How To Fix Hair Damaged from Bleaching

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Bleaching hair is considered one of the major causes of oxidative hair damage, so how do you fix hair damaged from bleach?

Key tips;

  • Deep conditioners will plump your bleached hair with moisture, making it more elastic, stronger, and less likely to break.
  • Bleached hair has a hard time retaining moisture and therefore it is critical that you focus on effective moisturizing techniques.
  • Keep off heat as it damages the hair cuticles further, bleached hair is already vulnerable.

If you have bleached hair, it’s important to learn how to fix any damage that may result from the bleaching process and therefore in this article we will give you key tips that will help you restore your hair.

Here is how to fix hair damaged from bleach:

1. Moisturize well

Bleached hair has a hard time retaining moisture, therefore focus on effective moisturizing techniques such as LOC method, maximum hydration or LCO method.

Locking moisture is also very key. Sealing oils such as Jojoba oil, Castor oil, Hemp seed oil and almond oils will help bleached hair lock in moisture.

Use coconut oil as a pre-poo before bleaching as it penetrates the hair cuticle and reduces swelling. [1]

Massage these oils on the scalp and hair before you hit the shower. They not only moisturize and seal, they also restore the glow and shine that we all desire.

2. Deep condition 

Deep conditioning hair treatments will plump your bleached hair with moisture, making it more elastic, stronger, and less likely to break.

It also adds shine to your strands and makes the hair tangle-free. 

Apply a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment three days before and three days after bleaching or highlighting.

When deep conditioning, use a hooded dryer as the heat will make the treatment get absorbed properly giving your strands maximum benefits.

3. Use a gentle shampoo

Bleached hair is already weak, therefore do not add further strain to your bleached hair by using harsh products.

Ensure you look at the products you purchase for your hair and look for shampoos with a lower PH. [2]

Aim for color-safe gentle shampoos such as purple shampoo that will nourish your hair while maintaining the color. Who wants a shampoo that will fade the shade you love?

4. Protect hair from heat

Remember with bleached hair, your hair cuticles are raised, making the hair as porous as a sponge. Just like a sponge, very porous hair soaks up water easily but it loses it as fast.

Using heat frequently on bleached hair damages the hair cuticles, making them lift increasing the hair porosity.

To fix this stay away from heat for a while.

If you really must use heat, ensure you use heat-protectant sprays and serums to shield your strands from moisture loss ad protect them from heat damage.

Ensure the heat styling tools are on low heat settings to reduce the amount of heat getting to your hair. Do this only once in a long while to give the hair enough time to heal from bleach damage.

5. Wear protective hairstyles

Protective hairstyles go a long way to prevent further stress on hair damaged by bleach.

These styles will ensure your hair does not tangle, reduces split ends, preserve and locks in moisture, and most importantly prevents hair damage.

6. Detangle gently

To help prevent breakage, gently detangle bleached hair, starting from the tips, working through any knots slowly, and gradually working up to your roots.

Do not pull the hair too hard, or else your hair will snap as it is quite brittle. Use a wide-toothed comb to prevent any hair loss.

7. Stay away from chemical treatments

Chemical treatments are usually packed with harmful silicones and parabens that will do no good to bleached hair.

When washing bleached hair, avoid any shampoos loaded with chemicals as they cause further strain on the hair strands.

8. Protect hair from chlorine

Chlorine is a chemical that makes bleached hair look worse. It makes the hair strands brittle and weak.

Protect your bleached hair with a swim cap before entering any swimming pool.

You can also apply some leave-in conditioner on your hair before you swim as this means your hair soaks in less chlorinated water.

Rinse the hair with cool water before you enter the pool to close the cuticles and limit absorption of chlorine.

After a swim, immediately rinse off the chlorine thoroughly, and wash with a clarifying shampoo and a thick conditioner or a hair mask.

9. Wear sun protection

Wear a lightweight, protective SPF spray or serum throughout the day. Use products that will help keep your strands hydrated, shiny, and shielded from environmental damage such as pollution, air conditioning, central heating, wind, and UV rays.

They will aid in sealing your cuticles, minimizing moisture evaporation from your strands. Remember sun protection also protects your scalp.

10. Sleep in a satin bonnet

Wearing a satin bonnet while sleeping protects the hair from dryness caused by friction.

This reduces the amount of frizz you wake up with. Frizz makes many of us have bad hair days.

Having bleached hair protected alleviates stress and helps to prevent split ends.

Cotton sheets can absorb moisture from our hair, causing dryness. Using a silk/ satin bonnet reduces the chance of hair breakage.

Final thoughts;

We all love getting a new gorgeous shade for our hair; however, bleaching has common side effects such as:

  • Hair strands that are weak and brittle
  • Dry and lifeless hair
  • Hair has decreased tensile strength
  • Inelastic hair
  • Hair is prone to split ends and fly-aways
  • Loss of hair
  • Hair becomes more porous and hence is easily damaged by harsh chemicals. [2]
  • Discolored hair that loses its natural shine
  • Hair tangles easily

Therefore, bleached hair needs some extra TLC as its more prone to damage.

The tips we’ve shared in this article are restorative for hair damaged by bleach. With maximum hydration, protecting oils, and creams your hair is assured of another shot at life!

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