How to Take Care of Bleached Hair and Fix Damage

If you’ve searched for the best hair mask for bleached hair or you are wondering how to fix hair that’s been damaged from over-bleaching. Or, maybe you just want to know how to take care of your bleached hair. Whatever the reason you’ve found us, we can help. We’ve been taking care of hair for over 35 years and, in our experience, bleached hair just needs a little bit of extra love to maintain it’s magnificence!

For this blog, we want to offer some of our salon know how on how to take care of bleached hair but also focus on some of the questions that we’ve been asked over the years.

What happens when you bleach your hair?

If your hair has been damaged from over-bleaching, you might be wondering what you’ve done to it. So here’s what happens when you bleach your hair.

  • Hair is treated with a chemical to open the hair cuticle.
  • The bleach destroys the natural pigment of the hair.
  • The darker pigment disappears and bleached blonde is the result.

Put Back what you Take Out of Bleached Hair

Any chemical process reduces the moisture in the hair. Bleaching is harsher than other colour treatments because, by completely removing the pigment, hair becomes more dry and brittle. Our view? Put back what you take out. It’s a simple but effective mantra when it comes to hair. So, as the bleaching process makes hair more brittle and dry, it’s time to build a regular deep conditioning treatment into your hair care routine.

If you are not a regular user of deep conditioner, here’s what we recommend:

  1. A deep conditioner, otherwise known as a hair mask gives the hair a more intense treatment than standard conditioners. Because of the moisture loss that we mentioned before, this is especially important for bleached hair.
  2. Deep conditioners are not a one-off event, especially for bleached hair. The best analogy we can give is your skin. You moisturise your skin every day. Even if your skin doesn’t feel dry in the morning, you don’t skip moisturiser because you know, if you leave it, it will become dry. It’s the same for hair, except hair doesn’t need moisture every day. However, it does need moisture on a regular basis and we recommend once a week every week.
  3. It’s best not to overload bleached hair with too much deep conditioner or hair mask at once. Chances are your hair is more porous as a result of bleaching the hair. This means it soaks up moisture easily and sometimes it might feel that no matter how much product you use, it’s never enough. It can be tempting to keep layering on deep conditioner but getting the hair into great condition does take a little time and patience. Little and often works best.

Add Moisture to High Porosity Bleached Hair

Because bleached hair is more likely to be porous, if you don’t keep on top of the moisture, it can become frizzy. Hair, when it’s crying out for moisture tries to soak up moisture from the atmosphere. If your hair is prone to frizz, you probably already know that damp or humid environments are not your hair’s best friend!

How to get rid of frizz and add moisture to bleached hair.

Make a regular commitment. Bleached hair needs your time and attention on a regular basis. We know that can feel demanding but the results will be worth it when you show off your blonde-bombshell, frizz-free locks.

  1. As we said above, it’s best to give bleached hair a deep condition every week. The secret is not to apply too much product at once. Trying to load up the hair with lots of product at once is a waste of good product! Your hair can only absorb so much moisture at a time.
  2. So to give you an example, our Restore and Shine Hair Masque comes in a 200ml jar. Typically, you should use around 10ml for each deep condition. A little more for longer hair and a little less for shorter hair but if you work on the basis that you’ll get on average 20 uses out of a 100ml jar of Restore and Shine Hair Masque that’s a good rule of thumb.
  3. By using a deep conditioner or hair mask regularly you can build moisture over time. Keep doing it and you’ll notice you need less product as your hair improves in condition. But like your skin, just because it’s in good condition, doesn’t mean you can stop. Keep treating hair to maintain the moisture and condition.
  4. With Restore and Shine Hair Masque, we recommend leaving it on bleached hair for as long as possible. You can leave it on for 10 minutes and get good results. But, if the hair is crying out for moisture, giving your hair more time to soak up the nourishing ingredients makes a big difference. You can leave it on for a couple of hours or even overnight if that works for you. If you are using other products, check the manufacturer’s instructions before doing this.

How to Prevent Breakage of Bleached Hair

Breakage is a common problem when the hair has been over-bleached. It’s probably worth clarifying what we mean by over-bleaching. When bleached hair has regrowth and the roots start to show, apply bleach at the roots only. If you keep layering the bleach on top of already bleached hair you are over-bleaching the hair and chances are, at best it will become excessively dry and at worst, it will start to break.

Prevention is always better than cure so here’s how to avoid breakage of bleached hair
  • Always, get your hair done by a professional. You may save some money by bleaching your own hair but if it goes wrong and hair starts to break, it can be a long journey back to good hair.
  • Excessive heat can be too much for bleached hair. We are not saying you have to ditch the hairdryer, but the straighteners are a big no-no for bleached hair. The hair is already vulnerable so our best advice is to keep heated styling to a minimum.
  • Choose a shampoo for colour-treated hair. They are designed to be gentle on colour or bleaching, as well as adding moisture to the hair.
  • Bleached hair will need moisture in between hair mask treatments so remember regular conditioning is essential and you should always follow shampoo with conditioner.
  • Try leave in conditioner to give hair an injection of moisture and to give the hair some protection during styling.
  • Get regular trims to keep on top of dry ends. Bleached hair, no matter how dedicated you are to your weekly deep conditioner, will inevitably get dry at the ends. Allowing them to linger will lead to split ends and breakage if you don’t keep them in check.

How do you keep Bleached Hair Healthy?

This is a question, we are often asked and the truth is, all of the above. However, we’d also like to share some of our favourite hair-loving ingredients with you. There’s a whole lot of noise out there about the ingredients you shouldn’t use in your hair. For example silicones and alcohol denat, and, we agree they can be drying for bleached hair so we don’t include them in our product range. However, we love to shout about some of our favourite ingredients, the ones that work hard to add moisture and bring hair back to a healthy condition.

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Here are our top 5 ingredients for keeping Bleached Hair Healthy

Pro Vitamin B5
  • We think pro vitamin b5 is the superhero healthy hair. It’s been proven to get moisture to the core of the hair, which is essential for bleached hair. Remember what we said at the beginning? Bleaching hair opens the cuticle and destroys the pigment which in turn can leave hair dry and brittle. Well, pro vitamin b5 to the rescue! It can penetrate the cuticle and get moisture right to the core of the hair.
  • By adding moisture in the core of the hair you can increase hair elasticity and avoid breakage. If you haven’t come across the phrase hair elasticity before we recommend taking a look at our blog on the subject. We’ve added it to the recommended reading list at the bottom of this page.
Glycerin
  • Glycerin is a sweet treat for any hair. I think we’ve established that bleached hair needs moisture! Well, glycerin actually prevents moisture loss so it works in partnership with pro vitamin b5 to maintain the moisture levels in hair whilst fighting frizz at the same time. A sort of Robin to Pro Vitamin’s Batman if you like…
Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Cetearyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol and not to be confused with ethyl alcohol (alcohol denat). As a natural fat, if you were to rub it between your fingers it would have a creamy texture. It’s used as an emollient in skin care because of its ability to soften and smooth. We use it in hair care to soften and smooth the cuticle. When hair has been bleached the cuticle becomes rough. Cetearyl alcohol helps to smooth and seal the cuticle, helping to lock in moisture and add shine.
Avocado
  • Avocado is a powerhouse ingredient for hair. It contains oleic acid which helps hair to retain moisture and makes hair easier to detangle. You may have noticed that bleached hair becomes tangled more easily. So products containing avocado are a great choice for bleached hair.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol)
  • Vitamin E is a natural conditioning ingredient an anti-oxidant that supports healthy hair. Adding nourishment to dehydrated locks it smoothes and shines hair.

You can find all of the above ingredients in our Restore and Shine Hair Masque. We spent several years developing this deep conditioner in our salon and having used it on literally hundreds of heads we can absolutely say it’s the best deep conditioner for bleached hair that we’ve ever worked with. It adds moisture, gets rid of frizz and improves the shine and elasticity of hair. Every bleached-haired beauty’s dream!

How do you Make Bleached Hair Shiny?

If you’ve been bleaching your hair for some time, you make feel like it will never shine again but it is possible. Paying attention to moisture and following these simple steps will help to make your bleached hair shiny again.

  1. Regular shampooing and conditioning. For most people, 2 to 3 times a week. If you want shine hair has to be clean.
  2. Use a leave in conditioner for styling. Choose our Glossy Mist for maximum shine.
  3. Keep heated styling to a minimum. Get as much water out of your hair as possible with a towel before you use the hairdryer. Use medium heat on the hairdryer and finish with a blast of cool air to set your style.
  4. Use a hair mask every week to maximise moisture. Hair shines and when it has moisture.
  5. Give your hair a spritz with leave in conditioner spray in between washes.

How to Take Care of Bleached Hair: Is Argan Oil good for Bleached Hair?

Yes, is the short answer. But we think application matters. Here’s why. Using oils on any hair can be challenging. When applying any oil to hair there are 3 things to watch out for:

  • Use too much oil and it will overload the hair, riding up to the roots leaving them greasy and clogged.
  • Oil applied directly to hair can attract dirt from the atmosphere, leaving it looking dull.
  • A build-up of oil can be difficult to get out of the hair. Sometimes you have to do several shampoos to get rid of oil build-up which defeats the object of doing it in the first place.

Argan oil is rich in Vitamin E and its benefits for hair and skin are well-documented. However, if you’ve struggled with using oils on your hair in the past, and if any of the points above are familiar, you’ll understand why the application is important. Argan oil is a key ingredient in our styling range. We believe that including it in the product formulation is a more effective way of applying it to the hair. So we’ve developed formulations that include Argan Oil but the overall formulation is lightweight and free of build-up. Our styling range is applied using a super-fine mist spray, making application even easier.

Applying Argan Oil to the hair in this way gets rid of the problems described above, whilst giving bleached hair all the benefits.

How to Repair Bleached Damaged Hair?

If bleached hair becomes damaged, it’s time for a time-out. Stop any chemical treatments to the hair, keep heat to an absolute minimum and add moisture. This takes time, if you want to get your hair back on track, you need to find your inner zen, take a deep breath and take some time to help your hair recover. Here’s what we recommend:

  1. Get a hair cut. If the hair is badly damaged, getting rid of dry, damaged ends will stop the damage riding up the hair shaft. If the hair is so badly damaged that it’s falling out you may need a radical rethink. Talk to a professional stylist about the best style options to make hair look thicker.
  2. Use a hair mask twice a week for 2 weeks. After that initial period, use a hair mask once a week every week to improve moisture and elasticity. Condition hair every time you shampoo.
  3. Reduce heated styling. This means using a hairdryer on a low setting and not using any other heated styling appliances. If you can, let your hair air dry.
  4. Use leave in conditioners prior to styling and you can give hair an extra moisture boost in between washes.
  5. Give your hair the space to recover and take professional advice before colouring or bleaching again.

So there you have it, a little bit of extra love goes a long way in helping you to care for bleached hair. We’ve summarised the key points below:

  • Deep condition bleached hair every week.
  • Keep bleached hair clean and always condition after shampooing.
  • Get regular trims and keep on top of dry ends for bleached hair.
  • Use leave in conditioner to add moisture to bleached hair when styling.
  • Cut down the heated styling for bleached hair and keep the hairdryer on a cooler setting.
  • Add moisture to bleached hair by choosing products that have nourishing ingredients.
  • Argan Oil is good for bleached hair but watch out for application. Don’t go too heavy on the oils.
  • Don’t overlap the bleach. Touch up the roots only. Avoid over-bleaching the hair.

For further reading, here’s a list of some of the articles we referred to in this piece on how to take care of bleached hair.

Recommended Reading

Tips to reduce heated styling in our blog, Hair Styling Tools – 8 Reason to love Velcro Rollers

Find out how you can add moisture to bleached hair as you style with our blog, Leave in Hair Conditioner: We Give you the Heads Up

Test the elasticity of your hair. Read our blog, Hair Elasticity: Do the Stretch Test

Find out how to take care of bleached hair with an avocado hair mask in our blog, Deep Conditioner: Avocado Hair Mask

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