10 Easy Steps To Repair Bleach Damaged Hair

By Niharika NayakNiharika Nayak  • 

Whether you get your hair bleached at a stylist or color it at home yourself, hair lightening products often contain small amounts of bleach. And this is for a good reason of course, bleach is the easiest and fastest way to strip pigment off your hair strands. However, changing your hair color with the use of bleach does not come without a cost. Bleach is a harsh invader that breaks up your hair proteins in order to get rid of the natural color. So whether you want your hair to be platinum blonder or lighten it up before you dye it another bright color, bleach is most likely going to be used. And it’s probably going to make your hair pretty rough. So we’ve listed down ten easy steps to repair bleach damaged hair:

1. Ask Your Stylist For A Keratin Treatment



A good quality hair spa treatment can rejuvenate your hair, but not all of them have noticeable and long-term effects. Your stylist will most likely offer you a keratin treatment that can add keratin back to your hair and strengthen it. A serum is applied to your hair and then infused into your damaged locks with a straightening iron. It can last anywhere between one to two months but this is entirely dependent on the frequency of how often you wash your hair.

2. Invest In Good Quality Detangling Products



Forcing a brush through tangles up hair is going to cause your hair to tear as it is already quite weak. Instead, you should invest in a good quality detangling product.

3. Start Applying Leave-In Conditioner



Simply using a conditioner is not enough when your hair is colored or bleached. You need to use a good quality leave-in conditioner that you can use after your shower, and it need not be rinsed out. Use this conditioner to add extra protection to hair that is vulnerable.

4. Purple Shampoos And Conditioners Work Well On Bleached Blonde Hair



The first thing you need to do is ensure that you are using the right shampoo for your hair. Blonde hair and in particular, bleached blonde ari have special needs when it comes to cleansing. Purple shampoos and products are actually purple in color and keep your bleached blonde hair from looking too brassy, orange or yellow. These shampoos

5. Avoid Conditioners Or Shampoos That Have Sulfates And Silicones



Avoid making use of conditioners and shampoos that contain silicones and sulfates as they are quite a waste and are short term. On bleach damaged hair, they simply give the illusion of smoothness and sleekness. The silicones don’t contribute to long-term smoothness and don’t repair your hair either.

6. Brush Your Hair From Bottom Up



Your hair needn’t even be colored or bleached for you to brush your hair from the bottom to the top and not attack your hair with a comb while it is wet. Hair is in its most vulnerable state when wet and can break and tear pretty easily. So, the first thing you need to do is detangle the knots from the tips of your hair strands and work your way up to the roots, section-wise.

7. Consider Getting A Deep Conditioning Treatment



The protective cuticle scales in your hair are made out of protein, so if your hair is bleached and damaged, it’s imperative to use a deep conditioning treatment that contains protein as a major ingredient and strengthen the protective coating of your hair.

8. Get Regular Trims



You may have skipped a few hair trims to maintain the length of your hair for as long as you could. However, this is a big mistake and can result in you suffering from breakage and frizz. Now that your hair has been bleached, it is all the more important that you chop off your hair every three months and get rid of split ends.

9. Avoid Exposing Your Hair To Chlorine In Pools



Those who are naturally blonde already know this, but one needs to be extra careful about exposure to chlorine. Chlorine can turn light hair green (not a pretty shade of it) and can exacerbate the drying up of your hair. It can eventually lead to more breakage. While your best bet may be to avoid dipping your hair in water when you go swimming, you should also prevent your hair from sopping up chlorine-laden water by rinsing it with fresh water before you dive in.

10. Start Eating Foods That Are Good For Hair



The best way for you to support the growth of healthy hair is by eating a healthy diet that is filled with healthy fats, vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins. This will improve the texture of your hair from the inside and make it look much better.

Now that you know all of these tips, it’s important that you are careful with bleach. While it may be able to give you the exact color that you want, it should not be used lightly. Let us know all of your thoughts on this article in the comment section below.

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