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This requires coconut oil & letting it sit in your hair for a hour+
These pictures in the steps will show the process of removing my stubborn red color.

For this guide, we are using the coconut oil method and a bleach bath (aka soap cap). By protecting your hair in oil, you will get little to no damage from bleaching. This also speeds up the process!

Coconut oil:
I've used the expensive organic kind and the super cheap $3 kind at a market. It all works the same. This oil is a solid so fill up your sink with hot water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Apply this all over your hair. Soaking, dripping... the better! Wear an old shirt/towel or wrap your hair up in a bag. Wait at least a hour. I recommend at least 3 hours. Reapply the oil before you apply your bleach mixture.

Basics:
-Don't expect to go blonde in one day.
-Wait 3-7 days inbetween bleachings.
-Don't leave bleach on longer than one hour.
-Use 40 volume for black hair & 20/30 volume for lighter.
-You can use this method for bleaching and dyes that use developer (to activate color).

Bleach bath recipe:
Mix your bleach and developer as your instructions tell you to. I actually scoop a tiny bit of water into the bowl and pour a bunch of clarifying shampoo into it. Mix it all together!

Q&As:

Can I dye my hair afterwards?

Shampoo your hair at least two times to remove the oil. Your hair will feel dry. Do not use conditioner. Blowdry your hair and feel for any residue. Re-wash again if necessary

My hair didn't lift enough, how should I treat it?
Use a conditioning or oil treatment. Mix a small amount of coconut oil in it if you like! Air dry :) Shampoo it out the next day. Wait a few days and bleach it for 20-30 minutes.

How do I know my hair is ready to be dyed?

Assuming that your hair has lifted enough. It shouldn't have any oil residue leftover. If you shampooed it out 100% then you need to airdry or blow dry your hair 100%. Bone dry. If you are not sure, wait a day, shampoo again and dry it.

What are veggie dyes?

RAW, SFX, Punky, Manic Panic, Ion Brights (only), etc.
These will condition your hair. I recommend leaving these dyes in for at least 3 hours. (Remember, patience!) You can wrap it up for the night and wake up to wash soft new hair :)

Sometimes I'll wash out the dye early and I'll end having to redyeing it to brighten or deepen the color, so save your time!

Can I use the coconut oil method with dye?

Veggie dyes, no! Any dyes that require using a developer to activate color, YES. These dyes you can only leave it for 25 minutes or the time recommended for that exact dye.

*I do not recommend double processing. Wait 1-3 days before you use those dyes (developer) on freshly bleached hair.*

Posted by Crissy from Santa Clara, California, United States • Published See Crissy's 17 projects »
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  • How to make a coloring & dying. How To Safely Bleach (Or Dye) Your Hair - Step 1
    Step 1

    Take your coconut oil (jar or bottle) and fill up a sink with hot water. It needs to melt!

    Apply the oil all over your hair. It must be saturated. Put your hair up and wrap it with a bag. Wait 1-3 hours. If you have damaged hair wait 4-5 hours The longer the better!

  • How to make a coloring & dying. How To Safely Bleach (Or Dye) Your Hair - Step 2
    Step 2

    Mix your powder bleach and the correct volume developer. Squirt in clarifying shampoo (half the amount of your bleach mixture) and mix it together!

    Black hair: 30 or 40
    Lighter hair: 20
    Bleaching out a color: 20 or 30

  • How to make a coloring & dying. How To Safely Bleach (Or Dye) Your Hair - Step 3
    Step 3

    Reapply some oil to your hair. Apply your bleach mix starting from the bottom to top. Make sure it's saturated evenly.

    Tip: Have someone help you apply the other side.

    *It's best to save the roots for last since it lifts quickly.

  • How to make a coloring & dying. How To Safely Bleach (Or Dye) Your Hair - Step 4
    Step 4

    Wrap up your hair and wait at least 40 minutes. Check your hair every 5-10 minutes after. Do not exceed 60 minutes.

    Photo: This was a 40 minute bleach bath. This is light enough for purple to go on top.

  • How to make a coloring & dying. How To Safely Bleach (Or Dye) Your Hair - Step 5
    Step 5

    Wash it out!

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JennyH23
JennyH23

hi, little confused, so 1st soak hair with clarifying shampoo wash and dry; 2nd apply and soak hair overnight with coconut oil; 3rd wake up reapply coconut oil; 4th mix bleach with developer and apply bleach mix to hair however you want' 5th time process; 6th rinse bleach out with shampoo; ta-da :)
Is this how you do it?

Crissy
Crissy · Santa Clara, California, US · 17 projects
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xoxo- Brook
xoxo- Brook · Anchorage, Alaska, US · 3 projects

Kinda a confusing tutorial. wish the instructions made more sense cuz if so i would do this!

Crissy
Crissy · Santa Clara, California, US · 17 projects
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Sammie S.
Sammie S.

what do you mean when you say mix the hair bleach with a developer? and what brand of hair bleach did you use and where can i find that? i love the statement of your bright hair! so pretty! im thinking of just dying mine halfway down so if i mess up i can just get a short haircut :)

Crissy
Crissy · Santa Clara, California, US · 17 projects
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Crissy
Crissy · Santa Clara, California, US · 17 projects

Thanks everyone! :D
Coconut oil will also fade color.

I started off with a mix of Loreal's hi lift Magenta/Red with a 30 vol developer. Along with orange/yellow bits underneath that I later bleach bathed out & covered with RAW's ruby red. A good veggie dube for Loreal! I would put drops of that dye into my conditioner and let it soak in my hair for 10+ minutes each shower. I avoided shampoo at the time which probably contributed to staining. I went through a two or three period of using shampoo, crushing up vitamin c & oil ONLY brighten the color than an additional couple of months to slowly strip it out with bleach. Any products containing sulfates I wouldn't use since it would easily strip color out.

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annie
annie · Derbyshire, England, GB · 4 projects

Great advice - and I think the pictures of your beautiful, long and vibrant hair are obviously a testament to how well this works!
No-poo means no shampoo... right? ;)

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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · Middle of Nowhere, Kentucky, United States · 119 projects

What hair color dye did you use that stayed for 6 months?! Did the purple stay that long too?
Was it because of the coconut oil, or did u do something else?

lol Im really curious b/c i dye my hair bright colors too, and it NEVER stays in for more then a week or 2. :(

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HarleyHeartless
HarleyHeartless · Syracuse, New York, United States · 2 projects

I went to a stylist she tried a few strands of my hair and tried to go white it fell apart in my hands, but this seems plausible and I don't want to give up so I am so gonna try this next paycheck! BTW you look FABULOUS

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Supernova's Child
Supernova's Child · Lisbon, Lisboa, PT · 98 projects

Ahh...you are so gorgeous! Also, I've been wanting to bleach my hair for a long time, but haven't been able to because of the texture..I can't wait to try this.

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Vicious Delicious
Vicious Delicious · Bodegraven, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

damn if I knew about this earlier I had waited to go the trimmer to dye my hair white... :/ nawwww

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autumn rae
autumn rae · Sandy Hook, Kentucky, United States · 8 projects

looove this tutorial! thank you so much!

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