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How to bleach your roots - a step by step guide


Do your roots need bleaching?

Bleaching your roots is not such a complicated process.

If you use the right products and the right technique, you can easily lift them.

In this blog we will show you how.

How to bleach your roots

The root area is actually very easy to lift.

First, it is the part nearest the scalp.

So it's getting all the heat from there and that speeds up the bleaching and lifting process.

Second, it's virgin hair.

And virgin hair always lifts easier than colored hair.

So you should find it relatively easy and fast to lift - provided you use the right products and the right technique.

Let's start! 

Bleaching Roots 

Dark Roots Needing to be Bleached

Dark Roots Needing to be Bleached

Above is a typical example of ultra dark roots needing to be bleached and taken up to the same level as the lengths.

We are going to apply bleach to the dark part only and lift them up before we tone them.

What bleach do I need to bleach my roots?

Brilliant Blondexx bleach

Brilliant Blondexx Bleach with Plex Technology (Bond Protect)

For bleaching the root area, our recommended bleach would be Brilliant Blondexx bleach. 

Brilliant Blondexx contains Plex technology, or Bond Protect.

It produces a white, creamy mix very similar to a hair color mix.

The Plex technology built into the bleach makes it gentle as well as powerful.

So it will provide additional protection for the scalp. 

The mixture will also be more comfortable sitting near the scalp.

Which volume developer should I use on the roots?

For the root area, 20 Vol is best.

As we said earlier, the root area benefits from the heat of the scalp.

Plus, it's virgin hair.

So it will generally lift quite well and easily with just 20 Vol developer if you are using the right bleach.

What is the right mix for the root area?

The right mix is 1 part bleach to 2 parts developer.

This will give you a fairly wet mix, which is what you need to be able to saturate the hair as quickly as possible. 

How do I mix the bleach and developer?

Bleach mix

Mix in a plastic bowl, ideally with a whisk. Make sure you get a very nice smooth consistency as in the picture above.

Both products are available on Ugly Duckling's e-store.

How do I apply and up to where?

Applying bleach onto the root area

How to apply bleach neatly onto the root area without banding.

Apply on the root area. Take the mix up as far as the white.

Do not overlap the application onto previously bleached hair, as otherwise you could get breakage.

If you have overlapped during the application by mistake, don't worry.

Just wipe back with a wet cloth and you will be fine.

That way, the the bleach does not sit and process on the overlapped hair.

When do I rinse my roots?

Hair after Bleaching

Hair after Bleaching with Brilliant Blondexx

If your aim is to get the hair blonde, as in our case, you need to keep bleaching the root area until the root area is level 10 very very pale yellow.

The number one mistake you can mistake is to rinse too soon.

Wait until you get very very pale yellow, bordering on white.

Then rinse.

That way you will get perfect blonde results.

Without any banding.

How do I tone the hair after bleaching the root?

Pearl Based toner sitting on the hair

Pearl Based Ugly Duckling toner sitting on the bleached hair.

Make your toner mix with 20 Vol developer.

And apply on the root area first - the part that you just bleached.

Then extend to the rest of the hair.

Which toner should I use on my freshly bleached hair?

Ugly Duckling has a variety of toners which you can use, both permanent and demi-permanent.

Look at the bleached root area and compare the color using the chart below in order to make your toner selection.

Hair toner choice

How do I maintain my freshly bleached and toned hair and roots?

Brilliant Blondexx Hair Treatment

We would recommend Brilliant Blondexx's Hair treatment range.

It contains high concentration of Maleic Acid (Bond Protect, in other words).

This will help strengthen the hair and make it stronger, plumper and healthier.


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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