The first step to giving color-processed hair some serious TLC.
For a lot of us, there’s little life after bleaching. Though it may not be as obvious with some, bleaching hair puts it under the wringer and is one of the main reasons hair ends up damaged and porous. The process literally alters our hair’s chemical structure and leaves it extremely dry and vulnerable to breakage. That said, a system that moisturizes is a crucial cornerstone to your routine, but one that does so without living it limp and stringy is also something to consider. In a nutshell: The best shampoo for bleached hair has to strike a perfect balance between cleansing and nourishing, without stripping your hair and scalp of its natural oils, or weighing it down.
Need more info? Allow us to deconstruct below, and see if these are systems you can get behind:
The Best Shampoo for Bleached Hair
1. It strengthens.
Colored or bleached hair is hair that’s highly prone to breakage. That said, investing in a system that strengthens the strand while providing moisture and smoothness is essential. Choose one that strengthens protein bonds, stops damage and reconstructs the foundation of hair while smoothing it out, like Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo and Keraphix Damage Healing Conditioner. Systems like these manage to penetrate the hair fiber to repair its protein structure—ideal for those times immediately post-bleach, when strands are at their weakest and most fried. Note: The more care you invest into your hair care means the more good hair days you can enjoy with your new hair color.
2. It deep-conditions.
Another standout formula commonly found in the best shampoo for bleached hair is one with coconut oil. Touted as one of nature’s most effective emollients, coconut oil-infused formulas have flooded the market in recent years due to their efficient (and affordable) moisturizing properties with little to no weighdown. Be on the lookout for systems that gently cleanse but pack an intensely moisturizing punch while doing so, such as Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo and Suave Professionals Damage Repair Conditioner—we like how lightweight it feels too, as well as how it fixes up to three years of visible damage.
3. It is color-safe.
Lastly, the best shampoo for bleached hair also has to be formulated for colored strands. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Shampoo is low-sulfate and comes infused with keratin and Moroccan Argan oil (another hot ingredient), which means it gently cleanses color-treated hair while also controlling frizz. A bleached strand can have the tendency to splay out and fray, making it prone to roughness and having that dreaded pouf from frizz. A potently moisturizing formula such as this, which provides hair with up to 72 hours of frizz control, helps to maintain your hair’s smoothness while also retaining your color’s vibrancy. Follow up with a moisturizing conditioner, such as TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Color Conditioner, for a vibrant, glossy sheen.