Bleached hair can look great – bright and beautiful, highlighted and natural. However as with any hair treatment there is a risk that the chemicals involved can damage hair fibers. Bleaching is known as especially harsh on hair and as such requires a bit of tender loving care, once done. Knowing how to get shiny hair after bleaching is absolutely vital if you are going to take the plunge so here are my top tips on how to do exactly that.
Get shine back
Lackluster hair is a real risk when you bleach, but happily there are a few good techniques to deal with this problem. If you are wondering how to get shiny hair after bleaching start with some deep conditioning treatments. These are usually thick conditioners designed to be applied to the hair from root to tip after shampooing while still in the shower. Leave on for at least 3 to 5 minutes (some people swear by leaving it in much longer), then rinse thoroughly. Doing this two or three times a week for a month or so after you bleach your hair should really return the shine.
Avoid too much heat
If your hair is fragile after being dyed try to avoid anything that is likely to cause further breakage. Heated styling tongs and straighteners tend to make the hair dry and brittle, which is exactly what you don’t need when it’s been bleached. Look to non-heat based styling techniques and learn to embrace a natural dry.
Wash less frequently
Likewise washing hair too often can strip it of its natural oils and these are exactly what you need to restore the shine. Try not to wash your hair every day and use gentle shampoos (such as baby formulas) to prevent any damage.
Use products designed for bleached hair
There are a lot of good products on the market designed specifically for hair that has been bleached. These are made with formulas that take into account the chemicals used during a bleaching session and help to restore the hair’s natural balance. If in doubt, ask your stylist for some recommendations.
Try purple shampoo
Although it may sound strange a lot of people find purple shampoo great for bringing out the best in bleached hair. Due to the light reflections from purple hues, adding a slight lavender hint to your blonde hair can help prevent brassy tones.
These are my top tips on how to take care of bleached hair. With a bit of thoughtful TLC you’ll be able to enjoy long-term beautiful dyed locks without sacrificing on the shine!