Bleaching your hair can be very damaging to your bank account, time and of course, your hair. I tell you that from experience
I was very young and stupid when I decided I wanted to be blonde, from red (how stupid was I?) and to top it off, it was never light enough.. I always wanted to be ‘blonder’ which meant more and more bleach was put on my hair. Eventually I was left with very dry, brittle hair that really needed saving.
It took me about 7 months to get my hair to the amazing condition that it is in now (and has been for 2 years) and I can still colour it without killing it.
Here are some tips to help you care for your bleached hair and bring it back to life!
1.. Only wash your hair twice a week
The more you wash your hair, the more you wash out the natural oils your hair needs, leaving it dry and brittle. Or your hair will over produce the oils needed leaving your hair greasy making you want to wash it more.If this is the case I would suggest trying the L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Clay (Read about it here) or getting a good dry shampoo, I love the Charles Worthington Style Setter.
2.. Have it cut
Getting your hair cut every 6 – 8 weeks will remove your dead ends and help your hair to grow. Simple as that.
3.. Put your hair on a ‘diet’
If you can, try to avoid using any heat all together, but if you can’t, like me, choose however many days that you can each week to avoid using any sort of heat, because as we all know, heat can seriously damage your hair. When using heat use the Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray because the keratin in it eliminates frizz so you wont have to keep going over and over your hair to smooth it. The same thing kind of applies to the heat setting on your straightener. Use a medium or high heat when straightening, this way you wont be going over the same piece to achieve the look you want
4.. Use the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair
There are a lot of ‘repairing’ ‘smoothing’ and ‘moisturising’ shampoos and conditioners out there, but how do we know what to use? Well we’ve got to research them and try them.. which is what I did. I came to the conclusion that the L’Oreal Elvive Full Restore 5 Shampoo & Conditioner was 100% the best out of the ones that I tried. It left my hair how I wanted it, strong, shiny, soft and beautiful.
5.. Sleep in a conditioner or a masque
Once every 2 week apply a conditioning or repairing masque or conditioner to your hair while damp and sleep in it. It’s brilliant. I lather it on all over my hair but I focus a lot on my ends, leave it on all night and wash my hair as usual the next day.
6.. Use an Argon Oil
Many people say you need a really expensive argon oil for it work, but I was very reluctant to believe that, so I decided to try out AVON’s Advance Techniques 360 Nourish Moroccan Argan Oil Leave-In Treatment (normally around £5) and I can honestly say I am really happy with it. It doesn’t leave your feeling heavy or looking greasy.
7.. Don’t brush your hair too much
There are a couple of reasons you shouldn’t over brush your hair. Firstly, you can make your hair quite greasy brushing your hair all the time which will leave you wanting to wash it more. And secondly, if you are using the wrong brush it can break so much of your hair by just getting caught in little tangles. To avoid this I suggest using the Tangle Teezer
Before you bleach your hair, make sure you get advice off a professional hairdresser.