Levels of Bleached Hair

levels of bleached hair

The different levels of bleaching refer to the lightness and darkness of your natural hair color at various stages. Bleaching your hair completely in one day can cause irreversible damage and hair shedding if you have dark hair. Which is why we are very cautious about bleaching hair. There are 10 levels of bleaching, each of which aids in the gradual removal of hair color. At Lush Hair Folk we are professional hairstylists who know how to bleach your hair with minimal damage.

What are Color Levels?

On a scale of one to ten,  a developer is an oxidizing agent that helps the color penetrate our hair by opening the hair cuticle. Depending on the strength of the developer’s formulation, it disperses existing hair color and lightens the color level.

What’s Your Natural Hair Level?

Place a hair color depth chart close to your strands to determine the level of natural hair pigmentation. Compare the chart to the hair near your scalp if your hair is colored.

This is the most straightforward method for determining your natural hair color level. It also indicates how many levels up you should bleach to achieve your desired hair color.

If you have trouble or want a professional hairstylist to determine your natural hair level, book a consultation today!

How Many Sessions Does It Take To Get The Desired Bleach Color Level?

The length of the sessions is determined by how light you want your hair to be and how dark it is. It’s best if you don’t go up more than four levels in one sitting. You can go four more levels up after two-three weeks to get the lighter hair shade of your choice.

Going from dark to light too quickly can cause your hair to become dry, brittle, and weak. It’s not worth risking your hair by using bleach.

The fact that there are factors that determine how light you can go in one session is another reason why we recommend bleaching your hair in multiple sessions. What are these variables?

What Factors Affect Bleaching Color Levels?

  • Natural Hair Color: If your hair is black or very dark, you will require more sessions to lighten it.
  • Hair Absorbing: Hair with a high porosity tends to bleach quickly. This type of hair, however, is more prone to damage. If you want a blonde look, it’s best to bleach your hair in several sessions.
  • Bleach Strength: You may need two to four sessions to achieve the desired levels of lift, depending on the strength of the bleaching agents. Use products that aren’t too strong, though.
  • Application Time: Leaving the product on your hair for a longer time will result in a lighter color. Allow us to decide how long you should keep the product. Hair loss can result from an unnecessarily long bleaching process that fries the hair cuticle.

Related: What is Hair Dye & Color Made of?

Precautions of Bleached Hair

  • Don’t Wash Your Hair Too Often: This will prevent your hair from losing its natural moisture. It also lessens the chance of color fading and the need to bleach your hair as soon as possible.
  • Use a Purple Shampoo: Purple shampoos are excellent for maintaining the color of bleached hair.
  • Trim Your Hair: Every three months, get your hair trimmed to get rid of rough ends and split ends. It will also speed up the growth of your hair without making it look unhealthy or unkempt.
  • Heat styling tools: Such as blow dryers, straightening irons, and curlers, can cause additional damage to your bleached hair. Before using a heat styling tool, always use a heat protectant. Also, towel dry your hair and use the coolest setting on the tool.
  • Hair Mask: Once a week, apply a deeply nourishing hair mask to your hair. Warm coconut or olive oil, mashed avocado, or an egg white can also be used. Wait 30-40 minutes after applying any of these ingredients to your hair. 
  • Purple Shampoo: Use purple shampoo to wash your hair. After that, apply a conditioner and serum.

Bleach Strength | Developer Strength

Most formulas of hair colors work with developers volume 10, 20, 30 and 40 in general.

10 Volume (3%) Developer

For permanent, no-lift hair color, this is a standard oxidizing strength. It’s made for when you just want to add a tint or a color tone to your current hair color. The hair cuticle is opened by the Volume 10 developer, allowing the color to penetrate and deposit into the cortex.

When your current hair color is close to your desired hair color, a Volume 10 developer is used to mix with bleach. Depending on your hair texture and history, it provides a gentle lightening of 1-2 levels. If your hair is dark and you need a lot of lightening to achieve the color you want, this developer concentration will be ineffective.

Related: What is Hair Made of?

20 Volume (6%) Developer

This is a common strength in permanent hair colors as well, but it raises the hair color level by 1-2 levels. The most common developer strength is Volume 20, which works best when the starting level of the hair is no more than one shade darker than the color you want to achieve.

A Volume 20 developer is also a common strength for mixing with bleach because it provides 2-3 levels of lift, which is enough to lighten dark brown hair. It will take you to a medium blonde hair color if your current hair color is light brown. However, this developer concentration is insufficient to turn black or dark brown hair blonde in a single bleaching process.

30 Volume (9%) Developer

It works similarly to a Volume 20 developer, except it lifts a hair starting color by 2-3 levels and is best used when the desired color is no more than 2 levels lighter than the current hair shade. Although a Volume 30 developer is strong enough to cause scalp irritation in most people, it allows you to achieve a 3-4 level lift with bleach.

40 Volume (12%) Developer

A Volume 40 developer is only used for lightening and can lift up to 8 levels. It is recommended for use with a lightening cream or powder for those who want to achieve blonde results. It is important to note, however, that this developer strength is harsh on the hair and can cause hair burns if not used properly.

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