- Bleached hair gets tangled more easily because it loses a lot of moisture during the bleaching process.
- To return your hair to its former health, you’ll have to use hair masks, deep conditioners, and hair oils to help restore the moisture it has lost.
- No matter what method you choose to nourish and hydrate your hair, you apply it at least once a month.
- It’s also a good idea to trim your ends about an inch or so to help strengthen your hair, as the ends are often damaged the most by bleaching.
With more and more people getting balayages, ombres, highlights, and dyeing their hair every color under the sun, some people have started to bleach their hair -at least in my opinion- recklessly.
And after comes desperate pleas and disappointments, because their hair simply isn’t the same as before.
One might wonder why they would think that their hair would be just as soft and vibrant after an aggressive chemical process such as bleaching.
I’m sorry to say, if you bleach your hair, it will change, and not for the better.
Because bleaching your hair is a chemical process that opens the hair cuticle and lifts pigments, whether they are natural or artificial.
And because it’s an aggressive chemical process, it removes your hair’s moisture along with the pigments.This is why your hair can be dry and stiff afterward, which makes it much more prone to knots and tangles.
But, just like in life, there’s always a silver lining. After all that bad news, I also have some good news.
You can still save your hair.
And here I’ll tell you how.
But before we discuss how to save your hair, I need us to agree on a few things.
- First and foremost, you must use hair treatments consistently. Inconsistent use is almost as bad as none at all.
- While trying to restore your hair, you should not bleach it again. If you do, you run the risk of ruining your hair.
- Until your hair starts to improve, avoid heat styling tools such as flat irons or hair dryers. Using them will only further weaken your hair.
If you don’t follow those three guidelines, it will be very difficult to get your hair healthy again. It will just keep getting tangles and breaking each time you wash it.
But if you pay attention and follow the rules, I can assure you that you will able to heal your hair.
Are you ready to heal your hair? Are you ready for tangles and knots to be a thing of the past?
If you are, keep reading, because we’re going to discuss:
- Two foolproof deep hydration treatments for bleached hair
- Recommended daily care for bleached hair.
- Other tips to help you easily detangle your hair
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Deep Hydration Treatments for Bleached Hair
Have you ever thought of what would happen to someone when they get lost in a mountain or desert, without food or water? They would soon show signs of severe dehydration.
After being bleached, your hair as deprived of food and water and someone lost in the desert. Because, as we discussed earlier, the chemicals remove the nutrients and water in the hair fiber along with the pigment.
- But there is hope, in which this instance comes in the form of deep conditioners, masks, and oils, all which greatly nourish your hair
But you have to use them frequently for their magic to work. Not only that, but remember that you cannot bleach your hair again, for two months at least.
Break that rule, and you'll pay the price later.
- Now it’s time to explain how to hydrate your hair so it can shine once again. Your options range from a homemade mask to getting a reparative treatment at a beauty salon.
But to make things as easy as possible, so I'm going to start with some of the simplest treatments you can use to make your hair manageable and soft once again.
- It’s not necessary to use all these ideas at once. Instead, you can try each one and see what works better for your hair.
That being said, seeing results takes time. I would recommend trying a treatment for two or three weeks before making a decision.
Ideally, you should start with an intense hydrating heat mask, which is one of the fastest ways to moisturize your hair.
Heat masks are excellent moisturizers and contain ingredients of low molecular weight that can diffuse into the deepest layers of your hair.
To use a heat mask, apply the product to damp hair, put on a heat cap or shower cap and let it sit for twenty minutes, and rinse.
How often should you apply it?
Once a week, religiously. If you haven't the Netflix show Stranger Things yet, you can kill two birds with one stone: apply a heat mask and watch an episode while it does its magic.
Coconut and Argan Oil
Although Cleopatra was famous for her milk baths, I have to admit I'm famous for my devotion to coconut oil. I'll be the first to admit it. Coconut oil and I are fast friends.
And it's an excellent way to detangle your hair. Coconut oil is the holy grail of detanglers.
How to use coconut oil
Simply apply a couple of drops of coconut oil, or argan oil if you prefer, from the ends to the middle portion of your hair. I would avoid your roots, and they naturally produce their own oil.
Let it sit for an hour and ten minutes, and rinse.
For it to be effective, you should apply the oil twice a week for a month.
This helps strengthen and moisturize the hair fiber, and will gradually make it softer and easier to comb.
But is there something you could do every day to moisturize your hair and make it easier to comb? I'm happy to tell you there is. We'll discuss that next.
How to Care for Bleached Hair and Avoid Tangles
There are some great and effective ways to hydrate your hair every day, which can be used while applying hair masks or oils twice a week.
Combing creams are a great way to hydrate dyed hair. They're a way to consistently moisturize hair, and even better, don't have to be rinsed out.
Simply apply the combing creme to wet or dry hair before you comb it. Just make sure to comb your hair carefully. Remember, your hair is still weak.
Not only that, but you can apply it as many times as needed throughout the day, every day, and easily comb your hair without annoying knots.
Micellar water is something you probably already use -and if you don't, you should- to remove makeup. But you might not know that you can also use it to moisturize bleached hair.
Simply buy a micellar water spray at your local pharmacy, and spray the ends of your hair two or three times a day.
The micellar water will remove any chemicals or contamination from your hair, leaving it soft and shiny. Not only that, but you can also use this product every day.
But don't worry if untangling your hair is still torture, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve. Would you like to know what they are?
Four Great Tips for Hair That Tangles Easily
- Don’t wear your hair up, as it can cut off the flow of nutrients and make it even drier.
- Comb your hair a few times throughout the day, as it will reactivate the flow of nutrients and help your hair will look better in less time. Use a wide-tooth comb to untangle your hair to reduce breakage by 50%.
- Don’t dye your hair again while repairing it, as you run the risk of frying your hair. And there’s only one way to fix fried hair: cut it off.
- If you need to use a blow dryer, make sure to use the cold air option. Hot air will only dry out your hair even more.