How Much Does Bleach Cost For Your Hair?

Earlier I wrote a post about what happens if you bleach grey hair. You might remember that I also spoke about me teasing my mom with her grey hair! After I put the article online and some emails got my way, I thought I would share it with my mom!

she read it and found it funny! Now that is not the topic of conversation here. But I found it pleasant to write about bleaching so I thought I would take on a concept that everyone wants to know about and that is: how much does bleach cost for your hair? A question that is relevant for everyone and also good to know for everyone! Who wouldn’t want to know what it costs to bleach your hair. Now you can imagine that there are different prices for doing it at a salon and for doing it yourself at home. We will explore both in this article so here goes!

How much does it cost to bleach your hair? Bleaching your hair can cost you from $40 to $250. This is entirely dependent on whether you want to do it at home and buy the stuff yourself or going to a salon and let them do it. There’s also a difference in price in relation to how long your hair is and how much work needs to be done to bleach your hair.

Already excited about the rest of the article, are you? Below you’ll find out how much it costs to bleach your hair, in a salon and at home, what you need to buy if you decide to bleach your hair at home, how long bleaching takes, aftercare routines, and how to maintain it.

How much does it cost to bleach your hair at home?

If you want to bleach your hair at home there are some things that you need to consider. The first thing of course is to make it as safe as possible. You want to eliminate the things that can go wrong as well as possible. Also, take into account that you take your time. Don’t be hasty with this process. You want good results so take your time. Always go for safety, not speed :).

Now, have you gone searching for bleaching products? I have and there are many, many hair bleaching products out there. Now, this may be overwhelming but it is also great because you can also always find something that fits into your budget. Go to your local drugstore and choose the one that you feel most comfortable with. You have to keep in mind 2 things:

  1. Financial: Choose a hair bleaching product that fits inside your budget. If you don’t want to spend 40 dollars on a bleaching product you don’t have to.
  2. Results: Also choose something that gives the results you want. Always (before buying) think about what results you want to have.

Now as you do your research, you probably find out that hair bleaching products come in many shapes and forms (and that you can’t bleach your hair and let it sit for 2 hours) (and that you can’t bleach your hair and let it sit for 2 hours) . There are powders and tubs for example. Now if you already know that you are going to do this more often I would advise you to go for a bleaching powder that comes in a tub. You just get more product for a reasonable price than you would otherwise. Now if you know that you only want to do this once, you can make another choice of course :).

Bleaching powder for your hair is sold for about 4 to 5 dollars per pack. Bigger packages fo for about $30. If you want to buy a kit so that you have everything on hand and you can start right out of the gate you can do so for about $10.

You might find it interesting to start with a hair bleaching kit so I found out for you what you get what you buy one. You’ll find the following things in your hair bleaching kit:

  • Bleaching powder
  • Developer
  • The mixing tub
  • A brush
  • Gloves

As you see, everything you need to start as soon as you get home! 

I know that you and I are alike so you’re going to do your due diligence. Let me help you a bit by saying that you’re probably also going to find bleaching products in creme form. Now although this is different, you might like it because it is said to do less damage to your hair. If you know me or read more articles of me, you know that I always talk about that hair treatments can be bad for your hair. This is because oftentimes the treatment involves a chemical process that can damage your hair.

So, a bleaching creme can be a good solution if you already have dry or damaged hair. For these kinds of products, you can expect to pay between $6 and $8.

Not to undermine me but I want to mention that although people say that a hair bleaching creme is less damaging, they also say that it would be less effective. Now I have not found this to be true but know that it can be. Here’s an easy reminder:

Better results = using a powder bleaching product.

Keeping your hair healthier while bleaching = Bleaching creme.

The last important thing to remember is that you need to decide how much bleaching product you’re going to buy. This is entirely dependent on how long your hair is and if you want to fo from pure black to whiter than white. If you truly want to go from pure black to whiter than white you probably need two bleaching sessions.

So, to conclude this part – I think you can safely say that you need about $40 to bleach your hair at home. In the next section, you’ll find out what you need to buy to bleach your hair at home.

What do you need to buy when bleaching your hair at home?

These 40 bucks I talk about above is not pulled out of thin air. No, you have to buy a couple of things (or a good kit) so that you can start right away. What you need to buy also depends on how long your hair is and how light you want to go just as I mentioned above.

Now you know that you need more than only the bleaching powder. So you have to buy some other stuff (tub, developer, and toner for example).

There’s a couple of things I want to say about that, that I think are important for you.

When you go out to find the right developer, you have to pay attention to the strength of the developer. The strength of it ranges from 10 to 40. If you want to try it for the first time you should probably go for a strength of 20 (6% peroxide).

Just as in the section above, here you also have different price ranges. You can find developer for 5 to 10 bucks but you can also find a more expensive one. Go for the one that is good for you financially and has the right strength!

But there are some other things you need to buy as well so I made you a list you can find below!

  • Bleach powder
  • Developer (keep the strength in mind! You have 10, 20, 30, or 40 volume)
  • Toner
  • A bowl
  • tinting brush
  • comb
  • gloves
  • a plastic cap
  • shampoo and conditioner for bleach hair.

Again, and I know I repeat myself but keep in mind the end result. This way you can determine how much and which bleaching powder you need and which strength of developer you need to buy!

How long does it take to bleach your hair?

I began this article with the statement that it is better to take your time than to rush through it. I stand by this statement because I often hear people rushing through some hair (or other beauty) treatment and not get the results they want. 

Bleaching your hair at home takes about 60 minutes. You have to let the bleach sit for about 30 to 45 minutes. The other 15 is for preparation and aftercare.

Here’s a step by step for you on how to bleach your hair:

First: Evaluate your risk. You get the best results on hair that is natural. With this, I mean that there’s no dye in your hair ad all. No highlights or shades, just nothing. Do you have some of that at the moment? Maybe you want to take a couple of weeks so that it can grow or wash out and you can start naturally. If you insist on doing it with treatment in your hair you need to know that it can take longer and the damage you do to your hair is greater.

Second: Prep your hair! Bleaching your hair can damage your hair and take the life out of it. Therefore it is best for you to prep your hair. You can do this by starting to use conditioning masks for two weeks before the bleaching process. This way you can build up some strength in your hair. Also, try not to wash your hair a couple of days before the treatment. It is said that bleaching on freshly washed hair can irritate the scalp.

Third: Now the fun begins. Start bleaching! Put on your rubber gloves and take your tint or dye brush. You can now start to apply the bleach to your hair. Use the pointy end of the brush you use to get as close to the roots as you can and after you’re done, let the bleach sit for about 30 to 45 minutes. Check in the mirror regularly until your hair is a consistent light-yellow color.

After the third step, you can wash all the bleach out of your hair and look at the end result!

How much does it cost to bleach your hair at a salon?

Me and my friends find it fun to try new things hair and beauty wise, but there are lots of people who just want to go for the safe route and I don’t blame them (it often is the smart move). Now bleaching your hair at a salon sure is more expensive than doing it at home but it is also the safest way of getting it done. 

Bleaching your hair at a salon will cost you about $150 to $200. This price is dependent on the length of your hair. The other thing that affects the price is what you want with your hair. If you want to go from full black to whiter than white, you probably need more than 1 application of bleach and this is of course more expensive.

How long does it take to bleach your hair at a salon?

This depends on what hair you have now. If you have dark brown or black hair the process of making it blond is tedious and long. 

Often the bleaching process in a salon will take about 1 to 3 hours. If you also want to dye your hair you can count on making that 1 to 2 hours more. Seems like a long time for bleaching your hair, but the end result will surely make you happy with it! Time well spent :).

How to do proper aftercare for your bleached hair (and how to maintain your hair)?

The thing is that caring for your hair can be time-consuming. What you can do best is buying a great color-safe shampoo and conditioner. These things cost about $60. Not cheap I know, but then you have something that can help you maintain your hair color and keep your hair healthy!

The other thing is that you have to maintain the color and if you are not doing that at home, you need the occasional salon visit. This is also time-consuming and can cost you a bit of money, but who can put a price on being happy with your hair every day? To maintain your blond hair you need to touch up the roots every 2 to 4 weeks and use purple toner once a week. 

If you do these things you can keep the color you have intact and also keep your hair healthy as is!

Final Thoughts

Bleaching your hair is fun! Me and my friends have experimented with it (with some nice and some not so nice results) and always had a great time! But I say it again: if you want to bleach your hair at home, keep it safe. You don’t want to breathe in bleaching powder or stuff like that. Going to a salon is a great option if you don’t want to do it yourself or don’t want to take the risk of ruining your hair! It is the safest and easiest way to get the results that you want!