- The only way to completely get rid of bleached hair is to cut it because bleaching is an irreversible process.
- If you’re not willing to cut your hair, you’ll need to understand exactly what’s bothering you about your bleached hair.
- If you don’t like the color, you can apply hair dye or use shampoo in case you don’t want to use dye anymore.
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Several times a week I receive this same query on WhatsApp: “Hi Alejandra, how do I remove bleaching from my hair?”
Some comments even border on desperation, like “Help Alejandra! I have bleached hair but I don’t like it anymore, how do I get rid of it?
When I get them, what I read between the lines, is that many of these women, don’t understand that bleaching is an irreversible process for hair. In other words, the only way to get rid of bleached hair is to cut it or let it grow out.
To make it clear.
Bleaching is done with 30 volume peroxide and bleaching powder or ammonia. That way, all color, both natural and artificial, is removed from the hair.
After that, the hair can be dyed to a lighter color or a fantasy color, which is so fashionable these days.
This means that there is no turning back. It’s like when you cook meat on the grill.
If you don’t like the taste after cooking, you can add a sauce, cut it into pieces, or even blend it, but you can never modify the chemical change involved in cooking.
The same thing happens with bleaching. It is precisely a chemical change. Once it’s done, your hair can’t go back to its natural state. Just like cooked meat, which can’t go back to being raw.
Bleached hair can’t be un-bleached. The only thing you can do is to let your hair grow and cut a few inches every month.
Then, after several months and several trims, no trace of your bleached hair will remain.
That’s why this kind of question makes me feel helpless. How can I explain everything I explained earlier to the people who write to me, who want all the solutions “now” as if there was no tomorrow?
Sometimes I feel that they write to me thinking that bleaching can be undone as easily as make-up.
You put on makeup, enjoy the party, and when you get home, you remove all the makeup in a few minutes.
But bleaching doesn’t work the same way. Maybe, before they bleached their hair, no one explained to them in detail everything I’m explaining to you. So, now, they don’t know what to do.
Are you one of them?
Then, don’t despair.
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First, I invite you to think about why you want to get rid of your bleached hair
- You don’t like the color you achieved and want to go back to the previous one?
- Your hair has some unpleasant highlights, and you’re tired of applying toner?
- Is your hair so damaged from bleaching that is falling out in clumps?
If your problem is with the color of your bleached hair, the solutions are very simple and, in a few moments, I will tell you what they are.
If your problem has to do with hair health, you will have to make a more limited decision.
So, stay with me, because I’ll tell you:
- How to fix bleached hair if you don’t like the color
- How to remove totally damaged bleached hair
How to fix bleached hair if you don’t like the color
At this point, we will examine two different situations.
Do you want to go back to the color you had before the bleaching or do you want to use the toner every two weeks to stop the unwanted highlights?
Let’s start with the first option.
Return to the color the hair had before the bleaching.
If you applied bleach and want to go back to the previous color, you will have to apply a dye. That won’t remove your bleached hair, but it will be a solution to get back to your natural color.
- Buy a coloring kit box of the same or similar color as your pre-bleach color.
- Apply hair dye from root to tip, covering the entire surface of your hair.
- When you rinse, your bleached hair will be the pre-bleach color or the color you chose.
From there, you can decide whether to let your hair grow, cut it regularly, or continue to apply hair dye to cover your bleached hair.
Now, what about those highlights that appear after a few washes on bleached hair?
You probably applied a toner every two weeks. It can be very tiring. However, I have a solution that will make the task easier.
Disguise unwanted tones in bleached hair with toning shampoo.
Again, we’re not talking about removing bleached hair, but at least you won’t have to worry about neutralizing it with toner, which can be quite tedious.
There is a very simple solution that involves less sacrifice than cutting the hair: shampoo, a product that deposits color with every wash, to keep the bleached hair better.
To choose the right shampoo for your bleached hair, you need to consider the color you want to neutralize.
- If your bleached hair is orange, you should use a blue shampoo.
- If your bleached hair is chicken yellow, choose a purple shampoo.
- If your bleached hair is reddish, choose a green shampoo.
Always read the manufacturer's instructions. As a general rule, toning shampoo is used as follows:
- Wet your hair and apply a generous amount of shampoo, massaging the entire hair surface.
- Leave in for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse.
You will notice that all unwanted colors have disappeared.
Now, let's move on to the most extreme option: your bleached hair is terribly dry. The solution: cut it off, even if you don't like it.
How to remove damaged bleached hair
Cutting your hair is the only option that will make your bleached hair disappear for good. Does the phrase "a clean break" ring a bell?
In this case, it would be, "a clean break” where your bleached hair is.If your hair is dry and brittle, it's damaged. To fix it, you need to remove the bleached hair.
Of course, I'm not going to ask you to shave. You can do it, but it's up to you. What you do is remove the bleached hair gradually. It will take longer, but you won't need to shave your head.
And this is pure math.
If your bleached hair grows at a rate of 1.5 cm per month, and every month you cut off an inch, in a few months your bleached hair will be gone and you won't feel the change in length as much.
Then, you have two options:
You can also think about a layered cut, which allows you to maintain the length and eliminate bleached hair gradually.
The only way to get rid of bleached hair is to cut it. You can do it gradually, trimming your ends one inch per month, or choose a short haircut, to remove most of the bleached hair.
If you don't want to cut your hair, but the color of your bleached hair bothers you, what you can do is dye it to a color similar to the one you had before you bleached it, or use shampoo if you're tired of using toner.