There are many reasons why we choose to bleach our hair. Maybe it’s because blonde’s have more fun, or we have to add bleach to achieve the hues of blue or pink we want to add to our hair or maybe it’s because we want many shades of caramel and blonde in our brunette tresses.
Bleaching has many purposes in the hair-dying world, but, it comes with a cost. The cost of bleaching your hair is damage, dryness and down-right brittle tresses. But, you can have blonde and healthy hair too, you just have to follow these tips to maintain a healthy head of bleached hair.
Shampoo Your Hair Less Frequently
Regardless of what hair color you opt for, you shouldn’t wash your hair too frequently. If you bleach your hair, you really must be careful about removing essential oils from your scalp with harsh shampoos. Buy yourself a hair cap (or steal one from a hotel) and try going 3 days without washing your hair. At first you might find that you hair gets greasy, try a dry shampoo or one of these hairstyles for greasy hair to get you by.
Use a Deep Conditioner Mash
Regular conditioner might not do the trick now that you’ve bleached your hair. You’ll need more moisture added to your hair after the dryness caused by the bleaching. Use a deep conditioner treatment every 3-5 days for optimal moisture.
Get Regular Trims
Bleaching your hair is going to cause more split ends from the damage caused by the process. Getting regular trims will keep your hair looking healthy and give it the opportunity to regrow healthy.
Say Goodbye to Heat
Bleach makes your hair dry and brittle. Heat makes your hair dry and brittle. Together, they will make your hair dry and brittle! Try to find alternatives to your heat routines such as overnight hairstyles or embracing your natural texture with a product.
Protect Your Hair From the Sun
Sun can be tremendously damaging on both your skin and hair. A lot of us bleach our hair for summer months, but it’s important to protect your bleached hair from sun with hats, scarves or products. Run coconut oil through your hair on sunny days for an extra boost of moisture.
Don’t Towel Dry Your Hair
Towel drying your hair causes damage, including split ends. Your fragile bleached hair would benefit from air-drying or gently “blotting” your hair dry – or try a t-shirt.
Get a Silk Pillowcase
Some suggest that silk prevents breakage from your hair and keeps moisture locked in. It doesn’t hurt to try this tip, because silk is nice to sleep on too.
Use a Toning shampoo
Once a week you should opt for a toning shampoo (choose one based on your shade of bleach blonde) to keep your color true. Pro tip: A purple shampoo can prevent your hair from turning brassy.