8 Ways to Repair Bleach Damaged Hair
June 18, 2019
Hair dyeing offers a world of possibilities to change your look completely, and almost every woman has been captivated by the idea of rocking a vibrant new color, especially now that candy, precious-stone and pastel colors are in. The thing is that flawless hair color comes at a price for most women, and the tag reads "bleaching." You technically cannot be sure that your new color will look like the one in the box pictures unless you bleach your natural hair color, and this means that your hair will change permanently. Unfortunately, sometimes bleaching goes very wrong and ends up in extensive hair damage or even hair loss, and that's when you need an intensive repair plan that includes a range of professional hair loss solutions, new hair care habits, and lots of patience. Keep reading to find out how to repair bleach damaged hair and bring it back to its former glory.
But Firstů What's Bleach Exactly?Hair bleach is a mix of chemicals used to lighten hair color, and its main ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. It also contains ammonia compounds which act as a catalyst, activating peroxide. These chemicals act in an alkaline solution that keeps the formula's pH at around 11.
How Does Hair Bleach Act?Bleach softens the hair cuticle to penetrate it and break down the disulfide bonds and melanin (the pigment cells in skin and hair color) by oxidation. The broken-down color molecules are colorless, that's why your hair looks so pale. This process is irreversible! Your new hair will grow with your natural color (it'll shot at the roots), but the section of the hair shaft which was exposed to the bleach will lose its color for good.
It usually takes anywhere between 15 to not more than 40 minutes to bleach hair, according to how much you need to lighten it, the hair's texture, and thickness. Check every ten minutes to make sure the hair is going lighter and responding well to the bleach (still strong and elastic).
Taking hair from dark to light with bleach is called lifting, and the bleaching levels go from a 5 (light brown) to a 10 (extra light blonde). The colors before 5 are darker, with 1 being the darkest black. For instance, if you want to take level 1 hair to level 5, you'll have to jump four levels, which cannot be achieved with a single bleaching process. If you attempt to do it though, you can be left with a mess that will be hard to fix. This common mistake leads us to the next question:
Does Bleach Really Damage Hair?We're sorry to break this to you, but bleach does permanent damage to your hair. Peroxide not only strips hair of its melanin, but also of its fatty acids, which results in overly dry and brittle locks. And as if that wasn't already bad enough, it also raises the hair cuticle. As you may already know, the cuticle protects hair from external factors and helps retain moisture, but an open cuticle leaves the hair shaft weak and devoid of moisture, brittle, and prone to split ends and extreme breakage. Bleach damage happens with overexposure (time or frequency), with the use of low-quality products, and unwise choice (like bleaching right after a perm or a dye).
Now you're probably wondering how you can recover your tresses after you have done so much damage to them.
How Can You Avoid Bleach Damaged Hair?Bleaching has the potential to be the worst thing that happens to your hair, but it doesn't have to be so when the procedure is done correctly, and all the precautions are taken. These are some of the tips to keep in mind before deciding to go through with bleaching:
- Always go to a professional rather than bleaching at home.
- Make sure the stylist conducts a strand test (to deal with any allergic reactions and learn how your hair will behave with the process).
- Deep condition your hair in the weeks leading up to bleaching.
- Forget about bleaching right after other chemical treatments or bleaching twice too soon.
How Can You Repair Bleach Damaged Hair?If the damage is already done, not all is lost. These are some of the steps you can take to minimize damage and get your hair to look, feel better and recover in time. But keep in mind that repairing serious bleach damage takes time and patience.
Step 1: Forget About Regular Shampoos
Something so simple as shampooing can damage your hair, especially if it's already damaged because regular shampoos contain sulfates, which dry hair out. So, switch to sulfate- and paraben-free shampoos.
Step 2: Deep Condition Frequently
At least once a week, use a deep conditioner apart from your regular conditioner. If possible, pick a product that has a rich, creamy texture and replenishing ingredients like protein, silicones, and vitamins. Your hair needs restructuring and hydration, so get serious about a deep-conditioning routine.
Step 3: Treat Your Hair as if It's Spun from Gold Thread
Now more than ever your hair needs you to be extra gentle. Don't brush it frantically or while wet, do not pull and yank when detangling, air-dry it, ban all accessories with metal or snagging parts, use smoothing and moisturizing products and don't go outside without sun protection.
Step 4: Ditch Heat Tools
While your hair recovers from bleach damage it is definitely not the time to use heat tools at all. Your hair doesn't need heat to fry the already open cuticle and strip even more moisture off the hair. embrace your natural shape and texture.
Step 5: Use Nourishing Styling Products
Your hair will look brittle and feel a little rough, so you'll need the help of nourishing and moisturizing serums and vitamins, whether to style it on a daily basis or be used before bed for night repair. Invest in professional products to help you with this. You'll notice more manageable, softer, stronger, and shinier hair.
Step 6: Get a Chop
If the damage is extensive and it built up from simple split ends to worse breakage, it might be time to get a haircut to get rid of all the damaged hair and wait until your new, healthy hair grows in. It doesn't have to be so bad; this will give you the chance to try a new style and grow your hair from scratch.
Step 7: Steer Clear of Hair Color and Other Chemical Procedures
Needless to say, all the while your hair recovers, you cannot even think of a new hair color, a perm, or another bleaching. Only after a few months should you very carefully consider whether you are getting any other chemical treatment. Ignoring this step on bleached damaged hair can truly get disastrous results. If you're still don't believe us, read "What You Must Know Before Dyeing Your Hair" and find out why we're asking you to put that hair dye box away while your tresses recover from bleach damage.
Step 8: Use Some Hair Loss Products
We know that bleaching won't make your hair fall unless the damage is extreme, but even mildly damaged hair gets thinner, weaker, thirsty, and short of nutrients, and some hair loss products are specially designed for volume, thickness, nutrition and strengthening of the hair shaft. These products can be a sort of superfood for your frail hair, so give them a try!
Now you can stop agonizing over bleach damage and start your road to hair repair. The Cosmetic Republic USA has advanced hair products to bring your hair back to life. Call TOLL FREE 1-888-513-8815 or fill out the contact form to learn more about us. subscribe to our newsletter and get news about us right in your inbox!
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