I regret bleaching my hair… I’m sad; what can I do?

sad and regretful blonde haired woman

  • If you regret bleaching your hair, the first thing to do is to wait seven to ten days to get used to your new hair color. If you bleached your hair, you went from dark to very light hair, and it’s a radical change.
  • If you are still sad because you regret bleaching your hair after those ten days, you can get an appointment at a salon and explain your concerns to a colorist to find the best solution for your hair.
  • In the meantime, let’s discover why you feel sad and regretful after bleaching your hair. You’ll find some alternative solutions without compromising your hair health.


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 Do you regret bleaching your hair? 


Although it may seem strange, I understand you. Many of my clients have the same situation.

First, they come to the salon excited about bleaching their hair. Then, when the job is done, they look in the mirror and regret it.

  • Some regret it because they don’t like the color.
  • Others regret it because they realize the change is permanent and their hair won’t return to normal.
  • Others regret it because they feel that their hair is drier and weaker.
  • Many even hate that brassy undertone they didn’t expect after bleaching.

client is mad with hairdresser


And in the most extreme cases, they think the hairdresser didn’t do what they wanted. They take a few moments to recognize themselves in the mirror as if the image was someone else’s with a different hair color.

 When my clients have that first reaction of regret after bleaching their hair, I recommend letting a few days go by.  


They usually eventually get used to the new look.

In the meantime, try not to make hasty decisions.  Don’t let anxiety get the better of you.

And this means not doing anything to your hair for several days. I assure you that you’ll “get to know” your new look.


I know what you’re thinking: “But, Alejandra, what if after a week or two, I still feel regretful about bleaching my hair?

Then it’s time to analyze why you feel sad and sorry about bleaching your hair. And that’s what I’ll talk about next.


If you regret bleaching your hair because it has unwanted undertones, you can use a toning shampoo

blue toning shampoo

If this is your case, you probably bleached your hair alone. Because in a salon, the colorist would have used a toner to remove those unwanted undertones.

But don’t despair.  You can still fix the color of your bleached hair to even it out with a toning shampoo.  It contains pigments that neutralize unwanted colors.


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  • If your hair is orange, use blue shampoo.
  • If your hair is too yellow, use violet shampoo.
  • If your hair is too red, use green shampoo.

Wash your hair twice weekly with toning shampoo and leave it on for three to five minutes.


If you regret bleaching because you feel your hair is ruined, apply deep repair treatments

olaplex shampoo and conditioner

And in this regard, you have two options:

  • Apply professional products in the salon. Your colorist will advise you on the best treatment for your hair.
  • Apply at-home treatments such as OLAPLEX steps 3, 4, and 5, which include a mask, shampoo, and conditioner. You can also opt for the L’ORÉAL PARIS ELVIVE TOTAL REPAIR 5 POWER o BOLD UNIQ BOLPLEX BOND REPAIR mask (shampoo, conditioner, and mask).

Any of these treatments will give your hair back the nutrients and moisture lost during bleaching. You’ll see the sadness and regret disappear when you touch your bleached hair, which feels docile and soft.


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If you regret bleaching your hair because you wanted it blonder, you can bleach it again after three weeks.

You can’t go from brunette to platinum blonde in one day unless you want to burn your hair. Don’t forget that bleaching is a very aggressive chemical process.


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Therefore, if you want your hair blonder, go to the salon and plan the following bleaching sessions with your colorist.



If it’s been two or three weeks and you still regret bleaching your hair, you can dye your hair the color it was before bleaching.

I advise using a semi-permanent hair color because it fades with washes and will give you more time to think about what you want for your hair.

Finally, if in doubt or if you feel very confused, go to the salon. Colorists have the training and tools to solve “almost” any type of hair color problem. Remember colorists are not gods… go for it!

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