Bleaching your hair is certainly the way to take your beauty to the next level. But this fashion statement comes at a price: when you bleach your hair, hydrogen peroxide opens the cuticle and removes melanin. Your cuticle will then remain open, leaving your hair layer exposed and nothing to protect it. This can lead to bifurcation and fracture. If you’re thinking about bleaching your hair, here are some things you should know.
- We don’t recommend bleaching your hair at home unless you already have blonde hair. There’s a reason why a colorist is an expert. They can evaluate your hair, tell you if it’s healthy enough to bleach, and what it takes to make it blonde. It’s true that bleach can damage your hair, but it’s even worse if your hair has been chemically treated or dyed. Your colorist will know how to handle your specific situation. Talk to your hair colorist about any treatments you’ve done in the past, including toners, gloss, and semi-permanent dyes. Any hair color can affect the bleaching process and timing.
- Before you start, make sure your hair is in good condition. Bleach can cause hair to fall out, so it’s important to use plenty of conditioning masks and treatments. Apply a mask every other night for the first two weeks of bleaching.
- Bleaching black or dark brown hair requires several visits to the salon. When your hair is very dark, the color takes time to form. If you want to achieve platinum, it’s not a good idea to complete all the treatments at once, because it will completely destroy your hair. Doing things gradually will reduce the damage to your hair and give your scalp time to recover.
- You have your styling conventions, you have your product preferences. Bleaching changes everything, making it more fragile. It will also look dry and eventually feel dry as the colored hair gets older. Choose products to replenish moisture. Choose a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner designed specifically for your colored hair. If you must use a brush, only use it when your hair is dry. Only detangle your hair when it is wet. Protecting your hair from further damage with the overheated styling.
- Use a powerful conditioner to combat dryness, and a purple shampoo will be a necessary addition to your daily routine. While purple shampoo can’t replace your regular shampoo, it’s better to use it once or twice a week, it can help prevent your hair from looking too yellow.