Whether you’ve recently bleached your hair or are planning on doing so in the future, it’s important to understand just how damaging bleach can be. Leaving bleach in your hair for too long, for example, can lead to extremely fried, damaged, and straw-like hair. This is why following the right bleaching techniques and knowing how to treat bleached hair is so important. Still, if you’ve already experienced damage as a result of bleaching your hair, there are a few things you can try to restore the health of your hair once again.
Use the Right Products When Bleaching
First of all, if you’re thinking about bleaching your hair but haven’t pulled the trigger on the idea yet, make sure you use the right products to protect your hair while bleaching. Color boosters and color sealers, for example, can work wonders when it comes to preserving your hair’s strength and shine throughout a bleach treatment. Color boosting products can be simply mixed with the bleach for excellent results while sealers can be added after-the-fact.
Prolong Time Between Shampooing
Once you’ve bleached your hair, you can also reduce damage (such as fried ends and breakage) by extending the time in between shampooing your hair. For example, if you typically wash your hair on a daily basis, you might want to consider switching to washing your hair every other day instead. Doing so will allow your scalp’s natural oils to penetrate your hair and help prevent dryness. Try to go as long as you can in between washing your hair and you might be surprised at just how quickly your hair improves in health. Remember that you can always use a dry shampoo in between washings!
Use a Moisturizing Conditioner
In addition to skipping your daily shampoo, you might want to try incorporating a moisturizing conditioner into your routine. Often times, bleach saps moisture from the hair and leaves it looking dry and straw-like. By using a moisturizing conditioner, you can add some of that needed hydration back into your hair, thus improving its health and increasing shine. If using in between shampooing your hair, a moisturizing creme can be a great way to gently cleanse hair while also adding moisture.
Protect Your Hair From Heat
Heat is bleached hair’s worst enemy. However, this doesn’t have to mean that you stop using hair dryers, curling irons, and other styling tools to help you achieve your favorite looks. It just means you should be a little more careful about doing so. If you’re not already, consider using a heat-protecting spray before drying or styling your hair. Furthermore, try to dry and style your hair on a lower heat setting, if possible, and allow yourself to go at least one day a week where you don’t apply any heat to your hair at all.
Consider Getting a Trim
Last but not least, if you’ve noticed a lot of dead, split ends since you bleached your hair, it may not be a bad idea to schedule a trim at your local salon. By removing the dead ends, you might be surprised at just what a difference this can make in terms of the health and shine of your hair.
Even if you’re careful, bleaching your hair can result in some damage. By knowing how to treat bleached hair, however, you can restore your hair’s health and have it looking great again in no time at all.