The best hair bleach kit for 2021.

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Bleaching your hair can be a dangerous process – literally! But there’s nothing going to stop us getting the hair colour of our dreams. Whether you want to pre-lighten your hair for a fab new colour, or platinum ice blonde is calling your name, we’re here with the best hair bleach kit to use at home.

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What is hair bleach?

Hair bleach is not what you clean the toilets with! Although it smells pretty similar. Bleach for your hair is specially formulated to strip your hair shaft of colour pigments in a permanent process.

Like all bleach, it’s toxic so you need to be careful when handling it. And yes, it damages your hair leaving it dry and prone to breakage. Unfortunately there’s no avoiding that. So you need to look after it before, during and after with tons and tons of love and good conditioners.

Can I bleach my hair at home?

Bleaching your hair at home is not as simple as other home hair dye processes. The results are pretty dramatic and irreversible so you need to go slow and steady. Certain hair types like dark hair in particular can be hard to lighten with bleach.

Make sure you always do a strand test to check the colour your hair will go. You may need to do a couple of processes to lift it and get it as light as you want. You should leave at least a week in between bleaching your hair again as it will need time to repair and recover from the processing.

Worried about allergies? Do a patch test at least 48 hours before to make sure you won’t have any reactions to the bleach.

If you want to dye your hair a lighter colour than it is, you need to use bleach to lighten your hair first to get the desired shade. Colour can’t lighten colour so you need to remove all of it before you dye it the colour of your dreams.

If you want to go blonde or blonder, you might need to do more than one bleaching process to get the lighter colour you’re after. More bleaching means more damage so space out these sessions to give your hair time to recover in between.

If you’re worried about the damaged bleach can cause, you can look at how to lighten your hair naturally.

Highlights, balayage, and ombre are bang on-trend styles lend themselves to having parts of your hair bleached too.

Check out our awesome guide, How to bleach your hair at home, DIY style for a step-by-step guide to a safe and successful process!

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Which is the best hair bleach kit?

If you’re ready to be a blonde goddess, here are the at-home hair bleaching kits you need to lighten your life and your hair!

Best hair bleach kits at a glance.

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Garnier Nutrisse Bleach Hair Dye.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B013BL5Y4G&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBhow to bleach your hair at home DIYGoing platinum blonde.
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Schwarzkopf Professional BlondMe Premium Brightener.q? encoding=UTF8&ASIN=B06X6K4X19&Format= SL160 &ID=AsinImage&MarketPlace=GB&ServiceVersion=20070822&WS=1&tag=colouredhairc 21&language=en GBhow to bleach your hair at home diyGoing a few shades lighter than your base.
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TOP PICK!

L’Oreal Colorista Effects Bleach Lightening Kit

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Best for: Extra lightening fast results.

We tried this to give our natural blonde hair a lift, and the results were a cool head of icy blond hints. It’s powerful stuff so keep a check on it in development time or you might go way too light. It dulled down after a couple of washes and is starting to look even more natural as time goes on.



#1 Garnier Nutrisse Bleach Hair Dye.

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They say:

  • This is a natural looking hair colour result, rich and long-lasting hair colour performance.
  • The pack contains Purple 4 oils conditioner to lock in your colour and take the edge off any brassiness. 
  • Protects again hair dryness for up to 8 weeks.
  • They also say go for the lightest colour if you’re not sure – don’t listen to them! Stick with one shade lighter than you are or it’s the salon for you.

Reviewers say:

“My favourite kit is the Garnier nutrisse one in the palest colour, it comes out a pale creamy blonde, not at all brassy, and I like the brush application.”

“I had my hair lightened at a hairdressers and decided to try and do roots myself once they grew.  I have dark brown hair naturally, but had it dyed light blonde. I am amazed how this product lifted my dark roots to the same blonde as my hair and no horrible orange tones in it.” 

We say:

You have to apply the mix, starting with your roots and working through to the ends and then leave it on for 30 minutes. We left it one for a little less as our already light blonde hair was going almost-white. On washing, it looked fab, we did only thin sections of the hair along the hairline and where the sun naturally lightens our hair for the most natural effect.

The four oils, to help nourish hair after colouring, smells divine and left out hair very soft but doubtful this keeps working for eight weeks! We used it all in one go!

Best for: Going platinum blonde.

#2 Schwarzkopf Live Intense Lightener

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They say:

  • An intense lightener and  permanent colour with an oil booster that lightens your hair up to 9 shades.
  • Guarantees less brassiness by neutralising unwanted yellow undertones
  • Easy to apply and leaves hair touchably soft with a glossy shine
  • With a brightening Oil Booster for up to 9 levels of lift (yeah right).

Reviewers say:

“Bought this as I wanted to lighten my hair- it definitely worked but the results were not the colour on the box! I have dark brown hair and have coloured it in the past- be prepared to colour twice if you want the colour you can see on the product box.”

“Better than others at lifting roots to match the rest of my hair. I’ve tried a lot of the other brands and this is the one I would most recommend.” 

“First time I’ve used this and can honestly say it does the job. My hair was already quite blonde and I just wanted to add a few highlights. This worked great. I was worried about my hair being frizzy and dry but it wasn’t. Well happy with this.”

We say:

We’ll be honest, with this one, our light brown hair did go quite yellow. The toner it comes with didn’t cancel out the brassiness as it mentions but did leave our hair feeling super soft. Fortunately, we are always prepared at Coloured Hair Care HQ and had our purple shampoo handy. Once we’d apologised to our hair with an infusion of this, the yellowness disappeared.

After a couple of days, it calmed down and the results were much better This is worth a go if you want medium blonde tones and you have a good toner ready.

Best for: Subtle colour lift.

#3 L’Oreal Colorista Effects Bleach Lightening Kit

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They say:

  • This is a Bleach kit to create Bleach effects
  • A gentle formula that lightens hair without brass or harshness
  • After-care conditioning formula nourishes hair and eliminates brass

Reviewers say:

“I’ve been dying my own hair for many years now and have used lots of different bleaches so I was a bit hesitant at using a new one. I had so many colours of purple in my hair and using this bleach my hair went to a light blonde!”

“Considering my hair was previously dyed a dark silver grey, I didn’t really know what to expect. So I followed the instructions, and left it on for the instructed time, and within minutes. i could already see it turning a perfect platinum blonde. “

“I love this bleach! I normally have a balayage done at my hairdressers but my ends underneath had started to go brassy. I used this & then toned after and it looked like I’d had it done in salon!”

We say:

L’Oreal have home hair dyeing nailed with the Colorista range. We’d already tried some of their other awesome washout colours so we were excited to see what this could do.

We tried this to give our natural blonde hair a lift, and the results were a cool head of icy blond hints. It’s powerful stuff so keep a check on it in development time or you might go way too light. It dulled down after a couple of washes and is starting to look even more natural as time goes on.

Best for: Extra lightening fast results.

#4 Schwarzkopf Professional BlondMe Premium Brightener.

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They say:

  • The BLONDME Bond Enforcing Premium Lightener 9+ offers an unbeatable 9 levels of lift, making it the most powerful lightener on the market.
  • Creates new bonds within the hair fibre to leave hair feeling stronger and looking healthier.
  • Revives and protects the hair for healthy-looking, bright blonde results.

Reviewers say:

“I got the BlondMe range!! Just about to use it. Strand test came out totally luscious! Lovely. Really does lift stronger than any other product I’ve used. And the texture of the strand test after was beautiful!”

“I’m obsessed with this bleach!!! It works wonders, doesn’t hurt my head and lifts so well and beautifully. This product has done wonders for me.”

“This is definitely a keeper! I recently switched over to this and let me tell you- the integrity of my hair is amazing!”

We say.

This is the hard stuff. This is extra strength bleaching powder that professional hair colourists use. If you want your hair to be a few shades lighter than your base hair colour, use this. With caution – it can lift even black hair to bright white blonde and you’ll need to pay special attention to the mixing instructions.

You need to mix it with the BlondMe Premium Developer and we also add in Olaplex for extra strengthening. We used this on ash blonde hair to achieve an icy white-blonde shade and the results were stunning, fast. This is powerful stuff so only use if you consider yourself an experienced hair dyeing pro and/or other at home kits haven’t achieved the lightness you were looking for.

Best for: Going a few shades lighter than your base. 

#5 Garnier Olia Permanent Bleach Super Blondes Extreme

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They say:

  • With Olia, colouring your hair is easy and pleasant.
  • Instantly mix the developer and colourant cream in the applicator bottle and apply the mix.
  • Use the multi-application conditioner to keep your hair feeling soft and looking shiny.
  • After application apply Garnier Olia Super Shine Hair Oil for exceptional everyday shine.

Reviewers say:

“My favourite bleach kit is the Olia one in the palest colour. It comes out a pale creamy blonde, not at all brassy, and I like the brush application.”

“ I have dark brown hair naturally, but wanted to try ombre ends. I am amazed how this product lifted my ends and no horrible orange tones in it.” 

We say: 

This is a strong hair lightener from Garnier that we wanted to try to lift our hair from mid-brown. The formula is quite generous in the box so you could get away with just one box here if your hair is not too long or thick.

After the first process, our hair was lightened more than we expected and only a slight orange tone to it.

The nourishing conditioner, smells divine and left our hair very soft. Our purple shampoo of dreams did the job in combating the orange. This is strong stuff for darker shades.

Best for: Lifting darker shades.


TOP PICK!

L’Oreal Colorista Effects Bleach Lightening Kit

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Best hair bleach kit for: Extra lightening fast results.

We tried this to give our natural blonde hair a lift, and the results were a cool head of icy blond hints. It’s powerful stuff so keep a check on it in development time or you might go way too light. It dulled down after a couple of washes and is starting to look even more natural as time goes on.


And there you have it! Your ultimate guide to at-home hair bleaching.

As with all DIY beauty projects, remember that this is a delicate process and should be done with care.

Follow the instructions closely for best results – or consult your hairdresser before embarking on any of these methods if you’re unsure about how they’ll work out for you.

Whatever colour you want your locks to be, the perfect bleach kit is just waiting for you!