Forgive me, I've been a terrible blogger! Here's me ending my six month hiatus with a post about hair extensions and how to bleach them. I very often get asked about my hair extensions and how to bleach them. This post should answer all those questions!
Anybody that knows me knows I am a sucker for for a good weave. I love to do as much as I can with my weaves, and bleaching is one way to turn (old or new) plain extensions into fresh new hair.
In Zambia, (and probably all around Africa) it's quite common to reuse 100% human hair extensions. A good weave such as Virgin Brazilian Remy Hair, through costly, is reusable and very durable as it can be manipulated with colour and heat multiple times and still yield great results. Any quality 100% human hair extension can be bleached as well.
100% Brazilian Body Wave courtesy of StyleStruck :)
For this tutorial, I used 100% Brazilian hair extensions 6A. So here's how it goes and here's what you will need:
- 100% human hair weave. This doesn't necessarily have to be Brazilian hair, but a quality 100% human hair extension able to withstand the exothermic reaction of the chemical bleaching process will do.
- Foil paper from any supermarket
- A towel and a plastic bag,
- A fine toothed comb and a pair of gloves
- Shampoo and conditioner. Pantene Ice Shine conditioner is best, in the absence of it any sulphate free conditioner will do.
- Hair bleaching kit (Excellence or Kair bleach kits).
what you will need
Start by mixing the contents of your bleach kit, creating a thick paste depending on your brand choice follow instructions usually found on the back of the kit. For a full head of extensions, you will need upto 2 bleach kits.
Using a fine toothed comb, with gloves on, apply the bleach and spread it throughout the hair strands. Spread the bleach as far up the the weave as you wish to bleach, spread it evenly and generously.
Once the bleach paste is on the weave and ready, place it on the foil paper and tightly wrap it around your weave making sure no bleached hair strands are exposed, you may use rubber bands to ensure this.
Processing time is between 30 to 40 minutes . Check the development of the bleach during this time to see the development . When your desired degree of lightness has been achieved, rinse off the bleach thoroughly with warm water, followed by a thorough shampoo to get all the bleach out. Hair texture will be course at this stage.
The final step is to deep condition your weave to get back the soft and silky texture of the weave lost during the chemical bleaching process. Use a generous amount of conditioner and leave it in for several hours, I like to leave it in overnight. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry your weave. It is now ready to be weaved in and styled as normal.
Silky texture and shine restored by deep conditioning
Special S/O to Briannah Noah who taught me this skill and is as obsessed with weaves as I am !
Feel free to leave a comment or request for a tutorial :)