How do you get your bangs so white?

If you’ve ever seen me dressed as X-Men’s Rogue, and have seen me outside of costume, then you’ll notice that I use my real hair for the costume. I’ve had this hair coloration for seven years now and every time I consider changing it a stranger inevitably approaches me to say “You remind me of Rogue.” Remind people of one of my all time favorite characters? Don’t mind if I do!

Every year I recieve at least six requests from people wondering what I do and/or complaints that a salon refuses to do the process for them or have been disappointed by a salon’s results. Bleaching to this extent is a damaging process to the hair, and so salons will not want to be held accountable if they screw up the process and, therefore, your hair. So I’ve developed my own at home bleaching recipe. I purchase everything from Sally’s Beauty Supply, though even if you don’t have a Sally’s nearby the brands I use should be easily found in similar stores.

Here’s your shopping list:

  • L’Oreal Super Blue Creme Oil Lightener
  • 2oz bottle of 30 volume creme peroxide (you might need 40 volume if your hair is especially dark/stubborn)
  • Sally’s Beauty Red/Gold Corrector
  • Moisture-rich conditioner
  • Fanci-Full Temp Haircolor Rinse #49 (Ultra White Minx)

You will also need:

  • Small glass bowl (a nut or condiment cup works well)
  • Plastic spoon
  • Plastic hair clip
  • Plastic or latex gloves

*Note: It is important not to use metal, as bleach is very corrosive*

For a first time application:

(Note: Like with all hair treatments, sensitive skin types will want to test for reactions to the product before going gung-ho with it. Also, the first bleaching might not yield perfectly white results. Be prepared to have your hair be platinum blonde for a couple weeks.)

Separate the section of hair you’d like bleached, tying back the rest. Put on your gloves. Within the L’Oreal Super Blue box are three packets of lightening activators and a 2oz bottle of the crème oil. For shoulder-length bangs, one packet, a third of the crème oil bottle, and a third of the crème peroxide bottle will be sufficient. Follow the instructions inside the L’Oreal Super Blue box, being careful not to stand over the mixture to avoid inhaling fumes. Before applying, add 10 drops of the Red/Gold Corrector and mix thoroughly – the mixture should be a lavender color. Apply using the spoon and working it into the section of hair with gloved fingers, being careful not to get the bleach mixture onto your skin. Once all the product has been used, clip the hair away from your face and wait 45 minutes.

Rise out the bleach mixture and shampoo twice using a moisture-rich shampoo. You hair will likely be golden or platinum blonde right now. This is okay! Bleaching until it’s white right from the get-go will absolutely fry your hair; patience means your hair won’t become brittle. Deep condition (overnight) the bangs right to the roots, adding a couple drops of the Red/Gold Corrector to the conditioner.

Give your hair at least two weeks to recover, conditioning regularly. Repeat the process until you achieve white.

Maintenance:

I keep a small bottle of the primo-conditioner mixed with the Corrector (7 drops per ounce of conditioner) in the shower and use this on my bangs each time I bathe. This helps to eliminate any yellow/copper tones.

I usually bleach roots and refresh the white every month, or time it to be just before a convention, being careful not to bleach more than 12 times a year. For root touch-ups I only use half a packet and a sixth of each bottle

When you want an extra burst of white, use the Roux Fanci-Full Temp Haircolor Rinse, combing it through damp hair. It’s like the corrector, but it’s a little less potent so you can use it freely without going overboard.

It may seem like a long process, but have patience. Also, once you have your supplies it should last you for half a year. I’ve been doing this for 7 years straight, have never had my hair fall out on me, and my sensitive skin has not had any reactions. However, this does not guarantee that the same will be the case for you. Always use your own judgment.

Good luck!