How to Take Care of Bleached Hair
During the application of bleach, natural pigments are removed from your hair, which can damage or ‘fry’ your hair. Bleaching essentially removes color from your hair through a process called oxidation. It can also make your hair more susceptible to breakages or split ends. It’s important to remember that the amount of damage from having your hair bleached really depends on how drastic of a color change it is. However, no matter what amount of damage is caused to your hair after bleaching, you should always have an aftercare plan prepared. This is essential for repairing and maintaining your healthy hair.
Aftercare Plan for Bleached Hair:
Take precaution when washing your hair. Washing your hair too quickly after your salon appointment can cause the color to wash out of your hair. Most professionals suggest trying to avoid washing your hair for at least 48 hours after having your hair bleached. Over-washing can also remove needed moisture from your hair.
Do not use harsh hair washing products. The best shampoo and conditioner to use for those that have bleached hair is one that nourishes and repairs without stripping your hair of its essential oils. Finding one that also serves as a toner can be a good idea because bleached hair is notorious for turning into yellow tones.
Carefully handle hair in order to avoid breakage. Try to avoid brushing or styling hair when wet. Hair is at its most vulnerable state when wet. Once your hair is dry, be careful when detangling and do not pull on hair to avoid breakage.
Avoid chlorine if possible or wash thoroughly after you swim. Chlorine is notorious for drying out even the healthiest hair. It is also known to turn lighter hair colors green if hair is not properly cleaned after a swim. If avoiding swimming in chlorine isn’t an option, make sure to properly wash and condition bleached hair afterwards.
Avoid using heating products to style bleached hair. Using heated hair styling tools such as straighteners, hair dryers and curling irons or wands, can damage your hair. Bleached hair is more susceptible to damage and using heated tools can cause breakages to occur. If you must use them, make sure to use heat protectant spray or gel.
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