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Best Bleach for Dark & Black Hair - Step by Step Guide with Pictures


Black or Dark Hair has its own challenges. 

Particularly when it has been colored dark in the past.

People often ask us which bleach we should use for dark or black hair. 

If you have a lot of lifting to do, we would suggest that you use Brilliant Blondexx Bleach.

The reason is that this bleach contains Bond Protect. So it will protect the hair as it lifts.

At the same time it contains very good lifting agents.

So you can produce a stunning blonde result with it.

In this blog tutorial, we will show you a real live case where we used Brilliant Blondexx on black, color-treated hair.


Black Hair - Before

Our model came in with naturally dark hair which she had even had dyed dark before hand. to cover her white hair.

So it was a truly difficult bleaching and coloring operation.

Before - Black Hair

First Step: Hair Color Consultation & Dark Smudge Root

Smudge Root

We looked at her hair and decided to use color remover to get some of the worst of the color out.

Then we colored her root area with Ugly Duckling 4N to give her a smudge root.

Second Step: Next we applied Brilliant Blondexx and 30 Vol developer onto her lengths.

Brilliant Blondexx

Brilliant Blondex Bleach on lengths

We chose Brilliant Blondexx out of the 2 Ugly Duckling bleaches because of the Bond Protect.

Her hair had been colored many times previously and we needed something which could lift, but which could be gentle.

As you can see, when you mix the Brilliant Blondexx bleach with the developer you get a really smooth, creamy white mix.

This mix has been formulated to be applied anywhere on the hair. including the scalp area.

It is very gently and non-irritating.

The mix we used was 1 part bleach to 2 parts developer.

We covered and saturated the lengths with the mix.

We waited until we had achieved a lift of the hair to level 9

Third Step: Rinse When You Have Achieved Level 9 Yellow 

Lift to Level 9 Pale Yellow

Using Brilliant Blondexx, you can go from very dark black to level 9 in approximately 30 minutes.

You will need to keep checking the hair as it is lifting.

Be sure to add in fresh mix if you see the hair drying out or if you see that the rate of lifting is slowing down.

Bleach needs to be moist in order to be active, so putting in fresh mix will keep the processing and the developing going.

Rinse when you get to level 9.

Fourth Step: Tone

Hair Toners Processing on Hair

To tone, we used a combination of 9.1b - a blue based Ugly Duckling ash blonde - and and 10.2 (10V) - a violet based toner.

Both these products have intense blonde pigments, as well as plenty of blue and violet (purple, in other words)>

Which is what you need when you need to neutralize yellow hair.

This is especially so when you have lifted the dark hair all the way from level 2/3.

You are bound to see a lot of yellow pigments.

Final Result: From Black to Blonde

From Black to Blonde

As you can see, the bleach and toner combination worked perfectly.

Not only did we get the lift, we also got a fantastic ultra cold blonde color - with not a trace of yellow!

About the author

Sally has been a hair colorist and trainer for many years in both the US & Europe. She currently does hair color training for Ugly Duckling. She also helps develop new & awesome products for the brand.

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