Bleaching your hair most likely will cause some kind of damage, especially if you are bleaching your hair at home and not in salon. Severe damage to the cuticle; specifically designed to protect the cortex (place on our scalp where our natural hair color rests), may result from over bleaching. This can cause our hair to be lifeless, stiff, and extremely dry. Worst case the hair breakage can and may occur from the root area.
Here are few steps to take to repair the damage done to your hair by bleach:
- Limit the number shampoo use on weekly-it provides time to accumulate natural hair oils.
- Use moisturizing shampoo-this can give your hair the necessary oils to the hair.
- Use warm water and NOT hot water-damaged hair needs natural hair oils, hot water tends to burn the necessary oils.
- Rinse hair completely.
- Apply conditioner especially if it is specifically designed for treating damaged hair.
- Leaving the conditioner on your hair for at least 20-30 minutes-this provides the necessary oils to react.
- Final rinse should always be with cool/cold water-it seals newly moisture back into our scalp.
- Avoid using any kind of hot styling/drying tools-damaged hair does not need heat but cool, air dry your air.
- Change your diet, if necessary to include oils such as olive and/or vegetable oils.
- Use combs for brushing your hair not hair brush until the hair is completely repaired, also don’t comb/brush your hair while it is wet, it cause breakage.
- Don’t add any more chemicals to damaged hair, it can cause additional damage.
- Drink tons of water and don’t take too much stress.
- If the damage does not improve after a month or you can allergy reaction, please contact your professional hair salon.