We love the bleached hair look but having white strands comes with its own unique set of challenges. These issues stem from bleach-damaged hair, which can cause your hair to dry out and feel straw-like and damaged. If you don’t want to stop bleaching, you’ll want to make sure that your hair stays as healthy as possible in-between hair color sessions.
Read on to learn more about some of the best hair treatments for bleached hair and insider hair tips that will ensure that your newly lightened hair stays healthy and damage-free:
Taking Care of Bleach-Damaged Hair
1. Avoid Chemical Treatments for Bleach-Damaged Hair
Getting bleached hair is already a huge chemical process in and of itself where you essentially removed the natural pigments in your hair. This can cause your hair to become seriously damaged and dry. In-between lightening sessions, avoid any additional chemical treatments.
2. Use a Color-Safe Shampoo
Bleach-damaged hair requires a lot of maintenance. In-between sessions, be sure to use a purple shampoo, like SheaMoisture Purple Rice Water Strength & Color Care Shampoo, to help banish brassiness that often comes when you dye or bleach your hair. Powered by violet toners, this shampoo also works to banish brassiness and brighten up your blonde hair.
3. Avoid Heat Styling
Blowdryers, curling wands, and straightening irons all use heat to style your hair. The manipulation of the moisture content in your hair helps create the desired style, however, it will cause damage to the hair. Again, allow the hair to rest and recover from the chemicals. If hot tools are used, it’s important to use a good heat defense spray—adding that extra protein layer over the strands will lock in moisture and prevent any damage. This also applies to the sun, so be sure to keep your head protected by wearing a hat when you’re out and about. If you absolutely can’t avoid the heat, use TIGI Copyright Custom Create Heat Protection Spray. We love this spray because it detangles and moisturizes your hair while making it soft.
4. Use Hair Masks
Hair masks are a must when you have bleached hair. They work to nourish and revive your hair and even help repair the damage that’s already been done. Start by incorporating a hair mask into your weekly hair regimen. We suggest Nexxus Humectress Restoring Masque. This formula contains Elastin Protein that helps provide intense moisture and hydration.
5. Skip a Hair Wash
Daily washing might be too much for your bleach-damaged hair. If your hair isn’t too greasy, opt to skip a wash (or two) to give your strands a break. If you find that your hair needs to be refreshed, you can opt to refresh it by using some dry shampoo. Try out Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo, which can help you to absorb oil and provide you with 48 hours of frizz control.
6. Use Hair Oils
You may also need to provide to your damaged bleached hair with some added moisture via a hair oil. We love hair oils as a way to make our hair smoother and softer, and especially love using Love Beauty and Planet Hope and Repair Coconut Oil & Ylang Ylang 3-in-1 Benefit Oil as it helps prevent split ends while nourishing your hair.