How Do You Lighten Black Hair?


Quick Answer

To lighten black hair, use a deep conditioner, bleach it, color it and do maintenance. Since the possibility of hair damage is so high when using bleach on black hair, it is best to have a professional do the lightening process.

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Full Answer

While a simple dye job will not do much to lighten black hair, it can be done. Follow a few simple steps to get the perfect new shade of hair color.

  1. Condition
  2. Since the bleaching process is so harsh, begin by using a rich, leave-in conditioning mask. It helps to protect the hair through the rest of the process.
  3. Bleach
  4. Start this step by applying the bleaching solution from the tips of the hair up to about mid-length and let process for 20 to 25 minutes. Once the desired shade is reached, rinse it out and apply the solution from mid-length to about 4 inches from the scalp and leave on for about 45 minutes. Rinse that out and apply bleach to the roots. It will not take much time for that area to lighten, so be sure to watch it carefully.
  5. Apply the new color
  6. Once the hair has been bleached, apply the new hair color. It is best to use ashy or golden tones as they tone down any brassiness from the bleaching process.
  7. Maintain the look
  8. Use a deep conditioner when washing the hair and cut the tips often to keep the hair healthy.
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