So, I bleached my hair for the first time on my own and it turned out ok! I want to bleach it one more time to get it a little lighter, but I've got Manic Panic's 'Violet Night' dye in it for now - and I love it!
It's pretty nifty :) I'm going to use a much more diluted amount as a toner next time I bleach.
Can't wait to see how it turns out! (And I hope my hair doesn't fall out...)