The bleaching process can have negative effects on your hair’s health, leaving it quite fragile and susceptible to split ends and breakage. To prevent further damage and an unwanted haircut, you need to take special care of your processed blonde tresses. Below are some effective tips on how to keep your bleach blonde hair in good condition.
Shampoo and Conditioner for Bleached Hair
Don’t shampoo your hair immediately after a bleaching session. Instead, condition it to get back some of your natural moisture. Wait a few days before you go back to regular washing routine and make sure to use a moisturizing sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.
Your lightened hair needs products packed with natural, highly moisturizing ingredients. Use hair care products that are specially designed for dry, colored, or damaged hair. Avoid shampoos and conditioners that contain sulfates, as products with sulfates can be very harsh on fragile bleached hair.
To retain moisture, avoid frequent shampooing, as over-washing can strip the hair of its natural, protective oils and leave it feeling dry and brittle. Wash your hair no more than twice a week to allow natural oils to coat and protect the hair. Use plenty of conditioner every time you wash your hair. Always use mildly warm water, as hot water has a drying effect on your hair and makes color fade faster. If your hair feels and looks greasy, use a dry shampoo to stretch out the time between washes.
Organic Argan Oil Shampoo and Argan Oil Conditioner by Premium Nature is a sulfate-free set formulated to repair existing damage and protect overly processed hair from further damage and breakage. The high moisture content of nourishing oils such as argan, jojoba, peach, avocado, camelia and almond oil makes possible to gently cleanse hair without drying it.
Purple Shampoo for Highlighted Hair
Bleached hair is quite porous and is more likely to change in color and turn brassy. You need to use a purple toning shampoo once a week to get rid of yellow undertones and combat brassiness.
Pravana The Perfect Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo is a very pigmented and effective purple shampoo that helps neutralize yellow tones in lightened blonde hair. This sulfate-free purple shampoo option gently cleanses and adds strength and shine, while keeping your blonde locks brass-free.
After washing, don’t rub your hair with a towel, as this will roughen up the hair cuticle, causing tangles, frizz, and breakage. Instead, use a soft microfiber hair towel to pat dry your hair and soak up excess water without causing friction and damage.
Allow your hair to air dry as often as possible. Avoid excess brushing, as bleached hair is not strong enough to withstand much manipulation without breaking off. Also limit your use of hot styling tools to prevent worsening your hair’s condition. If heat is required, guard your hair with a heat protectant and keep your dryer on the lowest heat setting.
You need to be especially gentle when combing your hair. Working a few drops of moisturizing leave-in conditioner through damp hair will help detangle strands and keep the breakage to a minimum. A good leave-in conditioner also provides the right amount of hydration to dry, overworked hair and offers protection from the sun.
Going for a regular trim helps get rid of split ends and makes your overly processed hair look fresher. Getting monthly trims helps keep split ends at bay and gives your healthy roots the opportunity to grow in.
Hair Mask for Bleached Hair
Regular deep conditioning will compensate for a loss in moisture, rebuild hair strength, and help restore its original sheen and softness. To maintain moisture and elasticity, make sure to deep condition your hair once a week.
Arvazallia Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner for Dry and Damaged Hair is formulated to deeply condition, hydrate, detangle, and revive hair damaged by bleaching, coloring, and other chemical treatments.
For bleached hair, it’s recommended to rotate between hydration and a protein hair mask. Use a protein hair mask every two weeks after the bleaching treatment to fill in gaps in the hair cuticle and restore keratin lost during the chemical processing.
Protection from the Elements
Chlorine can strip away color and shine and leave your dyed blonde hair with a green hue. Wet your hair with non-chlorinated water and protect it with a swimming cap before swimming in a pool. This way your hair will soak up less chemicals in the pool. Make sure to rinse your hair after swimming.
Sunlight may escalate dryness and turn your hair brassy. Cover your head with a hat when spending extended periods of time in the sun. Use sunscreen spray for hair to protect your locks from sun damage and to prevent color from fading.
Olaplex Hair Perfector
Olaplex Bond Multiplier No 1 added directly to lightener before application helps protect hair from damage during the bleaching process.
Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 take-home treatment helps reverse damage from chemical processing and protects hair from further damage and breakage. It is suitable for use between coloring seasons. Use Olaplex Hair Perfector home reparative treatment once a week to strengthen your hair by rebuilding and reconnecting broken disulfide bonds. Apply the treatment to towel dried hair, comb it through, and leave it in for at least 10 minutes before following up with your normal shampooing and conditioning routines. Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 can be left on hair for longer periods of time to provide even better results, but it must be shampooed and rinsed out of hair because of its chemical compounds.
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