Is it normal to lose hair after bleaching? Bleached hair falling out at roots

  • Yes, it’s normal to lose hair after bleaching. However, it’s not the same when it breaks at the mid-lengths or ends, as at the roots.
  • If your bleached hair is falling out at the roots, you should go to the salon immediately because your hair was burned during bleaching. The only way to fix it is to remove all the burned hair so that the new hair will grow healthy and strong.
  • If you notice that it’s only a breakage at the ends or mid-lengths, I recommend trimming them and performing intensive moisturizing treatments to nourish and strengthen your hair.


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Those who play with fire can get burned.

This saying applies perfectly well to the effects of a poor bleaching process.

Pay attention because I wrote “a poor bleaching process”. Instead, a professional bleaching process can hardly have serious consequences on your hair. 


If you don’t have experience in chemical hair processes, if you didn’t assess your hair, and if you don’t know the properties of the bleaching chemicals, things can go wrong. One of the consequences is hair loss.


 Two or three hairs falling out when you comb your hair is not the same as seeing some strands get caught in the brush when you untangle it. 

Losing a few hairs is normal after bleaching. Losing entire strands is not.

It’s neither normal to have a lot of hair fall out at the roots. Don’t panic. Fear is the worst advisor.


First, let’s analyze what hair loss type you are experiencing.

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  • Are there loose hairs left on your pillow?
  • Do you notice the comb full of hair?
  • Does it fall out in strands when you wash it?


This difference is important.

Finding some hair on your pillow when you wake up is the normal hair breakage caused by rubbing against the pillow. Another different story is to have strands in your hands when you wash your hair.

Also, it’s normal for the ends to break after bleaching because they’re the older and more fragile hair. They endured different chemical processes or other aggressive agents, such as chlorinated water, sun, and heat tools.


 However, if your bleached hair is falling out at the roots, you should take action because that is not normal. 

In that case, something went wrong during bleaching that made your hair brittle to the point of breakage.

Are you still worried?


I understand that it can be daunting. This will cheer you up.

The worst thing would be to have to cut your hair to remove the damaged part. Also, you have to learn your lesson. You’ll have to go back to the time of bleaching.


If your hair falls out at the roots after bleaching, something went wrong

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That “something” has to do with some common mistakes women make when bleaching at home. Do you want to know what they are?


  • Leaving the bleach on for longer than indicated causes the hair fiber to break at the root.

Did you think that leaving the bleach mixture on longer would make you blonder? No! That simple rule of three doesn’t work for hair.

If you made this mistake, you dried out your hair to the point of breakage. As a result, your hair is falling out at the roots.


How do you fix it? By removing all the damaged parts.

What do you learn? That the bleach should be left on for a maximum of 20 to 25 minutes, checking the color constantly.


  • Using more than 30-volume developer during bleaching can also cause hair breakage at the roots.

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Did you think that 30 and 40-volume developers were similar? 30 or 40 are similar in terms of counting an amount of flowers, birds, or pins for your hair.


However, when it comes to developer volumes, the difference is substantial.  Your hair won’t get blonder by using a higher volume developer. 

Instead, it’ll burn at the root because the chemical reaction produces more heat. So, the more heat, the more hair breakage.


How do you solve it? By removing all the damaged parts.

What do you learn? That 30-volume developer is used for bleaching.


  • Bleaching more than once a day causes breakage of the hair fiber.

No drastic change is overnight. Your hair is not made of steel. I don’t think even Superman’s hair was made of steel.

Your hair is sensitive and delicate. You need to take care of it. Don’t be fooled by social media.


Those images of people who manage to go from dark to blonde hair in a few hours are a fallacy.

Or rather, the fallacy is to believe that your hair will remain healthy after applying several bleaching processes in one day.

If you bleached your hair twice on the same day, and now you can’t stop your locks from falling out at the root, you are paying the price for your audacity or innocence.


How do you fix it? By removing the damaged parts.

What do you learn? Bleaching should be done every 3 to 4 weeks. In the meantime, you should moisturize your hair deeply.


Did you notice? If your hair falls out at the roots after bleaching, you have only one way to go.

It’s a one-way road.

 You should visit your stylist, who will trim your hair to remove the damaged parts and even out what has fallen out. 


Once there is no more burnt hair left, your stylist will repair the rest of your hair with specific professional products. He or she may use the famous Olaplex, or seal the cuticles and make the frizz disappear.


Then, you should continue doing intensive moisturizing treatments to restore the health of your hair.


Should I do anything if my hair breaks at the ends after bleaching?

Of course, you should. Luckily for you, the hair loss is not that bad in that case. You still need to do something about it because it’s sending you an SOS.


You can use several products, such as natural coconut oil, argan oil, Opalex 4 and 5, and micellar water.

Would you like some product recommendations?


Coco & Co

virgin coconut oil

Natural extra virgin coconut oil for deeply damaged hair. It’s for frequent use and can also moisturize your skin.

Apply the oil all over your dry hair from roots to ends before washing, leave it on for 10 to 20 minutes and rinse with shampoo and warm water.

I recommend using it 2 to 3 times a week.


Pura D’Or

nourishes and moisturizes scalp

100% natural, organic Moroccan argan oil. It can be used frequently and is one of the most widely used oils in the world.

To take advantage of its maximum benefits, apply a few drops on your scalp and from roots to ends. Leave it on for 20 minutes. Finally, rinse with shampoo.


Olaplex 4 and 5

These are the brand’s maintenance shampoo and conditioner. I recommend using them if you previously applied steps 1 and 2 in the salon.


Garnier Micellar Water

helps moisturize hair after bleaching

Garnier micellar water offers deep hydration for both your skin and hair. You can apply it to your dry hair every 2 to 3 hours from ends to lengths.



If your hair breaks in the mid-lengths and ends after bleaching, trim your ends as a preventive measure. Then, immediately start hair recovery treatments.

If your hair falls out at the roots, visit your stylist right away to remove all damaged parts. Apply a hair cauterization treatment and moisturize your hair at least once a week.

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