Is It Safe To Lighten Your Hair With Hydrogen Peroxide?

"What is the long-term effect on the health of your hair?"
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"What is the long-term effect on the health of your hair?"
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A 3 percent peroxide solution will lighten hair with less damage.

Got a hair question for celebrity hairstylist Tony Chaar? Send it to info@beautyeditor.ca with "Tony Chaar Hair Question" in the subject line.

Q: A lot of girls use 3 percent peroxide misted over wet or towel-dried hair to further lighten up their blonde. What is the long-term effect on the health of your hair? How do you deal with re-growth? — Nathalie

A: Nathalie, any lifting of the hair causes a certain degree of dryness. As for how much damage that does, it depends from where to what you’re lifting.

That said, a 3 percent peroxide will give you the least amount of damage, as long as you moisturize at least once a week.

If you are putting it on blonde hair that has already been lifted, the re-growth needs to match your old lift. 

You can mist your hair all over with the peroxide again if you want the extra boost, especially for the summer. Just keep moisturizing!

Tony Chaar is one of Canada's top celebrity hairstylists and the owner of Tony Chaar Salon at 11 Hazelton Avenue in Toronto. Call 416-920-9965 to book an appointment.