Bleached hair. If you plan on bleaching your hair, or are already doing this and are unsatisfied with its unhealthy look, you need two things. First, you need to understand what exactly bleaching does to your hair. Refinery29 explains this very well. After this you’ll realize the importance of using the services of an experienced professional for bleaching. The other thing you need is to understand that despite the damage of the treatment, your newly blonde hair can be soft, silky, and healthy with the right care. All you need to achieve this is a new haircare routine and some special products.
How to Keep Bleached Hair Healthy: 4 Essential Tips
1. Cut your hair instead of styling
While it’s impossible for the majority of people to avoid styling completely, you should do your best to cut the use of hot tools to a minimum. This is necessary because they dry and damage your locks, thus compounding the damage dealt by bleaching.
You also need to cut your locks regularly to remove split ends and make your hair look healthier. To make it the best for your locks, choose a hairstyle that won’t require much styling. This way you’ll be able to maintain its beautiful look by regular trims and your locks will be softer and shinier.
2. Use a shampoo for bleached hair
Using specially formulated products is one of the most important rules to follow if you want to keep bleached hair healthy. Regular products for colored hair are an option, but they won’t be as effective. You particularly need to study a guide to purple shampoo. This product has a pigment that will prevent bleached locks from yellowing. There are many types of purple shampoo that vary in pigment’s intensity to match the needs of anyone from gray-ash blondes to those with pearly white hair.
Note that no matter what kind of shampoo you use, you’ll need to cut down the frequency of washes as they dry out the hairs and scalp no matter what. Limit washing to once every three days or even less. If you need to make your locks look more ‘fresh’, wet them in the shower (use lukewarm or cool water only) and apply moisturizing conditioner.
3. Use a hair mask or a deep conditioning treatment every week
Moisturizing and nourishing are the most important things to you if you want to keep bleached hair healthy and soft. Applying a high-quality mask or a deep conditioning treatment will help you achieve this and strengthen as well as repair your damaged hair.
This procedure must become a part of your haircare routine as bleached locks require extra hydration all the time. You don’t have to go to a salon for the treatment, but it’s best to invest in a professional-grade product formulated for bleached hair. You can also use some homemade remedies 1-2 times a week if you prefer ‘all-natural’ cosmetics. However, be sure not to use any herbs as they might change the color of your locks. Stick to olive and coconut oil, eggs, honey, and avocado for your main homemade hair mask ingredients.
4. Cover your hair outdoors
UV radiation, cold, heat, rainwater which is far from clean, and other factors of the environment damage any hair. UV rays are particularly dangerous, say researchers at Collegium Antropologicum. So you have to protect your tresses from them as best you can.
Using a UV hairspray is effective, but covering your hair on top of it is better. This will also protect it from over-drying and changing the color as sunrays destroy pigment in the dye much faster. Headwear is also in style, states the Vogue. Therefore, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed using a wide-brimmed hat or a silk scarf to cover your tresses while outdoors.
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