The Life and Times of a Teenage Weirdo

How To Lighten Hair With Hydrogen Peroxide & Baking Soda

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NOTE:Β Bleaching your hair in any and all forms is bad for it. You should always do a strand test when dying your hair. This method is hardly any different than getting a box of color (Last time I used a box mix, my hair turned out very orange; this method leaves it a much more natural shade for whatever reason.) If you are wanting to dye the whole of your hair significantly lighter than it’s current shade, please go to a stylist. But if you’re doing streaks, or trying to lighten up a too-dark dye job, then this should do no harm.

Second NOTE: I cannot say whether or not this method will work on your hair. It works very well on my hair and my step mom’s hair, since we both have very porous strands. Whereas my friend had no luck getting this to work in her hairβ€”it’s simply resistant to the mixture (and almost anything aside from salon grade bleaching/dying formulas) because her hair has low porosity. If your hair tends to damage or get frizzy easily, this will probably work for you better than someone who sees very little damage from styling and all that, but I cannot make any guarantees. πŸ™‚

That’s aaaaaall…

I’m heading out to my aunt and uncle’s house this weekend with my boyfriend. My aunt and I decided that we’re going dye our hair, which I’m pretty pumped about. In preparation for dying streaks of “atomic turquoise” into my locks, I decided to lighten a few sections of my hair (since I have dark, nearly black, brown hair). I had tested a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture on a small chunk of hair a few months ago, and decided to use that method instead of spending $10 on a bottle of hair bleach and only using 1/8 of it.

Supplies needed:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda
  • Bowl
  • A brush to put the mixture onto your hairβ€”I used a spongey craft brush.
  • Aluminum foil if you’re doing sections.
  • A plastic bag if you’re doing all of your hair.
  • An old t-shirt to wear.

I started with clean hair, and a general idea of which pieces of hair I wanted to bleach.

I sectioned off the parts of my hair I wanted colored, and tied the rest of my hair out of the way.

Here is the section underneath my bangs before lightening.

I then mixed up H2O2 with baking soda until it became a paste. This paste should be fluid enough to easily spread into your hair, but it shouldn’t be so thin that it drips all over the place.

(Update 6/12/2012: I provided the recipe in my “Lightening Blonde Hair” post.)

(Update 8/9/2012: In case you don’t make it down to the comments in my other H2O2 & Baking Soda Lightening post, Lisa shared a mishap she had while attempting this herself.Β “I’d like to warn anyone and everyone. Do not mix this in an enclosed container. I mixed it in a fruit smoothie blender. When I tried to take off the lid, it literally blew up. It made a huge POP and that stuff went everywhere. It was also very hot!!! Scared me so bad.”Β Whenever there’s a chemical reaction going onβ€”in this case, what’s changing your hair colorβ€”there will often be a gas that leaves the mixture and can create pressure in a closed container. Be careful!)

I used tin foil to keep my streaks nice and tidy. I learned, somewhere on the internet, how to fold back the aluminum foil at the end so that you have something to hold onto while applying color/bleach to your hair.

Fold the foil like so.

The folded end goes on the underside.

When you color/lighten pieces of hair that frame your face, you want to place the foil to the side of your sectioned hair that is toward the back of your head. (So that you can see where you’re applying the mixtureβ€”clever, right?)

Like this.

Be careful to cover all of the sections evenly, and pay close attention to the ends. I find it easiest to take rows of hair to apply the mixture to, so every strand is covered without having to work too hard at it.

When all of your desired sections of hair are covered in goop and tinfoil (or a plastic bag, if you’re lightening all of your hair), then apply heat, using a hair dryer. I did for about five minutes (everyone in my house was trying to sleep… oops) but I’m pretty sure that if you have the patienceβ€”and it’s not one in the morningβ€”spending ten to fifteen minutes heating the sections would be just about perfect.

This next part is pretty easy: Sit pretty and wait for blonde hair to appear!

Here I am. Sitting pretty.

I let my hair sit for about an hour and got significant results; certainly not platinum blonde, but blonde.

My blonde bangs!

I’m super happy with the final product! I was very tempted to lighten all of my hair to this shadeβ€”especially with how cheap and simple this method is. I’ll probably do another round of lightening on these sections, though, to ensure that the turquoise dye shows up without being dingy. πŸ™‚

My hair doesn’t seem particularly damaged after this process, either. That might just be from going “no ‘poo,” though. Either way, I like it!

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • I have very dark brown hair. If your hair is lighter, you don’t need to leave the color in for as long as I did.
  • Heat is not necessary, but it speeds up the process.
  • Try not to get too much of the mixture on your scalp; it doesn’t feel very nice.
  • You can always repeat the process to get a lighter shade; keep an eye on the color of your hair every ten to fifteen minutes and rinse it out sooner rather than later so that you don’t risk going too blonde for your taste.

Please share your experiences with peroxide & baking soda lightening! I can only speak for women with dark, coarse, wavy hair. If you’re a redhead, blondie going blonder, or if you have very curly or very fine hair, I’d love to hear how this method worked for you!

Thanks for reading,

-Dizzle ❀

Disclaimer: I am by no means a hair stylist or anything of the sort. I simply love doing hair and makeup, and I like finding cheap ways to look good! Please use common sense if you attempt to lighten your hair this way, and please do not hold me accountable for potential mishaps.



375 responses

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  2. Vanesa

    Hey I have done this about five times in a row, on a strand, and gotten a bleach blonde color… And I love it!! Thanks for posting. Oh and I am also a no ‘poo!! πŸ˜‰

    June 30, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    • Sweet, I’m happy to be of service, ahaha. Is your hair naturally really dark, or more of a blonde? I lightened my (blonde) step mom’s hair but her shade didn’t change as drastically as mine did, haha.

      June 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm

      • Vanesa

        My hair is like almost black and it’s almost bleach blonde. I’m soo happy. I want do my moms light gray hair but she keeps saying “it wouldnt change”. Lol

        July 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

        • Wow! That’s great to know!
          Lightening your mom’s hair would actually work really well for disguising grays! My grandma has pretty salt and pepper hair, and when she lightens her hair, the grays just look like highlights. You could look into henna dye for her hair, too! I’ve heard that it covers grays perfectly. πŸ™‚

          July 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

          • Vanesa

            Oh her gray is beautiful and she doesn’t want it… Lol

            July 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm

          • Ahh, I see, lol.

            July 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm

          • Alexandra

            My mom uses a red henna on her dark brown hair and the grays become shimmery red. It’s really pretty. She also coats her hair in coconut oil before going in the ocean to protect the color. (She goes every weekend).

            December 10, 2015 at 10:54 pm

        • Jazzie

          How many times did you have to reapply the mixture to get bleach blonde? I have dyed my hair a dark brown and I’m trying to go blonde and everything im using isnt working.

          September 17, 2015 at 1:32 am

        • Jazzie

          How many times did you have to reapply the mixture to get bleach blonde? I have dyed my hair a dark brown and I’m trying to go blonde and everything im using isnt working.

          September 17, 2015 at 1:33 am

      • Julie

        Thanks so much for this tutorial!! My hair is your color and I got results a little lighter than yours. Yay! Cheap, fun, and so cool.

        January 27, 2013 at 4:18 pm

        • Yay! I’m so happy it worked for you. πŸ™‚

          January 31, 2013 at 11:47 pm

        • Hannah

          Same here Julie I’m so glasnost to have to keep spending $$ to lighten up my hair where I wanted it thanks for the titurioal ☺

          July 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      • Megan

        How long did you leave it in your hair for?

        February 10, 2013 at 8:57 am

        • One hour. πŸ™‚

          February 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm

          • Hannah

            Me to with a bag lol I left it on an hour it looks so nice

            July 18, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      • Hi my name is Betsy, and I am wondering if I can add lemon to the mix. have tried doing it this way and do you recommended. Is it safe to do so?

        September 30, 2015 at 2:40 am

      • as im typing my hair is inside a plastic bag and it burns like a (BEEP) cause i got some on the scalp and the purpose of this reply is to say thank you for posting this it took me hours to final find something cheap and easy ❀

        November 2, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      • juneyah

        I did this last night and it works great !! I went from a black hair color to a chestnut and this was without the baking soda lol

        March 4, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      • Jill Blakeslee

        i dyed my hair dark brown about 1 year ago but it came out dark black now trying to lighten my hair so I can dye it red will this work on my hair I tryed to send u a photo but don’t know how but I have a Facebook Jill Blakeslee if u want to look at my hair

        March 15, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    • Lindsey A Varela

      I have actually went to a salon where the woman used a bleach so bad, it felt like she was holding a blow dryer straight on my head… My hair was so dry! And with the reaction I had, she had made my bangs way darker than the rest and oh so copper looking! I made up my own mixture with the baking soda and peroxide ( I also added in coconut oil) and it worked beautifully! I didn’t leave in on long enough, but they definitely lightened a lot and my hair wasn’t dry at all! I’ll be doing another process in a few!

      April 21, 2016 at 9:01 am

  3. im tryinqq itt riqhtt now ! .. im really excitedd to see watt happens ! hopefully nothinqq qoes wronqq :/

    July 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    • Great! Let me know. πŸ™‚

      July 10, 2012 at 12:04 am

  4. thanks we are going to try it now πŸ˜€

    July 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    • You’re welcome! πŸ™‚

      July 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

  5. Ashley

    I was wondering if this left your dry or damaged. I want to lighten my hair so that i can dye it red (^PRD_HAIRCOLOR^NUTRISSE_ULTRA_COLOR^NUTRISSE_ULTRA_COLOR_DISCOVER&prdcode=P53201&varcode=603084223558&back=1).

    July 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    • Ashley

      I forgot to mention that I got red highlights all over my hair but dyed it blue black which is now faded into brownish red highlights and dark brown hair. My hair is also slightly damaged.

      July 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      • I didn’t notice much damage on my hair in particular, but my step-mom’s hair did seem a little bit damaged more toward the ends after using this lightening method.
        My suggestion, for if you want a vibrant red like that, is to use henna to dye your hair. It will lighten dark hair to an auburn type red and it will deeply condition your hair as well. If you want to a brighter shade, then I wouldn’t see any harm in lightening your hair a little more with the peroxide and baking soda beforehand.
        When I did a few henna streaks in my hair, I used some pre-mixed stuff that my boyfriend’s sister got at some sort of indian market (not sure where, haha), but you can also buy it online. I’ve heard good things about Mountain Rose Herbs ( and they have different “shades” of henna you can buy. Just be EXTRA careful about staining, lol! Lemme know if you have any other questions. πŸ™‚

        July 25, 2012 at 2:01 am

  6. Chelsee

    This is awesome! I keep forgetting to buy hair dye and now i don’t have to! Did you end up doing the turquoise afterwards? If so where did you find thae color?

    August 1, 2012 at 1:20 am

    • I have yet to use the turquoise dye, haha. I picked it up at Spencers in the MOA, you can find it Hot Topic, too. πŸ™‚ I Spencers has the tubs, instead of the bottles, which I like.

      August 1, 2012 at 2:59 am

  7. Sofie

    just so i dont mess up haha, i cover a stand of hair with “goop” and then roll it up in foil? yes?

    August 13, 2012 at 10:09 pm

  8. Sofie

    and do i unwrap it and then blow-dry it?

    August 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    • Leave your hair wrapped until you’re ready to wash the mixture out. πŸ™‚ When you keep your hair foiled, it will retain some of the heat from blow drying, which is what makes the lightening process more efficient!

      In short:
      1. Coat strands.
      2. Wrap in foil/plastic/shower cap.
      3. Apply heat with blow dryer.
      4. Allow hair to process for 20 minutes to one hour (and no longer, per application).
      5. Unwrap hair and wash! You might not need to shampoo, but leave a conditioner (store-bought or diluted apple cider vinegar) in for a few minutes to replenish your hair.

      I hope this helps! Good luck, and be sure to share your results. πŸ™‚

      August 14, 2012 at 4:42 am

      • chkim0131

        I have naturally black to dark brown hair and I’ve tried just about every other natural DIY lightener but nothing worked because my hair is too strong and dark. However, I tried this last night and I have a beautiful slightly lighter brown ombre. Looking forward to doing this again for an even lighter ombre to actually make a difference XD

        April 5, 2016 at 4:15 pm

  9. jae

    My hair is naturally light blonde. I had a baby 8 months ago and since I had her my hair started growing in a darker blonde. I used this trick today and now it is all back to the color it used to be with some great low lights. I absolutely love it! Thank you for posting this!

    August 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    • You’re very welcome! πŸ™‚

      August 15, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    • Rom Paige

      I had a baby 1 year ago, my hair was blonde now it’s dirty blonde 😦 I’m going to try this and hope I get the same results πŸ™‚ *Cross fingers*

      October 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      • Rom Paige

        I just rinsed it with baking soda, it looks a tad lighter. Think I’m going to stick with doing this once in a while. Thanks for the tips.

        October 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm

  10. I am guessing that your hair colour was not chemically dyed when you started? I used a L’Oreal colour (that claimed to be dark brown) but turned my hair black. I’m wondering if this method of baking soda and peroxide would help eliminate the harshness of the black? I don’t really want blonde – just a few shades lighter! Thoughts??

    August 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    • I would try mixing up some baking soda in water and rinsing your hair with that a few times before you decide to lighten. πŸ™‚ It should bring your hair a few shades lighter!

      August 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    • And you’re right, it was my natural hair color. πŸ™‚

      August 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    • Kaylee

      If you just do hydrogen peroxide and put it in a spray bottle and spray it in your hair than blow dry it and go outside in the sun. Repeat until desired shade. I am ombreing my hair using this method I have medium brown hair and right now my hair is strawberry blonde. =)

      January 20, 2014 at 9:59 am

  11. ya I think I will try that first…kinda nervous lol

    August 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    • It won’t remove all the color, so don’t worry too much! πŸ™‚

      August 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm

  12. I forgot to ask but would I leave the baking soda and water mixture in my hair for a bit or just straight in and out?

    August 29, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    • I would just take the time to massage it into your scalp and hair and then rinse it out. It’ll be like a clarifying treatment as a bonus, haha.

      August 29, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  13. Tiffany

    Hi, I found your article very useful. I’m always on a look out for cheap alternative wats to do things. I do however have a tip for you, if you want your turquoise to show and pop true to color, you will have to get your hair as light as possible. I’m not a hair stylist but I have asked lots of my family and friends who are, before I actually went through with doing my hair all blue last year.

    August 30, 2012 at 12:50 am

    • Thank you! I plan on lightening a few more rounds and then possibly getting Manic Panic’s “Virgin Snow” to apply as a primer to those areas. πŸ™‚

      August 30, 2012 at 12:55 am

      • Also to achieve turquoise you can try doing purple shampoo (mine i did it homemade, food coloring (violet) + shampoo πŸ™‚ ) after bleaching it (should be light enough). Then let it stay for about 30 mins. But do strand test first πŸ™‚ This is based on my experience πŸ™‚ And your article is very helpful!

        July 25, 2015 at 2:40 am

  14. Hi Sawdizzle, so I did the baking soda thing about twice (because, OF COURSE, I had like a quarter of a box left and the store was closed), and while it didn’t remove the colour so much, it really toned it down. It took that raven wing sheen away which helped. During the final time, I mixed it with some shampoo I had to help draw it through better. The rinse water was coloured every time. Thank you so much for that!! πŸ™‚

    August 30, 2012 at 7:31 am

    • You’re welcome, I’m glad I could help!

      August 30, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      • Kelly


        April 21, 2015 at 7:21 am

  15. Tori VV

    I’ve wanted to hombre my hair for forever and I think this’ll work perfectly! Thanks!! πŸ™‚

    September 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    • Glad to help! πŸ™‚

      September 23, 2012 at 1:47 am

  16. jessica

    did absolutely nothing to my hair :/ but I think I made it too thick by adding more baking soda than I should have . I would try it again but I used the whole box and bottle . so , just make sure your mixture is a little more liquidy than pastey . I might try again this weekend .

    September 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    • That may be the case. Did you add heat? I would do that next time, it made a huge difference when I did it. πŸ™‚

      September 27, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    • Additionally, adding a little conditioner to your mixture might make it easier to spread when you add more H2O2. Check out my other lightening post for a recipe.

      September 27, 2012 at 7:26 pm

  17. tiana

    I am curious if you can tell me if you know if I should use or have to use bleaching kit like blondissma before I would use peroxide because I have dark hair but i dont want red hair after i dye it I am just stuck on using peroxide or bleaching kit. or both if you can help please let me know thanks a bunch

    September 28, 2012 at 4:27 am

    • I would start with the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda since it’s cheaper to do, and will lighten your hair pretty significantly. But then go with a box kit because you can specifically choose an ashy blonde dye. Make sure to apply heat, it really makes a difference for gals with dark hair. πŸ™‚ You can also invest in a shampoo with a purple or blue toner in it to keep your hair from getting brassy!

      September 29, 2012 at 1:16 am

      • anon

        I still wouldn’t go with a box dye. I’d opt for the Ion Color Brilliance, or something ammonia free. This bleaching method still seems fine, even without a box version. Bleaching is bleaching, and the chemicals here are simply processed versions of the natural elements. Baking soda is processed Nahcolite. You can dilute it with water and settle an upset stomach. I agree with you on the toner, but look up a color wheel before choosing. Manic Panic is one of the hair color creams I’ve seen suggested using for the blue toning.

        May 18, 2014 at 2:27 am

  18. Fiona

    Do you need to add the baking soda – or can you put the peroxide straight in?

    October 6, 2012 at 2:22 am

    • Sawdizzle

      Peroxide is supposed to lighten your hair on its own (whether or not you go in the sun) but I think it really depends on how porous your hair is. It probably wouldn’t lighten very much on its own either way. I’ve never done it, though!

      October 11, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      • Fiona

        I did try without the baking soda as I had none. It slightly lightened it but not enough to make a real difference. will try next time with the baking soda! My hair is so dark so one shade lighter was just not good enough! It did help the red colouring i put in after take stronger but it didn’t last as long as normal.

        October 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm

        • Thanks, that’s good to know. πŸ™‚

          October 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm

  19. Carolyn

    Thank you for your article! I used baking soda and peroxide mix on my black hair ( dye came out too dark). I left it on without heat for 10 min, and it took it up a shade and a half or so, and took the “fake dye job” look out and made my hair more natural looking. I will try again in a week and see if I can get it a touch lighter, but even todays results were significant enough that I am happy. Thank you!! You saved me $100 and my pride by letting me take care of it at home instead of going into the salon :).

    October 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    • You’re so welcome! That is exactly the type of thing that I hoped this post would help people with. πŸ™‚

      October 22, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    • ashlynnescott

      did your hair get damaged any after using it on your whole head?

      July 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm

  20. jackie

    after highlighting my hair with a kit, ” my hair is a really dark brown” So to get it frosted i’m leaving the bleach in for awhile… after.. If its alil too brassy…. do u think ur method peroxide and baking soda mixture would help take the red tones out?

    October 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    • The mixture will make it lighter, which might reduce brassy-ness. But I would suggest getting a purple or blue toner to counteract any yellow or orange coloring, instead. πŸ™‚

      October 22, 2012 at 9:33 pm

  21. Elinor

    Thanks for sharing your method! I tried it with mixed success, but I think I know why. I have thick, short, wavy dark brown hair, and for the last month I’ve been going beyond no ‘poo to not washing my hair at all, in an attempt to “reset” the natural balance of oils, blah blah blah. I think not washing before I lightened meant that said oils protected my hair somewhat, resulting in a smaller change. I’m trying to go fairly light all over, so I’m going to give it another go in a few days and see what happens!

    October 25, 2012 at 10:59 am

    • Yeah, I’m thinking I’ll have to do a separate dyeing no ‘poo hair post since I’ve been no poo for like 6 months. πŸ™‚ Unfortunately, you’d have to get your hair pretty “cleaned” up for it to do anything. Did you apply heat? I would try that next time before doing anything drastic. πŸ˜‰

      October 25, 2012 at 1:20 pm

  22. Lovely

    I always dye my hair jet black and I’ve tried it before and it didn’t have any effect. [except it looked dull] So I’m trying again this time. With the heat trick. Cross your fingers. I hope it works. (:(:

    November 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    • Good luck! πŸ˜€

      November 10, 2012 at 1:39 am

  23. I bleached my hair with blondissma. I have very fine hair and was afraid to leave it in too long. The really fine hairs are a nice blonde and the thicker hairs are yellow. i started out with light brown mousy looking hair. Do you think your mixture will tone down the yellow and turn it a little lighter like the fine strands or do you think i should try a toner first or an ash blonde hair dye???

    November 9, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    • I’d recommend getting a toner or ash-blonde dye if you like how light it is now. πŸ™‚ If you’re trying to go platinum blonde, then I say go ahead and lighten more! There’s nothing wrong with doing it in a few steps, either. Give your hair a week or two between dye jobs to let it heal if you’re nervous about breakage. Going two or three days without styling, after you’ve lightened, is a good idea, too. πŸ™‚

      November 10, 2012 at 1:43 am

  24. Diamond

    on a Video a women put Baking Soda , Peroxide , and Honey . I have darker brown somewhat kinky wavy hair im wonder of this would show up and Is it damaging??

    November 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    • It’s no more damaging than a box dye. πŸ™‚ Honey is supposed to lighten hair, and would probably hydrate it in the process! So it would probably work. I would add heat, that seems to help a lot.

      November 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm

  25. Michelle

    Im tempted to try this! Going to tomorrow! Thanks for the instructional, very cool! πŸ˜‰

    November 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

  26. Courtnii Ann

    I’m trying it now with hopes to color the lighter parts blue afterwards! Wood woop! (:

    November 17, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    • Awesome! Lemme know how it works out for you! Are you using Manic Panic?

      November 17, 2012 at 11:35 pm

  27. carla

    Hi I want 2 dye my hair golden blond but don’t want bleach as this damaged my hair in the process will baking soda work on my hair as it is black- darkest brown?

    November 20, 2012 at 7:49 am

    • Any form of lightening is going to damage your hair. If you want a golden blonde, I would suggest investing in henna! πŸ™‚ It will condition and lighten your hair in one step. Check out the “mountain rose herbs” website; they have blonde henna dye to mix. Careful not to make a mess, as it can stain!

      November 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm

  28. Brittani

    this method did not work in my hair. i tried 5 different consistencies i even added honey in case it wasnt grabbin to my hair… granted my hair is previously bleached, ive been bleachin my hair every week for about a year…but it will not hold to my virgin hair, when i did a strand test on my already bleached hair it did make that super white so im stuck with orange roots & snow white hair.

    have you tried the do it yourself purple shampoo?

    November 21, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    • I’m sorry to hear that. 😦 I would guess that since it did work on your previously bleached hair you’re one of those lucky ducks who has a very non-porous hair cuticle (aka damage resistant hair!) Did you try applying heat? That helped a lot when I did mine.

      I’ve never heard of the diy purple shampoo, but it sounds like something I’d definitely try, haha. Do you have a link to a diy tutorial or anything?

      November 28, 2012 at 6:54 pm

  29. Kat

    Hello Sawdizzle!! Could I email you a story about my hair, a short one I assure you, to get your input? Im super tired of salons, as I have now completely wasted $130 (a fortune for me). Id just like to see what you think, rather than posting a novel here. Thanks!!

    November 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    • Is it possible to post messages to gravatar profiles? I don’t want to post my email here, but I’d love to try to give some advice!

      November 22, 2012 at 12:06 am

  30. carla

    Thank u for replying I will try henna does that work straight away on black hair? I have heard some stories about henna saying how it damages hair is henna permanent?

    November 21, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    • I’ve never used the blonde kind personally, but I know that red henna will lighten dark hair. πŸ™‚ It lightened mine to a pretty auburn. It is permanent but will become less vibrant over time. As far as hearing about henna being damaging; you’re probably thinking of “black henna” which has chemicals in it that can cause severe burns. It’s bad news! But natural henna is great for your hair. πŸ™‚

      November 22, 2012 at 12:16 am

  31. Wishyy

    Hi! I’m doing this right now! Except, I’m only bleaching my ends. I had my hair colored about a month ago. I used to be dark brown, like your hair and now it’s a medium brown. Do you think it’ll still bleach the color off to blonde even if it’s previously colored? I’m applying heat to. I’m excited to take it off.

    November 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    • It should still work on the previously colored areas! Did everything go well for you? πŸ™‚

      November 28, 2012 at 6:42 pm

  32. Nightly

    I have a rather interesting question on the type of peroxide you used. My family is heavy in the medical world, so hydrogen peroxide is something I’ve been around from the time I could walk, and I’ve noticed that a lot of bottles have “stabilized” as the type of peroxide, but some, such as the older bottles, don’t specify. My question is will this hair bleach recipe work with both stabilized and non-stabilized peroxide?

    November 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    • That’s a good question. I don’t remember seeing any specifications on my bottle. I’d imagine if it’s USP, it’s stabilized?

      November 28, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      • Ashley

        Hi, I have black hair, well medium brown hair with red streaks in it, and i want to dye my hair light brown but I don’t want to go to a salon because I have no money!! 😦 My hair is very healhy and soft!! I was wondering if you think it’s a good idea to try this all over my head!? and do i really need foil?

        December 17, 2012 at 1:39 pm

        • If you’re doing your whole head, the foil isn’t necessary, but I’d suggest using plastic wrap or a shower cap to prevent it from getting on your clothes or furniture!

          It seems like some women have been having trouble getting this to work, and I think it’s because they have soft, healthy hair. Their cuticle probably lays flatter, which prevents dyes and treatments from getting to the core of the strand. There’s definitely no harm in trying this, but just be aware that it might not work as well as you’re hoping! πŸ™‚ Try a strand test first!

          January 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

  33. Jessica

    Do I have to wash it out once im done sitting here ?

    December 4, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    • Yes! Rinse well. πŸ™‚

      January 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      • ellie

        should i rinse with both shampoo and conditioner, or should you just rinse?

        June 18, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        • When you’re lightening, you can shampoo all you want! πŸ™‚

          July 12, 2013 at 6:18 pm

  34. Blondie

    I Am currently in the process of doing my hair…hopefully it will turn out great!!! My hair id Blonde already but i wanted it a little blonder. I have thick hair and its amazing…

    December 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    • Great! I hope it worked well for you!

      January 4, 2013 at 11:02 pm

  35. Sharlie

    I tried this but nothing happened 😦 it was like a light brown before i dyed it and i was going for a dark brown and got black :/ then i did this hoping it would work and i did everything but nothing happened :C

    December 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    • Did you apply heat at all? That really made a difference in my hair. Also, was your dye permanent or semi permanent? If it was semi permanent, the baking soda alone should have lightened it up for you!

      January 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

  36. Kittykins

    Soo.. my head is saturated with baking soda, peroxide, honey and conditioner…oh boy. Gonna let it sit for an hour, wrapped tightly in hot towels. Not looking forward to the hideous damage, but hey! Better than spending a $100 on an uncertain outcome. Afterwards Ill wash it out with purple shampoo , then do a deep conditioning treatment, and then do chamomile rinse. Let us pray my hair wont look like it conducts electricity in a hay cyclone afterwards!! Not convenient for an upcoming new years party πŸ˜› Thanks for this idea.

    December 31, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    • I really doubt this does any more damage to your hair than going to a salon would, haha! How did it turn out!?

      January 4, 2013 at 11:08 pm

  37. NIcholai

    how light will it get your hair?? could you go almost white??
    ( yes I know my name sounds like it should be a guys, but I am a girl )

    January 5, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    • It depends on how light your hair is now and how well it works on your hair in the first place. I’d imagine it would take four applications for my dark brown hair, but if yours is lighter, you could even do it in two. πŸ™‚ I would invest in a toner of some sort if you’re making a really drastic change!

      January 5, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  38. Cindy Pineda

    it didn’t get as light as i wanted it, but it definitely got much lighter! i’ll probs just try it again to get to the shade i wanted. thank you so much for sharing this!

    January 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm

  39. Hannah

    I tried this tonight and was incredibly apprehensive. I normally use straight peroxide on my hair before blow drying to lighten, but it takes forever. I went ombre in the fall, and was so ready to go back to my natural blond. So, I went to the store and got what I needed. It ended up taking a large box of baking soda to do my whole head, and was super messy. But the results were great! It lightened my hair significantly. I left it an hour. It’s still not quite as light as I would like, but I was very satisfied. There’s quite a bit of damage, because I’ve dyed my hair several times in my life. So I’m doing a coconut oil mask on it for several hours to soften it again. Over all, so pleased! Thanks for sharing.

    January 11, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    • I’m happy to hear that it worked so wonderfully for you! πŸ˜€ Did the mask do much good?

      January 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm

  40. Denise

    If I apply this mixture to my hair and sit where the sun hits my hair. Will it work?

    January 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    • Yes, it will work with or without sun. πŸ™‚ I think you would need to be in direct sunlight for it to help the lightening process along at all, though.

      January 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm

      • melinda brown

        i have purple in my hair and wanting to take it out well really i have difrent colors in my hair and i wanted to bleach it to start over do you think that will work if i do it with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda ?

        January 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        • Unless you have resistant hair or dyed with permanent (vs. semi- or demi-permanent, which most “unnatural” dyes are) dye, then it should work for you! πŸ™‚

          January 31, 2013 at 11:47 pm

  41. Dez

    Wow, this looks really exciting and fun to do. πŸ˜€ Im going to try this tonight, and im hoping it comes out looking good because my hair is stubborn. Its curly/wavy, and very thick. Ive done a bleaching process before and it didnt end well because It killed of most of what i had dyed. HOPE THIS WORKS! I’LL COME BACK WITH RESULTS! πŸ™‚

    January 28, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    • Good luck! πŸ˜€

      January 31, 2013 at 11:48 pm

  42. Kelly

    Hi! I’ve been doing alot of research on naturally lighting hair and what not. I have a Sandy Black hair. It’s not a harsh black but a sandy, if you know what i mean. Lol. But a good 7-8 months ago i had tried to get my hair to be a red. But it didn’t take the first time , so i kept using hair rinse each day. Basiclly did it all week. Still didn’t get the color i wanted -.- and i ended up with really badly damaged hair. Had to go through cutting it short and what not. Now it’s basiclly back healthy and getting longer. πŸ™‚ So now..i want a med – dark brown shade of hair. Did i mention i have very Course hair..? i mean really course haha! But I’m wondering if this will damage my hair badly again! and if i could achieve the color i wanted with this method! ;o

    January 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    • I didn’t notice any major damage to my hair when I did it with just one round for an hour. πŸ™‚ I’d suggest doing a hot coconut oil treatment immediately after, and avoiding any sort of heat for a few days. You could also invest in some colorless henna or even manic panic (virgin snow is the name of their colorless toner; super moisturizing!) “dye” to use afterward!

      January 31, 2013 at 11:51 pm

  43. 211516a

    My hair used to be dyed permanent black. I missed my natural blonde color, so I stripped it twice and bleached it three times, then dyed it a dirty blondish color all in one weekend about 3 months ago. I have not touched my hair since deciding to let it grow out. Well, I’m not liking the grow out process so I decided to dye my hair with a demi-permanent warm dark brown today. It turned out black at the tips and my roots are somewhat a warm dark brown color 😦 Will this work on my hair, even with the previous bleaching, stripping, and permanent hair color my hair has endured? Also, should I just put the mixture on the black part only and not my roots since they are not black? Will this turn my hair orange, red, and yellow? Lastly, do I have to redye my hair after this or will it be okay to leave it as is after its done?

    Thank you I know I have a lot of questions!

    February 3, 2013 at 12:34 am

    • Since you used a demi permanent dye, I would assume that it will work on your hair. If you want to go a lot lighter, and you’re concerned about damage, I would do one process per week with a deep conditioning treatment immediately after (warm olive or coconut oil rocks for this).
      If you like the color of your roots, then I would suggest teasing your hair and applying the bleaching solution to just the black (the teasing helps to ombre it) but make sure to keep a very close eye on the color so you don’t get an awkward stripe where the colors change.
      I didn’t notice my hair being too orange-y, but I think it depends on how warm your natural hair color is. If you’re going significantly lighter, I’d suggest you invest in a conditioning toner to apply after you dye.
      Whether or not you want to re-dye is up to you, If you’re only going slightly lighter, you’ll probably be happy with just the lightening results, but if you’re going much lighter, you may want to get a semi permanent color done at a salon to ensure you get the exact color you want. πŸ™‚

      I really hope I helped! Let me know how your results come out.

      February 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  44. I’m bout to give your recipe a try I have dark hair dyed auburn. I plan on bleaching the bottom layers I hope all goes well πŸ™‚ I have a picture on pinterest that is my inspiration…. on
    board now here’s an idea

    February 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    • That looks super cute! Are you going to add pink to the lightened stuff? πŸ˜€ I recently bleached my hair and added turquoise, but I’m thinking about doing pink once I’m out of the dye I have. πŸ™‚

      February 3, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  45. I tried this two days ago, unfortunately I am not one of those with fabulous results.

    I started with healthy, thick, naturally curly hair. I will say that I DID go from an extremely dark brown to a nice deep auburn. I applied as everyone else did and left in for one hour. I rinsed for ten minutes with cool water, shampooing once and using a deep conditioner.

    However, my hair is fried, slimy and falling out in clumps. Congrats to all of those with great results, I on the otherhand am now babying my hair with an apple cider rinse, deep conditioners and hot oil. I am hoping I can avoid the inevitable- an above the shoulder cut to remove the excessively damaged remanents of what used to be my hair. 😦

    February 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

    • I’m so sorry to hear that. 😦 Was your hair virgin or dyed previous to doing this lightening method? It seems like hair that has been dyed before has really erratic results.

      February 18, 2013 at 12:50 am

      • Erica K.

        This might not be exactly accurate, but this is a “basic pH”. The baking soda may have messed up the pH of your hair, and thus you exposed your hair cuticle. If you do this again, a vinegar rinse may help to restore your hair’s natural pH levels, and thus give you better results. I could be wrong, though. Anyone care to elaborate on my theory?

        May 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

  46. maddy

    I used this method to ombre my hair. My hair is naturally a little lighter than yours. I think im going to repeat the process a couple more times to get the color i want. But it definately works so thanks!

    February 23, 2013 at 9:29 am

  47. Jessie

    THANK YOU SOO MUCH!I have medium brown straight-wavy hair.I left it on for only 20 minutes and i got to dirty blonde-dark blondish hair!

    February 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm

  48. killdemzombies

    I just did this to try to strip the red colour out of my fringe. I have very dark (almost black) brown hair. and the salon i went to used some natural stuff to lighten and colour my fringe without bleaching. and it faded so I redyed it at my mates house. but that’s fading too so i tried this and nothing happened at all ;__;

    February 24, 2013 at 3:18 pm

  49. kmcliney

    I am a natural blonde and dyed my hair a pretty auburn color. I started the process to go back blonde yesterday and left the salon with horrible results! I used blonde box dye on top of it and now am in the realm of blonde that I want to be in I just want it to be lighter! Would this work on my hair? I’m afraid of damage! Would I use foil or just apply all over? thank you!

    February 27, 2013 at 2:10 am

    • You’ll probably want to allow your hair to rest for several days before doing another step or two lighter, especially if you’re in the realm of your desired shade! Foil is best for streaks and highlights. If you do all over, I’d suggest using a shower cap; it’s easier. πŸ™‚

      March 30, 2013 at 5:03 am

  50. Amyy

    Will this be okay on dyed blonde hair?? I have a few spots that i would like to make more blonde. Thanks!

    March 3, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    • It should be fine to use! πŸ™‚

      March 30, 2013 at 5:08 am

  51. Maddy

    I’ve been researching up how to do this, I have medium dark brown hair and I’ve heard it might go orange on me, all I want to do is make mini blonde streaks on the underside of my hair. I’ve never ever dyed my hair before so I’m starting small! I’m testing out a strand right now to see how it turns out!!! Thanks so much

    March 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

  52. So where is the picture of ur new turquoise color I would like to see that I bet it is really cute

    March 12, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    • I actually wound up having to use a developer and powder lightener from Sally’s Beauty to get the level of blonde to make it a (nearly) true turquoise. Here’s a recent picture with my littlest brother. πŸ™‚

      March 30, 2013 at 5:12 am

  53. Don

    Do you think this would work on a shorter hair stayle? I ma Black and i have short hair. but i want dyed hair what do you think?

    March 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    • The length of your hair shouldn’t matter as far as whether or not it works. It all depends on how porous your hair is. πŸ™‚ If you notice that your hair damages easily (from straightening, curling, etc.) then this will most likely work for you!

      March 30, 2013 at 5:06 am

  54. animesparkle143

    My hair looks black but its just a REALLY dark brown :/ Oh and i have naturally curly hair. I did a few highlights in some areas and it came out like a bright medium brown.But what i noticed in some parts that i applied the mixture to, is that the whole area didnt show any changes. Like for example i did one peice and only 1/3 of the peice showed a change :/ im not sure why though 😦 I followed the instructions .–. Do you know why that could of happened ? (( Oh and it didnt damage my hair πŸ™‚ Thank God πŸ˜€ ))

    April 3, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    • Was your hair dyed before that? It may be that the mixture won’t dye the sections that have previously been colored. Otherwise I would guess that you maybe didn’t get both hydrogen peroxide and baking soda on those sections. The downfall to this method is that it doesn’t get uniform like the dyes you get from beauty suppliers; there are chunks that are mostly baking soda and others that are mostly H2O2. You can try mixing a little conditioner in to hold everything together next time! Thanks for sharing your results!

      April 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      • animesparkle143

        it wasn’t dyed before this , but okayy ^-^ I’ll try that soon and tell you how it turned out πŸ™‚ and Yourr welcome πŸ™‚

        April 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm

  55. Melissa

    I read in another comment that baking soda and water will make it a bit lighter did u only mean that for if u dyed your hair it will remove some of the dye of will it work on normal non dyed hair and lighten it a bit?

    April 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

    • It will only “soften” the color of a semi or demi permanent dye job. πŸ™‚

      April 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  56. Candace

    I have had my hair colored many times professionally and it broke off every time , but the times I did peroxide I never had a problem with it breaking off or being damaged . So I’ll stick with light peroxide applications πŸ™‚

    April 15, 2013 at 12:19 am

  57. I decided it was time to go back to my natural hair color, blonde; in honor of my father who passed away Dec. 4th, 2012. He always loved my blonde hair, especially in the summer when it was almost bleach blonde. This recipe is a definite winner on my list. This one’s for you daddy. I love you. ❀

    April 15, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  58. Nellie

    I am in the mids of doing this! eek! my hair is dark brown with some lighter brown highlights soo i hope it gets better.

    April 16, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  59. Ashlii A

    So I got ombre did to my hair a few months ago and it goes from dark brown to blonde.
    The blonde didnt come out well it came out to an orangeish blonde. So I’m usin your method to hopefully lighten my blonde to the blonde I want.
    Lets hope this works.
    I’m sitting and waiting for time to pass now(:

    April 17, 2013 at 2:06 am

  60. Juanita

    I am trying it now but wanted to say thank u for posting this hair lighting recipe i hope it works for me

    April 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm

  61. onyxmaree79

    Thanks, I’ll definately consider this option πŸ™‚

    April 23, 2013 at 5:53 am

  62. im so glad you made this it really helped cuz i wanted to do a kool aid thing but my hair was to dark for it and it didint work i tryed it and like it thank you sooo much:)

    April 28, 2013 at 6:41 pm

  63. Veronica

    I found your blog shortly after my cousin-in-law lightened her roots with this combo. I haven’t seen her results, and was feeling nervous about trying it. After all, I live pretty far out in the sticks, so running to the drug store to buy color is not an option for me. I’d like to thank everyone here for their most valuable input! Hearing your successes gave me the courage to try it… with beautiful results!

    I have medium brown, fine hair. I have no color residue or texturizing chemicals (virgin hair!), and I have little to no styling damage. I’m a wash (or not) and wear kinda girl, sometimes using mousse or wax or a wee bit of grapeseed oil on the ends. Coconut oil is too heavy for my fine, wavy tresses, especially since I reduced the pooing. lol

    I mixed about 2 tbsp of honey into the peroxide/ baking soda paste. It didn’t help the smell, nor did it have any positive effect on the smoothness of the concoction. I don’t know if it offered any “humectant” benefit, either, as I only poo once a week. Bent over the tub, I scooped up the product and raked it through my dry hair, for an “overall” highlighting effect; concentrating on the front sections, where I wanted most of the lightening to occur. My hair is bobbed, so I figured I wouldn’t need a big batch. I used all of the mix: about 1/2 c baking soda to 1 oz peroxide.

    I left the mixture on for about 20 min., long enough to smoke a cigarette or two. The added benefit of hand raking was that the mix bleached away the nicotine stains from my index finger- when nothing else I’ve tried has worked! It did matte out my manicure, but nothing a fresh topcoat won’t fix.

    It seemed to lighten before my eyes, and some of the strands looked like they had reached platinum while the concoction was on. After washing, conditioning, and rubbing a little oil on the ends after towel drying, the more dramatic looking effect I’d seen wasn’t present afterward. My hair does seem a little drier, or more porous, than before. In my case, that helped to liven up its texture, and my haircut seems to have new life.

    The results were very gradual (subtle). My hair looked sun-kissed, with a soft “ombre” effect where it’s the longest. But I’m happy with my starting effort, and feel confident that I can rely on this method regularly! And I’m very excited to have found your blog- I look forward to more articles and homemade beauty science experiments!!!

    April 29, 2013 at 3:27 am

    • Thank you for sharing! πŸ˜€ The honey could have helped with the lightening itself. I’ve heard that it will lighten blonde hair. Also, I’ll be doing more DIY with videos on my other blog,, if you want to check it out.

      May 4, 2013 at 8:04 pm

  64. Mamacita

    I would like to know , if i do not have a hair dryer, do i need to leave it in longer?
    And if i do my entire hair…do i just put that plastic bag over my head? or do i use aluminum foil under it?

    May 3, 2013 at 1:01 am

    • I would recommend just doing two applications if you don’t get the results you want. Leaving the mixture on for longer than an hour could cause some serious damage to your hair. πŸ™‚ Just a plastic bag will work perfectly! The idea is to keep heat and moisture in.

      May 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm

  65. Shelby

    Im doing it now and cannot wait to see the results.. Your idea was amazing and i had to try it πŸ™‚ thx so mich

    May 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

  66. Mamacita

    A before and after.

    May 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    • Beautiful! I love doing highlights or going slightly lighter for summertime. πŸ™‚

      May 5, 2013 at 1:20 pm

  67. Scared

    Oh my! I was shuddering the entire time I read this! Leaving this on for up to an hour?!?! You don’t even leave color for the most stubborn grays on for that long! If you are attempting this you are going to ruin your hair. This is a terrible idea, no lightening your hair is not always damaging if you are doing it correctly. If you see a licensed professional they could correctly give you a consultation and help you come up with options to achieve the look you want. All you are going to get from doing this to your hair is dry or damaged hair, possible chemical reactions the next time you color your hair, or prevention to have any one fix this issue for you. You wouldn’t try to give yourself cosmetic surgery at home would you? Go see a professional, Im sure half of them would rather do your hair for free then to think you were at home hi lighting your hair with baking soda!!

    May 5, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    • Erica K.

      What’s there to be scared of? Any way you bleach your hair, it’s BLEACH, so it’s going to damage your hair.. Why damage your wallet while doing so as well? This is as safe as any other bleaching method. My hair didn’t take on any more damage than what would have occurred if I went to a hair salon to get it done..

      The reason why you leave it in so long is because 3% hydrogen peroxide is weak in terms of concentration. By the way, it’s the hydrogen peroxide doing the bleaching, not the baking soda.. Get the facts straight before you come onto a blog just to tell the writer that they’re wrong.

      If you are scared of damaging your hair (which to some extent will happen), I recommend doing a pre-oil treatment of coconut oil (it works miracles!). I left it in overnight, and my hair doesn’t hate me anymore πŸ™‚

      May 15, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    • Kellyanne Ford

      Can you please explain how Plastic Surgery &Dying hair are the same? Cause i dont blv your average person has the standard equipment in their homes to initiate a plastic surgery procedure. But if I had to guess I wld say most people wld have hydrogen peroxide & baking soda on hand! Oh 1 more thing, can you give me the names of the Hair Stylist that wil dye my hair for free? Cause I’m going to call immediately cause WOW hardly nobody does anything for free nowadays, but thanks for telling us there is in FACT stylist that work for nothing – Good day you!

      May 14, 2014 at 1:08 am

  68. Gail

    I put a sprayer on the HP bottle. Spray my hair down let it dry, and if I want lighter I do it again and again till it is as light as I like. Then wash with baking soda. Its a little more of a process but it works great!

    May 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    • So just the H2O2 lightens your hair to begin with?

      May 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    • Erica K.

      I think this is a good comment for me to elaborate on. I did the H2O2 on my hair by itself, and I didn’t get as significant of results as I did with the baking soda + hydrogen peroxide combination. I started with the same color hair as the writer, and I just barely saw like a 0.2 shade difference (very insignificant). I did it with the baking soda… and my hair turned many shades lighter! I’m sitting at a beach blonde hair (it is very golden… a little brassy but I’ll be coloring over it anyways).

      I think that the baking soda helps to open the cuticle up to allow for more absorption since hair is naturally acidic (baking soda is basic/alkaline). I’m not sure why this mixture worked better than just the H2O2 since I know that the hydrogen peroxide is what is doing the bleaching.. πŸ™‚

      May 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  69. Mamacita

    Im a red head from birth. And the reason i wanted to try what i read on your website…is that i had a bad black hair dye job….that would not come out. Im thankful for your advice, since i really like the outcome.
    Can you give me some pointers on how to take care of it and how to keep it “this color” forever.

    Also….do i treat my entire hair again, or just the roots when my FIRE red hair shows again?

    May 6, 2013 at 11:20 am

    • Just the roots should do, unless you want to go lighter on the rest of your hair. Make sure that you wrap it for root touch ups, as well! If the dye dries, it’s not doing anything. I would just suggest doing some deep conditioning treatments once a month, to prevent breakage. πŸ™‚ Olive oil or coconut oil work great for those!

      May 12, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    • Red Queen

      Thank you for that comment. I, too, am a natural redhead. I tried the straight peroxide in foil for highlights and it did very little if anything at all. I will try the baking soda/peroxide mix tomorrow and see how that goes.

      June 4, 2016 at 1:55 am

  70. Mamacita

    I bought “tresseme leave in split ends conditioner spray”….
    Thats what im treating it with at the moment.

    May 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

  71. Mamacita

    Oh when i did it, i placed all my hair under a big piece of aluminum foil and really tucked it in like that. And AFTER that…i placed a plastic bag over the hair.
    It created good heat.

    May 6, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    • deneaze

      im surprised your head didnt explode, haaaa, so sorry i couldnt resist. just out your advice. thanks. deneaze

      March 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm

  72. Maryum

    I have black hair will I have to leave it in longer?

    May 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    • Most likely. Just don’t exceed an hour! If you want to go lighter, either do a second (or third) application. Are you trying to go super light, or just highlights? I had to buy lightening powder and developer from Sally’s to bleach mine to an “inner lemon rind” white/yellow.

      May 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm

  73. Just how permanent is this? I have really long hair (and lots of it) so I’m always a bit nervous about this kind of stuff, in case I don’t like it. Will it eventually ‘fade’ back to my dark brown or will it stay light?

    May 9, 2013 at 1:54 am

    • Any sort of lightening is permanent, since it’s stripping the color from your hair. It won’t “fade” back to your darker color. I suggest going in baby steps if you’re concerned about whether or not you’ll like it! Fifteen minutes with this method is probably a good starting point. πŸ™‚

      May 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

  74. Erica K.

    I did the hydrogen peroxide trick, but I didn’t use the baking soda with it. I’m not certain if the baking soda would have “amplified” the bleaching effect of the Hydrogen Peroxide, but it lightened it by a small shade (I have a medium brown hair color, it’s a slightly lighter medium brown now). I just sprayed it directly on my hair, and then I used a blow dryer after about 15 minutes (the sun was setting). It may be resistant to the bleach (non-porous as you said), or I just have bad observation skills. Either way, I will be doing this again and share my follow up on what happens next. The hydrogen peroxide did not do significant damage to my hair.

    I had dyed my hair red (just deposited color) in October (it is May now), but it has since faded. Not sure whether I’d call it “virgin hair” or not.

    Anyways, just thought I’d stop by. I’m actually lightening my hair to get a lighter base in order to dye my hair with a henna-cassia mix; I’m going for a “fire-red”, or maybe even a copper color.

    For those looking into alternative/natural hair coloring, I recommend stopping by the hennaforhair website, and click on mixes. A lot of girls have posted their results and mixes on this website. I recommend taking a look! They have dyed their hair many colors with plant-based dyes (all-natural, non-damaging)

    Henna = red, cassia = blonde, and indigo = black (not recommended by itself; mixed with henna). You can also look into amla for conditioning purposes

    I don’t really recommend the pre-mixed colors for dying hair, because they may contain metals that may not react well with other synthetic hair dyes previously used on your hair. I will be ordering body art quality henna and cassia obavata from the Mehandi website. They laboratory test their henna for purity, meaning that it is safe for even color-treated hair.

    May 10, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    • Wow! Thanks for the great info. I never noticed lightening with plain peroxide, so I think that the baking soda does help a lot. πŸ™‚

      May 12, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      • Erica K.

        Oh thanks πŸ™‚ I’ll try it… maybe the baking soda would help to upset the cuticle since it seems to be somewhat smooth

        May 12, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      • Erica K.

        So I did the baking soda – Hydrogen Peroxide method on my entire head, and then I wrapped my hair with plastic and a towel. This made for some good heat (felt it), left it in for like 40 minutes…. and my hair is definitely lighter!

        I started with about your original hair color (maybe like a shade lighter from the hydrogen peroxide alone bleaching), and now I’m sitting at a light brown/almost blonde color. I can post a final pic eventually when I do it a second time..! I think the baking soda helps keep it in your hair better, and helps the hair absorb the hydrogen peroxide better. Neat πŸ™‚

        May 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm

  75. juliette

    I had hair that had been darkened by a color I thought would lighten it! I found your page here and was really anxious to try it out. It worked beautifully! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am! Thank you for this info. I would advise anyone to be unafraid to try it. I am VERY happy with it. It lightened it very nicely.

    May 24, 2013 at 9:07 am

  76. Jessy

    Thanks for this, Sawdizzle!
    After 23 years of covering up a dull dun look that happened to my hair in my twenties I am
    trying to go back to au naturel using your method. My current regrowth is quite light (white/gray/salt&pepper) so it will be a big change but I’m excited to not have to go through the hassle of dyeing any more! Yay! πŸ™‚
    It will be interesting to see whether I get treated like an old lady once I have my natural color on display :p

    May 27, 2013 at 7:21 am

    • I feel like gray hair is really just viewed as another color these days. I’ve seen it worn beautifully! πŸ˜€

      June 8, 2013 at 2:54 pm

  77. It’s Erica K… I strike again!
    Here’s my blog of me with the bleached hair, then the henna after it! My hair color was close to yours to begin with..

    May 31, 2013 at 2:29 am

  78. Savannah

    I tried this today and it did absolutely nothing! 😦 I left it on there for an hour with some heat for bout 3 mins. I did the recipe you posted that had the conditioner in the mix. Maybe that was the problem ? I wish it would’ve worked. I’ll try again in a couple days without the conditioner.

    June 6, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    • You might be one of those lucky ducks whose hair is resistant to damage; aka not porous. Try taking a strand of your hair and run your thumb and forefinger from the tip to roots. If you feel a lot of texture, your hair is porous; if it is smooth, it’s not porous. Unfortunately, if that’s the case, you might have to stick to pro or box color!

      June 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      • Savannah

        I waited to do it again and I got a significant change. I’ve done it three times so far and I can really see the difference now lol. Thanks so much for this page!

        June 11, 2013 at 6:33 am

  79. lulu.bear149

    Omg thank you so much I love it it works soooooo well

    ~ lulubear19

    June 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

  80. mariah key

    :((((((((( SO SAD IT DIDN’T WORK!!!!!! :”((((((

    June 8, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    • That stinks! You must have non-porous, hair. Sorry! 😦

      June 10, 2013 at 8:53 pm

  81. HeatherMarie

    Ok so I dyed my hair the other day & it was supposed to be a light cherry red….like natural lookin. Anyways, it turned out like a dark red…so would this help lighten it up overall without completely going blonde?? I dont want all of my hair blonde lol I just want my red to lighten up 😦

    Thank you!

    June 14, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    • I might, but I would be worried about it removing your dye job, more than just lightening the shade. Sorry about the late response!

      July 12, 2013 at 6:17 pm

  82. fran allen

    I also add some hair conditioner to the mix and I don’t take the time to use foil. it comes out looking like natural highlights every time πŸ™‚

    June 18, 2013 at 8:37 am

  83. Margaret

    I am 47 and 100% Grey so I have been colouring for a long time. I am not ready for full grey as I am a mommy to two young boys and well I just love my hair brown. I just used this method and I am a true convert. I coloured my hair medium neutral brown the other day and have done it many times, but I typically highlight a lot and when I redo my dark colour it just sometimes comes out too dark. This method has not only saved me money, but time as I see I will not have to now do the highlights, which takes an hour with set up, processing etc., followed by the brown. This was so quick. And my highlights are so nicely blended in with my layers. Thank you for the recipe that included the hair conditioner. I’ll be doing my mother’s hair next!

    June 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

  84. ana

    I’m going to try this now i have naturally dark brown almost black hair and I’ve never dyed my hair or never damaged it hopefully this works for me thanks!

    June 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

  85. ana

    can you apply it in your hair with a spray bottle?

    June 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    • I wouldn’t suggest it, as it would be hard to get it nice and even. πŸ™‚

      July 12, 2013 at 6:19 pm

  86. Michaela

    I have done the lemon trick and it didn’t work for me so now I’m going to this. My hair is a light brown color and I wasn’t planning on using heat to make it dry faster so how long should I leave the mixture in if I’m doing big sections (possibly whole hair). And exactly what kind of blonde? I don’t really want a Barbie bleach blonde. Someone pls reply

    June 21, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    • Michaela

      And don’t have baking soa on hand why else could I use?

      June 21, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      • Nothing that I know of. πŸ™‚ Baking soda has it’s own unique chemical make up.

        July 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    • It’s definitely not a bleach blonde. I’d say you’d get a medium blonde. Make sure to just keep a close eye on it for the time! I’d seriously check every ten minutes if you need to.

      July 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

  87. sandy

    i wanted to know if the baking soda did anything to you waves? where your waves still there or did they turn straight and how light did your hair turn?

    June 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    • Nope! My waves are still the same. The most difference you’ll notice for texture is *maybe* some dryness, and it may make your hair hold styles for longer.

      July 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

  88. stephen

    I’m a guy and I wanted to do some details on my short hair in blue. The guy at the store told me I should lighten up my hair a little with H2O2. I used these directions and left it for a little longer than 45 minutes (less than an hour) and the results were TOO MUCH. It was kind of patchy, but the color changed completely (dark brown to light copper). I’m gonna try and fix it with some blue, but I’m not really sure how it’s going to look in the end. Lesson learned: be very careful with the timing, DO NOT overdo it! πŸ˜€

    June 26, 2013 at 9:01 am

    • Definitely! I did turquoise for a while. It’s hard to get dark brown hair to a pure white at home, so mine turned out more green than most others. πŸ™‚

      July 12, 2013 at 6:22 pm

  89. John g

    I am still unsure if I should do this is it possible to try on one strand

    June 27, 2013 at 8:41 am

    • Sure. I did a test strip the first time I did this on a piece at the back of my neck. πŸ™‚ Just apply and wrap with tin foil.

      July 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

  90. maia

    Do I have to use heat? and if I have dark brown hair ,how long am I supposed to wait

    July 1, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    • No need to use heat, and it all depends on your hair texture along with the color. Just watch it every ten minutes or so, but NEVER exceed an hour!

      July 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

  91. Aubrey

    I have fine, blonde hair that REFUSES to take any sort of dye properly. I can’t even find a hairstylist that can do it. At home I like to put just one big chunk of a funky color in my hair. Well I tried turquoise, and it didn’t work. But when I did this hydrogen peroxide-baking soda thing to lighten my steak first, and then put the dye in, it held the dye much better.
    I’m actually typing this as I sit and bleach my hair for a red steak. THANK YOU for posting this, it was a life saver for a girl with impossible ‘virgin’ hair.

    July 3, 2013 at 10:38 am

    • That’s awesome! You probably just needed to damage it a bit. Lightening your hair will open up the cuticle and let the color in!

      July 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm

  92. S

    I have done this about 6 times so far over almost 4 weeks. It definitely works better than any other “natural” hair lightening I have tried but the results are very subtle for me. I have lifted my hair color about 3 or 3.5 levels and other people have noticed after just a few treatments. Also, my hair hasn’t turned red or orange at all, but is a pretty, natural-looking honey blonde color. The hardest part has been getting the mix distributed evenly throughout my long hair for even results. It has dried out my hair and made it feel damaged, but I expect that from any lightening treatment. To help this, I have been using a mayonnaise treatment 2-3 times a week. It smells gross but the eggs give my hair protein and the oil moisturizes and my hair is in noticeably better condition after. Overall, I am so happy that I haven’t had to spend a fortune at the salon to change up my color, and I know exactly what’s on my head! Just make sure that if you’re using it all over and for a lot of color lift, that you do a lot of moisturizing and strengthening treatments and avoid more damage from heat!

    July 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

    • Great tips! There’s no way to over moisturize your hair, so give it all you’ve got! Haha. πŸ™‚

      July 12, 2013 at 6:27 pm

  93. Luffia

    is it safe to do this every night?

    July 10, 2013 at 12:23 am

    • I wouldn’t suggest it! If you need to do it multiple times, wait at least a day in between applications. πŸ™‚ Pay attention to how dry your hair gets!

      July 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm

  94. Miranda

    Ouch. Not only did this not work, a bunch of my hair fell out 😦
    It’s okay, though. I can barely notice it. I probably did it wrong or something. Leave it to me to screw things up πŸ˜›
    I’ll try to figure out what I did wrong and maybe try it again. Thanks for the article, though. It seems to have helped a lot of people πŸ™‚

    July 12, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    • Oh no! 😦 Sorry to hear that. Is your hair pretty dry to begin with? Or was it maybe bleached/colored a few times? Please share so we can help each other out, lol! πŸ™‚

      July 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm

  95. lou

    Hey! Just want to say how impressed I am with your website and this article!! Kudos to you!!! Wish you much success in all you do!! You’re well on your way! LOL!

    July 13, 2013 at 2:41 am

    • Thank you! I love comments like these. πŸ™‚ Made my day!

      July 16, 2013 at 12:27 pm

  96. I have light brown hair and tried lightening it a little using a “dark blonde” dye. It definitely got a little lighter, but it also got a little red/orange. People tell me it suits me, but I don’t wanna go any more red. Is it risky to use this method? Do you have any tips to avoid turning orange?

    Thanks πŸ˜€

    July 14, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    • Invest in a toner! I have been using a Manic Panic toner (Virgin Snow) mixed into the lightening mixture to make it smoother. There are also shampoos and conditioners with toner in them. They’re a bit spendy, so I’d suggest just getting the conditioner and use it every three or four shampoos or something like that.

      July 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  97. Kimberly

    hi, I have a few questions. I did this & it worked amazingly πŸ™‚ thanks! now I have kind of like really light brown almost kinda gold-ish hair. it’s not like medium blonde or anything.. I want to dye it blonde so bad. so my question is, should I dye it now or bleach it again?

    July 17, 2013 at 12:06 am

  98. Z

    so when do you wash it out of your hair?

    July 17, 2013 at 1:37 am

  99. Diane

    Just tried this. It, unfortunately, did nothing to my hair. 😦 I dyed my hair with semi-permanent hair dye about a year ago and it never washed out. It wound up being a really dark (basically black color) and I liked it, so I went ahead and continued dying it. Now that I want to change it, I can’t seem to get it out–no matter what product or method I try. What’s really weird is the one time I got my hair dyed professionally at a salon, all the “permanent” color washed out within three weeks. Now I can’t get simple store-bought dye out of my hair. Amazing how when I want something to stay it washes out quickly, but when I want something to go it hangs around not even fading.

    *sigh* I hate my hair. I just want it to lighten a little bit. I’m not planning on going blonde or anything drastic.

    Thanks for the suggestions though!

    July 20, 2013 at 5:01 am

  100. Erin J

    Hey I just tried this today and I LOVE my results. I actually have to do it one more time to reach the blonde state that I want. I was going for a honey blonde but not there yet. I have dark, almost black hair and i was actually really surprised but the results (i tried just peroxide alone and it didnt work as well) I can’t wait to try again!!! πŸ˜€ thanks for sharing this!

    July 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  101. Stephanie

    Hi, I recently tried to ombre my hair using bleach, but i didnt achieve the gradient effect and it wasn’t light enough. I really would like to try this peroxide and baking soda mixture, but should I wrap my lower half of my hair in foil or do the plastic bag/shower cap?

    July 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm

  102. Nathan

    I just tried this tonight and it worked. My only problem is that its a tad to light but I’m happy with the results. I was surprised because my hair feels softer then normal. Thank you for posting this.

    July 27, 2013 at 10:17 pm

  103. mary

    for some reason this completely fried my hair i did peroxide baking soda and honey and parts of my hair are so damaged now they look like they were melted too close to a fire…. so sad

    July 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm

  104. Lizbeth inzunza

    Hi! I forgot to blow dry it.. But can i blow dry it after i rinse it?

    August 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

  105. mary

    K, I’m going to go pick up some baking soda, hoping that this works, I think I will add honey and conditioner to keep it a little healthier. Currently my hair is FRIED from a color stripping, and a bleaching… but it was RED (bottled) prior to all of that, and it’s currently a very nasty orangish yellow color… I’ll let you know how it turns out!! (this article was very informing, ty!)

    August 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  106. hey, i’m very excited to try this, but i actually have a dirty blonde hair that kind of has a hint of brown and i really hate it because it doesn’t suit my skin , and i reaaaaly wanted to ask you how many times should i put peroxide in my hair to make it a kind of honey-blonde?? :)))

    August 19, 2013 at 7:07 am

  107. Violette

    Hiya πŸ™‚
    I’ve been looking for a how-to like this one for hours, and ive finally found exactly what ive been looking for!!
    I have the stuff sitting in my hair right now, and it seems to be working pretty well so far!
    Thank you so much for this! Will be using it often!

    August 24, 2013 at 8:48 am

  108. Nyssafire

    My girlfriend and I tried this, she has really thick and frizzy hair, we ended up leaving it in for about an hour and 15 minutes and it didn’t seem to lighten her hair color which was dark. It is still dark, however it was a great idea instead of just going to the mega-store and buying it.

    September 1, 2013 at 6:24 pm

  109. anissa

    Hey, i have henna treated hair. Im just wondering if this ll effect the color or texture of my hair

    September 10, 2013 at 10:43 am

  110. Savannah

    I have naturally blonde hair, but dyed it with a semi-permanent brown a few times. The last time I dyed it was about a year ago and now my hair is a little blonde on top while the rest is light brown. I want to get my hair as blonde as possible, but I’m worried any sort of peroxide will make it orange. Did you experience any issues with your hair turning orange?

    September 11, 2013 at 3:34 pm

  111. Yuuki-chan

    I dyed my hair Purple Haze and I’m not liking the way it fades, so I’m going to try this. I’m going Cotton Candy next. My hair is really long and thick of course but I dyed it nearly white before I put the purple in. I was hoping for it to fade into a shade of lilac or lavender but despite lightening my hair, it still faded into an ugly shade of kaka that’s neither pink, purple, or brown. Wish me luck.

    September 19, 2013 at 11:06 pm

  112. alyssa

    i dyed my hair black a couple of months ago and want to try bleaching it. do i mix the peroxide and baking soda together? or do i just mix water with baking soda confused help?

    September 24, 2013 at 2:09 pm

  113. Mobaby

    Will this work on dark natural hair?

    September 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

  114. Michelle H

    I have done this to my hair (I am African American) it works really well πŸ™‚ my hair is a DARK brown not black and most people mistake it for black and I was looking to bring out my natural highlights so I gave this a try it worked so well πŸ™‚

    September 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

  115. Ashley

    ive tried it over and over again and it refused to work :/ maybe it didnt because i have really thick hair but it could also be because i have a certain hair dye already in my hair.

    October 20, 2013 at 4:22 pm

  116. Reblogged this on Nik3sha's Blog and commented:
    Have been trying this method for a long while now.. but not with the baking soda.. i’ve used the spray bottle method instead which has shown some changes but I am excited to try this method and see how it goes, also great to see another blogger writing about similar topics of mine.

    October 23, 2013 at 7:47 pm

  117. RagingCopper

    I’ve read about this idea all over the web, and a friend recommended it to me as a way to lighten my naturally dark blonde/light brown hair. I came across your blog and decided to finally give it a go. I applied the paste to my hair and blow dried it for a minute or two, then waited 30 minutes. When I walked into the bathroom to check my hair in the mirror I about crapped myself. Brown/blonde hair no more. Helllloooooo copper. My hair now looks like a blondey orange pumpkin who’s bleeding all over. More coppery than a brand new penny. Going to get some toner tomorrow to see if I can tone the penny colour away abit. So, beware people, you might end up looking like a pumpkin patch.

    If the toner helps, and brings back a more natural, ashy color, I don’t see why I won’t use this cheap alternative again, but if it doesn’t help… Then… I guess I’ll be a penny for quite awhile, and won’t touch another bottle of peroxide with a 56 foot long pole.

    October 29, 2013 at 10:16 pm

  118. Isabel Dalley

    Heyy I have processed dark brown hair i was wondering how many shades lighter you think it would get ? Really eager to try this method though πŸ™‚

    November 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  119. Swangirl

    I am 40 minutes into this and my hair is definitely lighter!!! I’ve been checking it every 10 minutes, I followed your directions but added 4 tablespoons of raw unprocessed honey to try to counter the damage…thanks!!

    November 27, 2013 at 2:54 am

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  121. Mariana

    I am African American with straight black hair. I’m trying this right now. I’m doing it without the foil. Will it still work?

    November 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm

  122. Nicholas

    Hey. I’m a guy and I did this. I just recently dyed my hair and it came out red instead of blonde. It also left it super damaged. But I used this mixture and now it seems that my hair is silkier and shinier and seems healthy and significantly lighter. Thanks!

    December 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm

  123. I am currently trying this on my hair that I dyed too dark of a red! I’ll let you know how to works out. I used 40 peroxide developer instead because I had some laying around, but no real hydrogen peroxide. I hope it turns out!

    December 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  124. Tiffiny

    I don’t know if it was noted anywhere, but another helpful tip…..when mixing chemicals, never use any metal bowls or even spoons, as the metal can cause a different chemical reaction than what you were hoping for!! (I am an esthetician and we NEVER use metal anything when mixing and applying a chemical peel). And that may have been part of the problem with the electric mixer….the metal blades.

    December 30, 2013 at 10:59 pm

  125. Lupe

    I try this a few days ago and I love how my hair turn out…. Thanks. I have very dark black hair and very curly and before my way to color my hair was always at home using 2 box of hair color and those always made my hair so dry. I’m glad I found this and will continued to use this way to color my hair.

    January 9, 2014 at 10:52 pm

  126. Brigid

    I’ve used root color to cover grays and after several colorings, I somehow over-dyed some sections of my hair making it look very dark compared with my otherwise light-brown hair. I’ve tried many home remedies (honey, lemon juice, bad shampoo, etc.) but nothing will lighten those sections! I finally tried your method and it worked! It isn’t dramatic, but it definitely made those areas blend in and I’m really happy with the results! Thanks for the great information. I will probably try again in a couple of weeks to lighten a bit more.

    January 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

  127. Hi! I want to try this one! My hair is dark brown in color and sometimes it looks black! Will it be alright for me to use peroxide as I dye? I just want to lighten my hair– a little. I need advice. Thanks for posting this. πŸ˜€

    January 20, 2014 at 6:26 am

  128. Rita

    I am have colored hair (honey blonde & light brown) I want to use this to go a bit lighter. Is this safe to use on color treated hair?

    January 21, 2014 at 2:08 pm

  129. Brielle

    Can I use baking powder instead of baking soda? Will it have the same affect? Also, can I just simply dip my hair in peroxide like I would if I was dip dying with kool aid? A friend told me that works but I’m afraid to try!;)

    January 21, 2014 at 6:42 pm

  130. James

    Ok I just tried this method this afternoon and it worked fantastic!
    I have about 4 inch long very thin hair that is very stubborn and every time I try to dye it it doesn’t work but with this my dark brown hair is now a light auburn.
    (and yes I realize mostly girls do this stuff but I’m a bit eccentric)

    January 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm

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    February 4, 2014 at 12:14 am

  132. Gucci

    What would you suggest with black hair, like how would make it look like at least yours? my hair’s actually so dark, I’m just a bit scared that it might not work. πŸ™‚

    February 8, 2014 at 8:43 am

  133. Zoe

    I have extremely curly hair, I’ll let you know how it works out

    February 8, 2014 at 8:29 pm

  134. Jane

    Good method and it works. But please dont use the word ” spazz” i have a disabled son and find the term spazz highly offensive. Please think before you write.

    February 22, 2014 at 7:37 am

  135. Alexis Pena

    this worked perfectly and I have really dark hair half the time when I dye it with loreal or something it takes three tries no matter what color im doing which is really frustrating but when I did this which my whole head by the way it worked perfectly in one try ^_^ made me sooo happy my hair is like a pretty brownish orange I guess you can say and I like it

    February 22, 2014 at 7:08 pm

  136. toni

    my hair is JET black and it only looks like a really dark brown when it’s dirty or when it’s sunny.. I dyed it purple using kool aid last week and the only thing that did was add a purplish tint when i was under fluorescent light πŸ˜› so i did this trick and i almost cried! i could actually see the brown in my hair and certain parts were deep orange πŸ˜€ i just put on a turquoise dye made of mixed berry kool aid and a whole bottle of blue food coloring! (i’m going through a grunge phase) SOOO HOPEFUL XD

    February 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  137. Cara

    I’m going to try this! Your hair turned out beautiful! I have really thick naturally curly hair. Wish me luck. Thank you so much for putting this online! My hair is brown but I’m wanting to lighten it up God Bless πŸ™‚

    March 5, 2014 at 8:30 am

  138. Andrea

    can you use baking powder in stead of baking soda? i suppose i should have asked you before I made the mixture of peroxide and baking powder…but hopefully its okay because it’s currently in my hair….FINGERS CROSSED???

    March 17, 2014 at 8:53 pm

  139. Catie

    I’m a natural red head. Giving this a go for lighter bangs and dependent upon results possible ombrΓ© into my tips to blonde. Haven’t had much success with buying bleaching kits, just end up looking like Vitamin C, with banana yellow hair! Crossing my fingers. πŸ™‚

    March 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm

  140. Jada

    Hi, I already have like light light brown highlights in my hair, if I just used something to lighten up my whole head would it turn orange?

    March 27, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  141. Isyss

    is there anything else i can add to the mixture to hydrate hair?(besides honey)..

    April 8, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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  142. servantofchrist

    it didn’t work for me. i have medium light brown hair and i left the bleach on for 45 minutes following your other recipe and nothing happened

    April 9, 2014 at 4:41 pm

  143. Anonymous

    Hi! I tried this out on my hair, and it only made it look darker! 😦
    I’m not sure how that happened, washed the mixture out with shampoo and conditioner, but that’ll about all. I blow dried it afterwards, and it came out a darker blonde. 😦

    April 15, 2014 at 7:42 pm

  144. Kip

    23 year old guy here!
    I don’t have hair on my head (male pattern baldness) but have a short beard, it looked like it had missing patches of hair but it was actually blonde and red hairs growing amongst the dark brown.
    I decided to try this method to bring out the blonde and red, after 45 minutes I saw a big difference! I mixed the peroxide, baking soda, and conditioner and applied to my beard in two layers with a toothbrush. I then wrapped my face with foil (think like when you have a toothache) and used a hair dryer on Medium for about 15 minutes with occasional bursts on High.
    I rinsed my face off and the color is now medium brown with bright red and blonde streaks, I LOVE IT!!! I’m glad that I had the luck of it working! My beard feels the same, possibly softer, and it looks even better!
    I’ll be doing it again tomorrow to get it just a bit lighter, then I’ll finally be able to grow out my beard without being uncomfortable with blotchy patches of light hair in dark hair.
    Thanks for posting this!!!

    April 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm

  145. Hai!
    I understand its been over 2 years since you made this page, so I’m not expecting for a reply…..just hoping….cuz I need help. ^~^
    Your brown hair is actually my natural hair color. c:
    I’ve been wanting to get my hair brown again without spending a fortune at my salon; money’s kinda tight now.
    But a few months ago I dyed it black brown using Revlon’s Color Silk permanent color (you know the ones that are like literally $3). I’ve been wanting to go back to my natural hair color for a while now and I’ve tried multiple consistencies with this experiment, while keeping it in for only half an hour not seeing any difference (other people said to only do it for half an hour). I want to try what you did- blowdrying it and leaving it in for an hour- but I read some of the previous comments where you said this would work unless you have permanent hair color. So this won’t work at all with my permanent hair color? :c
    Any other ideas of what might work?

    April 26, 2014 at 11:09 am

  146. Kate

    Thank you so much for offering this idea and accompanying tutorial!! I just finished doing this on my dark roots – nearly as dark as your hair…as I just can’t bear not being a blonde. I have nearly waist length hair and strong chamomile tea sprtiz and/or lemon juice and/or hydrogen peroxide (sometimes mixed together in a spray bottle) and/or playing in the ocean keeps my hair length a medium golden honey blonde. But the roots…the roots…the roots…just hideous. I have used every box dye on the market and I’ve had professional color and professional highlights. The homemade spritz I’ve been making seems to brighten up the length, but the roots are slow to change.

    Your cocktail of the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide worked wonderfully! I did leave it on for a full hour on my roots only – about a half inch of growth. I did not apply any on my length. I did wrap all my hair up in a plastic sack and did blow dry the bag several times throughout the hour. I hopped In the shower, rinsed well with water. Then rinsed with apple cider vinegar. Then used my homemade lavender coconut shampoo – it has a light purple, nearly violet tint – that combats blonde brassiness and chased that with my homemade conditioner.

    I don’t usually blow dry my hair after showering – but I always do after coloring to get the best look at the color. WOW!! It is stunning – silky soft – beautiful golden blonde – and virtually no damage. Just amazing!!

    Thank you for kindly for sharing this with the world!!

    Blessings to you and your family!! πŸ™‚

    May 1, 2014 at 6:16 am

  147. Apoorva Madhusudan

    Hey there, thanks for sharing this πŸ™‚ I’m Indian, so I have very dark hair. I’d been spritzing hydrogen peroxide in my hair over the past week and my hair lightened slightly (but not very noticeable). I tried your method and left it in an hour and my hair is definitely brown! I’m going for an ombre look so I’m planning on repeating this process until my ends are blonde πŸ˜€

    I’ll post again when/if I reach that lightness for others with my kind of hair πŸ™‚ Thanks again, and you are so pretty πŸ™‚ x

    May 2, 2014 at 10:26 pm

  148. morgan

    i am 12 and i love a blonde look and i was wondering if you dont blow dry it would it still work

    May 7, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    • i didnt use heat and it didnt lighten my hair at all

      May 7, 2014 at 5:00 pm

  149. THank you for the post!!!! I am never ever buying color dye ever again πŸ™‚ ok so…i dyed my hair about a week ago and it came out too dark brown, like dark chocolate color, so I bought bleach that I have never used before but started looking for other alternatives and saw your post. I was debating but thought which one has harsher chemicals,right? So I followed your instructions and applied it to my whole head but added conditioner to the mix just for peace of mind. Left if for almost 2 hours without heat just a plastic cap. My hair is about 2, 3shades lighter like an ash light brown, live it! with some gorgeous blonde streaks in some areas totaly by chance/mistake. I am so going to keep doing this again and again. Only cons, its messy and grainy and it totally disturbed my curl pattern (i have very tight curls) but that sometimes happens when I dye. Also hair was dry and brittle after but not as much as with a hair dye. The real test will be when my hated grays come in…stay tune… Bottom line, thanks for posting! Love the results and one question…how long do u wait to do it again so not to kill ur hair?

    May 17, 2014 at 3:01 pm

  150. Brittany

    I have really thick black hair, I have locks. I tried this because I wanted to have light brown streaks in my hair. I kept the mixture in for nearly 3 hours, sadly I didn’t get the light brown that I wanted but it did lighter right now I have dark brown streaks in my hair. I’m going to try again tomorrow and hope that I get to the brown I desire, thank you so much for this post way better than bleaching my hair.

    May 19, 2014 at 1:58 am

  151. Grace

    How do I make the paste thicker? I put all the right measurements in, and it came out really liquidy .

    May 24, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  152. bringmethepuppies

    Haha! I have been doing this since I was the onliest punk rock girl in middle school (like 25 yrs ago). I’m so glad to have happened upon this post, I usually do my bright red hair “winter hair color” blonde for the summer…So now I will be doing this tonight, instead of going to the store to buy some crappy expensive dye. Yay, thank you posting!

    June 1, 2014 at 8:36 pm

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  154. Danielle

    Tried it, loved it, no more spending $200-$300 at the salon for highlights I can do at home for $1-$2!!!! Thank you!

    June 18, 2014 at 6:23 am

  155. Casey

    Hello. I tried this method of lightening my hair and now that I am done I am losing SOOOOOOOOOOOO much hair!!):

    July 4, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  156. I love this! I have black thick curly hair and it’s the not thin that actully works. Thank you so much!

    July 16, 2014 at 2:40 am

  157. Janelle

    You were not sitting pretty I pretty much think bangs are definitely not for you just saying.

    July 16, 2014 at 8:38 pm

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  159. Hairdyefreak

    I dyed my hair purple over orangeish hair(normal bleach didnt get out all the fire engine red I had) and it was soooo dark! First thing I did was a deep shampoo which faded it som and then I did something similar to this, I used dandruff shampoo (its stong to get rid of dead skin but moisturizing too about 4 tbs) 30 cream developer (only 2tbs) and baking soda(enough to give ot a gritty texture while still being creamy enough to spread ) . and covered in a bag and sat out in the famously hot southern summer heat for an hour,”. Washed It out and conditioned and it looked so much better! I’ll probably do it twice more in a few days and it should finally be a very light faint pink πŸ™‚

    July 31, 2014 at 3:06 pm

  160. This worked alright for me. I’m putting purple over processed, super fine medium brown hair. I’m going to do it every day this week before showering and use a deep conditioner (coconut oil) before I add the purple tint!

    On a second note, this also makes a really awesome tooth whiting paste and diy microdermabrasion paste. I’ve used it for years now. I’m an avid coffee drinker and still have white teeth and my skin is acne free even though I work in a dirty, dusty warehouse!

    August 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm

  161. I was wondering what you thought about using a cap and pulling hair through it then using the paste & foil on it.

    August 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm

  162. jasmine kay

    i am going to try this after everything if seen in the comments im pretty excited!!…

    August 31, 2014 at 2:57 pm

  163. Jess

    Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve been scouring The internet looking for ways to lighten my hair at home. This seems super helpful since my hair is similar to yours. I plan on using this recipe To prelighten my hair before I dye it purple. Thx! ^-^

    September 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm

  164. Natalie

    All right, so i think i get the general idea but have one question: do you wet your hair first? In the pics you posted your hair is dry which i find befuddling…all the other techniques i have seen have instructed to apply the mixture to damp hair. why not this one?

    September 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

  165. jess

    Tried this and was a huge success! Thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚ I am a guy so was looking for a quick way to lighten hair without using dye. My hair texture is almost exactly the same as Harry Stare, thick and wavy/curly, except my color was a dark black. my process was a bit different, but it still took only an hour to see results, so ill share what I did.

    I put the hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and applied it until my hair was very moist. Then I poured some baking soda in the palm of my hand and applied it generously throughout my hair. Afterwards, I put on an old beanie (I had it warming up in the dryer) and then waited an hour and like magic, lighter, brown hair πŸ™‚

    Also, note that I also tried the same application on my eyebrows, but did not see any results. I believe the heat plays a very important role because I did not have them covered. That, or maybe because hair texture on the brow is different than on the head, so the H2O2+baking soda combo wasnt able to penetrate the hair as well.

    Im going to leave the beanie on for another hour, because I never really had issue with damaging my hair in the past (once in a while i hair straighten without protection and use the blow dryer often when im in a rush). I do co-washing and apply coconut oil to my hair, so my hair is always moisturized, ill post back if I notice any damage haha

    September 9, 2014 at 1:35 pm

  166. Spooky

    If you want to do a test strand,,How long do I keep it on ??? I have jet black hair and only wish to do my ends..

    September 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm

  167. Is it okay to start with wet/damp hair or does it only work with completely dry hair?

    October 19, 2014 at 4:53 pm

  168. Jessie Wise

    If I use store box dye can I do this as well the same day?

    October 20, 2014 at 9:17 am

    • As always, it depends on whether or not your hair can handle it and if you want to run the risk of damaging it further. I would suggest waiting a few days to a week if your hair gets damaged easily, and I’d ask a professional who can see your hair in person first. I’ve never box dyed then immediately tried to remove color from my hair but knowing that each person’s hair is different means that just because I wouldn’t do it to my own, doesn’t mean you couldn’t.

      July 14, 2015 at 11:53 am

  169. Ruma

    Hi, my friend suggested me this method and i tried it. My hair didnt catch the colour the first time so now i am going to do it a second and a third time if required. I am really excited to see how i look with this blond colour. i hope its good and now i am really impatient about having to do it again but i will do it and see.

    November 1, 2014 at 10:49 am

  170. elizabeth

    Hey there,
    This method worked incredibly for me today. I have natural medium to light blonde, very fine hair. I left in the mixture for 25 minutes (erring on the side of caution) and now i am back to my summer blonde color! I always feel bummed out when my hair starts to darken in the wintertime… I added a tablespoon of hair oil to the mixture which has left my hair feeling so soft and hydrated instead of dry from the peroxide and baking soda. After the twenty minutes, i washed my hair out with water and then washed it again with only beer and cold water (beer is a fantastic natural hydrator for hair). My hair looks and feels great. I will do this again tomorrow to lighten a bit more. Thanks so much for the great post; I am going to tell everyone to check out this page!!

    November 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    • elizabeth

      oh ya- i wrapped my whole head in plastic wrap and foil and then blow dried the whole “hat” before washing out the mixture. I think the heat really helped because i have tried a similar method before and did not get these awesome results!

      November 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm

  171. Joshua Umeda

    Wait how much baking soda
    and hydrogen peroxide ?

    December 13, 2014 at 12:59 am

  172. Jane Doe

    I have blonde hair and I tried this on my ends and it worked great! I let the mixture sit for about 20mins and when I washed it out, my hair was noticeably lighter. I am going to try this on my whole head, not just the ends, because I am looking for a color similar to “Elle” from Legally Blonde.

    December 13, 2014 at 7:37 pm

  173. Yuli Vargas

    I try to do today I’m waiting for good resultsπŸ‘ΈπŸ™ˆπŸ™‰

    January 17, 2015 at 5:12 pm

  174. carmen hicks

    Thank you so much i tried it and it worked wonderfully, after doing it i placed conditioner in my hair for thirty mins to add moisture back…thank so much

    February 12, 2015 at 4:38 pm

  175. can u plz temme the %of h2o2
    like 7% or 8% u bought
    n wer did u gt ittt
    plzz do telll

    February 17, 2015 at 2:44 am

  176. Mckennajw123

    Can I use this if i dyed my hair and it came out to dark

    February 21, 2015 at 1:38 am

  177. Anna

    How much of the stuff do we mix?

    February 27, 2015 at 12:31 am

  178. jake

    I’m a guy and i tried doing it on a few strands… awesome!

    March 21, 2015 at 9:59 pm

  179. Kasey

    I’m trying this right now. I’m only doing to strands for now but will let u know how it turns out. I have naturally curly hair And frizzy my color is blackish brown I want to put a Bright purple in it

    March 25, 2015 at 9:53 am

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  181. Shawna

    I don’t care how many times you say you’re not a hair stylist, you have no business giving hair advice! Just because a coloring process is cheap, effective, or natural does NOT mean it is easy on your hair. I laugh at your saying this concoction left your hair feeling better than box color. BOX COLOR IS SATAN! So yeah, that’s not saying much. Don’t believe me? Try your home coloring system, or henna which is naturally occurring. Then, if you ever want your hair colored by a professional, listen to them turn you away. It’s not because we’re prideful. Ok, maybe it is a little. See, we spent thousands of dollars and a lot of hours and experience to be able to tell you guys what’s up. We are not the bleached blonde, teased haired, bubble gum smacking idiots that tv and movies would have you believe. We actually know some chemistry. And some biology. And some physiology. But for this argument’s sake, I’m going to stress chemistry. Did you know that if you color your hair with henna and then come to a salon that we cannot do any other color service on it? In the event that you do treat your hair with henna at home, please know that no reputable colorist at any reputable salon will touch it. it could literally melt off your head. Same thing with hair that has been lightened with lemon juice. if you want to experiment with cutting your own bangs or snipping those nasty split ends, then more power to you. But do yourself a favor, and leave the coloring to a professional. And don’t take advice from ANY non-professional who tries to tell you about hair color. I stand nothing to fain in giving this advice, as I certainly make no money off of it. I just love what I do and care about people’s hair. Treat it gently, folks. AND AT LEAST CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL!

    May 4, 2015 at 7:18 pm

  182. Caitie

    I’m going to attempt this later today. I’m a natural blonde and one day had the urge to go dark. Well now, here we are 4 months later and I hate it!!!!! I want my blonde hair back so bad, but I don’t want to pay salon costs. Wish me luck!

    May 5, 2015 at 11:32 am

  183. I’m confused….. did you mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda and water? And did you leave it on for an hour before or after heating it? Also, is foil better than plastic (does it affect results)? Thanks!

    May 26, 2015 at 1:29 am

  184. stacy

    This is terrible advice and the lack of chemical knowledge is very obvious. You’re giving advice to do it”cheaper” but at the cost of skin blistering of the scalp and the breakage and melting of the existing hair. Hairstylist spend countless hours learning about hair chemistry and coloring to become licensed experts. And it’s not to charge more for the sake of doing so but you are going to pay for their expertise to keep your hair on your head and the scalp healthy. My daughter followed your”advice” , and ended up with her hair melting off in large amounts and the rests continues to break off weeks later. If you’re going to instruct people on how to do it as a cheaper alternative then you need to also list the possible negative results that can happen. Especially with it being very obvious you know nothing about the chemical reaction you’re creating and then comparing it to what is being used in the salon. Get all your facts together and maybe get licensed to do hair so that you can post proper information.

    May 28, 2015 at 3:00 am

    • I’m sorry to hear it did not work for your daughter and that it caused the damage it did. I do list in my post that I am not a hair stylist, and instruct people to use caution. I also state, “If you are wanting to dye the whole of your hair significantly lighter than it’s current shade, please go to a stylist.” Coloring at home leaves lots of room for variables, so I cannot predict what this would do to every individuals hair (e.g. whether they’ve dyed their hair with henna, box dye, in the salon, etc). This post to be used much more like a forum for people willing to experiment than an advice column.

      May 28, 2015 at 2:43 pm

  185. Ges

    Will using foil to wrap the hair make the dye more/less effective than using plastic wrap?

    June 5, 2015 at 12:55 am

  186. Zaina

    I have half african american/ half english hair… So i have very nice curls. Ive dyed my hair black before and the color always sticks for a long time even if semi permanant because, like all curly hair, my hair is really dry. Im dying my hair purple therefore need to bleach my hair so I tried this but added shampoo and conditioner to the mix and left it on for two hours with frequent blowdrying periods and my hair is two or three shades lighter ! I love it! It didnt dry it out too much which is great ! Im definitly doing this again !!

    June 8, 2015 at 12:10 am

  187. Emme

    I have coarse, curly hair. It is naturally auburn and grey “ish” at the roots. I do color my hair and live in a very sunny, hot climate. That being said the ends of my hair were already about 4 shades lighter than the roots. This worked very fast on my hair. After 15 mins. no sun or heat I washed it out to see a difference. I was basically doing a strand test, so I will try for another 15 mins. later today. I would say curly girls should check every 10 minutes to be safe due to the porous nature of curly hair. Great method! I’m attempting to enhance my natural sunshine ombre so I started with the paste at my chin line and went to the tips.

    June 12, 2015 at 2:36 pm

  188. Tashina

    This actually worked for me. I have super thick dirty blonde/grey/brown hair (at 24!) and wanted to lighten it up a bit but definitely can’t afford the salon. My hair is a little lighter after leaving it on for 30 minutes. I applied it to my whole head without any foil or heat. It worked great. I had a stylist do a 28 wash box color on my hair last April for a comic expo and it never totally came out. This actually helped to break up the awful line from the red to my natural colour. Will do a moisturizing treatment tonight and try to lighten it just a smidge more in a few days.

    July 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

  189. Kaytee

    I’ve dyed my hair repetitively with a box hair dye. It was supposed to be brown each time, but not knowing the science behind it, I’ve continued to dye ALL of my hair, not just the roots. Now I’d like to get it cut and colored like Jullianna Hough’s (longer pixie and blonde with highlights). However, after trying a color stripper, it’s done very little but make my hair super dry. Best believe I’ll be trying this! I’ve noticed the cheaper something is, the better it works on my hair. Even the roots have stopped responding to hair dye so hopefully this takes it out. Fingers crossed!

    July 14, 2015 at 11:49 am

  190. Stephanie Sanchez

    How many levels does this lighten your hair? I am a goldenish blonde and want to go platinum. Do you think this would work for me?

    July 20, 2015 at 11:51 am

  191. Sarah

    This works! Though I understand that it could damage your hair, bleaching your hair in any way can do that. I was a dirty blonde and want to get my hair to a bleach blonde. I’ve only done it once so far and am impressed with the results, doing my second application tonight. I’ve gotten many positive comments on my hair color.

    July 20, 2015 at 8:57 pm

  192. Stacie

    My hair is naturally a dark strawberry blonde (best way to describe it), but I’ve dyed it more times than I can count- currently it’s a dark brown with copper tint. Tried lightening with just peroxide and it was taking forever (I have next to no patience), I just tried mixing it with the baking soda and have had it on only for about 5 minutes now and I can say I am definitely turning blonde. Oh also I have very fine hair.

    August 16, 2015 at 9:03 pm

  193. rachael

    trying this for the first time. i have black hair that I dye black because I am going gray. no idea what to expect.

    September 16, 2015 at 7:12 pm

  194. Hellokitty

    Hi, I just read your article and did it right away. I was blown away because this is really works and cheap! Than going to salon for retouch and pay a lot of money plus tip! At first I was nervous to do things to my hair by myself. I’ll get paranoid it becomes to my hair😁 But then I finally did it!!! Definitely would do it again when I need to retouch my hair. Thank you for your advice and to your website! God Bless you and your family. You’ve helped a lot of women’s especially financially!!! Lol😊😊😊


    September 17, 2015 at 5:07 pm

  195. fawn

    let me start by saying I am terribly allergic to box dyes but don’t like my natural dirty blond bleh color. . .I used this method mixed baking powder peroxide and suave sleek conditioner and it worked amazing!!! no allergic reaction, nice soft shiny blond hair. . .it’s actually softer than it was before I started!

    September 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    • fawn

      I wanted to add the amounts I mixed were equal parts of each so for me I mixed 1 cup peroxide 1 cup baking powder and 1 cup conditioner. . .I had some leftover. I have pretty long hair and usually require 2 boxes of store bought dye.

      September 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm

  196. Jess

    After you do this process can you go right to dying your hair?

    September 29, 2015 at 12:22 am

    • I think dyeing your hair right after bleaching will cause more damage to you hair so you should wait a while.I dnt know how lng though.better google it.better safe than sorry

      October 2, 2015 at 3:49 am

  197. Ivy

    So I had my almost black hair bleached to blonde ombre and Iove it. But it was getting really brassy so I decided to tone it with violet food color, liquid hydrogen peroxide (couldnt find creme) and baking soda. I dnt know why but it didnt become a paste like yours and the baking soda settled at the bottom and the mixture was very runny and messy to apply. So while my friends were applying the mixture, they had to scoop up the leftover with the most baking soda for the tips. It was really weird coz the tips ended up becoming green but the rest were an absolutely gorgeous blonde. While it was totally weird, it was actually really cool so I was happy about it. But Id still like to know what else to mix to H2O2 to make it pasty? Im thinking of a rose gold or pastel pink nxt. I read about aloe vera, has anyone tried that? is honey okay or olive oil?

    October 2, 2015 at 3:38 am

  198. Ayvee

    So I had my almost black hair bleached to blonde ombre by my friend and Ioved it. But it was getting really brassy/orangey so I decided to tone it with violet food color, liquid hydrogen peroxide (couldnt find creme) and baking soda. I dnt know why but it didnt become a paste like yours and the baking soda settled at the bottom and the mixture was very runny and messy to apply. So while my friends were applying the mixture, they had to scoop up the leftover with the most baking soda, for the tips. It was really weird coz the tips ended up becoming green but the rest were a gorgeous blonde. While it was totally weird, it was actually really cool so I was happy about it. But Id still like to know what else to mix to H2O2 to make it pasty? Im thinking of a rose gold or pastel pink nxt. I read about aloe vera, has anyone tried that? is honey okay or olive oil?

    October 2, 2015 at 3:42 am

  199. Sharon

    How long should i leave the mixture in? It is working but it’s been like 25 minutes i want it really light

    October 19, 2015 at 4:27 pm

  200. Ariane

    Hi, I’m the past week I’ve h as d my hair done. Then redone. By the same salon. I’m naturally a dirty blonde. I wanted burgundy and light blonde high lights. I have a few light-ish ones in y he front. NOTHING in the back or under. It’s all super dark red. I think I’m gonna try ur method. Hey, can’t be much worse than now. Lol. πŸ™‚ wish me luck.

    October 22, 2015 at 5:34 pm

  201. Samantha

    if I do this method can I use a box hair color rite after?? I need to lighten my hair to get the color I want it to be! T.I.A

    November 15, 2015 at 12:07 am

  202. Beth

    I put pink splat in my hair n I dyed my hair blo de twice and nothing happened I did this once with purple splat and I had to let it ware out

    December 1, 2015 at 2:33 am

  203. Casey

    I just came across this post (a good 3 years later) as I was looking for something different after a bad bleaching experience.
    I’m biracial, (a white and black combo) and I frequently damage my hair with relaxers and more recently, hair dye and bleach…
    I accidentally dyed it a bit too dark, and decided to give it a shot because there was no way I was going to bleach it again myself! It’s been on a few minutes, and I can already see the color lifting, and I strongly doubt the damage will be that bad. I’m just too excited to wait for the results to let ya know how great it seems so far!

    December 1, 2015 at 7:43 pm

  204. Brittney

    hey! i know its been a while but i was wondering if you ever tried virgin snow on you lightened hair? and if so how did it turn out??

    December 2, 2015 at 2:00 am

  205. Desiree Clark

    How would u reccomend I do just the tips of my hair?

    December 7, 2015 at 10:20 pm

  206. Allie

    I add honey to the mixture and it helps do less damage, if not none at all without compromising the bleaching effect!

    December 16, 2015 at 8:19 pm

  207. Kerrie

    I had dyed my hair jet black and thought there was no hope on getting it back. My hair is very thick, curly and coarse and almost impossible to manage. I tried this on my whole head, making the consistency an almost thick paste and went over all of my hair, left it in for 40 minutes with a plastic bag over my head and then washed it out.. My hair is back to a medium brown with NO COPPER TONES!!! Not even the slightest bit orange!! I am SO impressed!! Works 10x better than color oops!!

    December 21, 2015 at 1:29 am

  208. sandy

    I liked your article it was to the. Point and posted. A picture of your bangs before but not a picture of the results could You Please Post one for me or email me the after results.

    December 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

  209. Mel

    Hey Dizzie❀️ I am going to try your method 2 morrow grr I wasted $300 for the ombrΓ© look my goal was to go grey anyway now I jus want to get this God awful brownish orangish and some blonde streaks out I have to go lighter when I started at the salon I was box black honestly I am worried I’ll fry my hair but I’m thinking to just leave it for 15-20min? I really like a recommendation for what kind of shampoo and conditioner to use? I have thick dry hair😳 But I am desperate and on budget appreciate any feedback -Mel🎈

    January 8, 2016 at 12:17 am

  210. Sanane

    Hi! I did this twice now for highlights. Applied heat for about 7-10 min and left peroxide+baking soda on hair for 45 minutes. I had died dark brown hair, I wanted to make it lighter and used a lighter tone but only got the roots lighter. in order to get the rest a little lighter to I used this method. First time the streaks were lighter but color change was not that noticeable (but I have to confess I used way expired hydrogen peroxide), second time very clear. I gotta say that my hair is damages and drier where I applied the mix but I am still very happy with the results. Thank you!

    January 8, 2016 at 1:02 pm

  211. Kat

    Next time I do this I’m going to add a little bit of olive oil or coconut oil, one to make the paste smooth and creamy and to protect my hair.

    January 11, 2016 at 5:08 am

  212. Megan

    Is witch hazel the same thing as hydrogen peroxide? I looked in the cabinet and that’s all I could find

    January 12, 2016 at 2:10 am

  213. Vikki


    January 20, 2016 at 5:15 am

  214. how much peroxide do you mix with the baking soda?

    January 23, 2016 at 10:49 am

  215. Rachel

    February 11, 2016 at 1:47 pm

  216. icegirl6450

    so i did it but i used a straightener so i would dry faster know my hair is falling out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what should i do??????!!!!!

    February 21, 2016 at 4:58 pm

  217. Debbie Lamb

    I got tired of my gray hair being yellow, brown, dingy, I tried the peroxide, baking soda and now have brighter beautiful gray hair again!!!!

    February 23, 2016 at 11:56 pm

  218. Tom

    Helping Wifey with a hair highlight job. Using the head bag thingy, where you pull small clumps of hair out with a crochet hook ( 1.5mm ).

    About the 5th pull out the hook slipped and I went to catch it next to my chest.

    Unfortunately, it was perpendicular, NOT horizontal. .
    Fortunately the sternum was in the way. Went in, maybe 1/2 inch.

    Unfortunately, removing a crochet hook from a chest wound requires NOT catching it on underlying muscle. Looked like 1″ + of crochet hook buried in there. Oh yes,
    removed it myself – right away!
    Fortunately it finally came out with a little ‘twisting’ / rotating.

    Unfortunately, it’s 5pm, and I don’t remember when had my last tetnus shot.
    Fortunately was able to complete pulling clumps and getting the highlight applied.

    Unfortunately, it’s still early in the process, so we won’t know how good a job did for another hour.

    Hmm, right hand pec is starting to ache a little – think it’s gonna leave a mark.

    Be Careful out there.

    March 9, 2016 at 6:27 pm

  219. Soraya

    I did it . It was good for me. Thanks.

    March 17, 2016 at 7:40 pm

  220. Trish

    Hi there, i actually dyed my hair with the method you suggested but on my whole hair. However because I’m guessing i havd very dark hair (nearly black) and very thick hair it didn’t work 😦 well there were 1 2 strands of brown hair which just appears to be my natural highlights. 😦 I’m thinking of repeating the process today and maybe my hair will get lighter? But i don’t know if it’s too soon cause it has only been a week. I want a pale brown not a blonder colour really. Any advice?
    Thanks muchly!

    March 24, 2016 at 5:58 pm

  221. Ranae

    This is a really old post but I would just like to throw this out there: I did this tonight on my purple hair (I used ion neon brights) because I didn’t want to use actual bleach since my many “exotic” hair colors and bleaching fried my hair. And I have to say, this turned my dark purple tresses into bright blonde (with a hint of blue from my previous color)! The only thing I did different was I added a 10 volume developer and some old shampoo to the mixture to make it easier to spread and rinse out. I am so glad I found this!! Thanks for posting!!!!

    April 6, 2016 at 1:07 am

  222. 1peep

    Thank you for this recipe. That really helps me to know how much of each I should use. I have tried doing this first using little plastic baggies to hold the sections of hair, but the bags wouldn’t stay on well. However, it lightened the hair quite nicely. (I have dark brown hair and had the sections lightened to a nice light brown reddish color). But I wanted to go a little lighter in certain places, and saw that I missed some spots, so I decided to do it again, this time with foil. But this time, it didn’t work, and there was no change, not even in the darker places. I don’t know what I am doing wrong. And I noticed that my hair is harder to lighten, which is strange, because I have been using peroxide periodically on my hair for years and have seen great results. Can my hair only be lightened to a certain degree? Is there a special type of foil I have to use? I used the typical foil (nonstick version, as that’s all I had). Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.

    May 4, 2016 at 11:38 pm

  223. Madi Jean

    My hair is dark red. would it still work?

    May 24, 2016 at 3:57 pm

  224. Dawn

    I know this is old but I have to comment. This method really works! I tried to dye my hair dark brown and it turned out jet black. It looked nasty. I didn’t think there was anything I could do about it,so I left it alone. I’m allergic to Color Oops and I didn’t want to cut all my hair off. I started looking for ways I could fade the color out faster,and that’s when I found this article. I had my doubts but tried it anyway,and I can’t believe the results! The black is almost gone and I only left it on my hair for 30 minutes. I even saw black streaks on my towel! There are some uneven pieces but I can easily fix that,and my hair is kind of dry,but I’m more than happy with how it turned out. Thanks!!!!! ❀

    June 7, 2016 at 5:11 pm

  225. Kylee Oakley

    I am trying desperately to lighten my hair without dying it because my parents won’t let me. Is this effective with hair that has never been dyed (or recently dyed)?
    I have brown hair that is super soft and fine, but lots of it. My sister has very curly hair with blond on the verge of brown, will it damage our hair?
    I also am wary of how long I should put it in her hair so it’s not a super drastic change. Any suggestions?
    Thanks for your time!

    June 22, 2016 at 11:20 am

  226. Melanie V.

    Just wanted to send out a warning. Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are two often cited ways to lighten hair at home. DO NOT EVER mix the two! Doing so creates peracetic acid. This is a strong corrosive acid. It’s is dangerous and can damage surfaces and burn skin as well as burning the inside of your lungs if vapors are inhaled. Hope this keeps people safe. Spread the info.

    July 5, 2016 at 4:30 pm

  227. Erin

    My hair is a dark brown, i would only like a slightly lighter shade. How long do you reckon I keep this in to get a slightly lighter shade of brown?

    August 11, 2016 at 9:09 pm

  228. This worked perfect for me I have natural light hair and wavy hair and it was amazing it made my hair lighter and I love the way it turned out!! My sister did the same she has long natural straight dark brown hair it turned her hair like my natural hair color so amazing

    August 17, 2016 at 4:34 pm

  229. Erickah Cashell

    Lord I’m in the 25 min mark. Long story short. My best quality forever… my hair. Then radiation came along and it’s no longer perfectly shades of dark brown rather old lad Olympic swimmer lookin! Screw it. I’m a trend setter even almost at 50 ys old. Wish I could show my before…then after radiation then after your diy. I’ll let u know. I’m going until it’s perfectly silver and brown…like I planned it like that lol thx girl!

    August 21, 2016 at 9:52 pm

  230. Hi there. What strength hydrogen peroxide did u use and does it matter?

    August 22, 2016 at 8:11 am

  231. Nicole

    My hair is dark brown with natural copper highlights and I wanted to add blonde streaks to it. I had to repeat the process 3 times to get the highlights i wanted. It worked amazing, thanks to you my hair is absolutely beautiful. I love it. Thank you.

    January 26, 2017 at 8:45 pm

  232. Jen Hendricks

    I can’t wait to try this. You have been the most informative post I have found. Thank you for sharing!!

    February 7, 2017 at 10:36 am

  233. Hi I’m doing this now I dyed my hair black awhile back I’m naturally a blonde I been trying to find easy cheap way to get this black out I hope this works. What do I do after an hour do I wash it or rinse it out I only have suave 2 in1 shampoo conditioner what do I do?

    February 25, 2017 at 12:38 pm

  234. Chanda

    I have naturally red hair, it’s more of a copper tone than the orange, and this worked very well on my hair! I did my own ombre and It got very blonde! I’m very happy I found this page! Definantly easier than going to the salon! Thank you!

    May 5, 2017 at 7:55 am

  235. Cheryl McCarty

    Thank you very much. I was using the new splat 2 tonne bleaching kit and ran out of the bleaching solution before I was finished coating my hair,.
    So googling I went and found your page,..
    Thank you, thank you, thank you,..
    Your page helped me finish bleaching my hair.

    June 6, 2017 at 2:11 am

  236. Love to know more hair lightnig ideas

    June 25, 2017 at 9:07 pm

  237. Liz

    After the hair is lightened, will it fade back to it’s original color (in my case, my hair is a light brownish orangey color, will it go back to semi dark brown?)

    June 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm

  238. hasoona

    i have dark brown hair and i have done this twice already and my hair now is reddish orange, how many more times do i have to do this to get dirty blonde?

    July 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm

  239. mindy

    what do you do after you let it sit for an hour?
    do you shampoo or just rinse?

    August 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm

  240. Megan

    I currently have my hair in a plastic bag, and I’m getting ready to wash out. Wish me luck!

    September 28, 2017 at 5:51 pm

  241. Jonna Whitworth

    So I am currently sitting here with a peroxide,baking soda and Dawn dish soap paste on my hair….. I am trying to fade a deep burgundy hair dye . I eeventually want a violet and blue hair color on my hair I’ll let you know how this mix works….. I only keeping it on my hair for 15 min to start

    October 7, 2017 at 1:39 am

  242. Mariska

    Hi I have black hair wanted to know if its going to work as I only wanna do strands…i later on wanna make it sky blue…
    Please help

    January 19, 2018 at 5:29 am

  243. Julia Howell

    Can you do this on synthetic hair extensions? I ordered some online and they don’t match my natural hair color.

    February 7, 2018 at 10:30 pm

  244. Is it 6% or 3% hydrogen peroxide?

    March 1, 2018 at 7:27 pm

  245. Maria WIRTZ

    You are too funny! People DO freak out over this method. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I might say it was Clairol who was spreading te rumors so they didn’t lose money.

    You are probably too young to remember, but in the 80’s we used Sun-In that was basically peroxide and conditioner. Spray it in the hair, comb through and voila! Lighter hair.

    We would do this every day for a week. So for those that don’t see results after one attempt, keep on at it.


    March 19, 2018 at 8:35 pm

  246. Ray

    I think it should be mentioned, this method works GREAT to remove direct dyes (likes Splat) if they’re being stubborn and just won’t come out of your hair. I only left it thirty minutes this time around because I was nervous about it drying my hair out too much, but it didn’t at all and my hair is already significantly lighter!

    April 29, 2018 at 12:56 am

  247. Corkyromano

    Sooo I actually tried this method a couple times. I honestly want to say its actually gentler on my hair then bleach was. I’ve done both (this diy and get it professionally done with olaplex) and to be honest, I like the peroxide baking soda better. I didn’t start showing damage until it was a strawberry blonde (and even then, the damage was treatable) and I kept my natural curl pattern throughout the entire process. Surprisingly, my hair didn’t break or have nearly as much split ends. Now getting it done professionally, I got my desired blonde, but even with using olaplex it was in poor and unhealthy conditions. I could not comb my hair without ripping a chunk out, my curl pattern straightened (I remember telling my sister that I used to have to pin my bangs back for them to be straight and now all I had to do was pull my hair behind my ears and bam! Straight bangs). Anybody with naturally curly hair knows that when your hair straightens from that, its real damaged. When I read in your post that people were freaking out about this method I was genuinely surprised. It had worked so well on my hair and was so incredibly gentle on it.

    December 2, 2018 at 3:49 pm

  248. Genia

    Hello all. i was born with blueblack hair. However at 19 i went totally white, not grey, white. The only color that successfully take is a dark black. Now i’m wanting to go white, so i’m impatiently waiting for it grow out. I’ve tried salons a couple times (was wanting an auburn) and my hair turned out bright pink. Everyone has told me that hair is not grey its white, and other than black, it like mixing dye with white paint. I have healthy hair and am wondering if this will work for me.

    March 19, 2019 at 5:04 pm

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