Ladies, this is going to be a tough pill to swallow, but for those who swear by bleaching, should know that it's toxic for the hair. To understand this chemical hair dye technique, you must get yourself familiar with two bleaching agents - alkaline and oxidative. While the alkaline agent forcefully opens up the hair cuticle, the oxidative agent penetrates the hair cortex and dissolves the hair's natural colour. Leaving bleach in your hair for too long, will make the locks rough and steal the lustre from it. If you've recently bleached your hair at home and you're not happy with the results, there aways to nurse your strands back to health.
Let's now move on to the 'mane' topic!
Bleached hair is prone to dryness and roughness. One way to take care of damaged bleached hair is to deep condition your locks. You can either use a commercial hair mask once a week or create your own one using avocado pulp and egg yolk. Keep the mask on for an hour or two and later, wash it off with lukewarm water.
One of the most haircare tips and treatments hair salons offer to people living with damaged bleached hair is keratin treatment. It's a chemical hair treatment that aims to smoothen rough hair and reduce frizziness. The treatment also involves a product penetrating the hair follicle and providing it with keratin. So how's it done? First, they apply serum to the hair, and later, they use a flat iron to infuse the product into your damaged bleached hair. Depending on how well you take care of your hair and how often you wash it, the keratin treatment will last you for good 1-2 months.
When salon treatments fall expensive, don't hesitate to try out homemade formulas. Oiling your hair often, will not only nourish your hair but the scalp as well. Mix warm coconut oil with olive and avocado oil and apply it all over your hair. Doing this 4-5 times a month will improve the hair's texture and make the locks smooth, strong and shiny.
Until your damaged bleach hair recovers, you must stay away from hot styling tools. The heat from the hair straightener and hairdryer will not only dry your hair out but will also cause more damage. For a while, avoid styling your hair with hot tools. Leave it as it is. The less you interfere with your hair, the more time you give it to recover from the damage.
What does bleach do to your hair? It strips out natural oils from it! If you want to help your hair follicles to recover faster, avoid over-washing your hair. The more you wash it the more you dry the strands. When the hair is dry, it's bound to lack moisture and shine! Washing your hair once a week with lukewarm water is good enough.
And that's how you look after damaged bleached hair!
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