For anyone starting out with the weaves, choosing whether to buy unbleached or bleached knots is never easy.
In fact, I have a friend who thinks both of these weaves are just the same which is not true.
We use this article to help people out there who can’t tell the difference between the two.
There is a difference when you bleach the knots and when you don’t. It really influences how natural the hair extension looks.
What Are Bleached Knots?
If you have bought the hair already and you notice some tiny pores on the lace, you should bleach the knots. This will make it look more natural. When making the wig/weave, the manufacturers usually knot individual strands on the lace.
When you look at unbleached laces, they are visible. This doesn’t look natural. Therefore, most people prefer to bleach them before attaching them.
The bleaching is a process. You use the chemicals process like the lightening products to lighten the knots to a few shades lighter.
The process involves the alteration of the hair color. It happens when the color opens the hair cuticle then goes to the cortex to alter the color completely.
What Makes You Want to Bleach the Hair Anyways?
How you come about with the lace front is what makes it need the bleaching. Often a good wig or lace front is made by hand tying the strands on the lace. This creates knots at the base of the lace.
When you have a blonde like hair or any other light-colored wig and lace front, the knots aren’t visible. This means that you can use them without fearing that it will look unreal.
However, when you use dark hair strands, the knots become visible. In fact, it looks as though you have tiny dots on your scalp which is why people like to bleach it.
Where Are the Knots From?
When making the lace wigs, you have to ventilate the hair in a strand by strand method. The knots secure the hair strands on the lace wig.
But when you have darker hair as we had mentioned the knots are visible making it notable that you are wearing a wig.
Types of knots
You can bleach the lace wig knots with the aim of creating an illusion that you have the hair is growing from your scalp. If you are looking for a lightly colored hair though, you won’t need to bleach the knots.
Single strand knots
Here you have the ventilation technique or the knot tying technique done around the hairline. The reason why the single knots are used around the hairline is that you won’t detect them.
Often, you will find some wigs that use this method to make the whole wig but that is usually more expensive. Such wigs are lighter in density.
For the most part, you will find the double knot method being made after the hairline. It’s the system used all over the cap. They are usually more secure and they also use more strands. The knots, in this case, are more visible. They are durable and a heavy density type of wig.
Triple reverse knots
This is where you ventilate a wig where you have three layers of material used to make the cap.
It usually occurs when you have the silk lace base. In this case, you have the two layers of lace materials and then silk over the two types. Therefore, the silk base totally hides the knots making it appear so much like your scalp.
But What Is to Ventilate?
This word is used to describe the direction of the strands at the front part of the lace wig. You choose where you want the parting to be. But it’s mostly a freestyle parting.
How to Bleach Your Full Lace Wig
You will need a few things for the process but one of them is the knowledge on how to bleach the hair. Don’t even start bleaching if you aren’t familiar with this method.
- Hair bleach
- Mixing bowl
- Aluminum foil
- Neutralizing shampoo
Do you have a foam head? You will need it for the process. Begin by turning the lace wig over then attaching it on the foam head. Use pins to clip it in place. Ensure you have all the hair being out of the way for you.
- Prepare the bleach mixture
If you have the mixing bowl ready, mix the developer and the bleach powder in equal parts. Stir it all thoroughly with the aim of making your desired consistency. Ensure there are no lumps in the mixture.
- Begin the application
Remember, through the whole process, gentleness is key. Use an application brush to dab the mixture onto the lace. You should do everything cautiously because with, too much pressure, the bleach will leak. This then means that it will bleach the hair.
- Cover the lace wig using aluminum foil
You should make sure you have bleached all the strands. Therefore, be generous with the bleach. Once you are done with the process, cover your hair with the aluminum foil.
- Rinse the bleach out
Check that the knots of your hair strands are all bleached before you go to this part of the process. When the knots turn to honey blond color, begin to rinse it out. You should wait for the knots to be completely bleached. This ensures that you don’t develop the brassy like lace.
For the rinsing, you should rinse the hair upside down and be quick in this process. Ensure you work the process fast so that it doesn’t get the mixture onto the strands.
- Once rinsed, wash the hair
Go through the regular process of cleaning the hair where you wash and condition it. Leave that shampoo on the hair for about 10 minutes. This helps to thoroughly cleanse the hair.
Conditioning the hair is great as it keeps the hair strands moisturized. Your hair won’t feel dried out if you use the conditioner.
- Let’s dry the hair
You should not use the blow dry for the drying instead use the air-drying method. Simply, use the towel to gently squeeze the excess water. Let the hair air dry.
How to Bleach Knots on The Closure
Turn your closure or frontal on the inside out. Pin it down to the foam head. Even use the clips to keep the baby hairs out of the way before you begin the process.
Prepare the bleach
Mix the equal parts of the bleach powder and the developer in your clean mixing bowl. Stir the mixture to make sure you don’t have any more lumps. Ensure it has the toothpaste consistency. Follow the instructions of your manufacturer when preparing the bleach.
Remember to use the developer in minimal amounts. If you use large amounts of the developer, the hair closure will soon begin to shed.
Apply the mixture
Use the mixing brush to apply the mixture on the cap. Be gentle through the process when dabbing the mixture to the lace. Apply it generously though to make sure each knot is bleached.
Alternatively, spray that cream bleach on the lace since you have it being light in consistency.
Focus on the hairline from the ear to ear. Fleck the bleach on the knots. This is to make sure you have the hair knots bleached entirely.
For even more effective results you should follow the instructions of the manufacturer.
Activate the bleach
Use steam to activate the bleach. Take the steamer and pass it over the bleach back and forth on the bleach you have applied on the lace. You will notice the bleach foaming and rising.
Observe the color change
Within about 10-15 minutes you should notice a difference in the color. It will shift from orange color to a yellow one. Sometimes the colors may change differently but the manufactures will let you know about this.
Notice that you should bleach the hair just for the stipulated time. If you exceed the time then you will lead to the striping of the hairs structures which then causes breakage.
Begin to rinse the lace. Be fast in rinsing in order to make sure the hair doesn’t get bleached.
Wash it with the shampoo for a thorough cleaning. Use the conditioner to moisturize the hair.
Air dry the hair instead of using the blow dry or dryer.
Pros of Bleaching the Hair Knots
It makes the hair look natural
Everyone wearing the wigs or the extension wants to make sure they are making it look natural. It should mimic the scalp, therefore, we use the bleaching process to cover the knots.
You will get rid of the tiny knots or seed-like structures. It further makes it appear as though you are growing the strands from your own scalp.
It bleaches the hair literary
While the aim of the bleaching process is to make sure the knots are covered for a more natural look, you may end up bleaching the hair in the process. This, therefore, means that the hair becomes brittle and dry. This will lead to shedding.
It will look great when bleached properly but rest assured that you won’t use it over a long time as you would.
The hair will shed quicker
Since you have bleached the roots of the hair, you have weakened them already. This is to say it will shed faster than it would have.
It can’t bleach jet black hair
You can’t bleach your hair if it’s jet black. For the jet-black colored hair, its already bleached and often made of synthetic fiber. Changing the synthetic fiber color isn’t easy.
Bleaching the Knots Using the Concealer Method
If the bleach method isn’t favorite, use the concealer method since It’s safe. It will hide all your knots. This one is the easiest to do that you don’t need to be a professional in the bleaching process.
I like this process because for the one you won’t be damaging the hair. concealers don’t contain harsh chemicals.
With this method, however, you need to re-apply it every so often which makes it a tiresome process for some.
The secret to effectivity is in choosing the right concealer.
- Take the concealer brush and use it to apply the concealer to the inside part of the lace closure or lace front. Take your time in the application process. Make sure you apply it generously and in all parts.
- You should use a bond protective shield together with a clean brush and apply it evenly.
- Leave it there to rest until it’s dry or you can use a blow dryer for quick drying.
- Go on to repeat the process 3-4 times so that the closure can turn into the color you are after.
The benefit of using concealer
When using the concealer, you do not damage your hair strands from harsh chemicals. This means that the durability isn’t affected.
- You will need to repeat the same process once you wash the closure. This is tiresome for some people to repeat the procedure every so often.
- It’s an entirely messy process if you don’t know how it works.
- Unless you get the right colored concealer for your closure, you will look unnatural.
The best bleaches and concealers to use
I like this product because you can use it on virgin hair and other hair products. It’s a professional lightener that has been used by a hair stylist for ages. It will lift the color perfectly well. It further has the humectants to reduce the flyways.
The best part is further that it works well with almost all developers.
Since your aim is not to lighten the hair, you should only use it on the lace. Be careful that it doesn’t reach the hair strands. It’s effective and gives you the best results within a short while. The product doesn’t leave dust on the hair.
It’s particularly effective for anyone who doesn’t like the strong scents produced when you are dying the hair.
It’s okay for you to use your favorite concealers that you usually use on the face here. If you are torn between buying a new one and using the one you use on your face. Don’t buy a new one, just use the one you regularly use on your face.
The things to consider when choosing a concealer.
- Buy a nondrying concealer,
- Only choose the lightweight concealers and that it matches your skin tone.
Below are three of my favorite ones
The secret to a great hair bleaching option is to make sure you use a shade or two lighter than your own skin color.
It offers you the full coverage which then means that it will cover all of your knots. It will work for you until you are ready to wash it off again. Its applicator brush is large enough for you to use when applying it on the lace.
Another lightweight concealer. The essence is to give you the medium to heavy coverage finish style. The concealer is good when it comes to covering the inefficiencies of the face this makes it ideal for your hair. It will conceal the hair knots effectively.
It covers your under-eye circles. It is rich and gives you a flawless look that is also natural looking. This is why I love it. It’s used for covering the stretch marks on the body.
You use it to achieve a conceal perfection. You should use a shade or two lighters than your own skin color.
Maybelline is one of the best brands when it comes to makeup products. It works to give you a flawless look without forming build up.
The concealer will make it easy to bleach the lace closure or wig and at a minimal cost. While it covers the under circle it will also cover the knots making it look natural. It further does all this without it causing damages.
It further gives it an undetectable finish.
Which Is better the Bleached Knots or the Concealer Knots?
Well, it’s all dependent on what exactly you are after.
When bleaching the knots, you use products that contain harsh chemicals. In addition, you bleach the hair roots. This will weaken the hair strands in the process leading to imminent shedding. When bleaching always make sure you use a thicker consistency.
This keeps the bleach on the lace and not seeping through to the hair. Remember if it does seep then the color of your hair changes too. So, you need to have the powder being a double or triple ratio of the developer.
You will, therefore, be using a stronger bleach than you normally use. This is the reason why your hair becomes fragile and weak. For that matter, you have to handle the bleached hair with care.
When you use the concealer of spray and foundation method you achieve the same results without needing to alter the hair structure. It’s a safer option for your hair. The lifespan of the hair is not reduced.
So, I would ask, wouldn’t you, therefore, sacrifice to use the concealer every now and then but maintain the hair structure.
The Tips to Consider When Bleaching Knots
Check the consistency of the bleach
If you are using the bleach you will need to make sure that the consistency of the hair is thick. If it becomes runny you will have the hair being bleached as well.
Just use enough
While you may prepare a lot of the bleach you shouldn’t pour it all on the lace. This is because you don’t need it all. Just follow the instruction on how to bleach the knots and keep the rest of the bleach.
The volume of the developer matters. The correct volume is usually at 20-30. Use just enough developer then add twice the ratio of the powder.
Give it time
All the knots need to be bleached and it takes a stipulated time. Let it take about 10-20 minutes. Ensure that by the time you are rinsing it, the knots are all bleached. Make sure you let the bleach settle in until you can no longer see the knots.
Remember to use the neutralizer
You see, unless you use the neutralizing shampoo for the hair, it will continue coloring and eventually weaken the hair completely. Once you are done with the process, use the neutralizing shampoo to stop the process.
It further cleans off all the chemicals on the hair. If possible, you can also use the shimmer shampoo.
The unbleached knots
So unbleached knots are basically the kind that you don’t use bleaching agents on. They may include the silk base closures and those lace closure that you use concealers to bleach.
- This one will often last longer because they aren’t interfered with while using harsh chemicals.
- You won’t experience the hair shedding process as much as you do when you have bleached ones.
- The knots may be visible especially when you don’t use the concealer.
- It is obvious that you are wearing a hair extension so it doesn’t look like the hair is growing from the scalp.
Conclusion-Should You Bleach the Shoulders
Do you want the hair to look like it’s growing naturally from your scalp?
If this is so then you need to use some form of bleach or the most natural method of using the concealer for the process. However, it’s still okay for you not to bleach the hair if you don’t want to. But if you want to look more natural you should consider bleaching.