Bleached hair is all fun and games until you have to take care of it. The dazzling blonde hair requires more maintenance than any other color. Continue reading to learn why bleach is so bad for your hair and how to take care of it.
What Is Hair Bleaching?
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Bleaching generates lighter-colored hair by chemically eliminating the pigment (color) from hair strands. The longer the bleach is left on the hair, the more color is removed and the hair becomes lighter. Hair that already has blonde undertones will have an easier time turning platinum, whereas darker hues, such as dark brunette or black, would probably end up looking yellow or even reddish after the first application.
How Does Bleaching Your Hair Damage It?
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The outer cuticle of your hair is raised during bleaching to enable full penetration of the bleaching ingredient. Repeated bleaching can elevate your cuticle permanently, allowing for quick and constant moisture loss from your strands. Bleaching repeatedly breaks your hair, which hinders hair development and changes the natural texture of your hair.
Additionally, because bleached hair is more porous, it is more susceptible to both chemical and non-chemical risks like sun exposure as well as heat styling with blow dryers and tongs.
While all bleaching treatments damage the protein structure of your hair, this effect is exacerbated each time the process is carried out. In other words, your hair will become more damaged the more frequently you bleach or highlight it.
How To Take Care of Bleached Hair
Below are some tips and tricks for maintaining healthy bleached hair at home:
1) Wash With Cold Water
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Never use hot water to wash hair that has been bleached. This is because steam will cause additional harm to your bleached hair strands by opening up the hair cuticles. Use mild to lukewarm water to wash bleached hair.
2) Use Purple Shampoo
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Purple shampoo is a toning shampoo designed especially for blonde, silver, bleached, or brassy hair. It has crushed violet pigments that balance out brassy and yellow tones.
Purple shampoo designed for bleached hair is available at salons and beauty supply stores. After washing your hair with the purple shampoo, make sure that you rinse it out with cold water to seal the hair cuticle. If you find that the toner tones your hair too much, just use a clarifying shampoo the next time you wash your hair to remove it.
3) Nourish Your Hair
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Change to sulfate-free, protein-rich, moisturizing shampoos and conditioners when washing your bleached hair. To offer an extra dose of moisture and nourishment, you can also use a leave-in treatment serum after this.
4) Reduce Your Shampoo Use
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Remember that when you shampoo your hair, you also remove the moisture and natural oils from the hair follicles. If you want to keep your bleached hair healthy, you should shampoo it less frequently. If you're used to shampooing your hair every day, this could take some getting used to.
Washing hair once or twice a week at most is necessary to maintain and promote the health of all hair, not only bleached hair. Use a dry shampoo if your hair gets too greasy in between washes.
5) Apply a Hair Mask
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If you have damaged bleached hair, you must use a mending hair mask once each week. For damaged hair, think about using one of these DIY ultra-hydrating hair masks.
Coconut Oil Hair Mask
To get shiny, healthy hair, apply two tablespoons of heated coconut oil to your dry or damp hair. Keep it overnight by wrapping your hair in a microfibre towel or a shower cap. Rinse the mask off with your favorite shampoo in the morning, then allow it to air dry.
Yogurt Hair Mask
To enhance the shine and sleekness of damaged strands, combine one cup of yogurt with a tablespoon of olive oil. After 10 minutes, apply the mixture to your hair and rinse with cold water.
Olive Oil and Avocado Hair Mask
Combine half an avocado with a cup of olive oil. Apply the paste to your split ends after combining all the ingredients in a basin with a fork. For optimal results, leave this make-on for around 30 minutes.
6) Use a UV-Protectant Product To Shield Your Hair From the Sun
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The sun’s UV rays can harm bleached hair and turn it brassy in color. If you intend to spend time outside, you can prevent your hair from sun damage by using a UV-protectant solution. Simply apply it to your hair as instructed before going outside. As an alternative, protect your hair from the sun by wearing a hat or scarf.
7) Avoid Heat Styling
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You should avoid using heating tools like curling irons, straighteners, and blow dryers on your bleached hair to avoid further damage. If you are using heating appliances, use a heat protection product or try to keep the temperature as low as you can.
8) Ditch Traditional Hair Elastics
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Traditional hair elastics can damage your hair by snagging and pulling it. To prevent this from happening, use hair elastics that are gentle on your hair. If your hair is brittle and damaged, use Burlybands hair ties. These hair ties are far superior to conventional hair ties since they do not tug or grab your hair.
Bleached hair needs particular handling, care, and maintenance to stay healthy. Use the above-mentioned tips and techniques to avoid damaging bleached hair.
By switching up your hair care routine, utilizing the right products, and visiting your hairstylist as needed, you can keep bleached hair looking wonderful and healthy. After all, you and your hair are worth it!