Experts share the secrets to successfully going lighter at home. 

By Deanna Pai
June 14, 2017

There are times in your life when you need a change—like trying a new lipstick shade—and times when you really need a change. Bleaching your hair falls into the latter, since it doesn’t get any more dramatic than washing all of the pigment out of your hair. But with such a big switch comes some serious hazards—after all, bleaching your hair can weaken and damage it, even in the hands of an expert colorist.

There’s an even bolder move: Bleaching your hair blonde at home. This isn’t for the faint of heart (nor an at-home hair color novice). Even though DIYing the color can save you both time and money, any at-home colorists should proceed at their own risk.

Here’s everything you should know before you hit the box of hair color—whether you even should, what to watch out for, and how to get that bleached blonde hair of your dreams.

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