The other day I was asked an interesting question. How long is it best to wait between one bleaching session and another? Some professionals say a month. Others say a week. I don’t think the answer is so simple. First you have to think about what state your hair is in and what color you want to get to.
If you want to know how much time to wait between one bleaching session and the next and you want a quick answer, I recommend you look somewhere else.
The answer I’m going to give you is not short and it probably won’t be what you want to hear.
Now that I’ve cleared that up, we can continue on.
A few days ago, I was emailed this question.
“Carina, today I bleached my hair.
I wanted to know how long I should wait before I bleach it again.
When I get these types of questions by email, I can’t stop frowning.
My poor cosmetologist always tells me avoid making these types of facial expressions to prevent the appearance of premature wrinkles on my forehead.
And it’s not that I’m frowning because I’m angry.
I’m simply worried.
Worried for all the people that think bleaching is a simple process of whitening your hair and that’s it.
As if I’m the meanwhile, your hair, which is a living thing, which suffers, which feels, which feels again, doesn’t suffer any type of modification.
Once and for all, we must understand that bleaching is a chemical process that wreaks havoc on your hair.
Even so, if you keep asking how long is best to wait before bleaching your hair again, the answer, without beating around the bush, is that it depends.
And that’s that.
It depends on many factors.
- On the color you are trying to achieve
- On the state of health of your hair
- On how you regularly care for your hair
I want this to be clear.
I’m not a fan of bleaching at home.
Maybe you’ve seen in the videos that you watch daily on Instagram or Facebook how people show themselves bleaching their hair in almost three magical steps with great results.
But don’t be fooled.
Not everything that shines is gold.
I’m speaking from experience.
Every day women come into my salon looking for a magical solution to the terrible effects of bleaching.
But since I know that the world will not listen to my recommendations, let me tell you some pieces of advice that you should minimally pay attention to in order to have the healthiest hair possible from one bleaching session to another.
First and foremost, let me briefly explain what bleaching is.
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- What is bleaching?
- How much time should pass between one bleaching session and another if you don’t want to end up with ruined hair?
- How to care for extremely damaged hair between bleaching
- If your hair isn’t too damaged, you can bleach your hair again after 10 days
What is bleaching?
In the bleaching process, a primary ingredient does the work: hydrogen peroxide, which penetrates the hair fiber, stripping out and eliminating the melanin which is what gives the natural color to your hair.
Now, if you have dark hair and you want to lighten it, you should go through various processes before reaching a pale color. At first you’ll go from dark to orange or red and in the second stage you’ll get to yellow or blonde.
Now let’s move on to the important stuff.
How much time should pass between one bleaching session and another if you don’t want to end up with ruined hair?
If you have severely damaged hair, you should wait at least a month before bleaching it again.
And meanwhile, you should nourish your hair every day.
I’ll tell you how to further on.
If your hair isn’t very damaged because it’s the first time you’ve bleached your hair or because you are an extremist who. It comes to hair care, you could bleach your hair again after a week.
How to care for extremely damaged hair between bleaching
After bleaching your hair for the first time and to prepare it for the second bleaching, you should care for your hair as if it were a newborn child.
Use a deep conditioner weekly, and you should even use coconut oil to restore and strengthen your hair.
What I recommend to you is that you should apply coconut oil to your hair overnight two or three times a week.
While you dream of Brad Pitt, the coconut oil will do wonders to your hair.
During this month it is absolutely prohibited to use extreme heat sources like the hair dryer or flat iron.
It is absolutely prohibited to use the hair dryer and the flat iron, as prohibited as driving a car after drinking at a party with your friends.
It is scientifically proven that you can survive without flat iron or hair dryer for a period of 30 days.
Research your options for hairstyles.
Even hats are a good options to keep you away from the flat iron.
Check out your ends.
Do you have split ends?
It’s time for a hair cut, or better yet, to trim your ends to keep your hair healthy and hydrated.
Lastly, the day that you do the bleaching process again, don’t wash your hair.
This will only reduce the amount of natural oils that your hair follicles generate from your scalp which act as a defensive barrier against external, toxic agents.
Now, you’re ready to bleach your hair again with the least amount of damage as possible.
Bleaching your hair again with the least amount of damage possible.
Bold and underlined.
If your hair isn’t too damaged, you can bleach your hair again after 10 days
This is the case of those people that want to bleach their hair one or two tones, since the exposure time of the hydrogen peroxide, which should never be more than forty-five minutes, is much less.
For these people, I recommended letter 10 days pass between one bleaching and another.
During the week before the bleaching, keep your hair away from the flat iron and hair dryer.
We need your hair to be as hydrated as possible when it comes time to bleach, and obviously, both the flat iron and the hair dryer get rid of the natural moisture in your hair.
Don’t wash your hair before bleaching.
The bleaching products will work in the same way. In fact, If you have “dirty” hair, or hair that you haven’t washed for two days, its better because the natural oils of your hair will act as a natural protection.
Once the exposure time of the bleaching products has passed, rinse your hair with plenty of cold water. This will help prevent undesirable irritations on your scalp.
Another thing I recommend is that you apply coconut oil to your hair before bleaching.
With this, I don’t mean that you overload your hair with coconut oil a half hour before applying the bleach mixture.
You should plan ahead and the night before, apply the coconut oil to the pieces of hair that are going to be bleached.
Simply divide your hair into chunks and place a generous quantity of coconut oil on them. Brush your hair carefully and put on a shower cap so you don’t stain your sheets while you sleep.
The next morning, without rinsing, start the bleaching process.
Now you know.
I’m not a devout at-home bleacher.
As a professional, my recommendation will always be to find a salon to minimize the damages to your hair that happen when you decide to modify the melanin in your hair.
But I said it before.
I know that a lot of you will choose to bleach your hair at home.
Now, you know how much time you should wait between one bleaching and another, so that you don’t lose your hair.
Have you bleached your hair before?
How did it go for you?