How to Repair and Care for Damaged Bleached Hair

by Sarah Joan Ross

Bleaching hair is back, and whether you’re aiming for a blank canvas for wild crazy colours, looking to embrace the Khaleesi platinum, or just going lighter for summer and want a gorgeous surf-girl halo, the look takes proper care and maintenance. Here’s a cheat sheet on how to keep bleached hair in healthy condition.

What Does Bleach Do to Your Hair?

We know you love going lighter and lighter, but bleaching your hair, can cause a lot of damage. When the bleaching agent dissolves your natural melanin, along with the pigment, it can strip hair of its natural oils. It also raises the cuticle, which makes each strand very porous and is why bleached hair often becomes brittle and knots much faster. The good news is with the proper love and care, (and some brilliant products) you don't need to compromise — you can go lighter and stronger! Healthy-looking bleached hair is totally achievable.

As the saying goes, ‘prevention is much better than cure.' Hairdressers recommend a mask every other night for two weeks in the run-up to an appointment, along with a decent trim. Also keep up regular appointments, as the recommended schedule for bleached hair is to snip at least a few centimetres per month, which will certainly help to cut down on any associated frizziness and frayed ends.

Perfecting Bleached Hair Care

How to Hydrate Hair After Bleaching

Swap your regular shampoo and conditioner for moisturising, like the infused with avocado oil Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner. They not only deeply hydrate, but also help reactivate dull, faded highlights. It's also important that you don’t overdo the styling tools either. Give hair a break and practise no-styling-required styles. Put down the blow dryer and let hair air dry naturally once a week to really help improve its the condition.

You don’t need to book into the salon for regular hair hydration, as at-home masks and deep conditioners will keep the gleam going. Alternate between the Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lemon Miracle Masque, which works by strengthening damaged hair fibres and protecting from future damage.

Detox & Repair Masque, with avocado oil and green tea extract, works in as little as three minutes and helps to intensely nourish and revitalise dry and stressed locks — it smells absolutely divine too.

young woman on the beach

Protecting Bleached Hair From the Sun

UV Damage from days spent at the pool is another sure-fire way to kill off luminous locks. Before swimming, make sure to drench hair in fresh water, saturate with a deep conditioner and rinse thoroughly. During those sunnier days, douse hair in a UV protector — not forgetting the head — as the skin here can be particularly sensitive post-bleach. There’s nothing worse than a piggy-pink scalp radiating through and ruining your blonde. On the flip-side, when you spend too long basking in the sun, shore-side blonde hair can turn a nasty brassy shade. If this happens to you, invest in a colour-correcting shampoo. Choose one with purple or violet pigments, as it neutralises orange tones and boosts whiteness, like the Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo – which gets to work in one wash.

How to Care for Bleached Hair When Styling

A nourishing oil can help to keep hair in a happy place after any styling session. Try the Sheer Blonde Hi-Impact Vibrancy Restoring Oil Elixir. It’s an all-purpose product can be used on wet strands to protect from the heat styling tools. Apply a few drops on finished styles to boost shine and tame flyaways. If you’re a fan of beachy waves, and tend to use too much salt spray, then a try mixing the product with a little leave-in conditioner to help moisturise and prevent dry, crispy ends. And lastly, make sure not to over wash, or you’ll be washing your beautiful blonde colour straight down the drain.

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