Caring for your bleached blonde hair requires commitment and the right type of products to keep it healthy and strong.
If you happen to be new to the bleached blonde hair brigade. Make a note to yourself to upgrade your hair care products. It is a must.
Using the same sort of products that you used on your hair before it was bleached. Could be a disaster.
Bleaching Your Hair Blonde.
The use of bleach on your hair causes your hair cuticles to raise so allowing the bleaching agent to fully penetrate.
Repeatedly bleaching or overlapping previously bleached hair when retouching the root area is a no no.
As this will lead to hair breakage or to permanently raised hair cuticles. Causing your hair to suffer from rapid moisture loss.
This moisture loss will in turn lead to a head of dry brittle and inelastic hair that will be susceptible to breakage and split ends.
As bleaching is potentially the most dangerous of all the hair coloring methods.
I do recommend that the process is always carried out by a professional hairdresser.
6 Products To Help You Protect And Care For Your Bleached Blonde Hair.
A head of healthy bleached blonde hair does look fabulous.
Unfortunately, a lot of times not enough care is put into the upkeep of this blonde hair.
And very often instead you end up seeing a dull dry looking head of bleached blonde hair.
By using the right sort of products and being disciplined in your hair care regime. You will make people’s heads turn to look at your beautiful healthy looking bleached blonde hair.
Product 1. Olaplex The Bond Restorer.
A bond restorer such as Olaplex is a must. As bleaching can be quite harsh on your hair.
The need to protect your hair from the start is an important part of caring for your new look hair.
A good hairstylist or colorist when carrying out the bleaching process would advise you to use a bond restorer such as Olaplex.
And I suggest that you do take their advice.
As this will help to restore the cross bonds in your hair that were broken down during the lightening process.
Restoring the cross bonds strengthens your hair helping to minimize any damage from bleaching.
Do also make sure that you purchase the no.3 or take-home bottle as you leave the salon.
Then you can carry on the hair repairing process weekly yourself at home. You can follow the instructions in my post on Olaplex.
Product 2. Bleached Blonde Hair You Need Two Shampoos.
Bleaching your hair does damage it to a degree as it will remove the natural oils from your hair and scalp and also rough up your hairs cuticle.
You over washing your hair will only make it dryer and more brittle.
Staying away from that daily shampoo routine is a must.
Think more in terms of a shampoo every three to four days.
If day three gets tough try a little dry shampoo to help you get by.
The first shampoo you will need.
Is a gentle shampoo.
One that strikes a balance between cleansing and nourishing your hair.
As you don’t want to use a shampoo that will strip your hair and scalp of its natural oils.
Look for a shampoo for colored hair preferable blonde hair color but with no added pigment.
Which one you choose will be down to your own personal preference on price and ingredients.
I always recommend that my clients go for a sulfate free shampoo with no added silicone.
And last but of course not least whichever has the scent that you like.
The second shampoo you will need.
If you are aiming for a platinum or light ash blonde hair color or have very light natural blonde hair. One of the big struggles you have will be to keep the yellow tones out of your hair.
To help with this a must have shampoo for you is the purple shampoo.
Using this purple shampoo with care once a week. Should be sufficient to keep your yellow tones at bay.
Why a purple shampoo?
The reason for a purple shampoo is that on the color wheel purple is the opposite color to yellow.
Opposite colors on a color wheel neutralize each other.
Meaning that the purple pigments that are in the shampoo will neutralize the warm yellow pigments in your hair.
Which purple shampoo should you buy.
There are many purple shampoos on the market so again this would come down to your personal preference on price and ingredient.
Do not use this purple shampoo more than once a week.
Product 3. Hair Mask And Conditioners A Must On Bleached Blonde Hair.
Hair masks and conditioners should be your new best friends even if they weren’t before.
As your bleached blonde hair will be more porous and swollen and will lose moisture very easily.
A leave in conditioner on your hair every day you do not shampoo your hair.
As this will help your hair to retain moisture throughout the day.
Applying a hair mask or conditioning treatment at least once a week is a ritual you must keep. To give your hair more moisture.
As conditioning treatments or masks are much stronger than your conditioner and will penetrate your hairs cortex.
Product 4. Use A Thermal Heat Protector On Bleached Blonde.
Blow-drying and ironing your hair as well as other hair tools that apply heat directly onto your hair will tend to further damage your hair.
Stay away from them as much as you can.
But if you really can’t just live with letting your hair dry naturally spend your money on a thermal heat protection product.
You will not stop all the damage form your heated hair tools. But you will lessen it to a degree.
Product 5. Microfiber Towels Are Softer On Bleached Blonde Hair.
You will need to be extra gentle hen towel drying your bleached hair.
Vicious rubbing with the towel to dry off the excess moisture after your hair wash will tend to frizz and even break your hair.
To give your bleached hair some love purchase for yourself a microfiber towel.
When you pat your hair dry after the shampoo you will find that a microfiber towel will absorb far more excess moisture than a normal towel.
This in turn will mean that the amount of time that you will have to spend blow drying if you do would decrease.
Meaning less heat on your hair leading to less damage done.
Product 6. A Wet Brush Eases Tangle In Bleached Blonde Hair.
You can find that your bleached blonde hair can tangle easily especially after shampooing. Due to the roughed-up hair cuticles catching against each other.
A great product for removing tangle or knots from your hair without causing breakage is the Wet Brush.
The Wet Brush has unique bristles which allow the brush to go effortlessly through your hair. Detangling any knots or tangles without any pulling or tugging.
A useful brush to use on wet and dry hair. And one I do use every day when working on clients in the salon.
My Final Thoughts.
Being aware of what is entailed when it comes to the care side of having bleached blonde hair is very important. Realizing that your hair will need to be treated a lot gentler than before it was bleached is essential if you want your bleached blonde hair to look healthy and vibrant.
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