Hair-dye often contain harsh chemicals, but none are as bad for your hair as bleach or peroxide. If you want a hair color that’s a few shades lighter than your natural or current color, you won’t be able to get it done without bleach.
If you choose to color your hair at home, you’ll be able to protect it better than by getting it done at a salon. At the very least, do your roots at home so you’ll be able to minimize the negative effects of bleach. Find out how to stop bleach from damaging your hair and care for it before and after dyeing it in order to get the perfect shade.
If you plan on going for a lighter shade, you need to be realistic with your expectations in order to minimize damage to your tresses. When you’re going from dark or red to blond, you may need to take an extra step in between your current color and your dream shade. If you’ve had highlights or lowlights done recently, you should wait for at least 3 weeks before bleaching your hair.