5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Coloring My Hair

5 Things to prepare to lighten your hair at home


I recently decided to go blonde and wanted to do it at home.  After researching the process of how to lighten my hair,  I started the lightening process.  There are a couple things I did not foresee, even after all my research. Here are 5 things I wish I would have knew beforehand and had been prepared for.

  • 1- Make sure your blow dryer works
  • 2- Allow adequate time before starting.  Coloring your hair on the weekend, might just be best.
  • 3- Invest in a plastic, professional brand, hair cap
  • 4- Clean and completely clear the space where you will be coloring your hair
  • 5- Not all brass tones require the same toner.

Blow Dryer

Okay, I get it, this might sound like a crazy tip.  However, I learned a very good lesson here.  Just because I have something, doesn’t mean it works!   The process of coloring does require heat from a blow dryer and that is not the time to find out your blow dryer does NOT work.

When I realized my hair dryer did not work, It was 9:00 pm and I was not in a predicament to run to the store.  I thought about skipping the blow drying part, however, time did not allow me to do so.  * See tip #2

Immediately I called a friend, who lives close to me.  Luckily she was home and had a blow dryer I could borrow.

There is no blow dryer app- not that I could find 🙂

Allow Adequate Time

I colored my hair on a Tuesday evening after work, thinking, ” Tuesday is the only day this week I don’t have plans.”  Well, it turns out, it took me until midnight to finish the process.  Did I mention that I wake up at 5 am for work??  It was not a pleasant feeling, knowing I could not go to sleep until done.

Next time, I will color my hair when I have more time and can allow for ‘extras!”  * See tip #5 for my extra time I needed

Coloring your hair on the weekend, might just be best.  In order for me to go blonde, I needed to lighten my hair.  Lightening your hair involves multiple steps and applications.

Each color lifting process involves:

  1. Application
  2. Conditioning
  3. Blow Drying

It is a process and you cannot rush it.

Plastic Hair Cap

Well, this one is especially embarrassing.   I completely forgot about the need for this cap until my hair had bleach on it.  I frantically looked around for something to cover my head with.  I did however, discern that using a Wal-Mart was not going to be smart.  There was no way I was going to take the chance of having the colorful words of, ” Wal-Mart,” bleached into my hair. 😉

I ended up using my Norwex, hair wrap.  Which is now stained, but it worked at the time.

I went online and found a really inexpensive set of 100 processing caps.  Now I will always be fully stocked!  If you are interested in ordering the 100 pack, to always be prepared.  Click here, for the brand I purchased.

Clean and Prep Area

In the middle of the first application of lightening creme, I discovered splatters on my counter, covering some expensive items.  Ugh….  I couldn’t stop the application process to clean up.  When I was able to clean and clear the space, the damage was already done…….


There Are Different Toners for Different Colors

I knew I would need a toner during my coloring process, what I didn’t realize was there are different toners for different brassy tones.   Brassy hair is the unwanted yellow, orange or red tones that come out when you lighten your hair.  In order to neutralize and balance the brassy tones you need to use the opposite color on the color wheel.

  • Green toner will balance red tones in black to medium brown hair
  • Blue counteracts orange tones in light brown to darkest blonde hair
  • Purple neutralizes yellow tones in light to platinum blonde hair.

I had plenty of purple toner at home, as I used it often to soften by highlights.  However, my hair lightened to an orange brassy color and I needed some blue toner ASAP!

I had to wait till the next day to get some blue toner, so I was able to have a creamy orange hair color for a bit-LOL!  I did end up purchasing the Wella T18 Liquid hair toner with the Wella #20 developer.  I am in love with the Wella Toner, it works splendid- click here to purchase with the developer, on amazon.  Great price and a great product!

Hopefully these tips will be helpful to you!  Let me know if you color your hair, I would love to see some pictures.


Benevolent Beauty By Bobbi

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