Hydrogen Peroxide and Hair
Bleaching, lightening, and highlighting are the main uses for hydrogen peroxide for hair. It’s quite inexpensive so it is a cheap way to bleach your hair. It is the active ingredient in many hair color and lightening kits and treatments. There are some warnings to consider before using hydrogen peroxide on your hair. In fact, most hair stylists recommend against trying this.
Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Hair May Cause Brassiness
Hydrogen peroxide will definitely lighten your hair but beware of brassiness, an unflattering shade of gold to orange-red. If your hair is already blonde, you will get the best results. Brown hair usually just turns a shade of orange when lightened with hydrogen peroxide. A good way to get an idea of what shade hydrogen peroxide will turn your hair is to go into a beauty supply store or a drug store and look at the coloring or bleaching kits that contain hydrogen peroxide for the active ingredient. There will usually be a color chart right on the box that the kit comes in. You should not expect better results than what you see there.
Hydrogen Peroxide May Damage Your Hair
Hydrogen peroxide can damage your hair, leading to dryness, breakage, and even bald patches when not used properly. Keep hydrogen peroxide off your scalp at all costs as it can actually kill the hair follicle, leading to hair loss. The H2O2 breaks down the melanin (natural coloring) in the hair shaft. Too much can weaken the hair shaft. It is well advised to use a deep conditioner after putting hydrogen peroxide on your hair. A positive benefit is that if you have thin hair, it may seem fuller after using H2O2 because the hydrogen peroxide swells the hair cuticle.
How to Apply Hydrogen Peroxide to Your Hair
Another worry is the application method. Since hydrogen peroxide is just like water in terms of lack of viscosity (thickness) it is difficult to control the application, particularly if you want natural looking highlights. This is why professionals use foils or a cap to separate out fine strands of hair for bleaching. However, they apply a thick or even paste-like bleaching mixture to the hair.
Some videos about how to use hydrogen peroxide on your hair:
This video suggests using dishsoap with baking soda to prevent brassiness. She also suggests adding baking soda to your shampoo as an alternative if you don’t like the idea of putting dish soap on your hair to get the hydrogen peroxide out.
Yikes! These young women are actually putting it in their dark brown hair!
Here are their results – not that bad!
Some links with instructions for using hydrogen peroxide to bleach your hair:
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