When hair is tied to a lace base, there is a dark knot where each strand is secured. Bleaching or “lightening” these knots reduces their visibility, which in turn helps make the hair appear as if it is growing from the scalp. This article will guide you through the process of bleaching the knots on closures and fontals.
To begin, you will need the following materials:
- Developer (at the correct volume; 20 or 30)
- Aluminum Foil
- Dye/Tint Bowl
- Mixing Brush
- The Lace Closure, Lace Frontal, or Lace Wig that is to be bleached
Once you have gathered the materials, perform the following steps:
- Turn your closure, frontal, or lace wig inside out and pin it down to foam head or wig block. Make sure your baby hairs are brushed or pinned out of the way.
- Mix equal parts of bleach powder and professional developer in a dye/tint bowl. Be sure to stir thoroughly until you achieve a thick, no drip consistency. (20 or 30 Volume)
- Take the brush and gently apply the bleach mixture onto the lace. Make sure not to apply too much pressure, it will leak through if you do. Ensure that all knots are covered, then apply aluminum foil.
- Allow the mixture to process until the knots turn a honey blonde color. This step is very important to prevent a brassy color.
- Rinse the closure upside down quickly to avoid getting the mixture onto the hair. After rinsing the closure, shampoo it with neutralizing shampoo to stop processing. Allow shampoo to sit for 5-10 minutes then rinse out. Don’t forget to apply and rinse out conditioner to keep it from drying out.
Please take care to remember the following:
- Do not oversaturate your closure with bleach, as this could accidentally bleach the hair as well.
- Make sure you pick the correct developer volume – we recommend working with 20 to 30 volume.
- The bleach mixture needs to be really thick, not loose.
- Make sure all the baby hairs are brushed or pinned out of the way before you begin bleaching your closure.
- Make sure you apply enough bleach to cover all the knots.
- Leave the bleach on until your knots turn a honey blonde color then rinse the bleach out.
- Wash lace closure with a neutralizing shampoo to stop the processing of the chemicals from the bleach.