We’ve seen lots of hair system trends over the years. Sometimes it’s a new base material or an exciting accessory. Trends come and go, but some are important enough to stick around and become common practices. Knot bleaching is one technique that’s become so common, you can try it at home. If you know the right tricks!
We see questions and conversations about bleached knots come up over and over again on our forums. Bleached knots are popular because they can improve your system’s natural appearance. Depending on the shade of your hair and skin, sometimes knots are visible on your scalp, showing up as tiny dots. Bleaching lightens the color of these knots. The result is usually more natural-looking hair.
Bleaching your own knots at home is becoming more popular. Sure, most hair companies offer bleached knots, but sometimes they don’t quite get it right. Or maybe the knots don’t blend as well as you expected. It might not be worth the time it takes to have your system corrected or remade.
That’s why we provide step-by-step instructions in our free how-to video, and an affordable Knot Bleaching Kit, for all you DIY types. Even with these tools, there are some important things you need to know before you try the process at home.
Nothing but Lace
This is a procedure that only applies to full lace or lace front hair systems. In order to bleach your knots, you’ll need exposed knots. Other base materials, like poly, either don’t use knots or cover the knots, so you can’t see them.
The bleach mixture that you use to lighten your knots needs to be about the same consistency as toothpaste or wallpaper paste. It needs to be thick enough to rest on the lace without bleeding through into your hair. If your bleach mixture is too thin it will drip through your base and color your hair. Probably not the look you’re going for.
It Needs to Get Hot
After your bleach mixture is applied, you need to heat it up to activate it. If you skip this step, all you’ll have is a gooey hair system. The best way to do this is with a garment steamer. You can also use your microwave—if you’re careful.
Use Some Restraint
Bleach can be tougher (and tougher on your system) than it looks. If you leave the mixture on your base for too long, it won’t make your knots extra natural-looking. It will make them fall apart. Follow the directions carefully, otherwise you could weaken your knot, and maybe even your lace. You want a natural appearance, not extensive or premature shedding.
Remember, if you want to lighten your knots without taking on this much responsibility, your system doesn’t need to travel the whole way back to the factory. We’re happy to make repairs and alterations at our in-house facility.
Whether you do it yourself or have it done for you, don’t expect more from bleached knots than they can offer. Our next blog post will deal specifically with some of the problems that can arise and what you should realistically expect from this process.
Have any of you taken the plunge and bleached your own knots? How did it work for you? Do you have any tips or tricks to offer your fellow hair wearers? Post your comments below and let me know if there's anything that we missed.
Until next time...Happy Hair Days!