Cosmetology: Lightening Virgin Hair

Tools and Materials required for Lightening Virgin Hair:

  • Towels
  • Cotton
  • Comb
  • Gloves
  • Shampoo
  • Timer
  • Lightener
  • Record card
  • Plastic clips
  • Waterproof cape
  • Protective cream
  • Plastic or glass bowl
  • Acid or finishing rinse
  • Applicator bottle or brush
  • Hydrogen peroxide developer


  1. Perform a patch test.
  2. Client consultation and scalp analysis .
  3. Ask client to remove and store jewelry.
  4. Drape client.
  5. Perform strand test. Record results.
  6. Apply a protective cream around the hairline and over the ears.
  7. Put on gloves.
  8. Prepare the lightening formula and use it immediately.

  1. Part hair into four sections and place cotton in each section to protect the scalp from the lightener.
  2. Apply the lightener ½ inch away from the scalp working from the middle up to the ends.
  3. Place cotton strips at the scalp of each part to prevent the lightener from touching the base of the hair.
  4. Continue applying the lightener, check the color, and keep the lightener moist by reapplying the mixture.
  5. Strand test check about 15 minutes earlier than the original strand test, spray with a water bottle then blot dry with a damp towel.  Reapply lightener if not ready yet and check again frequently.
  6. Apply the lightener to the scalp after removing the cotton.  Apply in 1/8 inch partings.  Apply to the ends of the hair and process until the entire strand is the correct color.
  7. Rinse with warm water and shampoo and condition as needed, keeping your hands under the hair so as to avoid tangling.
  8. Use an acidic conditionerto neutralize the alkalinity of the hair.
  9. Towel dry the hair, or use a cool dryer per manufacturer’s directions.
  10. Check the scalp for any abrasions and condition of hair.
  11. Apply toner if desired.

Clean up:
  1. Discard disposable items.
  2. Close containers, wipe and store them.
  3. Sanitize cape, tools and workstation.
  4. Wash your hands with soap and water.
  5. Rinse plastic bottles, bowls, and brushes, disinfect according to state chemical disposal regulations.
  6. Complete record card and file for future use.