We've all wanted to bleach out our hair at some point. After all, blondes do have more fun right? However, going blonde also requires maintenance to keep your locks vibrant and healthy. Dark roots and yellow tones are too familiar to those with blonde hair.
Whether you want the platinum blonde look, going lighter for summer, or want a gorgeous surf-girl halo, bleached hair requires proper hair care. If you want to repair bleached hair or just read up on after bleach hair care, we've got a cheat sheet on how to keep your locks healthy.
Why Do We Need Bleached Hair Care?
It is easy to gradually go 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, leaving you with dry bleached hair. It also raises the cuticle, making each strand very porous – it’s why bleached hair often becomes brittle and knots much faster.
As the saying goes, ‘prevention is much better than cure.' Hairdressers recommend a hair mask every other night for two weeks in the run-up to an appointment, along with a decent trim. Keeping up regular appointments is important too, as the recommended schedule for bleached hair is to snip at least a few centimetres off each month, which will certainly help to cut down on any associated frizziness and frayed ends.
The good news is with the proper love and care, (and some of our brilliant Sheer Blonde products), you don't need to compromise — you can go lighter and stronger! Healthy-looking bleached hair is totally achievable. Keep on reading to discover our picks for the best products for damaged bleached hair.
Perfecting Bleached Hair Care
How to Hydrate Hair After Bleaching
To keep your bleached locks hydrated, you’re going to need more than just a regular shampoo and conditioner. Swap your regular products for our Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner. Infused with avocado oil, these products are the best shampoo and conditioner for bleached hair - not only do they deeply hydrate your locks, but they also help reactivate dull, faded highlights.
It's also important that you don’t overuse styling tools either. Give your hair a break and practice putting down the blow dryer, letting hair air dry naturally once a week to really help improve its 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. There are a couple of options for hair masks for bleached hair. For brightening and protection, check out the Go Blonder Lemon Miracle Mask, which works by strengthening damaged hair fibres and protecting from future damage.
If you are after nourishment and revitalisation, the Detox & Repair Masque, with avocado oil and green tea extract, is a great option. This mask works in as little as three minutes to intensely nourish and revitalise dry and stressed locks — it smells absolutely divine too.
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. The best one for the job is the Flawless Recovery Deep Conditioner, which repairs and strengthens damaged bleached hair.
During those sunnier days, douse your 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.
Additionally, 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, that neutralises orange tones and boosts whiteness, like the Sheer Blonde Colour Renew Tone-Correcting Shampoo – which gets to work in one wash. To find out more on how to use your purple shampoo to revive bleached hair, check out our Purple Shampoo 101 guide.
How to Find the Right Products for Styling Bleached Hair
A nourishing oil can not only act as a treatment for bleached hair, but can help to keep hair in place after using any hot styling tools. Try the Sheer Blonde Hi-Impact Vibrancy Restoring Oil Elixir. It’s an all-purpose product that can be used on wet strands to protect them from 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 try mixing the product with a little leave-in conditioner to help moisturise and prevent dry, crispy ends. We recommend using the Blonde Hydration Leave in Conditioner as its vitamin B5 and honey formula is great for restoring dull and dry bleached hair.
And lastly, make sure not to over wash your hair, or you’ll be washing your beautiful blonde colour straight down the drain. Take a look at our range of shampoos to find the right one for you – but don’t overdo it!
To discover more about the world of bleached blonde hair and find the right product for your shade, take a look at our article on The Best Products for Blonde Hair. And check out our guide on how to keep your hair looking healthy for more useful tips.