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How do I Bleach my Hair Blonde?


Dark hair - and looking to go Blonde?

Before Bleaching

Hair - Natural Level 6 Dark Blonde

Our client's natural hair was dark blonde level 6.

She had had some bleaching done in the past, as you can see above, but most of it had grown out.

She wanted to go blonde.

First Step: Bleach the Hair

The first thing to do in such a case is to use bleach.

We opted to use foils and also do some back combing at the root area in order to get a nice smudge root effect for later.

Bleach with Foils

Bleach with Foils - Backbrush the roots before placing the foils

There are 2 bleaches you can use.

The first is Brilliant Blonde Blue Bleach. It's a very fast acting bleach and it lifts 8 levels.

Use this when you have truly dark hair which is very resistant to bleaching.

Asian hair, for example, or hair that has been colored dark in the past using box dyes.

The other bleach you can use, and one in fact that we recommend for most consumers is Ugly Duckling's Brilliant Blondexx.

It contains Bond Protect, so it is very gentle.

Both Ugly Duckling bleaches are very fast acting and very effective.

In most cases 20 Vol or at the most 30 Vol developer is enough with these bleaches.

Bleach Hair

Always process the bleach and rinse when you see that you have got it to level 9 pale at least.

No orange, and as little yellow as possible.

That's the way to get the hair up to blonde.

Lift Hair up to Level 9 Before Toning

Hair after bleaching

This is what we got the hair to after bleaching, rinsing and drying.

You can see that it is now level 9.

Of course, the darker root area is visible - which is what we wanted.

Time to Apply Toner


The products we used to tone in this makeover were Metallic Grey, Intense Pearl Blonde 100V and Clear.

Equal parts of each is good.

Applying the toners

We make our mix with 20 Vol developer and apply.

Toners processing

As you can see, 10 minutes in, the toners are processing away on the hair.

You can see them change color.

Blue and grey pigments will be especially visible.

This is normal. These are the pigments you need to tone away yellow and take it to white blonde.

Of course, at the same time, Ugly Duckling toning technology is doing its job, and the hair is being lifted up from level 9 towards level 10.

 This is totally essential if you are serious about getting to White Platinum blonde.

The Final Result: White Platinum Blonde Hair

Final Result

We did it! Here's the final result after blowdrying and styling.

Watch the Full Video Tutorial Here: 

Hair by Elona Taki

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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