How to Fix Uneven Bleached Hair

There’s just something about bright, bleached blonde hair that screams summer. That said, it’s unsurprising that plenty of women reach for bleach kits to achieve a lighter shade for the warm summer months. But if you attempted to bleach your locks and it ended up uneven, you might be sent into panic mode. How can you fix it ASAP?

Fixing unevenly bleached hair is actually quite simple! The fastest solution is to dye it a darker shade. For subtle unevenness, you can even try a toner. As a last resort, bleach your entire mane or perform some patchwork bleaching on uneven areas.

If you find yourself in an uneven-bleached hair debacle, don’t freak out. There are some very simple solutions that will get your hair looking as good as Britney Spears in her “glory days.”

Let’s fix your uneven bleached hair so you can say, “That’s hot,” right alongside Paris Hilton. 

Different Ways to Fix Uneven Bleached Hair

Honey, I will not let you step foot out of your house with uneven bleached hair. Use one of these simple solutions to fix uneven bleached hair and achieve hair greatness that Kylie Jenner herself will be envious of!

1. Dye it a Darker Shade

Unfortunately, the simplest and fastest way to say sayonara to unevenly bleached hair is to dye it using a hair dye kit (or ask your hairstylist to dye it for you, so there are no more surprises after you wash it out).

I know, I know – this isn’t the best way to reach your “blonde babe summer fantasies.” However, it’s better than walking outside with hair that looks completely wonky.

And don’t think you have to go from a patchy platinum to a jet-black diva! The key here is to go at least a single shade darker. So, you can still be “blonde.” You just might not be as bright as you had imagined. Still a win, in my opinion.

Tip: Give your hair a day or two to rest after bleaching. Bleach is rather damaging and can make your hair strands weak. Applying hair dye 45 minutes after bleaching can wreak havoc on your strands, potentially causing breakage. Give your locks a breather before diving into the dye kit.

2. Bleach It Again

Your other option is to, well, go for round two. However, you’ll need to be extra careful and ensure you’re applying the bleach correctly. After all, one of the biggest reasons you may end up with uneven bleached hair is improper application. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Give Your Hair a Break

If you bleached your hair this morning and it came out uneven, you can’t bleach it again that afternoon. You absolutely must give your hair a break between bleach applications. I recommend waiting at least two weeks, but three weeks is ideal.

During the break, you’ll want to use plenty of conditioners and masks to help restore your hair’s health and strength. Olaplex is a great option!

Step 2: Set Up Your Workstation

Now it’s time to get ready to re-bleach your hair. Obviously, you’ll need a good bleach kit to get the job done. Follow the instructions for properly mixing the ingredients. Make sure you have enough bleach prepared. You don’t want to have to stop mid-way through the application.

Then, set down a towel you won’t mind getting ruined, and have a pair of gloves handy. You will also need a good rat bomb and a mirror to be able to see the back of your head. 

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Step 3: Start Bleaching

You have two options here: bleach all over or apply over the patchy areas

If you’re applying bleach all over, start at the mid-shaft down. Roots will “come up” faster than your ends. If you apply from root to tip, you can end up with an uneven look. Go from mid-shaft down all over your mane. Then, go back and apply it to the roots.

If you’re only applying over uneven patches, you’ll need to separate your hair accordingly. Then, apply bleach to the sections that need fixin’.

Step 4: Wait and Rinse

Now that the bleach is applied go back and make sure you didn’t miss any spots. Then, wait the recommended amount of time for the bleach to take effect. Typically, you’ll need to let it sit for approximately 20 minutes, but never more than 30.

After your desired timeframe, give your hair a good shampoo and rinse. At this point, you can decide whether or not you need a toner. Toners work well to remove any undesirable undertones, such as brassiness. This can make your hair look better and more even.

3. Use a Toner

If your hair is only a little bit uneven, but the uneven spots are showcasing a funky color, you might be able to use a toner to even it out and make your hair look fabulous.

You need to be picky about what type of toner you’re using, though.

  • If you have some prominent yellow or brassy areas, you can opt for a purple toner.
  • If your hair is sporting some intense orange shades, blue toner is to the rescue.


Now you know how to successfully fix those uneven spots, babe! Oh, but do you want to learn even more about this topic? Ok, ok. I hear you loud and clear. That’s why I’ve added these frequently asked questions below. Let’s discover more about uneven-bleached hair!

Why is my bleached hair uneven?

Your bleached hair is likely uneven due to improper application. However, inadequate mixing may also be the culprit. Less commonly, washing your hair too soon can cause your hair to come out unevenly.

Does toner even out uneven bleached hair?

Toner can even out uneven bleached hair. However, I would only recommend using a toner for subtle unevenness. If your whole head is covered with irregular patches, toner might not be able to get the job done.

How do you fix uneven bleached hair with toner?

That depends on the type of toner you purchase. If you use a traditional toner, you’ll need to apply it to your hair strands in the same fashion you applied the bleach. Let it sit, and then rinse. The best way to know how to use toner to fix uneven bleached hair is to follow the directions.

Now You Can Fix Those Unsightly Uneven Strands!

Nobody wants to end up with unevenly bleached hair, but now you know how to remedy the situation successfully.

Have you ever ended up with uneven bleached hair? How did you fix it?

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