Why you shouldn’t bleach your hair at home + how to fix it

6 weeks, $600, 3 cities: How I finally got the perfect shade of blonde.

I’d been having this feeling for awhile that I wanted to bleach my hair super white. My hair had been the same ombré hair for about 6 or 7 years and I was ready for something new. Everyone from Kylie Jenner and Ariana Grande to Tezza was doing it so I figured, why not give it a go?

Photo Cred: WSJ

I held off for about six months because I didn’t know how it would turn out and I didn’t want to do it before my wedding (thank God!). Finally, right before Christmas, I got this extreme urge to do it and for some reason thought, Why can’t I just do it at home tonight?

Part I: Charlotte

Andy (my husband) warned me not to do this. He said it wasn’t going to turn out well, but I actually somehow convinced him to go to Sally Beauty and get me the supplies. I think it cost right around $50. I’m not going to share the products I used or the way I did it because I highly do not recommend that you do this, but if you REALLY want to… Here is a really good video of Courtney Violetta who somehow did it perfectly.

You’re probably wondering what the point of this blog post is if I’m not going to show you how to do it. It’s really just a funny story and a warning not to try this at home!!!

I grabbed the bleach and start painting my hair. Immediately, I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to reach the back. I enlisted Andy to help. Now, if you do decide to this, please get help from a friend, not your husband or boyfriend… The back turned out like a leopard. I also used all of the toner, which turned the front pieces a nice shade of violet. I officially had about six different shades of hair color and looked like shit.

Unfortunately, I did this the Friday before Christmas and was flying out to Dallas the next day so I literally had no chance to have someone fix it until after the holiday. Tight buns became my best friend. My hair felt like straw.

Part II: Dallas

A few days later, I finally did what I should have done in the first place and called a hair stylist. I was still in Dallas so I had never been to her before but she came highly recommend. Plus she seemed to specialize in dying hair really bright colors, which meant that she had bleached a ton of hair. A week after I first tried this in my bathroom, I was finally in the seat of a salon with a professional.

I was there for SEVEN hours! It also cost $350. FML. Well worth it though. When she finished up, I was really happy with the result and also kind of drunk from the free wine. She showed me a few yellow-y pieces (barely noticeable) and said she could finish up the next day at no cost. I didn’t end up going back because it was it was kinda far from my parent’s house in Dallas.

Her name is Madison Villo at Panther City Salon in Fort Worth if anyone is in that area and needs a rec. She did a really great job and explained every step. It must have been at least eight steps — bleach the middle, bleach the bottom, bleach the top, shampoo, conditioner, toner, deep conditioner, hair cut, dry, etc. She also set me up with the right supplies to maintain it.

Part III: Los Angeles

About six weeks weeks later, I started really noticing the yellow pieces because the toner was washing out. I happened to have a trip to Los Angeles. I finally called Amanda Bauer, who owns Beck & Brix Salon in Hermosa Beach.

Amanda has done my hair for the past five years. I literally will wait six months to have my hair colored until I can make a trip out there because she is the best at blondes ever. 

Amanda got a kick out of the entire story. She fixed up the remaining pieces and she also ended up cutting like three inches off. I literally LOVE IT so much.

6 weeks and $600 later… Voila! The end result!


  1. Grace Stough
    February 19, 2019 / 1:16 am

    Love this!! Your hair looks beautiful and chic! What a process you had to go through to get it just perfect!

    • itsweedy
      March 16, 2019 / 9:24 pm

      Thanks, G!! You’re my fave!

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