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How to Give Your Hair a Bleach Bath

How to Give Your Hair A Bleach Bath Video

Recently I was hanging out at the Hair Crazy Forums and they had a guide on how to give your hair a bleach bath. When I asked people if they recommended a bleach bath over something like Color Zap, the answer was a resounding yes. So I decided to give it a try for you.


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I mixed 1:1 Salon Care Prism Lites Lightener in Blue to Ion Sensitive Scalp Developer in 40. Then I mixed equal parts DermOrganic Conditioning Shampoo. I put that on my hair and left it on for 30 minutes. I got very spotty results. Where I had previously lightened a section of my hair for my fuchsia streak, the fuchsia came out completely. The rest of my hair was meh. I felt like it left the fuchsia section of my hair damaged.

I carefully applied Color Zap to the bottom of my hair (and a bit of my bangs), and left that on for less than the time recommended because I was nervous about my hair integrity.

After that, I decided I needed moisture. I put on Pretty Little Elixir Vegan Hair Masque, put on a turbie towel (and then later put another towel on top of it because the original turbie towel is way too thin), and left it on my hair for four hours. I rinsed it out, dried it, and went to sleep on it. My hair looked pretty minty.

I ended up waiting until the next day to do the color. I also filmed the color for an upcoming video.

How to Use Color Zap for Your Hair Video You can see how minty my hair looked here from the bleach bath and Color Zap. You can also see how vibrant it looks after I dyed it.


I made a quick Instagram Video to show it off as I was quite excited. My shirt says ‘Pale? It’s called Porcelain and I’m Rockin’ It.’

Tomorrow I’ll have my how to dye the hair video up. Don’t forget, I’m still growing out my hair and I still have layers in it from when I had a pixie cut.

Again, I don’t recommend doing a bleach bath. It didn’t work for me and I feel it really put my hair at risk for damage (and it did damage one section of my hair). I recommend trying a product like Color Zap, which always seems to work well for me, or One n’ Only Color Fix.

My Pretty Little Elixir hair mask saved my ass!  Leaving it in for 4 hours really helped to restore moisture to the hair, so that only that one small section on the right side (that was fuchsia previously), was left feeling meh. I think without it, my hair would have been fried and the integrity of my hair would have been compromised. As it is right now, it feels amazing and I can’t stop touching it. And of course, I’m in love with the color.

What do you think of this video? Have you ever tried a bleach bath? Did it work for you?

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    • http://www.beautybyarielle.com/ Beauty by Arielle

      I almost did a bleach bath a few months ago but I worried too much about the damage. I’m really glad I didn’t because I did the One and Only ColorFix and it was awful. Thankfully, I had some great deep conditioner.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        I don’t know why everyone raves about bleach baths, but like I showed in the video, it didn’t work for me :( I don’t know if I should have used a different shampoo, but I used what I had on hand.

    • http://www.bethandbeauty.com/ Beth and Beauty

      I have only once tried to just color my hair at home and meh! I made a mess and by the time my hair stylist fixed my mess I had (have) damaged hair. I am going to have to check out that Pretty Little Elixer. I am so tired of my hair looking damaged and I have tried everything.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        It’s on deep discount right now, $15.90 for a bottle, so now is a great time to pick it up.

        • http://www.bethandbeauty.com/ Beth and Beauty

          I found that out and I have already ordered it!! yay!! can’t wait to try it!

    • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

      My colorist does a malibu on my red hair every couple of months, and it turns a yellowy color that’s pretty awful. The minty shade is nicer, lol. I love your new shades!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Aw thanks!

    • http://www.mynewestaddiction.com/ Laura

      i want to lighten my tips!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        That’s easy to do :)

    • http://www.cosmeticsaficionado.com/ Cosmetics Aficionado

      Your hair looks amazing!

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Thank you :)

    • Norah Salazar

      Liking the vibrant colors on you! But as you say, hair coloring I leave to the professionals, am very scared of making a mistake on myself.

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Yeah to do it yourself, you have to be ok with the fact that you may make a mistake and it may not turn out the way you want.

    • http://www.beautybymissl.com/ beautybymissl

      Bleach bath seems pretty useless and I don´t even want to know how much it damages hair. Can´t wait to see your next video!

    • Ange

      I LOVE this color on you!! Color Zap always works for me! I need to get my hands on your elixir because even after stopping all the bleach and sticking with the red my hair is still feeling pretty mehhhhh

      • Ange

        Ahhh just saw that it was on sale & grabbed it, yay! Can’t wait to try it!

    • FabZilla_Kath

      I love your new hair color. Bummer on the bleach bath

    • Anastasia

      Great hair color! And where can I get a shirt like that? I need it in my life!

    • http://www.geniabeme.com/ Eugenia

      I am loving the new color!!

    • Amber

      I’m glad to have some input on the bleach bath. I haven’t done it, but have always wondered if it would be a better option! I am loving the new color!!

    • LittleMonsterx14

      what an awful experience :(

      • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

        Agreed. The bleach bath was sucky for me.

    • Justina

      Your hair looks really vibrant and beautiful!

    • Cosmetic Sanctuary

      I’m so jealous of your hair! I wish I could do more color!

    • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda Mendoza

      LOVE the new color but such a shame you had to do a chemical process twice!

    • http://beautylitfromwithin.blogspot.com Nidia Doherty

      Someday I’m going to color mine. Bummer the bleach bath didn’t work and damaged part of you hair. Yay for Pretty Little Elixir!

    • http://www.honeygirlsworld.com/ Honeygirlk

      I have used Color Zap once and can never do it again – it definitely damaged my hair… but I don’t do harsh bright shades anymore… my hair just can’t handle it like it used to. My sister does bleach baths and she doesn’t like it either and has similar results to you after doing so. I love the new color :)

    • http://theplasticdiaries.com Kimmi @ The Plastic Diaries

      I’m really glad you did this post. I was considering doing a bleach bath because I’m a little over my bright fuchsia and want to go to pastel hues.

    • Noelle

      I wish I had the balls to go these awesome colors you have been. So pretty!

    • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

      I love this shade! I need to get me some elixir

    • http://www.citizensofbeauty.com/ Citizens of Beauty

      wow! I am with Noelle…I wish I had the balls as well. You pull it off so well