How long should you leave coconut oil in your hair before bleaching? 4 hours

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  • Ideally, you should leave coconut oil in your hair for four hours before bleaching.
  • And then, you should bleach without removing or rinsing the coconut oil out. That way your hair will be protected during the process.
  • Because coconut oil won’t interfere with the bleaching process.


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I’m jumping for joy!



Because if you’re reading this, it’s because you wanted to know  how long to leave coconut oil in your hair before bleaching . You’re obviously a conscientious and responsible person.


And I also realize that you understand bleaching is a very aggressive chemical process for your hair, and you want to protect it.


And that makes me happy. Because bleaching shouldn’t be taken lightly. A badly done bleach doesn’t only leave your hair with a horrible color.

It can also cause hair loss.


So, if you want to use coconut oil before bleaching your hair, I think it’s a great idea.

Are you worried that coconut oil might interfere with the bleach?


Don’t worry because that won’t happen.

And I’ll tell you something else. It would also be a great idea for you to apply coconut oil after bleaching your hair so you can start repairing it.

But for now, I’m going to focus on the moments before bleaching.

And that’s what I’ll talk about next.


Applying coconut oil to your hair four hours before bleaching won’t interfere with the process

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Why not? Because  coconut oil will only prevent cuticles from breaking during the process and will help decrease moisture loss from your hair. 

Coconut oil is a light oil, which means it has a low density and is easy to apply.

Since it has a low density, i.e. it’s not a thick oil, your hair will absorb it quickly. It will penetrate into the inner layers of your hair fiber and help to retain your hair’s natural moisture.


Therefore, when you apply the bleach mixture and your cuticles begin to open, they’ll be flexible due to the action of the coconut oil, preventing breakage.

Therefore,  it’s a good idea to apply the oil four hours before bleaching. Don’t rinse your hair out. 


This way, the oil will protect both the inside and outside of your hair, without interfering with the bleaching process.

Now, I want to clear something up for you.  If your hair has extreme damage , you really shouldn’t bleach it. Because bleaching can ruin it, even if you apply coconut oil four hours before.


Coconut oil will protect your hair during bleaching, decreasing the loss of nutrients and moisture. But if your hair is already weak before bleaching, it will get even weaker after bleaching.


So before you think about bleaching, I recommend you do the strand test. This way, you’ll know if your hair will withstand bleaching. If it does, you can apply coconut oil to protect it during the process.


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How to apply coconut oil to hair four hours before bleaching

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In addition to applying coconut oil to your hair four hours before bleaching, you should also  avoid washing your hair for 48 hours beforehand. 


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Because during that time, your scalp will secrete natural oils, which will also help to further protect your hair.

  • Comb your hair and apply the coconut oil onto the lengths and ends, massaging gently. Ideally, apply a few drops of oil on several strands and massage to distribute it evenly.
  • Cover your hair with a shower cap to keep the heat in and facilitate the absorption of the oil.
  • Once the four hours have elapsed, proceed with the application of the bleach mixture.
  • It’s vital you wash your hair with shampoo to remove all the remaining bleach mixture. You can also apply a conditioner to restore moisture to your hair.



You should use coconut oil four hours before you start bleaching your hair to prevent cuticle breakage and protect the innermost layer of the hair.

In any case, remember that if your hair has extreme damage, it’s not advisable to bleach it. You may run the risk of burning it.

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