@norelle.k in Bleach, Please
Thinking about bleaching that hair? 👀 We’re about to dive into our essential guide for using AF’s At-Home Bleaching Kit: Bleach, Please! Since launching, Bleach, Please has become a staple in the Arctic Fox Hair Color Line with our 100% vegan and cruelty formula. And YES she’s totally DIY friendly. Let’s answer some FAQs and give all the newbies and Fox Fam veterans the best tips to achieve the platinum hair of your dreams!
So, What in the AF is Bleach, Please?
Bleach, Please is a complete hair lightening kit that comes with a 3 oz tube of violet-toned cream bleach, a 6 oz bottle of 35-volume developer, and latex-free gloves. Like all other Arctic Fox and Foxology products, our best-selling Bleach Kit is 100% vegan and 100% cruelty-free. As far as bleach goes, our 35-volume developer is pretty high which means you can see up to 8 levels of lift! A perfect starting point if you’re looking for pastels this spring.
Bleach, Please is also supplemented with tons of ingredients to help protect and repair your hair, such as Polycare® Split Therapy which helps prevent split ends. Other key ingredients include açaí, papaya fruit extract, castor oil, mango seed butter, cocoa seed butter, sunflower seed oil, and arginine. Unlike other bleach kits, we formulated Bleach, Please with key ingredients like açaí, papaya extract, mango seed butter, and cocoa seed butter to help prevent hair loss, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation. Castor oil is renowned for promoting hair growth, as well as improving the health of your hair by boosting keratin production. Sunflower seed oil keeps the locks hydrated, and arginine is an essential amino acid responsible for stimulating hair growth. All these ingredients work together to keep your hair as healthy and happy as possible, all while getting you to a clean, light base (and canvas for the most vibrant colors).
Quick tip before you bleach: Make sure you’ve got our custom bowls and brushes to mix up the bleach and developer. If not, any applicator brush and non-metal bowl should do the trick!
Before you bleach!
We’ve formulated Bleach, Please to be as gentle as possible - but at the end of the day, all bleach has the potential to cause damage since it opens up the hair cuticle to remove pigment from the strand, which can leave hair feeling dry or rough. Keep this in mind and take care of your hair both before AND after you bleach it! Every Bleach, Please kit comes with full instructions, but the basics of bleaching will always apply. Always perform a strand test and a patch test prior to application to ensure you don’t have any kind of allergic reaction to the product!!
Leading up to bleaching you'll want to give your hair plenty of TLC and conditioning to give it the healthiest starting point!
How to Do It Yourself: Bleaching Your Hair at Home
Let’s break this down into steps, shall we!?
- Take all the Safety Precautions
Make sure you’re in a well-ventilated room when you’re applying the bleach, and always wear gloves to protect your hands. Your hair should be fully saturated for an even lift, and you’ll want to work as quickly as you can to ensure it all lightens to the same level!
- Avoid Your Roots
Our developer is so high that we recommend avoiding your roots when using Bleach, Please. Start ⅛ of an inch away from your roots for best results!
- Check and Rinse!
Check your hair every 5 minutes or so to monitor the lightening progress and rinse the bleach out completely within 30-45 minutes. You don’t want to let the bleach sit any longer than 45 minutes regardless of the level of lift to prevent any serious damage from occurring. Bleach, Please is formulated with some of the best ingredients to prevent damage but remember… it’s still bleach.
With our 35 Volume developer your hair can lift 3-4 shades per session! The darker your natural hair level, the more pigment it packs, meaning it might need a bit more sessions to lighten up, so be patient! Make sure to space out the processes at least a week apart - this will allow the natural oils in your hair to build back up and help protect it during the lightening process. The road to platinum is a marathon, not a sprint!
✨AF Pro Tip✨ We only recommend using Bleach, Please on un-dyed hair, and it shouldn’t be used to try and remove dye from the hair, whether Arctic Fox Hair Color or others - doing so can cause unexpected color results or permanent staining of the hair! If you do need to remove color, please use a color remover formulated for the type of hair color in your hair!
Bleach, Please makes the process simple, but lightening your hair at home can get tricky! If after using Bleach, Please, your hair turned out brassy or uneven, there are steps you can take to color correct.
A little bit of brassiness won’t affect most Arctic Fox colors applied on top, especially if you’re using a darker or more highly pigmented color. But if you do want a light, cool-toned blonde, a toner will help remove any unwanted brassy tones! You can get a light toning effect on brassy hair by using Periwinkle or Girl’s Night, or a VERY diluted Purple AF, either applied alone or added to your shampoo and conditioner like a purple shampoo!
An uneven lift can be trickier to troubleshoot, though, especially if you’ve got a significant difference in color. There are many different reasons that your hair might have lifted unevenly - so here’s some Q’s to take into consideration!
- Had some parts of your hair already been lightened while others were natural?
- Could there have been any lingering pigment in your hair from a previous color, particularly a permanent dye?
- Did some parts of your hair process under the bleach longer than others?
- Sometimes just going back over the darkest parts of your hair for a shorter processing time after a few days will do the trick to even everything out, but if there’s a major difference or you’re not sure where the unevenness is coming from, consulting a professional for color correction is the safest bet. The health of your hair is always worth it!
Other Uses for Bleach, Please
Arctic Fox Hair Colors are known for their customizability, but bleach is different and can’t really be customized the way dyes can. But you can still use the kit for more than just all-over lighting! You can use Bleach, Please as part of a bleach bath by adding shampoo to your mix. A bleach bath is a bit gentler than a full on bleaching session, so if you’re afraid to go full force, this might be the way to get started!
Tone, Tone, Tone!
If the provided 35-volume developer is a bit strong for your hair type, you can cut it with a lower-volume developer or substitute it entirely for a different developer while keeping our violet-based cream bleach for that extra toning effect. Just make sure the 2:1 ratio of developer to bleach stays the same to ensure you get the most effective lightening possible!
The Best AF Hair Dyes for Bleached Hair
So what AF shades are best to use after bleaching? Look no further than our pastel hair dyes of the AF rainbow! From pastel purples, pink, green, yellow, and orange, these hair dyes STUN on a bleached base. Because pastel hair dye is so light, the pigment will not show up on hair levels 1-6. Your best bet for pastels is to start at 9 close to 10 hair level for that true pastel shade. And when you nail it, OMG, does it look pretty!
@chris0712 in Frosé
You can always opt for another darker shade after bleaching, but most darker hues don’t require a lightening process. Although, darker shades will still show up very pigmented on lightened hair. It all depends on the look you’re going for!
@paintedbyzach Purple AF
We can’t wait to hear what you think of Bleach, Please, Fox Fam! Let us know when you give it a try, and of course, feel free to reach out to us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns. We’re always happy to help!