Knowing and distinguishing the various stages of hair bleaching, from dark to blonde can allow you to bleach your hair into lighter shades and plan your varying sessions to minimize harm for your hair. Do you bleach your hair first time? Before you begin you need to be aware of the bleaching levels of your hair. The various levels of bleaching correspond to the various stages of darkness and brightness of your natural hair’s shade. If you have dark hair, then bleaching your hair all day long could cause irreversible damage and resulting in your hair to begin shedding.

The stages of bleaching are the various levels of colour which the hair can achieve, and they are altogether seven stages. However, your hair doesn’t have to go through the seven stages.

The lighter your hair, the fewer bleaching stages and the darker the hair, there will be more stages of bleaching in order for you to attain the desired blonde hair colour.

If you’re looking to change from dark hair to blonde, you must be aware of the various stages of the bleaching process.

This is the very first step and is far more crucial than purchasing the peroxide and bleach. This first step involves understanding what colour you are beginning from and the desired colour you intend to achieve.

For instance, to bleach black hair and transform the black to platinum blonde, you’d require more stages than you would to bleach brown hair, and change the brown hair to medium-blonde. Does that make sense?

Also you must ask yourself what hue is your hair at the moment? Is it dark brown, black or is it brown?

The first thing you must understand and be aware of.

The next thing to do is to determine exactly the hair colour goal you’d like to have.

Do you want an extremely light blonde or medium blonde?

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When you’ve decided on the colour you’re beginning with and the colour you’d like to attain then you’ll be able to determine how many bleaching stages you will require.

To conclude, the stages of bleaching hair serve as a crucial reference to determine the exact colour you’d like to attain. Additionally, they are essential to help to determine the colour you need to apply to the bleached hair later.

Knowing the different stages of bleaching play a vital role. The colour of your base will be an influencing factor for you to determine which one of the seven stages you’ll need to consider.

The stages are named in honor of the hair colour. It’s easier for you to understand and know the number of stages of bleaching that your hair needs to undergo.

Sounds difficult?

Continue reading and you’ll discover that it’s much simpler than it appears, as we’ll explain:

What are the various stages of bleaching?

Based on the colour of dye application and finishing you have desired, which bleaching stage do you will have to get to?


Bleaching is a process that chemically eliminates any colour (both artificial and natural) from hair, and where two chemicals are utilized: 30 or 40-volume developer and bleach.

The various stages of bleaching hair can lift the colour of the hair to the different degree achievable by this bleaching process. There are seven stages in all and each has a set of tones. Let’s look at each of them in more detail.

What are the Factors affecting the Number of Bleaching Stages?

The Natural Colour of Hair: If you have black hair or it is extremely dark, you will need to do more sessions to lighten it.

The Hair’s Porosity: Hair with high porosity tends to be bleached quickly. But, this kind of hair tends to be more vulnerable to damage. So, it’s better for you to lighten your hair over many sessions if you wish to achieve the blonde appearance.

The Strength of the Product: Based upon the concentration of bleaching agents, it is possible to require between two to four sessions to reach the desired level of lift. It is however recommended to select products that aren’t very strong.

Duration of Application: If you leave the product in your hair for longer, it will result in a lighter hue. However, you should let your hairstylist determine how long you should let the product stay in your hair. A prolonged bleaching process can cause hair cuticle damage and lead to hair loss.


This is the initial level attained in the 1st bleaching phase, beginning with a black base (1) or dark brown base (3). After this stage, the dark pigmentation will be totally removed.


This is the most typical and popular shade that is achieved through the process of bleaching. The majority of women begin with this shade and then lift to a lighter shade.


Be wary of this colour as it can be deceiving. Although a light brown hue looks similar to a dark blonde, they’re not the same colour because dark blonde doesn’t contain brown pigments, but instead they have yellow pigments.


The colour is similar to light brown however, the difference is that the medium blonde pigments are also lighter yellow pigments.

To attain the bleaching colour, a great deal of skill and experience is required to master the process, as it is among the most challenging colours because of its similarity to stages 2 and 3.


This is what we colourists refer to as intense bleaching. Since it’s a light shade and if the bleach mixture is allowed to remain longer, an extremely high tone can be attained.

You have to be careful as bleach is required to remain in the hair for a short duration, and you should be giving more attention in order not to harm the hair.


To get this shade, you have to undergo at least seven stages of colour process degradation, particularly when your hair is dark.

It’s a pale, light and dull yellow colour due to the fact that all of the strong and bright yellow pigments have been erased.


It’s a blonde that is almost unnoticeable and invisible and it is advised that if you wish to go from black hair to this particular bleaching stage, you should visit the hair salon.

Let’s make this list a reality:

Let’s say your hair colour is black and you’d like to transform it to a dark blonde. What bleaching steps will you need to go through?

That’s right! You’ll need to go through three different stages.

In the first stage the hair colour will change from black to medium brown.

In the next stage, it’ll shift from a medium brown to light brown.

In stage 3 it will transition from light brown to darker blonde.

If your hair is black and you’d like a colour transformation to an extremely light blonde colour, what bleaching steps must you undergo? Yes, Six! They will be as follow:

Stage 1: From black to medium brown

Stage 2: Medium to light brown .

Stage 3: Light to dark brown

Stage 4: Dark to medium blonde

Stage 5: Medium to light blonde

Stage 6: Light to an extremely light blonde

Keep in mind that bleaching can be an extremely harsh and aggressive procedure, so it is recommended to allow three weeks between every stage. While you are waiting between stages, it is essential to thoroughly moisturize your hair.

You can also utilize the colours’ scale of numbering to determine the number of bleaching stages which you’ll need to undergo. This is what you should do based on the number of bleaching stages for your hair.


The stage of bleaching at which you need to get to will depend on the shade you wish to achieve.

To attain the shade you’re desiring, you simply need to consider the number that represents the hair dye, as well as the stage of bleaching you have to get to.


Chestnut 4

Light Brown 5


Light brown 5

Dark blonde 6

Stage 3 dark blonde:

Dark blonde 6

Blonde 7

Stage 4: Medium blonde

Blonde 7

Light blonde 8

Very light blonde 9

Stage 5 Light Blonde:

Dark blonde 6

Stage 6 Very light blonde:

Very light blonde 9

Extra light blonde platinum 10

Fantasy colours

Stage 7 extra light blonde:

Extra light blonde 11

Extra lightening blonde 120

Fantasy colours

As you can observe, the bleaching level or stage you need to attain will  decide which hair dye name that you must apply.

For instance:

If you wish to apply a light blonde (8) then you must be at the fifth stage of bleaching

If you wish to apply a extra light platinum hue (10) it is necessary to be at the sixth stage of bleaching

If you are looking to get a dark-coloured blonde (6) then you need to be at the third stage of bleaching

So, in this manner, you’ll get your hair bleached in exactly the shade you want and look exactly as the photo of this colouring kit.

Tips To Protect Bleached Hair
Do not wash your hair too often: It will remove the natural moisture from your hair. Also, it increases the likelihood of your hair’s color becoming faded and the necessity for bleaching your hair soon.

Utilize a purple shampoo: Purple Shampoos are ideal to keep bleached hair true to its hue.
Trim Your hair: Hair should be cut every three months to eliminate rough edges or split hair ends. It also helps your hair to grow faster without appearing unkempt and unhealthy.
Limit the Use of Heating Tools: The use of heat styling tools like blow dryers, straightening irons, straightening irons and curlers can cause further damage to bleached hair. Always apply a heat-protectant before you use any heat styling device. Make sure to use the tool with the coolest setting.
Apply a Hair Mask: Apply an intensely nourishing hair mask every week. You can also apply warm coconut oil, avocado mashed, olive oil and egg white. Apply these ingredients on your hair and let it sit for 30 to 40 minutes. Shampoo your hair with purple shampoo. Then, follow it up with conditioner and a serum.


Bleaching your hair will lighten the colour of your hair. It is most effective when done with different levels of progress. To determine the number of bleaching stages your hair is likely to traverse, think about the base colour you’re beginning with and the shade you’d like to achieve. 

Knowing your natural hair’s shade and the number of sessions are required to achieve the desired shade is crucial in planning your bleaching sessions.

The natural color of your hair, the porosity of your hair, as well as the length of time you apply it affect the level of bleaching.

Four levels of lifting during one session, and having an interval of 2 to 3 weeks between sessions can keep your hair healthy.