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How to Fix Uneven Bleached Hair? The Best Way To Do At Home

Bleaching at hair salon might be over budget and costly. Therefore self-bleaching at home (you can bleach with Clorox at home) is a solution that a lot of people choose.

Yet this method hid a delicate risk, which you may end up with uneven tones of color. This page will give you a band-aid for restoring your unique hair color.

What causes spotty bleached hair?

There are four reasons the bleaching process might not be effective or create an uneven result.

Your hair had a very dark base color 

The bleaching process tends to change black or deep brown hair into orange or red tones.

This is because dark colors are often created with large amounts of red pigment.

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The product mixture was not prepared correctly

When mixing bleaching powder, it’s not only important to measure the correct proportions of bleaching powder and developer, but also to make sure that the mixture is completely homogeneous.

If it’s not very well mixed, you could end up with an uneven color as a result.

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The mixture was not applied evenly

Did you apply the mixture evenly in every inch of your hair? If your answer is no, that may be right; the color turned our uneven.

To make sure the entire length of your hair gets saturated with the product, it’s important to start with the ends and move towards the roots. 

This allows the bleach to process all of your hair, creating a more even color.

The mixture was not left in long enough

The bleaching mixture should be allowed to work for forty minutes. If you rinsed out the solution too early, some of your hair might not have been fully bleached, which could cause a patchy color.

How do you fix uneven bleached hair at home?

If you want to do it yourself, an at-home toner kit helps to smooth out the uneven color, or you can try dyeing to another color a shade or two darker to even it out. 

Things you’ll need

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toner (the tone that can counteract with the uneven spots)
  • 20-volume developer 


  1. Step 1: Wash and deep condition your hair. Leave the deep conditioner on for about 15 minutes to saturate and moisturize the hair before putting any more color products on it. Wait a day or two for hair to recover from the bleaching.
  2. Step 2: Mix up 1 1/2 ounces of toner with 3 ounces of the developer in an applicator bottle. Apply to damp hair, covering it completely. Leave in for no more than 10 minutes. (Read How much 20 volume developer to mix with hair color? for more)
  3. Step 3: Rinse your hair thoroughly. Be sure to use a deep conditioner once or twice a week as your hair has received a lot of chemicals in a short time.

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Can I dye over uneven bleached hair?

Yes, of course. Because all you have to do is buy a box of dye and apply it, it’s certainly the easiest option, but it’s not always your best idea.

Unless your hair is very uneven, it’s better to wait there or four weeks and bleach our hair again.

Just remember, both permanent hair dye and bleach contain peroxide, which severely damages your hair.

How soon can I bleach my hair again to fix it?

If you want to make unevenly bleached hair more uniform, your best bet is to bleach your hair again. 

But of course, you can’t bleach your hair again right away, bleaching your hair twice so soon could be fatal for your locks.

Your best option is to wait at least 25 days before bleaching your hair again.


Your hair can be easily fixed by bleaching all over again, but we have to re-state that this is extremely harmful to your strands and scalp.

Hence make sure you give your hair enough rest and deep condition it to avoid any damage.

See also: 4 ways to bleach hair blonde without damage



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