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The Bleaching Process: Going from Virgin Asian Hair to Ash Blonde

Soooo, a few months ago I decided to knock an item off my bucket list.  I wanted to be blonde.  But going from virgin Asian hair to blonde is not an easy process and not a process that should be done overnight.  Both of which I did.

I am by NO means a hair professional but this is my story about going blonde.  The best and SAFEST way to dye your hair is through a professional.  That is my disclaimer.  Now, onto the fun part.

The Research

Before starting the bleaching process, I googled (as many people do) how to bleach my hair at home.  I don’t recommend doing this but I’m a college student on a budget and could not afford to do this in a salon.

After buying a bleaching powder and volume developer on Amazon, I waited (not so patiently) for the package to arrive.  Those seven to fourteen business days felt like five million years.  I just wanted to be blonde.

Surprisingly, there isn’t much on the internet about Asians going blonde.  There are a ton of pictures but no “How To” guide other than Wengie and a few other beauty blogger posts.

Wengie’s post about dyeing Asian Hair is super helpful.  I would definitely check it out.  Click HERE to read her post.

The Bleaching Process

Going from Asian hair to blonde, you will encounter roughly three bleaching phases: the red, the orange, and the yellow.

For my hair, I used the Loreal true blue bleaching powder and a 40 volume developer.  Because I was impatient, my bleaching process was all done in one sitting.  (CUE the dramatic gasp of EVERY hair stylist in world).  Essentially, I went from dark virgin Asian Hair to yellow colored hair in one night.  I know, I know that it’s terrible for my hair and I just damaged my hair to oblivion. Trust me, I felt the damage too.  My hair felt like straw that’s been laid out in the sun to dry.

There is absolutely NO way I can recommend that you do this. By the second round of bleaching, my scalp felt itchy and a slight burning sensation. When my friend and I finally applied the box dye to my head after two rounds of bleaching, it stung quite badly.

Plus, there are horror stories about people’s hair falling out after harsh bleaching so be careful and you’ve been warned.  When bleaching your hair, patience is definitely a virtue (that I wish I had).

After the first round of bleaching

Second round

*If I was to bleach my hair again, I would definitely go for a 20-30 volume developer because my hair felt like straw after bleaching with the 40 volume.

The Dyeing Process

I just used a box dye, the Clairol Light Ash Blonde.  The color turned out pretty well. After the bleaching process was finally over, I was so excited.  I already washed my hair like five times already LOL.

How to Maintain Blonde Hair

The bleaching process takes away color.  But since my asian hair is so dark, there is a definite warm tone to it.  Without the proper shampoo, my hair will be brassy and orange very quickly (which is definitely not a look I”m going for).

Whenever you dye your hair, you want to maintain it for as long as possible and that means less hair washing which means dry shampoo is your best friend.

But if you wash your hair only once or twice a week, then you’ll have a lot of product build up from all the styling cremes, dry shampoo, and leave in conditioners you put in your hair.

The Products: Shampoo and Conditioner

the bleaching process

I’ve been using Finesse shampoo and conditioner once a week to clean up product build-up. It’s amazing. It gets rid of the powdery white specks on your hair after too many days of dry shampoo and it gets rid of that sticky feeling in your hair when you have used too much texturizing spray.

My hair feels truly clean after messaging the shampoo in to my scalp.  Plus, it smells fabulous.  I’ve never been a huge fan of Kendall Jenner but she chose a seriously great shampoo.  Finesse is also super affordable, you can find it at your local Walgreens. (Collect up your points there and save a TON of money on drugstore products!)

To prevent my hair from getting brassy, I wash my hair with blue shampoo about four times a month.  JOICO’s purple shampoo is seriously amazing.  It leaves my hair feeling soft and my hair is NOT orange or brassy.  WIN!

The Products (AKA giving life back to my hair)

After bleaching my hair twice in one night, you can probably imagine how dry and damaged it is.  Yeah, figure that in and multiply by ten.

I use Argan oil and the John Frieda Detangling leave in conditioner. I apply Argan oil to my mid-shaft and ends after washing my hair.  After my hair has air dried for a bit, I spray an insane amount of the John Frieda leave-in conditioner all over my head.

These two combined leave my hair much softer and less tangled.  My hair is seriously a tangled mess after bleaching and dyeing it. There is a tangle or a knot in my hair, the second after I finish brushing it.

That’s it.  It was fun being blonde for a month but my hair grows fast and my roots took over.  I’m now a light ash brown.  But if you have any questions or an experience you want to share, please comment down below!

**Disclaimer: I recived the Finesse Shampoo and Conditioner FREE for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own!**