Lighten Your Hair Using Hydrogen Peroxide
Do you want to lighten your hair color? Many people want to give their locks a lift but worry about the chemicals in dye. Coloring roots every couple of weeks can be expensive and visiting a salon or coloring your hair at home can take up valuable time.
There’s a easier way. You can lighten your hair using 3% hydrogen peroxide.
Peroxide is simply hydrogen and oxygen or H202 (a water molecule with an extra oxygen atom). When used in a weaker solution, peroxide can be used to lighten hair. Peroxide is used in hair lightening formulas but it can be used on its own to achieve lighter colored hair.
- If you are a blond and want to lighten your hair color, you can use hydrogen peroxide to do so. Dirty blonds can lighten their hair color and it will look natural.
- If you are a brunette and want some lighter highlights, you can achieve these using peroxide. Because of possible red undertones, a test piece should be done first to estimate how your hair will react to peroxide and the resultant color.
- If you are a redhead and want a strawberry blond look, peroxide may provide just the right amount of lightening.
How to Lighten Your Hair Using Hydrogen Peroxide
- Purchase a bottle of 3% peroxide from your local pharmacy. You will be pleased at the cost. A bottle is inexpensive.
- Buy a dark spray bottle and fill it with peroxide and keep it near a mirror. You do not need to dilute peroxide.
How to Apply Peroxide to Lighten Hair
- Spray peroxide on your hair and brush it through with a comb.
- Allow hair to dry. (Some people choose to wash their hair after applying peroxide; others just spray it and go.)
- If you want greater lightening, harness the power of the sun by sitting or walking outdoors after applying peroxide to hair.
- Continue to use peroxide, repeating sprayings until you achieve desired hair lightening.
How to Lighten Hair With Peroxide
Maintaining Hair Color with Peroxide.
Once your hair color is where you want it to be, maintaining it is an easy matter. Simply treat dark areas with a quick spray and you are good to go. The benefit of this is that you don’t have to redo your whole head, just the areas of hair that need lightening. You can section hair with a comb, lifting hair and spraying darker areas underneath.
Treating Dark Roots with Peroxide
- When darker roots start to show, simply treat these areas by spraying them with peroxide. Rub peroxide into darker roots at top of head.
Precautions When Using Hydrogen Peroxide
- Always use recommended weaker percentages of 3% peroxide.
- Avoid spraying peroxide in eyes, as it can sting. Keep a towel or facecloth close by to catch drips before they run down and into eyes.
- Try a test piece to see what color may result. People with red undertones may find their hair goes a reddish color.
- If your hair has been previously dyed, check with your stylist.
Be aware that prolonged use could contribute to development of grey hair.
Lightening your hair with peroxide is one of the easiest and most inexpensive methods I know of. If used properly, hydrogen peroxide can be a quick method to lighten hair color at home, without using dye.
Cautionary note: prolonged use could lead to greying and hair loss. Any product applied to scalp and roots over the longterm may impact eventual hair growth or color.