If you are reading this article, you are either thinking of going blonde or experimenting with bright hair colours. Since your hair colour falls in the typical Indian palette of black to dark brown, you will have to lighten your tresses with hair bleach to get those beautiful shades of blonde hair colour to show.
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However, it comes at a price. Bleaching can cause a lot of damage, leaving you with dry hair that’s prone to breakage and split-ends. If not done correctly, bleaching can cause irreparable hair damage.
In this post, you will learn:
- Hair bleach do’s
- Hair bleach don’ts
Hair Bleach Do’s
Everyone knows where to buy hair bleach and follow the directions printed on the box, and yet many people end up with fried and damaged hair that feels as if it belongs on a broom! Here are a few hair bleach do’s that you must follow to keep your mane healthy:
1. DO visit a professional
You can easily buy a hair bleaching kit from shop or order it online, and DIY (do it yourself), with possibly disastrous results. The instructions are standard and do not take into account your hair specific type. You may end up applying too much hair bleach or leave it on for too long, and end up burning your tresses.
A professional hair colour treatment is your best bet to get blonde hair colour highlights or a full-head colour without any hair damage. A salon professional will assess your hair and apply just the right amount of bleach your hair needs. If you have decided to go too light, the professional can suggest how many bleaching sessions you need to get the desired results. If you opted for pastels or other fashion hair colour options currently in vogue, they will suggest products that will stop the fading and make the colour last longer.
2. DO follow a strict hair care regime
Coloured hair, especially bleached hair, needs a regular hair care routine to nurse it back to health. If you do not take care of your hair after it is bleached, you may have to face a lot of hair issues such as dullness, coarseness, breakage, split ends, etc. Invest in high-quality shampoos and conditioners meant for coloured hair and bleached hair, use deep conditioning natural hair masks to bring back the moisture, and oil your hair regularly to combat the coarseness.
3. DO get an intensive hair repair treatment post-bleaching
Hair bleach contains chemicals that break down your hair’s natural pigment, giving you a lighter hair colour. However, it also opens up the hair cuticle, leading to loss of moisture. Your hair is left porous, brittle,and prone to damage. After a hair bleaching treatment, create an intensive hair repair treatment based on your hair type.
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A hair spa would help reverse the damage, since all the ingredients used in a hair spa are designed to nourish your hair. The treatment also strengthens the colour and makes it last longer. Get a hair spa to restore your hair’s lost nourishment.
4. DO use hair products for coloured hair
Always use high-quality products that are specially meant for colour-treated hair since they are gentle to the hair and also help maintain its natural bounce.
Hair Bleach Don’ts
Your hair goes through quite a bit of stress when you bleach it for the latest hair colours and styles; and the sooner you start work towards reversing the damage, the better. Here are some hair bleach don’ts you should know:
1. DON’T use hot styling tools for 3 weeks
Bleaching weakens your hair, and any styling involving a hot tool – like blow dryers, straightening irons and curling wands – will only damage it further. Heat protectants cannot really prevent against harmful effects since hair cuticles are left opened during the bleaching process. The best thing to do is to stay away from styling tools for at least 3-4 weeks. We suggest putting them someplace difficult to reach so that you are not tempted.
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2. DON’T skip conditioners and oils
No matter how busy you are, you simply cannot skip slathering conditioners on your bleached hair. Conditioners add back the lost moisture to your hair, and help bring it get back to its healthy state. Consider doing a gentle oil massage with coconut oil, olive oil, or other hair oils to add some shine and moisture to your hair. Follow up with a gentle shampoo or cleansing conditioner. Also, do not forget to apply a leave-in conditioner before leaving your hair to air dry.
3. DON’T use harsh products on your hair
Your hair needs tender loving care after bleaching, and not harsh shampoos that can strip off the moisture. This would be the perfect time to switch to cleansing conditioners and herbal shampoos to wash your hair. You can also make homemade cleansing masks that cleanse the hair without stripping natural oils from it.
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4. DON’T forget to get professional repair treatments
If you are unable to do hair masks multiple times a week, you can go for a professional hair restorative treatment offered at various salons or by our hair care professionals. Some of these treatments have proven to be really effective in dealing with bleached hair and blonde highlights right from the first session. The best thing about consulting a professional is that she or he will be able to assess the condition of your hair and suggest a treatment accordingly.
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Hair oil, hair spa treatments, deep conditioning masks and leave-in conditioners will be your best friends if you bleach your hair. If you take a few precautions while bleaching your hair and follow a healthy hair care routine post bleaching, your hair will be soft, shiny and beautiful – just as it should be.
Final Words of Advice
Our final piece of advice to you is this – be absolutely sure about colouring your hair. Many people change their hair colour drastically and regret it soon after. Instead of waiting for months and spend loads of time in maintaining the new hair colour, they decide to either go back to their natural hair colour or at least switch to a low-maintenance one. Frequent bleaching or colouring can have a negative impact on your hair. Do your research before choosing a new hair colour. Instead of following the latest hair colour trends blindly, choose the right hair color from the hair color chart, and choose hair colour styles that would suit you and your lifestyle.