When you have a client come to you with dark hair and dreams of leaving the salon with beautifully lightened locks, you’ll need to formulate a careful plan for them!
Depending on the level you are aiming for, bleaching dark hair can be a long process that takes multiple salon visits – it really can be a long journey.
So, it’s vital that you have the best bleach or hair lighteners at your disposal.
What is the best bleach for dark hair?
At Salons Direct, our best selling bleaches that are ideal for use on dark hair are…
- Best high lifting bleach – Schwarzkopf BLONDME Bond Enforcing Premium Lightener 9+
- Best salon value bleach – Lotus Low Dust (Blue) Bleach
- Best anti-yellow bleach – Wella Blondor Multi Blonde Powder
- Best bleach with colouring system – Goldwell Oxycur Platin Dust Free Blue Bleach
- Best bleach for freehand bleaching – L’Oreal Blond Studio Freehand Powder
- Best vegan hair bleach – Pulp Riot #BLONDEAF Powder Lightener
When choosing the right bleach for your client, you’ll be taking into consideration the hair condition, the colour level and whether the hair has been dyed in the past or is virgin hair.
When bleaching dark hair, it’s essential for clients to understand that their hair won’t reach their goals in one sitting! The priority is to keep the hair as healthy as possible, so multiple processes that are more gentle are usually preferred.
For example, while using a 40 vol developer on the hair might produce the most noticeable change on colour, it will also have the harshest effect on the strength of the hair. Remember that 40 vol bleach can cause burns, so should be kept well away from the scalp, plus will leave the hair cuticle wide open.
A good quality bleach used with a 30 vol or even 20 vol developer can be equally effective at lifting dark hair with less damage.
If your client’s hair needs multiple bleach applications, it’s more important than ever to protect the hair with a bond builder. OLAPLEX is an industry leader, with a number of take home products to retail to your clients so they can continue to repair damaged hair between salon visits.
Find out more! Everything you need to know about OLAPLEX
Discover more about our best bleaches for dark hair at Salons Direct…
Schwarzkopf BLONDME Bond Enforcing Premium Lightener 9+
Best high lifting bleach – up to 9 levels lighter!
The Schwarzkopf BLONDME Bond Enforcing Premium Lightener 9+ is an industry favourite. This lightening powder is ideal for dark hair too, as it can lift up to 9 levels on both natural and coloured hair. It also does this while protecting the hair during processing by using bond enforcing technology and a ph neutral formula.
But, that’s not all! BLONDME Bond Enforcing Premium Lightener also contains anti-yellowing agents that target those unwanted undertones for a clear and bright colour result. You can even vary the mixing ratio to get the perfect level of lightening.
The BLONDME range includes a gorgeous range of colours, toners and shampoos to perfect the hair after bleaching.
Lotus Low Dust Blue Bleach
Best salon value bleach – make the most of our multibuy offer!
Exclusive to Salons Direct, our Lotus Low Dust Blue Bleach is a premium essential for salon use. Great targeting brassy tones as well as bleaching dark hair for lighter results, this lightener creates a smooth, creamy consistency when used with Lotus Creme Peroxide – available in 40 Vol, 30 Vol and 20 Vol strengths.
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Wella Blondor Multi Blonde Powder
Best anti-yellow bleach – up to 7 levels of lift
The award-winning Wella Blondor Multi Blonde Powder is a favourite with many hairdressers across the world. It provides controlled and reliable lightening of up to 7 levels, making it ideal for bleaching dark hair.
Using the brand’s Tri Lightening Technology, anti-yellow molecules target yellow undertones, plus you can adjust mixing ratios to suit your client’s hair. Use it with Welloxon Perfect 6%, 9% or 12% creme developer to get the exact level of lift you need and an optimal consistency for easy application.
Goldwell Oxycur Platin Dust Free Blue Bleach
Best bleach with colouring system – fast lifting for up to 7 levels
The Goldwell Oxycur Platin Dust Free Blue Bleach offers a perfect way to bleach dark hair. Fast and powerful lifting of up to 7 levels combined with conditioning polymers ensures hair colour is both beautiful and healthy. It can be mixed with Goldwell Top Chic Lotion available in 10 Vol, 20 Vol, 30 Vol and 40 Vol.
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L’Oreal Blond Studio Freehand Powder
Best bleach for freehand bleaching – extra thick texture
For dark hair that you want to use a freehand technique on, such as a balayage or ombre, L’Oreal Blond Studio Freehand Powder is perfect. Offering up to 6 levels of lift, the extra thick texture minimises the product from running or bleeding for the most precise application. It’s also infused with Pro-Keratin to help protect against hair damage.
Pulp Riot #BLONDEAF Powder Lightener
Best vegan hair bleach – conditioning formula with 9 levels of lift, too!
Along with being 100% vegan and cruelty-free, the Pulp Riot #BLONDEAF Powder Lightener can lift the hair up to 9 levels for rapid results. Not only this, but this bleach also boasts a nourishing quinoa-based formula that helps to protect and nourish the hair during the lightening process.
Ideal for creative colourists, you can adjust the mixing ratio to obtain the consistency you need for your look. Don’t forget, you can follow up with Pulp Riot Semi Permanent Hair Colour, Pulp Riot Faction8 Permanent Hair Colour or Pulp Riot High Speed Toner for stunning vivid colour results!
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