How Often Can You Bleach Your Hair?
There are so many awesome hair trends out there right now – from dying your hairgray, to rainbow undercuts, to mermaid hair, denim hair, and more – and we want to try them all! But, to get the most vibrant colors calls for bleaching your hair, which can cause a lot of damage if done too often. So, exactly how long do you have to wait before changing your ombre to mega-cool galaxy hair? Read on to find out.
Bleach Of No Return
Before you even start, know that once you bleach your hair, there is no turning back. You will be using chemicals that will change your hair care routine forever.
Hair bleach is made up of hydrogen peroxide or ammonia persulfate, which act bypenetrating the hair follicle all the way to the melanin at its core, leaving it white.
Achieving a very light color often requires several stages, especially if you have darkhair. You might have red, orange, and even yellow hair before you get our hair completely bleach blonde.
Here are a couple more differences that you may experience with bleached hair:
- Your hair texture changes – a lot. While the chemicals in bleach effectivelyremoves the color, it also strips your hair of moisture. The result is a rougher,drier, and thicker texture.
- Your hair becomes a lot more vulnerable, too. The brittle texture makes it more prone to breakage, so take extra care. But, worry not – we have some pro tips for hair care!
Sure, it may sound daunting, but bleaching creates a blank canvas for your hair dyesand is the only way to achieve that bright, Instagram-worthy hair color that you’relusting over. If done correctly, and with proper care, you can avoid damage keepyour bleached hair healthy and beautiful.
As you learned above, bleaching causes loss of moisture. Repeated bleaching can even permanently raise the cuticle scales, so the more often you bleach, the more damaged your hair will become. The amount of bleach, strength, and length of time that you have to leave it in, are also factors that determine that amount of damage done to your hair.
A definite must-do when caring for bleached hair is letting your hair recuperate between bleaches.
There are a few things to consider when determining how long you should waitbetween treatments:
- How fast does your hair grow? Re-bleaching can be done once you have about an inch of new hair growth. Be sure to only bleach that new growth,though! Doubling up on bleach can create weak spots in your hair.
- What is the texture of your hair? Coarse hair may be able to stand up to bleach a lot better than finer hair.
- Is your hair light or dark? Always check with your hair colorist up to what shade your hair may be lightened.
Tune in to your hair-tuition
Aside from considering your type of hair, find out how long you have to waitbetween bleaches by listening to your body and being mindful of how your hairreacts to the effects of bleach.
- Is your hair breaking? Too much bleaching can make your hair more vulnerable, when the new bleach overlaps that old bleached hair. If your hair is showing signs of breakage and splitends, consider waiting longer before bleaching it again.
- How healthy was your hair before bleaching? Starting with strong hair means it can stand up to bleach better. Also take note of how your hair has reacted to dye in the past.
A good rule of thumb, in general, is to wait about a month before re-bleaching your hair. However, if you are really looking out for your hair, it’s best to wait six or seven weeks between bleaches – or even longer, if your hair calls for it.
Show Your Hair Some TLC
While you can never really undo the damage done to your hair by bleach, there are anumber of things that you can do to counter bleach’s negtive effects.
- Even before you go for a bleach, treat your hair well and be sure it is as strong as it can be, especially three days before your bleach.
- Invest in a deep-conditioning product. There are quite a few conditioners on the market specifically for dry, damaged, and processed hair. With daily use, you can pump some moisture back into your hair and help combat breakage.
- Pamper your hair with hot oil treatments to put some life and shine back intoit. Weekly treatments are recommended.
- Now that you’re a bleached blonde, purple shampoo is an essential to eliminate brassy tones.
- Try a hair reconstructor once a week. It works to revitalize your hair and even fix some of the damage. It goes above and beyond what any conditioner can do to save your bleached hair.
- Avoid heat at all costs. Since your hair is extra sensitive, stay away from flat iron and hot curlers. If you absolutely must, turn your blow drier to the lowest heat setting.
- Always keep in mind that your hair is more brittle now. If you are used to dragging a comb through your hair, you just can’t do that anymore. Refrain from brushing and pulling your hair roughly when you style it. Handle yourhair gently and detangle it by starting from the ends and working up to theroots to prevent damage
- You are not alone. Watch how stylish YouTubers LBT and Some Girl Jess take care of their own bleached hair!
- Always, always get a professional hair colorist to do your bleach. They know best and will be knowledgable in giving you advice on how long your should wait between bleaches, for your hair in particular.
Taking good care of your bleached hair will make your hair stronger and betterprepare it for your next bleaching sessions.With the proper care and by waiting the right amount of time betweentreatments, bleaching your hair will not be as scary or damaging. So, go aheadand get ready to flaunt the hair colors of your wildest dreams!