How to Bleach Hair at Home (Step by Step Instructions)


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girl applying bleach to her hair for a tutorial and how-to guide on how to bleach hair at home using wella toner and prismlights bleach

Before using toner to dye your hair blonde, you should bleach your hair to lighten it.

In this article, you’ll learn how to bleach hair at home and how to prepare your hair for a toner.

You can dye your hair blonde WITHOUT bleaching it first if your hair is very light, but I wouldn’t recommend it for women with darker hair. Check out this article to learn how to do that.

Continue reading to learn how to bleach your hair at home. You can do it yourself (DIY) without visiting a salon.

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How to Bleach Hair at Home How to Guide with Step-by-Step Instructions

Below are 5 easy step-by-step instructions to bleach hair at home.

Word of Caution: Test with a Sample of Hair First

Before bleaching your hair at home, it’s best to do a TEST on a small strand of hair. Do a test once, and then you don’t have to test again.

The first time I bleached and toned my hair, my mom cut off hair from the bottom of my head (where no one could see it!) and we bleached that strand of hair and toned it to make sure it would be okay.

Step 1: Buy the Supplies to Bleach Your Hair at Home

supplies to bleach your hair at home
Supplies to Bleach Your Hair at Home

You’ll need to buy the following supplies from Sally’s or Amazon to bleach your hair at home.

  1. Tint Brush for applying the bleach: On Amazon or at Sally’s.
  2. Mixing bowl: Purple hair color mixingbowl from Sally’s.
  3. Gloves: SalonCare gloves or any vinyl or latex gloves.

Optional: Buy a set on Amazon. You can also buy the tint brush, mixing bowl, and gloves in a hair dye color kit online.

hair dye coloring kit from Amazon with tint brush, mixing bowl, gloves, and hair clips
Hair Bleaching Kit from Amazon

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  1. Applicator bottle. I use the $3 applicator bottle from Sally’s. You can also get an applicator bottle on Amazon.
  2. Bleach: PrismLites Blue Powder. (Buy the 1 oz. package.)


SalonCare blue Prism lights bleaching powder to bleach your hair at home
SalonCare Prism Lights Bleach

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  1. Developer. I use the 20 volume developer by Salon Care. Available on Amazon or at Sally’s.
  2. A Hairbrush, a Shower Cap, Hair-Ties or Hair Clips, Shampoo, and Conditioner
  3. An Old T-Shirt You Don’t Mind Messing Up!
  4. (Plus buy a toner to apply after bleaching your hair! Otherwise, you’ll end up with hair that looks like a yellow banana!)

Step 2: Apply Bleach to Hair

girl applying bleach to hair with prismlights bleach and developer to bleach hair at home
Apply Bleach (1 Scoop Bleach to 2 Scoops Developer)
  • Mix 1 scoop of the Prism lights Blue powder with two scoops of the SalonCare 20 volume developer in a mixing bowl.
  • Put on your gloves.
  • Apply bleach to the roots of your hair.
  • Dip your gloves into the bleach mix and apply to the back of your hair.

Step 3: Put on Shower Cap and Wait 25-30 Minutes

  • After you’ve added the bleach, put on a plastic shower cap and wait 25-30 minutes.
girl with a shower cap on her head after applying bleach to blonde hair at home
Put on a Shower Cap and Wait

Step 4: Rinse Out Bleach with Shampoo

  • Remove the shower cap.
  • Don’t be concerned if your hair turns blue or green after 25-30 minutes!

girl waiting for bleach to set in for 25 to 30 minutes after bleaching hair at home

Here’s a video of what your hair will look after 25 minutes.

  • Rinse out the bleach in the shower by shampooing your hair.
  • (It does not need to be purple shampoo.)
  • I use the L’Oreal Sulfate free shampoo.

Yellow Hair: Your hair will be bright yellow after rinsing out the bleach. This is a good thing and completed expected!

blonde girl with bright yellow hair like a banana after rinsing out bleach from her hair
Bright Yellow Hair after Rinsing Out Bleach

Step 5: Add Toner to Hair

blond girl applying Wella T28 toner to her hair to go blonde while dying her hair at home
Apply Toner after Bleaching Hair
  • After completing steps 1-4, you are ready to add toner to your hair!
  • You can choose any color of Wella toner. I personally love Wella T27 and Wella T35.

Wella Toner Guides

Check out these articles to see the different Wella toner colors on Christina Marie.

Video to Learn How to Bleach Hair at Home?

Watch this video from Very Easy Makeup to learn how to bleach your hair at home. And please subscribe!!

How to Apply a Toner (After Bleaching Hair at Home)

If you want to learn how to apply toner, check out this video on the Very Easy Makeup YouTube channel. (Skip to 13:30 minutes into the video).


In summary, it's surprisingly easy to bleach your hair at home. First, you'll need to buy the key supplies (developer, bleach powder, and toner). Then, you'll need to mix the volume developer with the bleach powder in a 1:1 ratio. Apply the bleach mixture to your hair, and wait about 20 minutes. Then, rinse out the bleach mixture with shampoo and apply your toner!

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