How Do I Stop Hair Color Bleeding Into Blonde?

Is that your hair color is bleeding into blonde? If yes, you should take steps to stop the color bleeding.

Typically, this is a problem when highlights with bleach are being applied onto hair and a base color is being used to color regrowth also.

The term “Bleeding” in hairdressing is used when one color formulation amalgamates into another color formulation causing unwanted results( that are often hard to correct).

When bleach is applied, it foams up and swells as it oxidizes, this occurs to varying degrees in different brands. What it is actually doing is opening the hair cuticle and consuming the embedded color pigments held within the hair cuticles.

With this in mind, it is very easy to end up with bleach that has swelled up ending up where we don’t want it. Like mixing with our freshly applied base color.

 

Pro tip: The higher the volume of peroxide the more swelling and oxidization that occurs!

 

Stop Hair Color Bleeding into Blonde

things to do to stop hair color bleeding

There are a few things that you can do to limit the risk of bleeding into blonde:

  1. Ensure the recommended 6~8mm of clearance between the application of your bleach in your highlights and the edge of the foil. This allows room for the bleach to oxidize and swell without the risk of bleeding. Because you need to remember that the color also swells a little naturally also.
  2. Ensure that you limit the movement of your highlights in your foils after they have been applied. Especially when you are applying the base color and moving the foils up and down to apply your hair color in between them.
  3. Limit your movement while you have highlighted it. Every time you move around the highlights in the foil are moving and this makes the bleach make its way toward the scalp and into your other colors.
  4. Be very careful not to apply any pressure to your highlights in the foil when you are checking your highlight color. This will also squeeze the bleach into your base color as the foils become like little pillows of oxidizing bleach.

 

What Can You Do If It Has Bled?

tips to do if the hair color is bleeding

Now you know how to avoid bleeding of bleach into your color but what to do if it has already bled into blonde?

It’s really important to keep checking periodically on your processing color to ensure you cannot see any bleeding occurring. If you do see bleeding, get a tail comb and “scrape” the excess bleach off the scalp/color area as best as you can without interrupting any other highlights.

Mix up a little more of the base color and apply to the area gently, you will need an additional 15-20 minutes of processing time for the newly applied color to process adequately.

If you don’t notice the bleeding or do anything about it, the outcome will be an orange spot on the scalp or a messy orange/yellow strip across your head depending on the severity of the bleed.

The only way this can be corrected is by re-coloring the spot/area after you have completed the color which is very inconvenient!

Happy Coloring without bleeding!

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