I’ve been coloring my hair, in some shape or form, since I was a teenager. From henna rinses and box dyes to bleaching highlights that recently took me from brunette to a blonde. You’d think I would have lost my hair by now, but by some miracle, my hair still looks fairly thick and healthy. Ok, maybe it’s more than just by miracle. Perhaps it’s just knowing how to take care of bleached hair.
A while back, I shared a blog post about how I bleach my hair, at home. Along with how to maintain it. (It’s a lot of work and it can be expensive if you’re doing this in a salon!) I will stress that before adding bleach to your locks, you should really give it a lot of thought. There’s no way to get around it. Your hair will NEVER be the same if it’s bleached. It will feel different. Thinner. And, with more split ends. (Yes, even if you use Coconut Oil and Olaplex.) Applying heat is counterproductive. It helps tame the hair and gives it a smoother appearance. But, it’s heat! You’re damaging your hair every time you use heat products. I do want you to keep all this in mind.
The other thing I want to point out is toxins, and how most products used to chemically change your hair color typically contain more toxins than typical. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I have autoimmune disorders. In addition, I have two copies of the MTHFR mutation. What this basically means is that my body is unable to clear toxins the way it was made to. This has been a HUGE game changer for me. And, it wasn’t until just two years ago that I got blood work to validate my suspicions. All these years, 95% of the products I’d been using with toxins were literally causing havoc on my immune system. (I did a Youtube video sharing some of the changes I’ve made since this discovery.)
Unfortunately, I didn’t find out about my body’s inability to detox until after I began bleaching my hair. But, there is one thing that made a HUGE difference. It’s something I strongly recommend to anyone who is bleaching their hair! I NEVER bleach my roots! I actually keep my roots dark. Initially this was only because I have olive skin, and I personally don’t think this blends well with a full head of blonde hair. So, I’m only adding bleach (chemicals) to the ends of my hair. (At least an inch beyond my scalp.)
Still, I need to be careful, because there are complimentary products, such as toner and purple shampoo that I’d been using to maintain the shade of blonde I’ve been going for. I’m just very careful to keep anything non-organic off of my scalp. Because, that is a surefire way to invite nasty toxins into your body.
Ok, now that I got all of that off my chest, let’s get to it!
For those of you who do color or bleach your hair, one of your main concerns may be preventing (or reversing) the damage. So, here are some tips and products that have really been effective in taking care of my bleached hair!
1.) Don’t wash your hair too often!
We all know that washing our hair, too often, can work against the natural oils that keep hair hydrated. I’m very happy to have discovered dry shampoo. It seriously works wonders. I don’t not have an oily scalp, so I can go several days without a sudsy wash. However long you can go, minimizing hair washes is one of the best ways to take care of bleached hair!
2.) Use good products in between washing and styling your hair.I’ve been a fan of Revlon’s Uniq All-in-One Coconut Treatment Spray ever since one of my favorite colorist at a high end salon used it on my hair. This stuff is like ten bucks! It does ten things in one.
- Repair for dry and damaged hair.
- Shine and frizz control.
- Heat protection.
- Silkiness and smoothness.
- Hair color protection/with UVA and UVB filters.
- Easier brushing and ironing.
- Incredible de-tangling.
- Long lasting hairstyle.
- Split ends prevention.
- Adds body.
I love the way it feels after I spray it on my damp hair. I can run my fingers through it and it feels so much healthier, instantly. It has a great smell, too. Last but not least, I love using this in the summer after a swim! I also love Chi Silk Infusion as a leave-in conditioner! I use this right after I spray my hair with ONE. It’s a rich, reconstructing complex made with pure natural silk, wheat, and soy proteins. It helps hydrate and moisturize the hair. I add about a nickel’s size to the palm of my hand an just work it into my ends, prior to drying my hair.
3.) Use Hair Masks, Regularly.
Every few weeks, I use a hair mask to do some serious repair! I love Art Naturals Argan Oil Hair Mask. I use a few of their products, as they are “cleaner” than most! This hair mask goes a long way, but more importantly, I can see and feel a difference. And, it’s only $12.
4.) Use heat, sparingly. And, use a Heat Styling Protect Spray.
If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Insta-Stories, you may have noticed that on a day-to-day basis, I wear my hair back! I basically don’t have it styled. That’s right. I’d say most of the week, I wear my hair slicked back in pony tail, braided, or up in a clip. Why? Because I don’t want to use the heat of a curling iron every day! I try to limit this to maybe three days a week. And, when I do style my hair I use a heat protectant spray. They even have a two-in-one spray, such as Joico’s K-Pack Protective Hair Spray. So you can spray this on before you curl your hair and it will not only protect your hair; It will hold your waves or curls! I know. Genius! It’s around $12.00.
5.) For goodness sakes, trim your hair!
There’s really no way around this. Bleach causes split ends. So, every six weeks, I trim my ends. I don’t know if it’s true that it helps your hair grow faster. I mean, how can that be when it’s all the way at the other end? Nevertheless, it does help keep my hair looking healthier.
Well, that about sums it up. So, are you thinking of bleaching your hair for the first time? Do you have any tricks in taking care of your bleached hair? I’d love to hear from you. Comment below!