Today I came to the conclusion that I would be a millionaire if I wrote a guide for “Women Left Without Hope Because of the Effects of Bleaching.” Of course, if I could choose anyone to be in it, my part would be played by Eva Longoria.
And it’s not because I envy her body, I very much accept my Latin curves.
It’s because her hair is always shiny and silky!
My hair was ruined because of bleaching.
It lost its shine.
And its softness.
And its movement.
And I could go on and on with an infinite number of “ands.”
Sometimes I can desperate, but I’m not usually hopeless. And since I still bleach my hair because I like trying different shades approximately every five months, I researched what alternatives exist to help prevent as much damage as possible from bleaching.
And I found an answer because she who looks, finds, and the last thing they lose is hope.
Yes, it’s exactly what the big stars use, like Angelina Jolie, for example.
Using coconut oil before bleaching decreases the risks associated with the bleaching process which is so aggressive on your hair.
And because I want legions of women to be able to improve their hair’s appearance after bleaching, I’ll share everything that I learned about coconut oil with you here so you can reduce the effects of bleaching.
If you bleach your hair, keep reading.
Afterwards, don’t say I didn’t warn you.
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How Coconut Oil helps in the Bleaching Process
Those of us that bleach our hair habitually know about the damage it does to our hair.
The chemicals strip the color and natural oils from your hair every step of the way.
That’s why, after bleaching it, your hair looks dry, mistreated and, of course, like it’s made of straw.
Getting back your shine and smoothness is a long process, and in addition, it requires almost a million-dollar investment in additional hair products in order to revive it.
I have an effective and less expensive solution to reduce the damage to your hair from bleaching it.
Before applying the bleaching products to your hair, you should apply coconut oil, if possible organic, 100% natural coconut oil
Here it is: step by step how to apply coconut oil to your hair before bleaching it.
How to apply coconut oil in your hair in 3 steps
Before going into the details for applying coconut oil to your hair, I want to make one aspect of coconut oil clear.
Natural coconut oil, which you’ll surely be running out to buy when you finish reading this post, is in a solid state at the store.
For me, this was a surprise. I thought it would be a bottle of oily liquid, but I was wrong.
This is because no products are added during the refining process, which ensures that the product is totally organic.
It stays solid at temperatures around 75°F.
Before applying the oil to your hair, the only thing you need to do is give it a good shake to make it easier to spread through your hair.
- Organic Coconut Oil
- Comb, to section your hair.
- A small container to put the coconut oil in.
- A cap to cover your hair once you’ve applied the oil.
Alright now, here’s the step-by-step
1- Section your hair
Section your hair into different chunks to be able to spread the coconut oil better.
2- Apply coconut oil
On your clean hair and using a comb, be sure to apply the coconut oil from the roots of your hair to the tips. If it’s necessary, you can use your hands to assure that the product covers each and every one of your hairs well. Don’t be afraid, coconut oil is as harmless as Heidi.
3- Cover your hair with a shower cap
Once you think you could fry French fries in your hair, put on a shower cap to trap in all the oily hairs.
It’s time to go to bed while the coconut oil does miracles to your hair.
If you are anxious and can’t wait the whole night, even though my advice is that you do, you should leave the coconut oil in for at least three hours.
4- Bleach your hair the next day without rinsing out the coconut oil
The bleach powder and hydrogen peroxide will both work perfectly on your hair even though it’s covered in coconut oil.
Go ahead with the bleaching process as usual.
When the established time for bleaching has passed, you can rinse all the products from your hair with a lot of water and your normal shampoo.
You’ll probably notice that even after washing, your hair is still a little greasy.
I usually rewash it to completely get rid of the coconut oil residue.
What are the benefits to using coconut oil?
From my experience, what I can tell you is that coconut oil reduced the damage from the bleach that I applied to my hair.
Also, my scalp itched and burned less than the times that I bleached my hair without using coconut oil.
The most important thing is that since it’s a natural, organic product, it won’t damage your hair. Just the opposite: It will protect your hair that would otherwise be completely exposed to the bleaching chemicals.
It’s easy, very easy to use.
I think that until the hair care industry manages to find a formula for bleaching products that isn’t so aggressive for our hair, coconut oil is the best option to protect our hair from the harmful effects of chemicals.
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For those of us that live emptying our pockets for the infinite new ideas for hair care, for serums, hair masks, and “formulated oils,” remember that the hair care industry doesn’t really care about the state of your hair, even if it’s been stripped because of bleach.
I feel like a gladiator today, so here is my last piece of advice.
Do a “coconut oil bath” for your hair every ten days. You will get the same effects as any hair mask but by using a natural product that you have at home.
Do you have any other ideas for protecting your hair against the effects from bleaching it?