So you wanna bleach your hair huh? My personal experience with bleaching is nonexistent, honestly I absolutely love the look of extreme two toned hair, I think it is edgy, different and really alot of fun.
The problem is I have no faith in my fine strands, I do not think they could survive the shear trauma bleaching would inflict on them if I ever decided to give the style a try.
I might be just wus though, because with all of the bad you hear about bleaching, it is still popular in salons and at home for a ton of women.
If you decide to take the plunge and decide to bleach your hair our first recommendation would be to use a professional, someone who does that kind of thing for a living and who can take care of your hair as you take on the process.
If you decide to go it alone, take some time to read these 3 tips before opening the box color:
1. Use protein before and after you bleach your hair
Many of us do not like to acknowledge that sometimes these extreme treatments are damaging to our hair so damaging that if you are relaxed, we wouldn’t even recommend it at all. Your hair is essentially losing protein during the bleaching process so it will need protein to patch it all together again.
In addition to using protein before and after your bleach your hair, you must deep condition weekly, and we would recommend doing a shot of protein in some form every week as well, this could be anything from an egg or yogurt to a simple product with keratin in it.
2. Avoid sulfates
If you haven’t tried a sulfate free shampoo* there is no better time like the present, sulfates are very drying to your hair and since bleaching is drying, there is no need to create a competition of who can dry out your hair faster.
Even when using a sulfate free shampoo*, still pre poo your hair to make sure it is not stripped in any way as you proceed with your regimen for color treated hair
3. Avoid heat
When you bleach your hair, breaking more bonds in the hair strand by using heat is not ideal. You want your hair to stay as strong as it can, so that is can remain relatively healthy.
Check out MissCharmsie on YouTube as she describes her experience with bleaching her hair and what she had to do and continue to do to revive her curls
Originally posted 2013-12-13 20:00:52.