Bleached Hair: What You Need To Do To Nurse It Back To Health

Find out how to care for your bleached hair and save it from damage!

Filipino women have started making bold hairstyle choices in the past years and won’t be left behind when it comes to hair trends, especially with hair colors that seem to get funkier and crazier every year. There was the rose gold hair trend, pastel, rainbow, and even galaxy-inspired shades. Talk about out of this world! But the thing is, brunettes can’t just color their hair all these beautiful bright colors without bleaching first, and more often than not, achieving pastel hair takes more than one bleaching session. And bleaching, well it’s not exactly kind to our hair. Before deciding to dip in the light hair trend, you have to take note that this is always a risky procedure–so today, we’ll be teaching you how to repair damaged bleached hair. 

Bleached hair always gets damaged and turns brittle, whether the process is done in the salon or at home (but please leave this to the professionals – we’ve read tons of bleach hair nightmares from those who decided to go the DIY route!). This coloring technique raises your hair’s cuticle, allowing the harsh chemicals to fully penetrate and making strands porous that they’re unable to hold moisture. When not done properly, it can leave you with extremely brittle hair or worse, hair loss and burns. With all the damaging factors bleached hair is bombarded with, it requires extra care, attention, and nourishment than natural locks. Keep reading to find out everything you need to repair bleached damaged hair:

bleached hair
Use shampoo that’s specifically formulated for colored/bleached hair. Credit: iStock

1. Use products specially formulated for colored hair.

Two things. Products that are designed specifically for colored hair help repair bleach damaged hair and protect your hair color from fading: there are shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, and hair oils. The list goes on and on.  Bleached hair has different requirements from natural locks because it has just gone through major stress, so you have to be particular with products and choose ones that give your tresses exactly what they need.

Editor’s tip: For blonde and bleached hair, we highly recommend TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Shampoo and TRESemmé Pro-Color Series Blonde Brilliance Conditioner. This duo has a purple formula that helps neutralize brassy tones, so your blonde hair stays beautiful for long. It also has jojoba oil to keep your colored hair moisturized.  

2. Alternate colored hair maintenance products with a hair repair shampoo and conditioner duo! 

deep condition your bleached hair weekly
Switch to hair repair shampoo and conditioner or your bleached hair. Credit: iStock

To give your hair the hydration it needs, we recommend alternating color-safe shampoos and conditioners with hair repair products. To repair bleached damaged hair, you need to fill in the porous strands with moisture. 

Editor’s tip: Restore moisture on your hair and help it recover from the damaging effects of bleaching with products that deeply nourish and repair. Try TRESemmé Total Salon Repair Shampoo and TRESemmé Total Salon Repair Conditioner. This salon-quality system repairs up to two years’ worth of damage in just five uses by helping reinforce hair’s natural protective barrier, restoring hair, and protecting it against future damage.

3. Condition, condition, condition! 

Your bleached hair is extra dry and brittle so you need all the moisture you can get. Aside from conditioning your hair every day, upgrade your hair care routine and add a deep conditioning treatment to your weekly hair habits. This would nourish and strengthen your tresses and help improve their elasticity.

Editor’s tip: For a truly intense treatment, try Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Treatment Crème. It has the benefits of three keratin products in one, thus taming strands, repairing damage and reviving each strand from the inside, and restoring moisture to extremely dry hair.

4. Stop or minimize heat styling. 

Long wavy hair: Asian woman with long black wavy hair wearing a shirt and cardigan against a pink wall outdoors
No styling tools? No problem! You can create chic waves using socks.

Your bleached hair is already damaged. It’s weak and fragile, and exposing it to high temperatures would expose it to further damage. Avoid styling with heat as much as you can and let it dry on its own. It would be great to learn heatless styling techniques like sock curls. A tousled ‘do is also in, so you can look on-trend without having to use a curling iron.

Editor’s tip: If using heated tools is completely unavoidable, shielding your strands with a heat protectant product like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray is non-negotiable. Don’t let your tools touch your hair without it!

5. Have regular trims.

trim your bleached hair regularly
Get regular trims. Credit: iStock

Don’t hold on to our dry damaged ends. Schedule a regular visit to the salon and get trims to get rid of split ends, tangles, and damage at the ends. This would make your hair look healthy and would also help your hair grow faster.

6. Keep moisturizing styling products in your arsenal.

Bleaching damage hair gets very dry. Aside from hair masks, it would also help a lot if you use styling products that give extreme hydration. Make sure you have bottles of these in your beauty arsenal: one at home, and one in your bag.

A moisturizing hair-protectant-slash-cream like the VO5 Frizz Free Cream can also protect your hair from heat styling tools and help reduce frizz while restoring shine to your bleached hair. 

7. Skip a wash!

bleached hair: Girl is happily brushing her long straight hair
Brushing your hair is also a way of pampering it. Credit: Shutterstock

We always love to have soft and smooth hair every day which is why we like to shampoo it every time we wash. However, this is not a good idea because it can only dry up your bleached hair. By skipping a wash, you are allowing your hair’s natural oil to moisturize the strands.

Editor’s tip: Aside from shampooing your hair, you should also use DOVE Intense Repair 1 Minute Serum Conditioner. Your bleached hair can greatly benefit from this product as it reconstructs your hair and repairs it from within. 

Editor’s tip: We also love the Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Color Revive Ultra Conditioner! It’s deeply hydrating and gives your hair the three benefits of keratin: it smoothens strands, revives bleached hair, and keeps it vibrant. 

8. Use a microfiber towel to dry your hair.

bleached hair: girl is towel-drying her hair
Drying hair with a microfiber towel is a good practice. Credit: Shutterstock

There is not just one way to repair bleach damaged hair. Instead of using a regular towel, show your hair some love by using a microfiber material that is gentler on your strands. Squeeze your hair dry and don’t rub! You can thank us later.

9. Do a home hair spa!

Woman with long dark brown hair touching it
Credit: All Things Hair UK

You really don’t need to go to the salon to get a hair spa or keratin treatment. Thanks to the many hair products available in the market today, you can already reserve a hair pampering day every week, right in the comfort of your own home. Make sure you keep a stack of these products in your beauty arsenal so that you can do it anytime!

Editor’s tip: Look no further than Cream Silk Triple Keratin Rescue Ultimate Repair & Shine Ultra Treatment Wrap for your keratin blowout at home. You get the same benefits of salon keratin treatment for a lower price. 

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