7th Stage Creme Hair Lightener
7th Stage Creme Hair Lightener

7th Stage Creme Hair Lightener



Size: 2 oz. |
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  • Provides double drabbing action for maximum decolorizaton
  • Provides 8-10 levels of lift

Clairol Professional liquid lighteners are formulated for every professional lightening need. Use for off-or on-the-scalp double-process blonding, as well as for special effects.


7th Stage lightens even the most resistant hair to palest yellow or almost white, prior to toning or for highlights. Stays in palce and reduces the chance of overlapping.

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7th Stage Creme Hair Lightener is rated 4.484848484848484 out of 5 by 33.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing lightening My hair was a light brown to start. I used 7th Stage and 3 packs of activators with 40 vol Ion. I left on an hour. My hair was snow white! But just because I had some toner of lightest ash blonde, I used it with 40 vol again for about 45 minutes. Yeah I know 40 vol is strong, BUT I had conditioned my hair twice with coconut oil for about an hour each time, a few days before coloring. My hair is the softest and shiniest it has ever been! No breakage, my hair didnt fall out or feel yucky. This is what I will use from now on. My secret weapon is the coconut oil conditioning! This is not for everybody........most peoples hair isnt in such a good condition, so please be careful. And no my hair wasnt virgin either......been bleaching and dyeing for many many years. I am NOT a professional. Good luck from Snow White! lol
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Came out better than professional highlights I have curly, thick, medium/dark blonde hair (shade 6 underneath, but 7 on top and in front) with previous highlights that were professionally done. I wasn't exactly happy with how my colorist has been placing my highlights, and they haven't been as light as I like them. My hair had about 6 weeks of growth and I wanted to try this out. I bought 3 packets of the powder, the 2 oz. bottle of creme hair lightener, and 20vol. Ion Sensitive Scalp developer. Since I was only doing my roots, I cut the formula in half (1.5 packets, 1 oz. creme lightener, and 2 oz. developer), and it was more than enough. I did a partial foil on the new growth only, let it sit for 35 minutes (no cap, no heat), and my highlights came out WONDERFUL! I'm beyond impressed. If you have darker hair, you could easily leave this on longer than I did. You may want to use a toner after this, but I don't because it dies my hair out too much (being curly, I have to keep as much moisture as I can). Instead of using a toner, I use the Roux Fanci-Full Temporary color rinse in shade 52- White Minx after each wash. I apply it after my leave-in conditioner, but before my styling products. It perfectly cancelled out any brassy tones and I'm left with perfect platinum highlights.
Date published: 2016-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Platinum locks! I went ahead and decided to buy this bleach after reading all the reviews. I was skeptical that just with 20 volume developer and 1 hour, I could achieve salon quality platinum bleached locks. My base color is a level 6 - a medium brown with gold tones and it is very resistant. Because of this, I used 1 1 1/2 activator packets - which would be the equivalent of 3 packets if you were using the entire bottle of 7th stage, I only used 1/2 the bottle since I was just touching up my roots. When I poured the bottle out - it looked like black ink - but once I added developer - which I added about 2 1/2 oz and the activator packets, it turned a navy blue. The key to the blue being that it will kick that brassiness out. Also I used a tint brush and bowl to apply, the directions say to use a applicator, but the texture of the product is easy to distribute with a tint brush. I applied the bleach to my roots. And let it sit for a little over an hour and put a plastic cap on top. It mildly tingled my head but I am not very sensitive to bleach - so it may be more intense for someone else. After I let it process for 60 minutes, I rinsed it out. Towel dried and used Blond Brilliance Champagne blonde toner with 5 volume developer. I left it on for 15 min. And put a plastic cap on. Once it was done, I washed it out twice with Apohgee Color Repair shampoo and conditioned with ION intense repair conditioner. Once my hair dried I was amazed out how platinum it turn out. It looked exactly like the same level of bleached platinum that my hair stylist would normally achieve but at the comfort of my home and 10 times less the cost. Keep in mind, the activator packets are sold separately. And please use a toner, otherwise you're gonna get some unneeded yellow tones. And again my hair is naturally a level 6, so I would imagine you would have to do this process twice if you have like a level 1 or 2 hair color naturally.
Date published: 2015-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lightener This lifts my black hair easily. I love this lightener ! I like how it lifts 8-10 levels. This is a really great product.
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not For Black/Darkest Brown Hair My hair was black/brown and I used this lightener with 3 Light Activator powder packets and 20 vol, as per the directions. I was expecting my hair to be bleached as light as possible, considering the products claims. However, my hair was left BRIGHT PUMPKIN ORANGE. No different than boxed bleach from Walmart. Seriously. I had to bleach TWICE to get my hair pale yellow. Even after one application, my hair was left feeling dry and damaged.
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh... My hair was a bright copper color after bleaching out permanent black hair dye. I followed all of the directions for this (20 vol. developer, activator packets), but used only a half-batch because my hair is short. Unfortunately, it only lifted a few levels and barely took any of the warm tones out. I wanted more of a neutral base, but I have a dark to med bright strawberry blonde now. Perhaps this works better on more "virgin" hair, but I found it is not good for getting dark colors out.
Date published: 2013-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favorite Lightener I started using 7th stage about 15 years ago and loved it on the first try. This is my go-to product for lifting my level 2 resistant warm toned hair to level 8/9 light blonde in one step. A few tips for how I use it. -Use a tint bowl and brush for mixing and application. This will ensure a smooth mixture and even coverage. -Use 20 vol (6%) creme developer. When using 20 vol liquid, it's turns to a thick gel that isn't so easy to work with and tends to dry out quickly. Creme gives better coverage on my thick hair. -DO NOT USE 30 VOL DEVELOPER!!! The people who stated they used 30 vol are messing up the formula; 20 vol is recommend so that the drabbers actually get a chance to do their job properly. -Excpect the mixture to be blue. Those are the drabbers to cancel out the red/gold tones. No, they won't gove your hair a blue tint at all. -Be sure to use the activator packets. 7th stage doesn't work without them. If this is your first time using this pick up 2 packets and do a strand test first. -DON'T USE 30 vol DEVELOPER! The people who stated they used 30 vol, are using this incorrectly and shame on the people who are Salon Pros doing this.This actually messes up the drabbing action. 30 vol will lift too quickly and the drabbers won't work properly. 20 volume is recommend so that the drabbers work as the hair is decolorized. -Rinse well with warm water for a few minutes, somtimes it's a pain to rinse out . Wear gloves while doing this because it's a little more gentle on your you hair in this fragile state. shampoo and use step 1 of the ApHogee two step protein treatment. This stuff is great for strengthening and work to even out porosity for even toning. Follow the directions on the bottle. I use this once a month to help with breakage. -Tone/tint, process,rinse and deep condition. If you're using a vegetable dye you may not need to deep condition.
Date published: 2013-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super fast lightening without brassiness I love this stuff. I used Instant Whip until it was discontinued. 7th Stage is just as good, if not better. The blue-violet neutralizes brassiness. It is easier to mix than powder bleach. WAY less damaging to the hair too. To retouch my roots, I only need half of a bottle and one Lightening Activator packet. Lightens super fast; by the time I am finished with all of my roots, it is about time to rinse iut the area that I started at.
Date published: 2012-12-25
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Can i mix in olaplex with this?

Asked by: Anonymous
Yes just use appropriate measurements
Answered by: Val
Date published: 2016-04-10

Will this lift previously colored hair or virgin hair only?

I understand that this lifts resistant hair but will it only lift virgin hair or does it also lift color??
Asked by: NCNative
Hello and thank you for your question, Yes, Clairol 7th Stage Crème Hair Lightener will lift both virgin and previously colored hair.
Answered by: Sally Staff
Date published: 2016-02-11

Will this lift previously colored hair or virgin hair only?

Asked by: NCNative
Hello and thank you for your question. Clairol 7th Stage Creme Hair Lightener lightens even the most resistant hair to palest yellow or almost white, prior to toning or for highlights.
Answered by: Sally Staff
Date published: 2016-02-10

Should a toner be used with this product usually I end up with orange or yellow hair when I lightened it

Asked by: Jen
I think you're supposed to mix with developer but have no idea what strength or how much. Contact Clairol, the manufacturer.
Answered by: GrayMare
Date published: 2015-11-23

Does it matter which powder activators you use with the 7th Stage Creme Lightener?

I've got the activator packet that is shown in the "Suggested Products" part of the description of the 7th Stage Lightener. I've read many reviews, but NONE were specific about WHICH POWDER ACTIVATORS to actually use with this product so I'm not going to check out until I get an answer so I know if I'm buying the right ones for the highest lightening possible! Thanks in advance for any & all help with getting this question resolved!
Asked by: strwbryptch
Hello and thank you for your question! We advise that any activator would be fine. However, for best results we suggest you use the activator packet in the brand’s suggestions.
Answered by: Sally Staff
Date published: 2015-11-11

Can you mix this with a color rinse?

Asked by: Terri
Hello and thank you for your inquiry! We advise that No, you cannot mix those two items together. Lightener must process first and the color added second. Also, a rinse is only meant for temporary use and to be washed out rather quickly. You typically only use lightener when wanting to create results for at least semi-permanent hair color.
Answered by: Sally Staff
Date published: 2015-11-09

What does this need to be mixed with?

Asked by: ChelseaX

Will application be simple enough hat I would need someone to help me apply?

Normally I color my own hair but I don't know if this is going to go on evenly. I don't have an extra set of hands to help me.
Asked by: Missy
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