply the hair dye.
- Start with the back of your head and end in the front.
- Wait around 20 minutes before evaluating the results.
After you’ve completed the process, wash your hair, and use an extra conditioner on it. Your shampoo should have a balancing pH level as a way of rejuvenating your hair. Because the bleaching process leaves your hair very dry, skip blow-drying your hair this time. Finally, wear a shower cap until the color has completely set.
How to ‘Fix Patchy’ Spots After Bleaching?
It is possible to fix patchy spots after bleaching, but it’s very complicated. If you plan to fix it yourself, it is better to dye all your hair a darker color.
Can I Dye Over Uneven Bleached Hair?
You can always cover-up bad bleached hair with dye. To find out how to do it, read this next section.
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- Misconceptions About Bleaching Hair
At-home coloring products are convenient, but they aren’t error-proof, especially in an amateur’s hands. Fortunately, uneven bleached hair is one of those blunders in life that you can fix. It comes down to whether you want to cut your losses or get it right the second time. Either way, these two methods should help you fix the uneven bleached hair.